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Wednesday Race Preview

Midoriyama is an each-way chance in the opener at The Meadows on Wednesday. He’s not generally fast out of the boxes, but he’s got a powerful motor, and caught the eye storming home to score here last week in 34.68. He’s a big chance of doubling up on Wednesday.


In Race 2, Bella Mia Rocks looks the best chance of the greyhounds who have raced. She has placed in three from four so far, and she wasn’t far away when fourth at Sandown last start in 29.82. She’s likely to settle handy to the pace, and from there, she could be too strong for them late.


Steamer Redeemer keeps finding one or two better in his starts so far, but he looks poised to break maidens in Race 3. He typically begins well, and should be able to cross early from Box 6, and from there, it will be a case of catch-me-if-you-can.


It’s hard to go past Man Of Substance in Race 4. He was excellent winning at Sandown earlier in the month in 29.86, and followed that up with a strong 29.65 second there last start. He takes a bit of time to get into his work, but if he gets clear air, he’ll be powering to the line.


Mepunga Missile didn’t get much room when finishing third at Bendigo last start as the $1.40 favourite. However, he recovered well late and still found the line well, and the step up in trip again to 600m now looks ideal – he just needs an ounce of luck in transit to show his best in Race 5.


Ignore Merlot’s recent formline, and back in him Race 6. He began fast at The Meadows last start and nearly crossed off Box 7, then got completely tangled up going into the first bend. This race looks easier, and he should be able to find the front early, and they shouldn’t be able to catch him.


In Race 7, Pie Night comes up against stronger opposition than he’s been facing lately, but winning form is good form, and he also has the advantage of Box 1 on Wednesday. He can be quick out of the boxes, and his best chance is landing straight on the lure, and from there, there, he could be off and gone.


On paper, Weblec Storm’s recent form looks average, but he’s better than that, especially over the 600m trip. It was only three months ago that he led throughout here to win in 34.72 by over three lengths. If he happens to land near the pace, he’s a huge winning chance in Race 8.


In Race 9, Tin Shed Fred looks a standout. He would have gone close to winning at Sale last start, but for find trouble on multiple occasions during the race. At his previous start, he got into his work fast at Warragul, and scored easily in BON 26.07. A similar performance looms on Wednesday.


Zipping Benson has been racing well, and his confidence should certainly be up. He clocked 30.15 when leading throughout at Cranbourne last start, and there’s no reason he can’t go back-to-back in Race 10 with a similar getaway.


In Race 11, Scatterbox shouldn’t be dismissed. Last year’s Australian Cup finalist is capable of pinging the lids on his day, and if he happens to come out running on Wednesday, they may not be able to catch him.154645664_3969307193133089_4782584776091386520_o

About Liz Whelan - Currently the editor of New Zealand's weekly racing magazine, RaceForm. Formerly a panellist on the inaugural season of Thrill of the Chase, and formerly a greyhound form expert for GRNSW. Lover of all things racing, having worked as a Trackside presenter for over five years in New Zealand. Loves the thrill of greyhound ownership, having been involved in around 40 greyhounds over the years.
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