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02 Apr 2024
Blackbook Staff 02 Apr 2024
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  • Wednesday Racing Tips for April 3 from racecourses at Ascot, Ballarat, Doomben, Murray Bridge and Newcastle
  • Best bets include 'Snip's Rock' at Ascot and 'Fiddlers Green' at Newcastle
  • Articles point out value bets such as 'Sacred Bull' at Ballarat and 'Peace Officer' at Newcastle
Wed Tips - April 3
Midweek tips are included below. (Getty)

Wednesday Racing Tips - April 3

  • Wednesday Racing Tips - April 3
  • Ascot
  • Ballarat
  • Doomben
  • Murray Bridge
  • Newcastle

Wednesday racing tips this week come from Ascot, Ballarat, Doomben, Murray Bridge and Newcastle.


Ascot Best Bet - Race 2 No. 6 Snip's Rock

This mare has been ticking over well all campaign and now stepping 1600m with four runs under her belt, Snip's Rock is well placed to bring up win number three.

She stayed at 1400m a run too long despite finding the line in all three seven furlong attempts and then over 1500m last time, the five-year-old was only a stride off saluting.

Adding further merit to her latest performance was that she made ground against the pattern of that Pinjarra event.

First, third and fourth all settled in the first few pairs, whereas Snip's Rock came from off the speed.

Ascot Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 5 Westcoast Express

We'll get a gauge on the form through Cable Rock in the opener, with Westcoat Express having defeated that galloper on March 20 and this gelding does have upside.

Despite showing tactical speed in his lead-up work, the Chris & Michael Gangemi-trained galloper was ridden cold in that Belmont debut, having drawn wide in that maiden.

Although the runner-up did cover ground, he was still exposed early in the run home and had to tough it out vs some more experienced rivals.

He can improve off that run and the extra 100m at start two will suit the son of Per Incanto.

Ascot Value Bet - Race 1 No. 4 Cable Rock

He caught the eye in a decent Northam maiden on debut last August before an even effort at start two.

The gelding was then spelled after a plain Belmont run in September and he was given time to mature.

Being by Cable Bay and out of a Sharmadal mare, Cable Rock is bred to get over more ground than the sprint trips that he's been contesting, so 1400m third-up should suit.

Following a plain return, the three-year-old was terrific last start, where he kept surging late for second despite racing three-wide without cover.

Ascot Roughie - Race 7 No. 1 Henry Has Spoken

While it took her 16 starts to breakthrough, Henry Has Spoken did take out a Bunbury maiden with ease in that November victory.

She beat a progressive Flash Paddy in the process and that race has produced another subsequent winner.

The four-year-old was spelled after that triumph and aside from a heavy defeat when tried over a staying trip last spring, her form around 1400m-1800m trips has been okay.

Keeping her to that distance range will be the key and going straight to seven furlongs fresh off a nice trial in a handy Lark Hill heat last week, she has each-way claims.


Ballarat Best Bet - Race 3 No. 6 Snack Bar

It was a big debut run from this Godolphin colt, who ran the fastest last 800m/600m/400m and 200m of the Ballarat program on March 11 when runner-up over 1000m.

Snack Bar put a big space on third via that maiden, where the half-brother to Bistro (Listed winner) was eased to the rear from a wide draw.

He now jumps from gate two and the step to 1200m also suits the son of Frosted.

His breeding suggests that softer ground shouldn't be an issue, so he's well placed to breakthrough on Wednesday.

Ballarat Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 8 Sacred Bull

Although he's yet to salute outside of maiden company, the son of Sacred Falls has been mostly consistent and the gelding shouldn't be far away now third-up.

Sacred Bull ran good closing splits fresh at Bendigo in a race that's produced two subsequent winners and he was again strong late when up in trip at Yarra Valley.

That last outing over 1968m should top him off nicely, while he split Hoops and Dublin Journal over a similar distance in spring before a spell.

With Dublin Journal being a two-time metro winner over summer, that form reads well for this BM64.

Ballarat Value Bet - Race 7 No. 10 Refreshing

In a bunched finish via a race that suited the off-speed brigade, Refreshing had excuses first-up at Cranbourne.

The mare missed the kick and was hunted up early in that resumption, so she was entitled to tire late.

The four-year-old was only beaten just over two lengths in the finish, while she has a win and a second from two second-up attempts.

The daughter of Star Turn is suited on a surface with more give, having won a metro maiden on heavy ground last winter and she followed that with a third in a Sandown BM70.

Ballarat Roughie - Race 5 No. 9 Naval Force

He was a touch disappointing when fifth-of-ten last time out at Kyneton, where he failed to balacne up on that tight circuit.

Also, Naval Force was completing just his second run following a freshen-up, so he'll only strip fitter.

The three-year-old was also good the start prior at Terang, where he should've finished a little closer after being held-up at key stages before working home in restricted room.

Naval Force did bounce back off a poor second-up run in his first campaign when taking out a maiden on wet ground and he maps for a soft run under Jake Noonan.


Doomben Best Bet - Race 2 No. 1 Transatlantic

The colt showed good form when racing here as a two-year-old, including when breaking his maiden by a narrow margin at the second attempt last June.

The son of Snitzel followed that up with a second when contesting a handicap over the same track/trip on a Soft 6 surface the following month.

While Transatlantic failed to shine that day, he was reportedly not suited by the slow tempo of the race and he showed marked improvement when racing prominently next time.

Angela Jones, on board last time out is again set to ride with her mount looks up to completing a double.

Doomben Value Bet - Race 6 No. 7 Lady Le Da

The four-year-old has demonstrated solid form this prep, placing in the top three in three of her five starts to date.

