Rosehill and Flemington host rare midweek race cards this Wednesday and punters get to enjoy quality racing with top class thoroughbreds.
The Oaks and Derby Trials are featured at Flemington which will give punters a good look before the spring staying features later this season.
Rosehill features some high-quality runners from the major stables and the likes of Chris Waller and James Cummings are set to have a good day.
It’s a big week for horse racing fans in Australia with premier Wednesday meetings and group one features on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Race 1. (13:25) TAB Rewards Handicap (1200m)
James Cummings lines up this talented three-year-old filly which has scored two quality wins to remain unbeaten to date.
The filly by Commands won on debut at Kembla Grange by over a length before returning 10 months later to score an easy 3.8-length win at Gosford earlier this month.
She has been well-supported on both occasions to date and despite having to carry a sizable weight of 59.5kg, she looks to have more ability than most and her biggest danger is carrying more weight.
Race 3. (14:35) Theraces Handicap (1900m)
It’s hard to follow Wine Bush with any confidence, but the Chris Waller-trained runner won’t find a better chance to win than this.
The four-year-old has had 15 starts for only one win and three placings, but he raced in the Tulloch Stakes earlier this year so connections thought something of it.
His last two starts have come when down in grade and they haven’t been too bad. He stepped up in distance last start and battled on well at Canterbury, so the rise in distance to 1900m looks ideal.
We understand the hesitation with punters in the market, but there is value with the overdue winner.
Race 4. (15:10) Ranvet Handicap (1500m)
Awoke didn’t have much luck when running second at Rosehill last start and she shapes up well for this.
The Waller-trained four-year-old was caught wide and on the pace throughout the run, which left her there to be run down in the straight.
She was beaten 1.5 lengths by Mariquita, but take nothing away from her for that run. She has drawn to get a nice sit in behind the speed and jockey Hugh Bowman should be able to get some cover.
She’s used to carrying big weights so the 60kg on her back won’t be an issue.
Race 5. (15:45) Tab BM83 Handicap (1100m)
In Times of War is another high-quality runner for Chris Waller which has yet to run a bad race.
She has yet to run worse than second in nine career starts and she has taken on some tough company along the way. She ran second behind Nictock, Memes and Bonny O’Reilly already this year and Waller believes she has city class quality.
The Street Cry mare has placed twice on this track and although she has drawn awkwardly in barrier eight, she has the ability to adapt during the run and it’s another good ride for Hugh Bowman.
The $4.20 is a great price for a potential stakes winner.
Race 6. (16:20) McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1300m)
Somehow bookmakers opened Osborne Bulls up at $8, but punters were quick to pounce on that price.
The Cummings-trained up-and-comer has won all three starts to date and he needed to produce a slick turn-of-foot to score at Gosford last start.
The four-year-old was well off the pace and he looked beaten halfway down the straight, but he showed his true ability and launched late. Jockey Brenton Avdulla was soft on the line which made the win even more impressive.
This is easily his toughest race to date, but the odds are appealing and punters are getting great value.
Race 7. (16:55) Get A Bet on Handicap (1500m)
Tangled is way over the odds and we believe he can make it back to the winner’s circle.
The Waller-trained three-year-old won consecutive races earlier this year at Wyong and Doomben, which included the Champagne Classic where he sat wide and still came with a late burst.
His form since has been only average, but two of those runs came at group one level and his last start was in the Run to the Rose.
He will need to show something in this run to be considered this spring, but he has the class and his breeding suggests the rise to 1500m will be ideal now.
$12 is too good to pass up.
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Race 4. (14:45) Have You RSVP’d Handicap (1000m)
The royally-bred daughter of Exceed and Excel and Black Caviar will be heavily backed for this run and the $2.80 is likely to drop.
The three-year-old didn’t show much on debut against a tough field, but she showed her mother’s speed when winning at Geelong last start.
She scored by 1.75 lengths and although she was getting tired at the end of the race, she stays at the same distance for this so that shouldn’t be a problem.
The Lindsay Park-trained runner is only small which won’t help in the long run, but she has good gate speed and could lead them all the way.
The big concern is drawing the rail down the Flemington straight and she looks better going around a turn, but she should give a good sight.
Race 5. (15:20) Martini-Henry Handicap (1400m)
Tahi is a class act which looks well-suited to this race.
The Danny O’Brien-trained four-year-old is a lightly-tried type which scored by 3.25 lengths on debut at Geelong before taking on a tough field at Flemington.
The O’Reilly finished second behind Hay Bale and now he drops back to this grade where the opposition is much easier.
He will rise in weight from 52.5kg to 59kg after the claim from Taylor Marshall, but he gets in well on the weights considering the rest of the field.
He should settle midfield and come with a big run late.
Race 6. (15:55) Kennedy Oaks Trial (1800m)
Three-year-old filly Anchor Bid is one of Australia’s “must watch” horses this spring.
The Darren Weir-trained daughter of High Chaparral has won her last two starts and she has had something in hand throughout the campaign.
Her form prior included a second placing behind top-liner Royal Symphony and she is definitely franking that form this spring.
She’s bred to relish the Oaks distance and the further she goes the better she will get.
Punters are getting better than odds-on and that’s a win in our books.