We have attacked Wednesday’s thoroughbred cards with a three-pronged strategy across Canterbury, Sandown and Gawler. Sydney and Adelaide will be the highlights of our selections but Melbourne isn’t lacking in quality, or value, either.
Canterbury is a Good 4 with the rail out 6m the entire circuit.
Sandown is racing on a Soft 5 with the rail out 9m the entire circuit.
Gawler is racing on a Soft 5 with the rail out 6m 1700m to 1500m and 800m to 400m while being 4m out the remainder.
Lightly raced All Too Hard filly SPORTY has drawn to get the run of the race and looks well placed to take out the opening event at Canterbury Park here today. Beaten by a neck at Warwick Farm a fortnight ago and will strip fitter second-up. Trainer and jockey are a lethal combo and look to have found the right race to jag another winner. Big chance.
In what looks an open affair, MANDALAY BAY looks to have found a very winnable race and is sure to be very competitive here today. Showed promise last preparation to be a leading contender over a distance we believe will suit this gelding. Will settle near the rear and be saved for one big run at them. Winning hope.
ÉCLAIR LIGHTNING is a first starter that looks ready to rock and roll after two impressive trials leading into his debut here. Has drawn to get the run of the race and going by his victories at both trials he should be in this for a long way. Looks well placed to get his career off to the right start.
HOME SOIL looked good when finishing in the placings on this track last start and he’s drawn to get the run of the race here today. Will no doubt benefit from his debut run and sure to be very competitive in this field. Looks ready to fire and happy to stick with him.
SCOLIARO looked good when getting the split late to win by half a length at Ballarat last start and is worth following off that effort. Prior to that he was second, albeit beaten six lengths, by Jamaican Rain at Cranbourne and that form looks hot with that galloper winning on the weekend in metro grade at Moonee Valley. Stable/Jockey have a great strike rate when combining and we expect a huge effort from the Darren Weir-trained mare. She looks well placed.
Lightly raced filly GREY SHADOW looked good last start and is our tip here. Got out late and stormed home to be beaten by 2 lengths at Flemington and will be in this for a long way. Look for apprentice Ethan Brown to settle in a midfield position and have the last crack at them in the straight. Has a good turn of foot and looks ready to make a statement here today. Key player.
BRINGAGEM (BEST BET) is our on top selection. Looked good when winning by 2.4 lengths last start and looks perfectly placed to make it successful victories here today. Will settle near the speed and look for him to kick away rounding the Canterbury bend. Will be in this for a long way and looks hard to beat in the final event of the program. Is on seven day back up and rates well.
Ultra-consistent mare GROOVIN’ likes racing on the speed and appears hard to beat in the final event of the program at Sandown today. Beaten by less than two length in a blanket finish after working in the run at Bendigo a fortnight ago. Can atone for that narrow defeat with any luck in the running. Drawn well and will be one of the main hopes. Value.
Resuming from a 10-week lay, ATLANTICA (BEST BET) is one to follow going off her trial victory at Morphettville a fortnight ago. Won by 1.7 lengths at her only start on this track and sure to very competitive after coming up with gate seven. Looks hard to beat and the likely winner.