With spring in the air, racing returns to Warwick Farm and Sale this Wednesday. With competitive programs at both venues, find out who our experts are expecting to take home the chocolates!
Warwick Farm Race 4
#10 Golden Passport
Golden Passport will have supporters after producing a consistent preparation to date. The Sebring gelding hasn’t finished outside the trifecta this campaign, and he has been screaming out for the longer trip since the moon landing. He will roll forward and pilot the field, and if he can catch his rivals napping during the run, he can pinch a winning break. Big watch!
Shafty has been racing well this preparation. The Shaft gelding put two wins together during the current campaign, and he looks well placed in this company. From barrier three, he can sit in the box seat, and if the gaps appear as they run for the judge, he can make his presence felt late. His record at the distance is the biggest deterrent.
Father’s Day is ready to win. The Galileo gelding has caught the eye in both runs this preparation, and I expect the enigmatic six-year-old to peak third-up from a spell on Wednesday. The step up to 2400m is advantageous, and the big boy should get the run of the race from the ideal barrier draw. The class rise is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: Golden Passport @ $5.50
Warwick Farm RACE 7
Epicus is too consistent to dismiss. The Capitalist gelding is building an impressive career record, and his two trials leading into this event were ominous. He traditionally performs well over the 1200m, and if he can find the front during the race’s early stages, he will look the winner on straightening. The early market support indicates a bold showing fresh.
Cool Lad is racing gamely this campaign. The Al Maher gelding has been in the placings the majority of his preparation, and I suspect he has the fitness edge on his rivals. From barrier nine, he will sit midfield with cover, and if Kerrin Mc Evoy presses the go button at the right time, I expect him to figure in the finish. Watch for him late!
Dollar Magic is ready for her trip to town. The Shamus Award mare has been racing extremely well on the country and provincial circuits, and she finds a winnable city assignment second-up. The 1200m is ideal at this stage of her campaign, and her record at the distance must be respected. She may need luck from the wide alley.
Suggested Bet: Epicus @ $18.00
Sale Race 6
Miletus looks well placed fresh, meeting easier opposition. The talented Olympic Glory gelding draws the cherry, and he should get the perfect run in transit. He is undefeated at Sale, and I expect him to be savaging the line late. The flood of early money indicates he is ready for a first-up tilt, and with even luck in running, he can prove too strong late. His record at the distance is the primary concern.
High Done was good first-up without threatening. The seasoned campaigner is super honest, and his best form reads exceptionally well for this event. The High Chaparral gelding may need some luck jumping from the carpark draw, and the handicapper hasn’t missed the eight-year-old with the allocated 62.5kg. If he can find the bunny during the race’s early stages, he can give a good sight. Take on trust.
Aria Electra was good late first-up at Cranbourne. The Scissor Kick mare is a winner previously second-up, and she finds her pet distance. From the middle gate, she can roll forward and throw her hat in the ring, and if she is left to her devices on top of the speed, she can upset her more fancied rivals. Over the odds!
Suggested Bet: Miletus @ $6.50
Sale Race 7
#6 Lady Di Di
Lady Di Di looked the winner first-up at Sandown. She was brave in defeat and looks well placed at Benchmark 64 level. Her second-up record must be respected, and the Sale track holds no fear for the talented Written Tycoon mare. The four-year-old will push forward and pilot the field, and if she can catch a mid-race breather, she can win. The last 100m is her biggest challenge.
Joltin’ Joe was ok in a harder race at Flemington at his latest outing. He will appreciate the significant drop-in class and traditionally performs well at the track. The step out in distance is ideal, and I suspect he has been trained to peak third-up from a spell. From barrier one, he will get the perfect cart into the race, and if the leaders spend their pennies early, he can capitalise late.
Red Hawk is in career-best form. The Deep Field gelding will appreciate the current track conditions, and he looks perfectly placed jumping from an inside barrier. He looks ready for the longer sprinting trip, and if he doesn’t get dragged into an early-speed battle, he can take home the chocolates. His fate may be decided during the first furlong.
Suggested Bet: Lady Di Di @ $2.15