Wednesday racing return to Canterbury and Sale for the main midweek meetings in NSW and Victoria.
The Wizard of Odds has found a vulnerable odds-on shot that can be beaten as well as a four-year-old mare whose luck should change at Canterbury.
Sale Race 2
Arentee looks to possess a degree of talent far superior to provincial maiden grade after he has shown at his two most recent jump outs.
The two-year-old colt from the Chris Meagher stable had a jump out back in February but was given time to build his strength and fitness.
He returned to the racing scene with a very impressive jump out over 750 metres at Balnarring on May 5 after going toe to toe with smart city winner Argentia.
He then showed good dash from an inside barrier at Mornington to win a 900-metre jump out with ease.
Love the professionalism and head carriage this horse has shown so early in his career.
It is exactly the type of racing style that will acquit him well on debut.
Suggested Bet: Arentee win at $2.9
Sale Race 5
Pharrell is beginning to get long in the tooth but the ten-year-old gelding still has plenty of racing life left in him.
Sale is basically his home away from home having recorded four wins and ten minor placings from 31 starts at the track.
His record at the the 2000-metre distance range reads quite well too; nine starts for three wins and three minor placings.
The Nick Harnett-trained galloper enjoys dong his racing on rain effect ground as well.
With predicted rain forecast in Sale it will enhance his chances and he looks a nice each-way bet at a long price.
Suggested Bet: Pharrell each-way at $17 the win and $4.6 the place
Suggested Exotic: F4 – 1, 5/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Sale Race 6
#6 Red On Red
I’m Thunderstruck is clearly the best horse in the race but he comes up incredibly short in the market for a horse who will need the run.
Given the rain that is forecast, it would be much preferred to be with a horse who is race fit and that means we have landed with Red on Red.
He started a $2.4 favourite when racing on a heavy eight track at Moe last start and had to cut the breeze three-wide without any cover.
He has drawn a middle gate for this race but he should be able to blend in the three-wide running line with cover and peel out to what should be the best part of the track.
He looks over the odds for a horse who is fit and can handle the wet conditions.
Suggested bet: Red on Red each-way at $13 the win and $3.4 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 1 & 6
Canterbury Race 4
#5 Miss Fox
Miss Fox did not have much luck when racing first-up over 1100 metres at Randwick-Kensington last start.
She was bailed away on the fence and never really got clear until the last 100 metres and by then the winners were off and gone.
She seems to excel on rain-effected going and she will get a soft or heavy track which should see her be very competitive in this race.
Barrier six will see her keep out of trouble and Joshua Parr should be able to make his run on the four-year-old mare when he pleases.
Her second-up run last preparation behind the city-performed Hulk is good enough to be winning a race like this.
Suggested bet: Miss Fox each-way at $6 the win and $2.6 the place (No Third Dividend).
Canterbury Race 5
He is slowly starting to become an enigma but Fastconi will never get a better chance to win a race.
Gets some weight relief after having to lug around 60.5 kilos last start when running second behind Dynamic Impact.
He also gets the blinkers on for the first time and he drops down to 1100 metres which is the perfect recipe for success.
James McDonald should be able to settle him handy to the lead speed and let down with the three-year-old’s sprint at around the 300-metre mark.
Surprising that he is not clear favourite in this race given his last three starts have all been in town, whereas his main rival in the market, Stoical, has only won what seems to be a weak provincial race.
Suggested bet: Fastconi win at $2.25