Day 2 of the Warrnambool Carnival greets us with ten races headlined by the Wangoom Handicap sprint.
There are plenty of bets littered throughout the program, and the Punter’s Prince has landed on his best for what is set to be another cracking day of racing.
Warrnambool Race 1
#8 yellow sam
We will be betting on either fitness and runs on the board or talent and potential.
I have settled on the talent and potential of Yellow Sam, who bobs up into his first race as a two-year-old filly with two jump-outs under her belt.
She has shown good zip in her jump-out wins and is trained by local star Lindsey Smith.
Interesting to note that Damien Oliver has been booked for this ride, which is a clear sign this horse is screwed down enough to be winning.
Oliver is not jumping on a first-starter to have a look around the place; he is on it to win.
The perfect barrier for him and the filly to suck up, find the lead and run them ragged.
Suggested Bet: Yellow Sam win at $2.90
Suggested Exotic: Exacta 8 & 1
Warrnambool race 2
#12 life lessons
Life Lessons brings the best form of any raced horse into this event.
She debuted at Sandown over 1200 metres behind the race-fit Fuller and acquitted herself strongly to run second on a soft seven-track.
She tapered off with her run late in that race, which is a sign that she lacked fitness.
With that run under her belt, expect a more robust finish here, and she should get the charmed run with cover from the inside barrier.
It looks tough to run down if she can come on the three to five lengths expected from her first-up effort.
Suggested Bet: Life Lessons win at $2.80
warrnambool race 8
Danny O’Brien and Damien Oliver are no strangers to the Wangoom Handicap, having combined for victory in 2020 with Order of Command.
The pair now saddle up Showmanship, nominated for a handful of black-type city races but subsequently scratched.
He now appears here at the ‘Bool with a very slick trial in between two nice jumpouts.
He is a horse who has had a year-and-a-half away from the racing scene, but there is no doubting his talent.
He was a favourite for Group 1 races in 2020, but injuries and setbacks have halted his progression.
He seems to have returned in good order and can win this race upon resumption.
Suggested Bet: Showmanship win at $3.20
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 4/ 3, 5, 6, 10, 12/ 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15
warrnambool race 10
A leader down in grade is often a good betting strategy.
Gonnadancealot steps back in grade from the Group 3 Auraria Stakes won by My Whisper, who ultimately went on to run strongly in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks.
This Lindsey Smith-trained three-year-old filly now makes her way home to Warrnambool and finds a race she can completely own out in the lead.
We saw what she was able to do when she could dictate terms and tempo at Terang when she won in this class only two starts ago.
She goes up 3kgs from that win at Terang, but it will not mean much given how muscular her fitness is and the comfortable lead she should get, which will help her conserve energy for late in the race.
Suggested Bet: Gonnadancealot win at $4.60