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Wednesday 19th Midweek Preview

The first Group 1 of the new season kicks off with the Winx Stakes on Saturday, but there’s plenty to watch on Wednesday with midweek action at Canterbury and Sandown…

Canterbury

Race 4

Phemonoe (2) is a lightly raced mare for Godolphin, resuming here after a 23-week spell. In-form apprentice Louise Day rode a double at Randwick on Saturday and with the 3kg claim, this galloper gets in well at the weights.

Having shown the ability to handle heavy tracks and with previous success here at Canterbury, she looks like reasonable value at the $4.20 quote.

Race 5

Another Godolphin runner to watch here, this time talented colt Damaged (3). This bloke won well at Warwick Farm in his second career outing and started a $3.30 favourite in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes against Doubtland, who is currently $11 for the Golden Rose.

Damaged (3) was hampered in that run and recovered slowly, and he lines up for the first time since then on Wednesday. It’s a perfect distance for him, and if he is ready to go, looks a good price at $4.60.

Race 6

Aim (4) contested just about all of the big Group races in his two-year-old season, having lined up in the Magic Millions Classic, Skyline Stakes (Group 2), Pago Pago Stakes (Group 3), Sires Produce (Group 1), and Champagne Stakes (Group 1).

He has come up against the cream of the crop in those races, and this is a midweek Benchmark 72 Handicap. There should be some hot speed in front of him here, and if runners are able to make up ground running on, the $7.50 looks big overs for a horse of his talent.

Watch Aim work home well to place in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes:

Race 7

Monsieur Sisu (8) drops back to the midweek class here after a pair of runs on Saturdays. He was just swamped last start finishing a close second having been pressured the whole way at the front of the pack.

He should be able to grab the lead uncontested here and control proceedings, getting in very well at the weights with the 3kg claim. At $5.50, he looks a bet.

Sandown

Race 1

Yet another member of the Blue Army to watch here, with Awkward (2) looking to have a nice setup for the James Cummings / Brad Rawiller combination.

She’s been knocking on the door with four places from four career starts, and returns to a good surface here. There doesn’t appear to be much speed in the race so she should be able to get a nice run behind the leaders on the rail, and looks overs at the $5 mark.

Race 5

Cracksman (2) has been ultra consistent this prep, with 5 placings and a win from 6 outings, and looks ready to return to the winners list here.

He’s down in class, back to a Benchmark 64 level, having just run out of steam when being pipped in the last 100m last week. On the short backup he’ll be rock hard fit and will be in this a long way.

The Shark will be posting his tips for another midweek collect, click the link below for his selections for all the midweek action just in time for spring.