Another Wednesday means some good midweek racing to get us over the hump. There’s meetings at Canterbury, Sandown and Doomben where we can hopefully find a few winners.
Billy Bestford has had a look across the three meetings and has found his best bets for the day.
Think (6) Larkspur Run will be a much improved horse coming into her 2nd preparation and only got better with race experience last time in work. She broke her maiden in good fashion last start before heading for a spell and has since been trialling well. She showed enough in those trials to suggest she’ll be a good winning chance here fresh today. Will have no issues getting through the conditions, with all three career runs coming on rain affected tracks. Maps for a perfect run in transit and will be hard to beat.
(3) Seleque is beginning to build a handy record having only missed the trifecta in two career starts. Comes into this off the back of a good win over 1100m on a heavy track first up and will only improve off the back of that. She beat Van Giz there who has since come out and won a decent Saturday race so the form is stacking up. Berry sticks for the ride today and this race looks no tougher than what she faced last start.
No flash odds about him but (11) Hosier looks an extremely promising horse for Robert Hickmott. He has won his first two local starts by a combined 9.5L since arriving in Aus and continues to show signs that he will only get better over further. His 6th on debut at Leopardstown has turned into one of the better form races you will see. Tiger Moth won that race and he of course came extremely close to winning last year’s Melbourne Cup while it also produced placegetters in the G1 Irish Derby. Expect Melham to roll straight to the front and the horse do the rest from there. He will go onto win better races than this.
Another handy little race but honestly thought (3) Wicklow Town could run well at a big price. He looks ready to win 3rd up following a good 3rd in a stronger race than this last start. He ran home wide against the bias there and does his best work on these slightly rain affected tracks. Assuming the track is someone near the heavy range you’d have to say the horses at the top of the market are some query. The claim for Will Price is ideal and he now looks suited out to 1400m now. Has two wins from three 3rd up runs and I’ve definitely seen worse $20 chances.
Happy to be with (2) Off Shaw here who looked a massive chance in the last on Saturday until it was unfortunately abandoned due to a very wet track. Will get his wet track again here today and looks perfectly placed coming into this off a close 2nd to his stablemate. Parr should roll forward from the barrier and expecting this horse to take a lot of running down.
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