Lady Le Da was beaten less than two lengths in her two other outings, including when fourth over 1600m in a Benchmark 68 handicap at Eagle Farm at the start of last month.

The mare raced from mid-division on that occasion, but is equally happy racing from off the pace and that's a positive here given she will jump from a wide alley.

The daughter of Domesday finished strongly last start, having been ridden with restraint that day and she shaped as if the extra 50m she tackles here will suit.

Doomben Roughie - Race 7 No. 4 Tip Of The Spear

The gelding demonstrated good form at up to 2400m earlier in his career, including when twice third over that distance at Warwick Farm last season.

The six-year-old followed up a fair return with a respectable fourth when jumping at $18 for a 1400m Benchmark 70 handicap at Eagle Farm.

The only runner to emerge from that contest to date was the ninth-placed Pernell, who was narrowly beaten on the polytrack at Gold Coast subsequently.

While both of his efforts time around have come on a sound surface, Tip Of The Spear has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past.

Murray Bridge

Murray Bridge Best Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Persian Empire

The New Zealand-bred is a regular at this venue, with four of his eight starts this prep coming here.

Those outings include three two wins, with the first of those successes coming by a narrow margin in a Restricted 56 handicap in January.

The veteran performer registered his third win this prep when coming home over a length clear of his rivals in Leg 1 of the National Apprentice Race Series.

Tala Hutchinson takes a valuable three kilograms off the gelding’s back and she can steer Persian Empire to his ninth career win.

Murray Bridge Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 2 Punchin

Gary Boyce’s gelding delivered a metro-level success when successful at $18 via a 1800m contest at Morphettville last spring.

He has delivered some creditable efforts in defeat since, including when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths when third over 1600m at Strathalbyn.

Punchin had been freshened prior to that effort and while the form of that contest could be working out better, the gelding showed up well at Morphettville subsequently.

The four-year-old attempted to make all the running over 1800m in a Restricted 64 handicap at Morphettville and the return to provincial racing is a positive.

Murray Bridge Value Bet - Race 2 No. 14 Madam Milly

The three-year-old was beaten over twelve lengths in a Gawler trial, but she demonstrated marked improvement when debuting with a second at Balaklava March 6.

Madam Milly tracked the speed before defying odds of $101 to be beaten just three lengths in a 1050m contest held on a Good 4 track.

The form of that contest is working out well enough with the third winning since, while the sixth has placed second on her only subsequent start.

The filly wasn't disgraced in a metro BM64 last start and she's now well placed back to provincial maiden, where the rise in trip is another tick.

Murray Bridge Roughie - Race 7 No. 15 Obelos

Obelos gets in off a low weight here, having returned to action with a fourth in a trophy contest held over this distance at Streaky Bay last month.

The veteran performer was beaten just under four-and-a-half-lengths when contesting a seven-runner event on a Good 4 track that day and improvement is expected here.

While the nine-year-old has failed to win in four previous starts at this track, he has acquitted himself well on a number of occasions, including when fifth last June.

He has won or placed in the top three in five of his eight second-up starts and with the trip to suit, he may prove up to springing a surprise.


Newcastle Best Bet - Race 8 No. 1 Fiddlers Green

He's always shown ability and while 1600m was perhaps the ideal trip third-up, the three-year-old should find this Class 1 a little easier than the BM64's he's been contesting.

It's also worth noting that Fiddlers Green was more than five weeks between runs when just missing at Hawkesbury second-up, so there's room for Improvement.

Following a start two maiden triumph, the son of Merchant Navy contested a hot Class 1 at Kembla in his first prep before a spell.

He pulled up lame via that fifth behind Riff Rocket, who is now a two-time Group 1 winner.

Newcastle Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 7 Rantan

A late market push for Blue Moves wouldn't shock, another debutante who moved very well via an all-the-way Randwick trial win.

Even when factoring in the second market elect, Rantan is still a deserving fav in a thin maiden.

Her dam Sweet Kiss saluted over this track/trip on debut and that three-time metro winner has already produced useful gallopers in Infatuation, Ring Of Steel and Gotta Kiss.

This two-year-old has shown a slick turn-of-foot in two lead-up trials, having won the latest at Randwick and the daughter of I Am Invincible has jumped cleanly in both hit-outs.

Newcastle Favourite - Race 5 No. 2 Invincible Whip

He was workmanlike in his last trial, however, Invincible Whip was without blinkers in that Hawkesbury heat.

The Australian Bloodstock colt has never been the sharpest worker and 1250m fresh is a good starting point.

The three-year-old has shown potential in all race day outings and with the blinkers being applied before his third assignment, he was a stylish Scone winner before a spell.

He was green in earlier runs, which includes a debut second when splitting Head Of The Herd (bolted in at Hawkesbury next prep) and Written Silk (three length winner at his next start).

Newcastle Value Bet - Race 7 No. 5 Peace Officer

This is a very competitive heat for the Provincial Final, with contenders looking to book a place in the $1 million dollar feature at Royal Randwick on Day 2 of The Championships.

Peace Officer is one of those chances who makes appeal on an each-way basis following an unlucky return in the Kembla Grange Qualifier.

He covered ground throughout, racing four-wide in that seven furlong contest and he still managed to finish midfield.

The four-year-old arrived to that fresh tilt off just one lead-up trial, so he's open to plenty of improvement and from gate one second-up, he'll do no work this time.


Our best & value bets for Wednesday, April 3 are:

Best Bet1: Snip's Rock To Win @8/5 at bet365 Racing - 4 Units
Best Bet2: Fiddlers Green To Win @14/5 at betfair - 3 Units
Best Bet3: Sacred Bull To Win @21/5 at Boombet Racing - 2 Units
Best Bet4: Peace Officer Each Way @63/5 at Boombet Racing - 1 Unit
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