The midweek preview and best bets from Sandown and Warwick Farm are in.
The Wiz has gone through both cards and highlighted the selections you want to be with come Wednesday afternoon on the punt.
Giddy up, punters!
sandown race 3
#1 gunmetal girl
Raced in a high pressure 1400-metre race in BM-70 grade last start and did a great job to stick on and run fourth.
She was beaten just over a length by the heavily backed Flying Mascot who seems to have a fair bit of talent.
Mark Zahra takes the ride here and the step up to the mile for the first time in her career should prove no issue given she has a good base of residual fitness.
She has drawn a wide barrier in this race but she possess good speed early in her to counteract the gate and hopefully Zahra is nice and positive early as he usually is.
Expecting her run a bold each-way race even with the 60.5kgs.
Suggested Bet: Gunmetal Girl each-way at $6.5 the win and $2.4 the place
SANDOWN RACE 4
Zousonic resumed for the Matt Cumani stable last start after being transferred from the Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra yard.
It was a good return run for the four-year-old mare after settling eight lengths off the leaders and hitting the line down the outside to run fourth.
She was beaten two-and-a-half lengths by the eventual winner Faretti who has since run well on Saturday at Bendigo.
The stallion chain comes off for the first time in her career which suggests the new stable have got settling down well and conserving her energy for the race.
She draws closer in this time compared to her first-up run where she jumped from barrier nine of nine.
Apprentice Will Price takes two kilos off her back and he should be able to give her a dig up upon the gates, settle her closer to the speed and find his run in the straight.
Definitely one of the best of the day at Sandown.
Suggested Bet: Zousonic win at $3.6
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 1, 5, 9/ 1, 5, 9/ 1, 4, 5, 9,
sandown race 6
#14 The midnight shift
The Midnight Shift is ready to run to his absolute best in this race having.
Since being acquired from New Zealand by Clayton Douglas, this five-year-old gelding has strung together two runs this preparation that have him screaming for this rise in distance to 2400 metres.
His last start was against the current favourite in this race, Sign Seal and Deliver, and he looked the winner at the 250-metre mark when Daniel Stackhouse released the brakes and he bounded to the front by two lengths.
It was a lovely turn of foot given the high pressure lead speed, but his fitness just gave out late in the race and he faded in the last 50 metres to finish fourth.
Now, with that second-up run under his saddle and the booking of Australia’s best jockey Jamie Kah, he is ready to win.
Lovely each-way price here and just hoping the star of Australian racing can navigate a path that allows our selection to get an economical run from the wide barrier.
Suggested Bet: The Midnight Shift each-way at $9 the win and $3 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 2, 14/ 2, 6, 7, 10, 14/ 2, 6, 7, 10, 14
Warwick Farm Race 3
#6 Shangani Patrol
Shanghai Patrol looks to get complete control of the lead in this race and on the drying Warwick Farm track it might prove a big advantage.
Happy to forgive his last run over 2400 metres at the Randwick-Kensington meeting last Wednesday and put the focus on his runner-up effort at the Warwick Farm 2200-metre BM-72 event on March 3.
He scooted along in the lead that day and just found La Grisa a little bit better than him in the concluding stages of the race to run second beaten a quarter-of-a-length.
He gets a very similar set up in this race but does drop down one kilo from the run earlier this month which might just prove pivotal in the concluding stages of the race.
Sam Clipperton cannot afford to sit and sprint in this race.
With a lot of horses chasing him possessing a much sharper turn of foot, predicting Clipperton will bowl along in front on our selection and get all the back-markers and horses behind him chasing from a long way out.
Another horse we can back each-way.
Suggested Bet: Shangani Patrol each-way at $10 the win and $2.8 the place
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 3, 6, 8/ 3, 6, 8, 9/ 3, 6, 8, 9
Warwick Farm race 5
Shock… Godolphin look to have unearthed another three-year-old filly who will progress through the grades nicely.
Eleusa resumed with a first-up second at Newcastle over 1200 metres in a Class 1 race and then showed a sustained finishing burst at Hawkesbury over 1400 metres to nab victory right on the line.
The Hawkesbury win, albeit a Class 1 event, was full of merit.
Brodie Loy snagged her back at the jump and settled second last in the field of nine.
Loy then asked her for improvement at around the 600-metre mark and she responded in an instant to whip around the outside and launch her run down the middle of the straight.
She kept grinding away to haul in Yardstick right on the line and that run will bring her on beautifully to tackle to the mile for the first time in her career.
Go-to Godolphin jockey Rachel King has been booked to take the ride here and from a soft gate she can settle this nice filly much closer to the speed than last start.
Suggested Bet: Eleusa win at $4.8
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 1, 3, 10/ 1, 3, 7, 10/ 1, 3, 7, 9 ,10