The first Group 1 of the season has been run and now punters turn their attention to the quality midweek meetings this Wednesday.
Randwick hosts its second meeting in four days with a good Wednesday card and there are nice betting fields at Ballarat in store for punters as well.
We have free tips, form and odds for the best races at Ballarat and Randwick.
Randwick free tips & form
Race 2. (13:25) Tab Maiden Handicap (1400m)
#1 – Exceltic @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Meets an even field here and he has progressively improved this season without looking like a winning chance.
The Gary Portelli-trained colt finished fifth behind Danawi last time out and that city-class form at Rosehill should hold him in good stead for this. His form prior also included a 1.3-length sixth behind Sandbar and that’s stakes form again.
$4.60 with bookmakers is a good price and there are no superstars coming up against him.
Race 3. (14:00) Theraces BM66 (1150m)
#6 – Bandol @ $4.40 – BET NOW
This is a tough field with form hard to line up but Bandol was a good winner on debut and that form could continue here.
Trained by the Waterhouse/Bott combination, the three-year-old filly by Snitzel scored by a half-length win at Hawkesbury, which followed some good trial form.
She has had a two-week break following that win and she gets a slight advantage at the weights over most of this field.
Race 4. (14:35) Everest Carnival BM70 (2400m)
#1 – Cormac @ $2.50 – BET NOW
Cormac gets in well on the weights at 59.5kg following his 1.3-length win at Warwick Farm when carrying 57.5kg. The 2kg rise for staying in the same grade isn’t much of a penalty and it would have made a bigger difference had he been carrying 61kg.
That puts him in good shape for this and the son of All Too Hard has the class edge over this field and by some margin. He might only be a two-win type but his form has come around fields stronger than what he will face on Wednesday.
Race 8. (16:55) Australian Turf Club (1300m)
#11 – Gem Song @ $4.80 – BET NOW
Unbeaten after two runs, Gem Song looks to have good potential and is from the in-form Kris Lees stable. The three-year-old colt scored a narrow win last start at Rosehill and having that city-class form is good for this.
He opened up at $5.50 and has firmed into $4.80, but he got as short as $4. We’re expecting plenty of money to come on race day, however, and despite facing a tough field, he has drawn to get the best run.
Ballarat free tips and form
Race 1. (12:30) Ballarat Maiden Plate (1200m)
#1 – Akkadian @ $3.10 – BET NOW
The form line for Akkadian doesn’t impress but he has faced some tough fields throughout his career, including the Group 1 Champagne Stakes in April.
Trained by Matt Cumani, the son of Nicconi is still a maiden runner after seven starts but his third placing at Flemington in March was quality and that form is tops for this.
There are some concerns over his ability and rightfully so but this is his best chance to notch that elusive first win.
Race 2. (13:00) Hertz Ballarat Maiden (1600m)
#11 – Longclaw @ $3 – BET NOW
Mick Price trains the three-year-old colt which is looking to better his two third placings to date.
The well-bred son of Fastnet Rock finished third on debut at Sale as an $11 chance before running third as the $2.80 favourite last time out at Tatura. That track doesn’t suit many runners and having another run at the mile is going to help.
He looms as a nice type in the making and the big field should help his running style.
Race 6. (15:20) Porter Plant BM64 (1200m)
#4 – Unlimited Ability @ $2 – BET NOW
The name suggests that it has plenty to offer and the betting would indicate the same. Unlimited Ability was a 2.5-length winner on debut before going down as the odds-on favourite last start.
Trained by Ken Keys, the lightly-tried son of Equiano finished just behind Nariko at Moe and although he has drawn a tough awkwardly in barrier nine, jockey Jamie Mott might elect to ride him for luck.
He could well start as the odds-on favourite and the Keys stable loves a bet.
Race 7. (15:55) Hygain Winner’s Choice BM70 (1100m)
#4 – Twilight Song @ $2.40 – BET NOW
Lindsay Park Racing have been going super to start this season and Twilight Song could get back into her winning groove here.
The four-year-old mare by Fastnet Rock lodged two wins from her first two starts before running third at Flemington behind She’s So High and then ninth at Rosehill behind I Am Excited.
That’s strong form for a midweek race and we’re not surprised at the short odds on offer.