Form student, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Wednesday’s Ballarat meeting with horse racing tips and analysis for all 8 races on the card. Good luck, punters!

Track Condition: Soft 5

Rail Position: True

How do you work this race out? Horrible draws, little form to go on, and what there is, looks average. Plus no barrier trials. Argggggh. The unraced SIR WARWICK has been well backed. CAMERATA is unraced, but drawn well and is in a very strong stable. ENERGY WITHIN ran on fairly and was a little unlucky when 4th in a mdn last start. Should be fit enough now.


Perfect inside draw for CABINHO who is having 3rd race start in this. Did look solid when runner-up at Echuca this grade last start. INTELLECTIVE has had 5 starts and been placed 5 times thus far. Deserves a breakthrough. There was no confidence in the market at all on debut for Makybe Diva’s baby SUBLIME DIVA. Less weight here, easier race and longer trip should get her more involved. Big show also.


This does look a nice race for the filly AU PAIR. Trip should suit, she is 3rd up and last start she ran on hard for 4th in this grade. Big show. DOWN UNDER DANCER looks to be slowly improving and understanding what racing is all about. Did run a nice, even race to place in this grade last start. VIVID ART has drawn wide so will go hard early in search of the lead. Is down from Sydney and could be suited by this.  Can place.


The toppie BRAY STREET BOSS has drawn wide and does mix his form a bit but this is as easier race as he’s been in for a while. Handicapped to win this on his best form. CARELESS WHISPER is a pretty handy filly who may just be a fair bit better than these. Won mdn nicely campaign and when resuming in better grade in town was a game 2nd last start. Hard to beat. OH SO REWARDING is looking at 3 straight in this. Easier races she has won recently but is in form.


This is a pretty even field. Interesting to see how the unbeaten SAPPHIRE CROWN goes. Drawn a bit deep but won his Werribee mdn in good style. looks smart enough. HALCYON DAME is a very honest mare and holds her own in this grade. Gets a 2kg allowance here, is 3rd up and drawn perfectly following a good 3rd in a BM 64 last start. Big danger. ROYALTY resumes here and there has been money for him. Has been gelded since last run.


ANIMATOR has the rails draw so covers the least amount of ground in this. Has won 2 of past 3 and was strong in BM 64 win last start. Is in form but up in weight. ARTY LUCAS was a terrific 2nd in a much, much better grade last start but draws poorly here. Is weighted to win though. METEOR LIGHT looks to be progressive in this grade. Is 2nd up here following an eye-catching 4th in town last start. Sure to be dashing hard late.


What a great midweek betting race. The weight for SANTELMO FUEGO will be alleviated by 2kg with the claim and that’s good because he was a strong winner in tis grade when resuming last start. Might be back better than ever. KENT STREET is very honest at this level and was placed this grade last run. Is very fit too and looms large. SHAHZADE is a lightly raced mare who is showing talent. Was far too strong at BM 64 level last start when 2nd up. Even fitter now. Big danger.


BRILLIANT CONCEPT has foot on the till. Ran a courageous race when 3rde, while 2nd up at the Bool in a BNM 70 race. Fitter now. IOWA HAWKEYE has drawn poorly but is ready to run a monster race. Is 3rd up and last start when 3rd, he caught the eye. Getting better every start. This is harder than the field PERSAN beat in a mdn last start but the win was strong. Big dangers.