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TAB midweek racing preview: In Times of War back into battle

Horses on the track at Canterbury Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

There is plenty of midweek racing for punters to have a look at. tab.com.au form analyst Mitchell Lamb runs the rule of some of Wednesday's best bets.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST

Canterbury Race 1 No.2 Beacon (Hugh Bowman) - $1.75

He's about as short as I'd be willing to take, but Beacon looks the winner of this, back in three-year-old company. He gets Hugh Bowman on, who was the architect of Beacon's defeat last start when the jockey was aboard eventual winner Cudabeen. In what was a daring ride, Bowman went out hard on Cudabeen, forcing Beacon to work and chase him from a long way out. It was a task that proved just too difficult.

That was obviously a race for open age gallopers and now Beacon gets back to his own age, in a small field, and Bowman will either kick up and lead, or let Workdrinks, who showed good toe at her debut win, go around him and take a sit. Either way, this looks to be Beacon's race.

AROUND THE GROUNDS

Canterbury Race 5 No.4 In Times Of War (Kerrin McEvoy) - $2.60

Although she's won just the two races from eight starts, In Times Of War is a black type mare in the making and she's found a nice race to kick off her spring campaign, which I'm sure will see her eventually compete in stakes events.

The six occasions she hasn't won, she has run second, and that includes efforts behind some very handy mares indeed like Bonny O'Reilly, Miss Debutante, Spright and Memes. Those results are certainly no blight on In Times of War; they're all either stakes class or very close to it type mares.

Her two trials to get ready for this have also been top notch. The first she was narrowly defeated and could have won at any stage she wanted while the second she was ridden much more quietly and was asked to do nothing in the run home, coasting to the line. Expect Nictock to lead, but he may not be alone with Voilier and Bright Future drawing the two barriers directly inside In Times Of War; so ideally those two push forward and she can slot in underneath them for a nice trail. As previously stated, this is a quality mare with rock solid form around her so expect her to be going close.

Doomben Race 7 No.5 Rich Affair (Brad Stewart) - $2.70

Rich Affair, a recently turned four-year-old out of the astute John Meagher stable, has done most of his racing in his seven start career in quality company and the field he takes on here at Doomben isn't choc full of above average gallopers like most of those.

His most recent campaign included a win in open three-year-old grade on a Saturday at Eagle Farm over the handy Ringo's A Rockstar, and that was after he was tested in stakes grade in the Gold Edition and Vo Rogue behind retired star Winning Rupert.

Rich Affair's recent trial was nice, showing that he's ready to return to the races, and even though he may be better over 1200m-1400m eventually, I think they'll attempt to try and take advantage of drawing the rails by kicking up and try to park behind what looks like a decent speed. As long as Rich Affair gets the split when needed, his class should be enough to get him home.

OVER THE ODDS

Canterbury Race 4 No.3 Absolute (Tye Angland) - $8

Although beaten in a Wyong maiden last time out as an odds on pop, I think Godolphin's Absolute is going to prove to be a decent galloper. And he can finally break through at nice odds in this.

The son of Street Cry, out of grand producer Chiara, the dam of stakes winners Leone Chiara, Ferocity, