Winning Form brings us their best bets and tips from Wednesday's Australian Racing taking place at Warwick Farm.
Best Bet: DARALINA BELLE (Race 6)
Value Bet: ZUDIN (Race 5)
Jackpot (race 5 – 8)
ZUDIN has finished second in his last two runs, the latest over 2100M, a half-length behind the winner, despite coming three-wide into the home straight. He finished strongly that day suggesting that the extra ground on offer here will be to his liking. From draw five, he is taken to be the value bet on the day’s card.
ARABOLINI has, by coincidence, also finished second in his last two outings, the latest a head defeat over twelve furlongs. He tried to go from jump to wire that day and was only collared in the shadow of the post. He gets a wide gate ten, but he should use his early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy.
SOUND OF CANNONS is drawn one inside the latter and raced among the backmarkers before making good late progress to end up in seventh place last time out over twelve furlongs, just over five lengths back from the winner and the form of that race has been franked. He should not be lightly dismissed in this line-up.
The day’s best bet, DARALINA BELLE has only had the three starts to date, but she has won all three, the latest over seven furlongs when putting 4.3L between herself and the opposition. She had to be steadied off the heels of other runners at the 1200m but recovered well to hit the front at the 275M mark and the race was over as a contest from that point. She has subsequently won a barrier trial and from her handy draw two, she could prove very difficult to topple.
PARACHUTER followed up her penultimate run victory over six furlongs with a third-place finish next time out over 1300M, one length adrift of the winner. She tried to go from gun to tape that day and did hang out between the 600M and 400M as well as in the home stretch, so that effort was encouraging. From gate five, she could emerge as the main danger to the top choice.
MAJELLA is the stable companion to the top pick and is seldom far off the action. Although recorded as finishing fifth last time out over a mile, she was just over two and a half lengths behind the winner, despite jumping awkwardly. She is drawn the widest of them all in gate eleven but gets the services of ex-SA jockey Glyn Schofield, so will get all the necessary assistance from the saddle.
MOLLYCODDLE is a 4yr old filly taking on the boys, but she did not get the clearest of passages in the home straight, only seeing daylight at the 250M pole before finishing well to end up in fifth spot last time out over 1300M, just over three lengths adrift of the victor. She returns from a 14-week rest but has had the one barrier trial where she finished fifth. She jumps from gate five and should give the males a good run for their money.
TORUN has consistent formlines to his name and jumped awkwardly before finishing third in his latest outing over six furlongs, just over a length back from the winner. He faces a wide draw ten but will have a set of blinkers fitted for the first time and if these have the desired effect, he should keep the top selection honest.
PROMOTIONS tried to run the field off their feet when going to the head of affairs before finishing fourth last time out over seven furlongs, just over one length behind the winner. He is drawn one inside the latter and could prove difficult to reel in over the closing stages of the contest.
SIX AGAIN has only had the two runs to date, finishing second on debut over 1100M and then winning next time out over 900M by some 3.8L when returning from a 23-week absence. She shot clear of the chasing pack at the 250M mark to win easing up going through to the wire. She gets a cosy draw two and should be right up there when they hit the line.
Although SONNET STAR is recorded as finishing sixth in her latest start over 1100M, she was just 1.7L behind the winner, but she had nothing go her way that day. She jumped awkwardly, overraced in the early and middle stages when green, had to be steadied off the heels of other runners at the 700M mark, came four-wide into the home straight and then finally, was hampered at the 300M pole. Given the circumstances, she did well to finish as close to the winner as she did. She is drawn the widest of them all in gate fourteen and does have her first run since a 19-week break, with no barrier trial, but if not in need of the outing and with better luck in running today, she should be a factor here.
LADY BROOK on the other hand has cracked pole position. She won her penultimate outing over five furlongs and then finished second in her next start over six furlongs, 2.3L off the winner. She has her first run for her new trainer, but she did win her only barrier trial to prove her well-being and should be included in all bets.