ZAMAKING - Nick Heywood rides Zamaking for Matthew Dale in the Hygain Recuperate Maiden Handicap (1400m) with the filly looking suited stepping up in distance at her second career start. A daughter of Animal Kingdom out of the Montjeu mare Zamazeu, Zamaking was doing her best work late finishing on the placegetters heels in a Wagga maiden over 1200m on April 15. With the benefit of race experience and an additional 200m, Zamaking will be hard to hold out.
SAVVY KEN - There are no prizes for tipping $1.60 chances however early markets can change considerably as betting progresses through the day on races away from metropolitan tracks and the shorties give punters the opportunity to turn the odds in their favour by taking advantage of products like Odds Boost and Power Play. Whilst there are no certainties on race tracks, the Clare Cunningham-trained Savvy King would be as close to a good thing as you would find in the Hygain Tracktorque Class 1 & Maiden Plate (2000m) despite taking on class one company as a maiden. Placed in four of his six starts to date including a runner-up finish at Sandown at his second race start, Savvy Ken was thrown in at the deep end last start taking on Group III company in the Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and was far from disgraced finishing less than three-length from the winner Higher Ground after leading until the 200m. It Savvy Ken repeats the run at Canberra it will be all over red rover.
LULU RAEZ - The Kurt Goldman-trained Lulu Raez will have Nick Heywood in the saddle when the daughter of Ready’s Image resumes in the TAB Federal Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000m). Without a trial to guide us, it is difficult to be confident, but the mare did win her maiden first-up last preparation without a lead-up run on December 29 before finishing a close third in a Canberra benchmark 58 handicap on January 19. The placing at Canberra looks a solid form reference for Wednesday’s assignment as the winner Zambada is also an acceptor and is shorter in the betting markets than our tip. Lulu Raez meets Zambada 3kg better for less than a half-length margin and would only need to be close to right be the one to beat.
NAPAYSHINI - The Danny Williams-trained Napayshini is a horse whose best form has always been early in a preparation and looks a genuine winning chance second-up in the Hygain Micrspeed Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400m) with Nick Heywood in the saddle. Three wins and seven placings from 42-starts would generally be a significant red flag, however if Napayshini’s record is filtered to just look at first and second-up runs in a preparation the figures are substantially better. Three wins and three placings from 19-starts is far more encouraging and happy to have something on with the first-up run under Napayshini’s belt.
WAGNER - Lightly-raced colt that was given a short break after his last run in March. He’s finished second in both runs, on debut when interfered with in the straight by a wayward runner behind Ringerdingding, which wasn’t disgraced in the Baillieu then at his next run he was beaten by Tchaikovsky. That form reads well for a 1200m maiden in May and he looked good when winning a recent trial at Canterbury. Drawn to get the right run and will prove hard to beat.