Warrnambool tips: Be on Guard on Wednesday

Lindsey Smith will call in National Guard for a win on the second day of the Warrnambool carnival while there could be a surprise result in Wednesday’s Wangoom Handicap.

Herald Sun form analyst Brad Waters runs the rule over Wednesday’s card at Warrnambool.


NATIONAL GUARD (Race 7 No. 3 – $4.20)

No reason National Guard can’t complete a hat trick of wins after his excellent effort at Terang. He sustained a long run to score on that occasion and the Warrnambool track should be perfect form him this time.


SLY CORNER (Race 2 No. 6 – $3.40)

Led and fought on well when not far away in a small field at Pakenham and solid at Werribee first-up before that. Another 100m won’t worry him and racing on speed should suit him again.

GRABOWSKI (Race 3 No. 2 – $7)

Grabowski improved significantly when jumping from 1200m to 1400m at Echuca last time out and the jump to 1700m will be another perfect step for him at Warrnambool. Expect him to go well.

SAUNTER BOY (Race 6 No. 6 – $2.15)

Saunter Boy led throughout to score at Pakenham at his first jumps start of the season last time out and will only be fitter for the Galleywood Hurdle. He’s a smart jumper in the making and he’ll be hard to beat.


HEPTAGON (Race 8 No. 3 – $23)

Heptagon ran a great race when running fifth, beaten 1.4 lengths in last year’s Wangoom Handicap, and he’s worth an each-way ticket this year. He’s a consistent winner and is capable of springing a minor surprise fresh.



John Allen started the Warrnambool carnival in terrific fashion with a win at his first ride of the three-day carnival on Tuesday. He has five rides on Wednesday.

GRABOWSKI (Race 3 No. 2 – $7), DASHING TYCOON (Race 7 No. 1 – $16), HEPTAGON (Race 8 No. 3 – $23), SIR DAVY (Race 9 No. 12 – $10), NIKAU SPUR (Race 10 No. 3 – $7.50), VALLEY OF HEARTS (Race 10 No. 3 – $23).


The famous Warrnambool May carnival runs from Tuesday to Thursday before racing heads to Wodonga during the day before a Cranbourne meeting on Friday night. Caulfield will host another Saturday meeting while Donald will be the scene of the provincial fixture. Ballarat will hold the sole Sunday meeting in Victoria this week.


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