October 7: 3 Bank Builders at Bendigo & Warwick Farm

tactical advantage
Tue 6th October 2020

It’s a stock standard midweek card at Bendigo with a few to keep an eye on, whereas there are a few Saturday horses going around at Warwick Farm, with one at big overs!

Let’s take a look at a few to watch on Wednesday to boost the balance before a big Caulfield Guineas Day on Saturday.


Race 1 – Maiden – 1000m

Far Enough ($2.70) looked the goods in a recent Cranbourne jumpout, winning with ease without being urged by the rider, clocking a nice time on a wet deck.

Obviously there are lots of lightly raced runners here that muddies the waters, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Far Enough with Damien Oliver booked for the ride.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Far Enough at $2.70.

Watch: Far Enough win his Cranbourne jumpout with ease.

Race 5 – Benchmark 70 – 1100m

This looks a good contest, with The Gauch ($3.80) the pick of them for mine, with Ocular ($4.80) and Grand Scholar ($4.40) also prominent.

The Gauch has been travelling well for the Maher Eustace operation and looks likely to complete a hattrick of wins here, against the drifting Ocular who pulled up lame after his disappointment at Flemington, and Grand Scholar, who may need a run after a 32-week break.

Verdict: I’ll be backing The Gauch at $3.80.

Watch: The Gauch gap them at Mornington in impressive fashion.


Warwick Farm

Race 4 – Flying Handicap – 1000m

There are some big names going around here for a midweek meet, with Villami ($2.90), California Zimbol ($3.40), and Pandemic ($2.70) all prominently placed in the market and hard to split.

All three of them haven’t raced since autumn and may not be quite at their best first up, so I’m turning to Tactical Advantage ($13/$2.35) at the each way quote who has the fitness advantage over the short-priced trio.

Louise Day jumps on and claims 3kg, and the price looks more than reasonable for an each way play.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Tactical Advantage at $13/$2.35 each way.

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.