If you enjoy a flutter on the Wentworth Park meetings of a Friday night, Centrebet this week gives you a reason to be even more interested.
In addition to their $200 free bet off, Centrebet is offering a gigantic 25% win bonus on any runner who exits box one at the Glebe circuit. This means massive extra profits if you fancy something who has drawn the rails alley.
Considering that box one wins more races than any other box at nearly every track, it’s a fantastic promotion and one that we should be able to secure some tidy profits from.
Here is a look at each box one runner on the Wentworth Park card.
Race 1 – Madam Goodesy (Ricky McKinnon) – Our first red rug runner comes to town after winning two of her last three races in the country. They are her only two career wins from 24 starts and the step from maiden and mixed class at Temora to a city fifth grade is as big as the step Neil Armstrong took for mankind in 1969. I’d be leaving this one alone.
Race 2 – Hunter Hummer (Corey Spliet) – An interesting runner fills the rails box in the second event. A winner of 22 from 47 career starts, Hunter Hummer has never won over 500 metres or further. He has carved out some blistering times at The Gardens, Richmond and Maitland over the 400 metre trip and should lead this on his ear, but the big query is whether or not he can keep it up for the 520 metres.
Race 3 – Argo Alley (Ruth Matic) – While the rails alley has not been too bad for Argo Alley, her strike rate of three wins from 28 starts is less than flattering and she has only managed one placing at Wentworth Park from three outings. She faces a field that includes a few dogs that look to have an edge on her. I’d be passing on this one.
Race 4 – Glowing Opal (Wendy Brown) – A Gardens to Wenty final sees Glowing Opal making her city debut in the cherry vest. She has broken the 30-second mark at The Gardens in the past and won two of her three starts from box one. This is not an easy race but she has her share of claims.
Race 5 – Suits Us (Ken Burnett) – A seven dog staying event makes up the fifth race and it is also probably our best opportunity at grabbing an extra 25%. Suits us has a superb box one record, winning seven of his 12 attempts from there. His 720 metre record is only fair, with 4 victories from 25 starts but he has stopped the clock at a decent 42.37 in the past. Has to be considered.
Race 6 – Watto Lotto (John Callaughan) – Celebrating his 100th start in this race, Watto Lotto is showing no signs of slowing down just yet. He has circumnavigated Wenty more times than the lure and lines up for start number 61 at the harbour-side track this week. He has been placed in five of his last seven and has won four of 11 from the red. He takes on a couple of decent dogs here and is an each way chance only.
Race 7 – Jorelle (Andrew Bayliss) – This handy bitch is yet to produce her best at Wentworth Park but can obviously gallop. She has won seven from 19 but lacks genuine early speed on a consistent basis. Her box one record is good with two wins from four outings, she will need to come out on terms here.
Race 8 – Satchmo’s Hanky (Ben McCauley) – A handy conveyance draws the rails in the eighth event, but he will need to be at his very best with the speedy My Kinda Music out in box four. Satchmo’s Hanky has won two from six in box one and has a best of 29.85. He is likely to need things to go his way.
Race 9 – Castanea (Craig Moffitt) – The planets may have aligned to give us a winner in the ninth. On paper, the stats stack up nicely with two from three from box one and three from four over the trip. She should jump in the top few and rail her way to a win. Definitely one of the better box one chances at the meeting.
Race 10 – Tiggerlong Chick (Kevin Keys) – The last race looks like it may be another one to leave alone, with Tiggerlong Chick having her work well and truly cut out for her. She is a slow beginner who steps back in distance from 600 metres for this. She has not filled a top three spot at her two box one efforts and looks to be outgunned.
Best Bets: Race 5 and Race 9