Three programs have been set down for Wednesday night. Down below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 1, number 1 Valbarann Valbarann can be a frustrating mare to follow, but the set-up does look ideal for her. Too bad to be true last Wednesday when leading and tiring late, beating one runner home. Danielle Hill takes the drive and she does drive Mildura very well. I’m expecting her to hold up and lead from the inside before some Hill magic gets her home.
Next best: Race 3, number 1 Skippers Swan Song It was heart in the mouth stuff when she galloped on a couple of occasions two weeks ago in what was her first look at the track and it cost her the win. Has since been to the trials at the track and looked much better there. Has the inside gate and with clean manners, should be able to lead and prove very hard to beat.
Value: Race 7, number 1 Good Onya Good Onya is nine years of age, but is still maintaining a healthy zest for racing. Ran over the 1790m here last Wednesday when three back on the pegs and looked to have something to offer late when held up, eventually finishing a close up fourth. Hopefully can hold leaders back here and if so, I think he only runs well in what looks a competitive race.
Best bet: Race 1, number 10 Wattlebank Lass Wattlebank Lass should be short but should be winning. She’s a former Kiwi filly that makes her Australian debut for Amanda Turnbull, and showed good promise when racing in New Zealand. Now with Turnbull, she has really looked the part in her Bathurst trials. Not expecting anything flash, but she should win and would be an ideal multi anchor.
Next best: Race 4, number 1 Jak Magic Jak Magic’s recent form has been suspect, but he finally has a barrier to use. Forget he went around at Blayney last time out – he did far too much work when outside the speed and tired late. That was a month ago, so I don’t mind the break between runs. Should hold up and lead from the inside and from there, Matt Rue can control the race and prove too good.
Value: Race 6, number 1 Lady Swiss Lady Swisse will need luck from the draw because she usually doesn’t show any real gate speed. That was the case from the pole two weeks ago when four back on the pegs and getting shuffled back out of the race. You’ll know your fate 400m after the start but if she can hold a forward spot, she can run a positive race each way.
Best bet: Race 2, number 1 Sword And Shield His recent form is patchy, but if ever Sword And Shield is going to win another race, this will be it. He was far from disgraced last time out after getting the 1/1. He should lead these up pretty comfortably and all things being equal, he’ll prove too good in what looks a moderate race overall. I’d want $2.50-$3 for him today – anything shorter I’d just watch.
Next best: Race 3, number 1 Maywyns Jewel Maywyns Jewell will look the winner for a long way out in front. Did a power of work two back and was able to cling on and win, then led again last time out, copped pressure yet kicked on strongly, only to be grabbed late. She’s had hard racing in recent times but is holding her form really well. If she can get a cheap quarter in front, she’s the one to beat.
Value: Race 5, number 1 Duke He’s flying at the moment without winning. His run had plenty of merit to it last Wednesday here. Got trapped back on the pegs and just couldn’t get a chance to build proper momentum in a good effort behind Ghost Gum. Draws much better this time around and can hold a forward spot, proving hard to beat.