Bendigo is the flavour of the day when midweek racing commences.
The Wizard of Odds has gone through his best bets for the eight-race card.
Bendigo Race 1
#8 Lumber Punk
Was terribly beaten for speed on his debut over 1000 metres, but did a great job to launch at the winning post late in the race to run fourth.
The three-year-old gelding trained by Leon & Troy Corstens was tailed out at the half point over his 1000-metre effort at Pakenham synthetic and had to make up nearly 12 lengths on the leaders.
Once he flattened out and got going he looked like a proper race horse.
Damien Oliver goes on now and replaces Daniel Stackhouse, so expect a few lengths of improvement with ‘Ollie’ taking the ride.
This sprinter draws a very soft barrier as well which will allow him to conserve his energy for late in the race.
Suggested Bet: Lumber Punk each-way at $7.5 the win and $1.65 the place
Suggested Exotic: Quinella – 8 & 9
Bendigo Race 2
#8 Slickback Teddy
Slickback Teddy put an enormous run over 2100 metres when resuming from a spell and looks set to outstay his rivals here to collect a winner’s cheque.
The Matthew Cumani-trained stayer has to settle last in a maiden at Echuca and launched late in the run with a sustained burst from about the 600-metre mark.
He is going to strip so much fitter than he was first-up and gun hoop John Allen has been asked to guide this horse around the track this year.
Rises in distance to 2400 metres which is going to perfect for him given the way he hit the line at Echuca.
Suggested Bet: Slickback Teedy win at $3.1
Bendigo Race 5
Agreeable has a nice enough first-up profile to deliver victory in this race despite having to carry 60kgs.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained mare ran a huge race when resuming her last preparation after drawing a very wide barrier in BM-64 grade over 1300 metres.
She flashed home late down the outside to just miss out on winning, but this looks a perfect starting point to get campaign off with a win.
She has a fresh record of four starts for three wins and did begin a $2.5 elect when resuming last campaign.
Jye McNeil rides and can find a handy spot from an inside barrier.
Suggested Bet: Agreeable each-way at $5 the win and $1.95 the place
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 3, 6, 8
Bendigo Race 8
Magnajet has a near impeccable first-up record with four runs equating to three victories.
He is clearly a horse who does his best racing a with a few trials and jump outs under his belt then coming into his race with fresh legs in order to sprint sharply.
His trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young opted to immediately spell him after winning a BM-70 at Colac with the potential to eye off something in the spring carnival.
Young apprentice Tianni Chapman has been booked to shed 3kgs off the allotted 62kg and she only has to negate barrier four.
Expecting this five-year-old gelding to find a spot handy to the lead, if not, lead the race itself and be hard to stop at a nice each-way price.
Suggested Bet: Magnajet each-way at $10 the win and $3 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 7, 13