There are two meetings to look at on Wednesday night, with Geelong and Bathurst getting my attention.
Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 5, Number 7, Soho Bollinger
Class gets him home. This horse is a quality three-year-old colt that resumes for the Stanley camp after a strong two-year-old season, where he took on the best of the best and was far from disgraced each time he stepped out in strong company. This horse resumes without a trial and has drawn poorly, but class gets him home.
Next best: Race 6, Number 4, Cant Top This
He should be winning. This horse is a talented animal for Emma Stewart that looked a near good thing when racing at Melton last time and looked to get a comfortable lead, but galloped and that ended his chances. Provided he does everything right, he should find the front and prove awfully hard to get past.
Value: Race 2, Number 10, Buslin Brody
It’ll be heart-in-your-mouth stuff from the standing start, but if he gets away cleanly, he only runs well in a race like this. This horse was good in defeat fresh at Kilmore when outside the speed. Then last time at Shepparton, he galloped and took no competitive part. If he brings his best manners, he can win this for sure.
Best bet: Race 1, Number 5, My Belle And Me
This mare should start the meeting on the right note. This horse ran last Wednesday here when showing good gate speed to land in an ideal spot near the speed and battled on really well in defeat. This race doesn’t look strong overall and with her gate speed, she finds the front and proves hard to run down.
Next best: Race 3, Number 9, Im Desirable
She’s a sharp filly who should prove very hard to beat back to this level. This horse found the class a bit rich two back at Menangle behind star filly Tough Tilly. This horse then went to Young and wasn’t suited to the tight track. This horse is better suited here, with a driver upgrade, and despite the second-row draw, is clearly the one to beat.
Value: Race 8, Number 1, Call Her Ari
I can back her each way. David Jack had good success with the Tiara Final on Saturday night, and he has this filly in the Bronze Consolation. Her two career outings to date have been just fair, but this race is much weaker compared to her last-start effort here and from the pole, she should get every chance.