There are two meetings to look at on Wednesday, with Tamworth and Ballarat getting my attention.
There are my best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet – Race 1, No. 1: Its Ideal
Tamworth can be a tricky track, especially for a first starter, and he’s drawn Gate 1, but if he gets around it safely, he has a fair bit on this lot. He’s the first starter for Rickie Alchin that has been solid in a couple of Menangle trials to get ready for this start. He’s nothing flash on the clock, but he’s good enough to take care of this average bunch.
Next-best bet – Race 3, No. 2: Beefy Benson
He’s in a similar boat to his stablemate Its Ideal. If he handles Tamworth, he’ll win. He was dominant all the way as a winner at Penrith in a race far stronger than this, so he looks so well placed, especially with Gate 2. He should lead comfortably and prove too classy. Multi both of them up.
Value bet – Race 5, No. 1: Redbank Olivia
This is a tricky race, so she’s worth an each-way ticket. She was good in defeat from a nasty draw at Armidale two back. Then class got her home here last start from a second-row draw in an impressive display. She should get run the of the race from the pole, leaders back, and she’ll only run well.
Best bet – Race 3, No. 3: Seaside Sister
I think she’s very well placed to get back onto the winners list. She was short-priced elect last time out when forced to sit wide with no cover for the trip and stuck on bravely to finish third after doing all the work. Hopefully she can get cover this time around, and her best has a fair bit on these.
Next-best bet – Race 5, No. 1: Beyond Delight
He’s a classy four-year-old that I think will lead throughout. He was a ripping fourth in the Chariots of Fire before going to this track at this distance when pretty much first up and was miles too good for them. There is quality to this line-up, but with the barrier draw, he’s the one they have to beat.
Value best – Race 1, No. 9: Mielicki
This is a tricky race to start the meeting with, so I’m having a very small speck at odds 1×3. He wasn’t the best away fresh at Bendigo but got the suck run on the pegs, recovered and found the line pretty well behind a really progressive trotter. If he does everything right, he’s in with a shout at a good price.