Adam Page gives us his best bets for today’s racing at Ballarat racecourse and Wyong racecourse. View his tips and selections.
Race Four – Number Six Sharland
Progressive four-year-old gelding from the Matty Smith stable at Warwick Farm. Has been plaguged by bad barriers and huge weights in his four runs this campaign, but his last start was nothing short of outstanding at Canberra. Carried 58.5kg, sat five wide with no cover yet finished only 1.5 lengths away from the winner. The runner up in that race, Celero, was very impressive on Tuesday when winning. Sharland only has to carry 54.5kg here, drawn well, loves a wet track and meets a field that is either out of form or in need of this run.
Race Six – Number Five Observer
Lovely type of horse for Team Hawkes resuming. Was a solid favourite on debut at Warwick Farm back in November of last year and finished a close up fourth behind the handy galloper Ready Steady Vetti. He has since been gelded, and it looks as if it has worked judging by his stylish trial win at Rosehill recently. He doesn’t take on much here, but with normal luck he will win well and step up to city class soon.
Race Seven – Number Seven Market Gal
It was a bit unfortunate to see what happened to this daughter of Viscount first up at Gosford. She drifted well back and was in bother before getting out late and charging at the end to narrowly miss Cool Hand James in a tight finish. She is fitter, drawn well, weighted beautifully and should be at each-way odds due to Peter Snowden having an unbeaten runner in the race.
Race One – Number Three Strategic Spell
Big drifter in the betting when he resumed after a 286 day spell recently at Geelong and closed off strongly to just miss out in a bob of the head finish. He would have been wound up for that run but no doubt he will improve dramatically after a long lay-off. Rodd probably had the option of the two horses for Kav and he has gone with this one so I’ll back his judgement and cheer for this one.
Race Six – Number Three Diamond Bill
Has shown plenty of promise and he found his race last start at Echuca when he sat back and drew away over the final 150m to give his rivals a spanking. He’ll get the gun run from barrier five, Rawiller sticks and he does have the fitness factor on his side. Looks to be a good betting race, but I’m confident this bloke can get home for the punters.
Written by Adam Page
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