September 16: 8 Midweek Horses to Watch at Bendigo & Warwick Farm

Warwick Farm
Tue 15th September 2020

Spring is in full swing and there are some promising types going around tomorrow at the midweek grade, let’s take a quick look at a few to follow.


Race 5 – Class 1 Handicap – 1400m

There are a few to keep an eye on here, with Cambourne ($4.60) at the top of the list. This colt from the Mick Price yard dominated on debut and steps up in grade here. Holds a Caulfield Guineas nomination, and another win here would see that path become a whole lot clearer.

Watch: Cambourne’s impressive debut win.

Others to watch here are Branders Rule ($9), who drops down after competing in the Group 3 Vain Stakes, and the Group 3 McNeil Stakes, and also Early Morning Rise ($3.50), who looks ready to win third up after two placings.

Race 6 – Benchmark 70 – 1300m

I’ll be keeping an eye on The Difference ($4) from the Tony McEvoy camp, who is looking to complete a hattrick of wins after some dominant form in South Australia.

Will need some luck with his racing style, but this galloper has a nice turn of foot and could challenge favourite Shotmaker.

Watch: The Difference power through the line last start at Morphettville.

Warwick Farm

Race 1 – Maiden Handicap – 1400m

I’ll be watching Winx’s half-sister Covent Garden ($7.50) here, with James McDonald retaining the ride. She looked green and battled on gamely last start, and is worth another watch, especially at each way odds.

Watch: Covent Garden run home solidly last outing.

Race 2 – Maiden – 1100m

I’ll be keeping a close eye on Osamu ($7) here, who has raced against far better competition than this lot in his short career, with his last four starts being the Inglis Millenium, the Group 2 Skyline Stakes, the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes, and the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes.

This is a significant drop in grade, and at the price, I’ll definitely have a small play.

Watch: Osamu run second behind Mamaragan in the Skyline Stakes last preparation.

Race 3 – Benchmark 72 – 1600m

A couple of very talented types from powerful stables clashing here with Godolphin’s Suave ($4.60) and Waller’s Bucharest ($2.60).

Both have been in good form this preparation and it looks to be a good battle, I’ll probably be staying out and just watching them without investment, though I’m leaning towards Suave at the better odds.

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.