It’s unusual to see Flemington and Rosehill host midweek meetings but that’s spring racing for you.
There are some great races on the Wednesday card, which includes the Derby and Oaks trials at Flemington. Which young stars will put their hands up for the spring carnival features?
We have form and free tips for the best races on both cards.
Flemington free tips & form
Race 1. (13:00) Briseis BM78 (1800m)
#8 – Our Libretto @ $1.90 – BET NOW
Seeking her third consecutive win, Our Libretto looks a good chance at odds-on money in the opening race. The lightly-tried five-year-old has scored two easy victories to date and although she rises in class for this, she should handle it.
Rising from the mile to 1800m looks ideal for the daughter of O’Reilly and all the early money has come for her. $2.25 into $1.90 is a strong go and she should get everything to suit here.
Race 3. (14:10) Rose Of May BM64 (1420m)
#13 – Thousand Wishes @ $6 – BET NOW
We’re not overly concerned about the drift in the betting with the three-year-old, which comes into this with a recent win at Geelong.
Trained by Danny O’Brien, the filly scored by 1.8 lengths in a field of 14 and that came following a strong performance for second on debut.
$6 is over the odds for a last-start winner and Damien Oliver rides Flemington well.
Race 5. (15:20) Star Of The Realm BM70 (1100m)
#5 – Bravo Tango @ $3.30 – BET NOW
This is a tricky field with a few nice types resuming, including Bravo Tango, but it looks the best of a quality bunch.
The four-year-old gelding finished second behind Snitzepeg last campaign before running second behind The Everest contender and Moir Stakes favourite Nature Strip at this track. That’s great form for a midweek race and anything close to that performance sees him winning this.
He has been primed with a recent trial win and that should hold him in good stead.
Race 7. (16:30) Victoria Derby Trial (1800m)
#2 – Approach Discreet @ $3.40 – BET NOW
Punters should overlook the most recent performance from the three-year-old, which raced wide at Moonee Valley and that’s not the place to be.
The Darren Weir-trained runner scored consecutive wins prior to that and looked like a potential top-liner when scoring by 8.5 lengths at Morphettville.
It’s those performances which make punters stand up and take notice. He’s a big chance if he can replicate that showing.
Race 8. (17:05) Wallace BM78 (1630m)
#13 – Tan Tat Trusting @ $7.50 – BET NOW
Tan Tat Trusting was a touch disappointing as the favourite at Morphettville last time out but he finished only just over a length behind the winner.
His performances in Melbourne have included a close-up fifth at Flemington and a three-length win at Ballarat. Those runs were good enough to compete here and we’re expecting a bounce-back effort here.
$7.50 is a good price in the final race at Flemington.
Rosehill free tips & form
Race 1. (13:25) ANZ Bloodstock Maiden (1100m)
#3 – God Of Thunder @ $2.60 – BET NOW
We’ll continue to follow this three-year-old colt until he eventually pays us off. He has been backed and beaten in all three to date but after leaving the gates slowly last start, he hit the line well enough.
His best efforts have come at the trials, where he has recorded multiple easy victories but it’s about time he started showing that on race day.
England won’t be easy to beat but there’s better value with God Of Thunder.
Race 2. (14:00) JHB Syndications BM66 (1200m)
#4 – So Taken @ $3.10 – BET NOW
The former New Zealand runner scored a breakthrough win at Canterbury last time out and we think she could continue her winning ways.
The filly by Street Boss had been hitting the line with purpose since arriving for Chris Waller’s stables earlier this year and although the drop back in distance is a strange decision, she had obvious talent.
Look for jockey James McDonald to ensure a good run from barrier two.
Race 3. (14:35) Precise Air BM76 (1500m)
#1 – Girl Tuesday @ $2.65 – BET NOW
Unbeaten runners always attract plenty of attention but Girl Tuesday deserves it in our books after scoring another good win last start.
It came only at Newcastle but the Waller-trained mare hit the line well to score by 1.8 lengths and she looks ready to take on midweek company, despite rising to 59kg.
Winning form isn’t apparent in this field so she could take advantage and score at better than an odds-on price.
Race 5. (15:45) Big Sports Breakfast BM70 (1200m)
#11 – Pembroke Castle @ $3.40 – BET NOW
The Waller-trained colt didn’t have much support fresh-up at Canterbury last start but there has been good money coming for him this time around.
He finished third at Canterbury behind Major Wager and although beaten, it was a good showing from the son of I Am Invincible which will only improve with time.
$3.40 is a fair price for a runner with good natural ability.
Race 7. (16:55) Iron Jack BM78 (1100m)
#4 – Resin @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Resin put in a good showing behind stablemate Soothing at Rosehill last start and the form out of that race should be strong at this level.
The three-time winner from seven starts is unbeaten second-up and her worst performance was a fifth behind In Good Time at Scone, which wasn’t a bad performance at all.
Looks tough to beat in the conditions here.