2020 Warrnambool Cup Day Tips & Preview

The Lindsay Park Team are looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Warrnambool Cup as they line up Ventura Storm, Neufbosc and Sin To Win to challenge the favourite Too Close The Sun in the $225,000 Listed stayers race on Wednesday.

This is easily one of the best days on the racing calendar each year, so here’s a look at our best bets across the entire nine-race card.

Race 1: 2YO Handicap (1100m), 12:00pm
No. 8 Taylor's Dream

Difficult to line these two-year-old’s up with almost half the field on debut, but I do think the favourite Icantoo is a little under the odds without even so much as a trail to her name. Taylor’s Dream ran third on debut at Bendigo over the distance and gets the light weight of Jamie Kah in the saddle this time around. The filly ran the fastest final 200m of the race and was only narrowly beaten on the line. She might appreciate the sting out of the ground and is worth a small look in a tricky race.

Race 2: Benchmark 70 Handicap (1200m), 12:30pm
No. 9 Queen La Diva

Queen La Diva missed the start first-up over the 1300m at Bendigo but she rates highly to bounce back. The mare by Snippetson battled on well from the back to run 10th and showed exceptional late closing speed in the dying stages. John Allen had to overcome the wide draw last start but Declan Bates should have less work to do from the inside. Some decent soft track form should see her running on from the back late.

Race 3: Callaghan Motors VOBIS Gold Strike (1000m), 1:00pm
No. 2 Chrome Angel

Chrome Angel was a winner two starts back over the 1000m at Bendigo and rates highly to go one better in the third at Warrnambool. The filly by Street Boss has drawn an inside alley with Jamie Kah in the saddle and should settle nicely off the speed before running on late. The two-year-old was luckless second-up where she failed to place on a firmer surface among much tougher company at Caulfield, but with a handful of runners in this race making their debut, she looks tough to beat.

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Race 4: Sinclair Wilson Benchmark 70 Handicap (1400m), 1:35pm
No. 9 Mai Shiny Choice

Mai Shiny Choice has some form around Buffalo River this time in and is worth forgiving on his last start when 10th on a very tricky day at Caulfield. He comes in off a 32-day let up, but if he runs anything like he did three starts back where he finished second behind Write Your Name over the 1400m at Ballarat, he should come close. The added form on the soft is also a bonus. 

Race 5: Silvan Ridge 3YO Benchmark 70 Handicap (1400m), 2:10pm
No. 3 Sophia's Choice

I’ve been a big fan of Sophia’s Choice this prep and this looks a race she can certainly win. The daughter of Fastnet Rock has placed in three of her four starts so far and I like the fact she’s had a three-week break between runs. Her last start third behind Excelida caught my eye where she finished strongly after racing three-wide the trip. She weakened a little around the 300m mark but fought on bravely to find the placings. Should go well here from a good gate.

Race 6: Evergreen Turf Neville Wilson Series Final (1700m), 2:45pm
No. 9 Jenkins

Jenkins ran on strongly in his last start when half a length fourth behind 40-1 shot Lucabelle at Sandown. He’s had three weeks off in between and rates highly from a good gate with Craig Williams retaining the ride for the third time. The four-year-old by Pierro won third-up two seasons ago and I think he’s wanting to get out a little further. Should be doing his best work late if the track is to his liking.

Race 7: Midfield Group Wangoon Handicap (1200m), 3:20pm
No. 14 Anjana

Anjana looks a nice chance to improve on her latest effort when fourth at Caulfield behind Mystery Love. The blinkers go on for the first time so it will be interesting to see if she shows a little more speed than usual in the early goings. She often takes a little while to wind up but almost always finds the line strongly with a clear run. Has won three times over this distance and likes a soft track, so happy to take the odds about her.

Race 8: Sungold Milk Warrnambool Cup (2350m), 3:55pm
No. 8 Too Close The Sun

Dance With Her was the last double-digit winner of the Warrnambool Cup back in 2012, so I’m happy to leave this one in the hands of Declan Bates and the favourite Too Close The Sun. The four-year-old has been outstanding with two wins and a third since being transferred to Lindsey Smith’s stable and after winning his last start at Terang by over 2.5L, I don’t see any reason why he won’t see out the extra distance here in the Cup.

Race 9: Cally Hotel Benchmark 78 Handicap (2350m), 4:30pm
No. 12 Nashville Sound

Nashville Sound gets some of the weight taken off following his last start fourth at Cranbourne where he carried 59kg. The Daniel Bowman-trained four-year-old placed runner-up in his return to the races at Geelong back in March and has since strung together a pair of fourths in his last two starts. He fought on well from the back at Cranbourne and probably would have run a place if the inside run opened up sooner. Looks well-placed for a win here and should be swooping in late from the wide draw.