With metro action from Belmont Park, Sandown-Lakeside and Warwick Farm plus a provincial card at Mt Gambier there's some great racing set to take place this Wednesday with plenty of action for punters to get stuck into.
Take Flood for Warwick Farm glory
Tim Clark's mount Snitzonfire is among the fancies ahead of the fifth race on the Warwick Farm card, a 1400m Benchmark 72 event and he demonstrated good form last spell winning three times including in a Benchmark 68 contest over this trip in October. Found the Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas too hot on his final start and while he finished a fair fifth on a heavy 9 over 1200m at Canterbury first up this spell his best form has come on a sound surface.
In contrast Flash Flood has won two of his three starts on heavy tracks including over this trip at Warnambool in a Benchmark 70 event under top hoop Hugh Bowman in early May. Came home fourth in this grade at Rosehill subsequently but rates a solid bet with a barrier draw three of the rail likely to enable him to sit behind the early speed with the previously mentioned Snitzonfire the most likely to go forward despite his draw in nine.
Veteran Hostess can spring shock
Both Wahine Toa and Love Takes Time are likely to prove popular with punters ahead of the second at Sandown Lakeside with the pair both seemingly open to improvement with single digit starts to their name. The former took a step forward when fourth on a heavy ten track at this Benchmark 70 level at Mornington last month but would probably prefer slightly quicker ground than is forecast here while Love Takes Time, already a winner this spell having won first up at Pakenham in April is upped slightly in grade having had Wahine Toa behind when third at Mornington on 13th June.
At the other end of the experience scale with 61 starts to her name is the Jamie Edwards-trained Young Hostess who is a dual winner this spell having followed up a 2400m Benchmark 64 victory with a triumph in a 2350m Benchmark 70 under her rider here Daniel Moor in early May.
Best effort in three subsequent starts came in a stronger event over 2400m at Swan Hill on 12th June and with the ground to suit the eight-year-old is selected to deliver a first victory at this venue.
Magnaburma to break maiden
Over at Belmont Park Vampi At Play is expected to jump as favourite for the third race on the card, a 1200m event. Trained by Neville Parnham the daughter of Playing God warrants upmost respect having placed second on all three starts to date including when beaten a length over 1400m at this venue last month. The winner that day was completing a hat-trick however she may bump into one again so to speak with Magnaburma preferred in this contest.
Stephen Miller's charge met plenty of interference when making a highly promising debut in finishing third in a 1200m contest at Ascot on debut in February. Found Penny On The Queen too good that day but it's notable that she has gone on to deliver some good placed efforts in Group company subsequently.
Spelled since Magnaburma has a wide draw to overcome but is likely to have improved for that debut experience and with jockey Paul Harvey, who boasts a 20% strike-rate here in the last year taking over in the saddle the gelding looks up to delivering a victory at the second time of asking.