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

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.

Bendigo

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.

Author: Will Guest

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.

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