With metro meetings at Canterbury, Eagle Farm and Belmont Park plus a provincial fixture at Gawler and a country meeting at Geelong there’s plenty of action to get involved with this Wednesday.
The penultimate race on the Canterbury card looks to be a highly competitive 1100m Benchmark 72 contest with Kim Waugh’s Conrad and the Scott Collings-trained Ten Bells vying for favouritism.
The former has a good barrier draw in two and has been freshened up since finishing down the field in a Benchmark 72 event over this trip at Randwick when racing first up in June. Has won second up in the past and while untried on heavy ground has shown placed form on soft in the past and has a good jockey up in Nash Rawiller.
Preference however is for his market rival here Ten Bells who demonstrated good form last spell winning three of his four starts including twice over this distance at Randwick.
Successful in a Class 3 on a soft 6 track at Randwick when last in action back in October the five-year-old mare has won first up on both previous attempts while the booking of Hugh Bowman, who is looking to improve on a 23% strike-rate (14/62) here in the last year is a further positive.
The daughter of Nicconi is versatile with regards tactics having won racing close to the speed and when ridden from off the pace and she looks capable of taking her record to five wins from seven starts on her first outing at this track.
The bend comes up fairly quickly over 1200m at Eagle Farm so with that in mind it can pay to oppose Cherrypick who has been drawn widest of all for handler Jack Bruce.
The four-year-old mare had a good barrier draw when triumphing over 1200m in a Class 2 event at Ipswich when racing first up under her rider here Ben E Thompson. Likely to have improved for that effort but she looks opposable with preference for Genuine Al who drops in grade for this contest.
Paul Duncan’s charge hasn’t been seen in action since finishing down the field over 1805m at this venue last October but notably the son of Atlante boasts an impressive two wins from three first up starts.
Luke Tarrant takes the ride for the first time since the pair finished fourth over 1400m in a higher grade here just over a year ago and while the drop to 1200m is a slight concern Genuine Al is a versatile sort tactics wise having won when racing on the speed and also when tracking the pace and he is taken to defy top weight.
In the Belmont Park opener, a 1000m maiden set to take place on a heavy 10 track Vitalize is expected to prove popular with punters following two second place finishes at Ascot prior to a fourth in a 1200m maiden at Pinjarra Scarpside in her final three starts last spell.
Chris Parnham, her jockey here knows the daughter of Cable Bay well having been on board for all three of those starts but she may find at least one too good here with her only starts on wet tracks resulting in two down the field efforts at this venue in July last year.
Smiling Girl on the other hand has shown a liking for heavy going in the past including when runner-up over 1000m on a heavy 8 track at Pinjarra last month.
Attempted to make all that day prior to being pegged back late on and a draw in barrier five is a positive should connections wish to employ similar tactics in this contest.
Victoria Corver has ridden the four-year-old on all bar one of her nine starts to date and she can steer the daughter of City Place to victory for trainer Vernon Brockman.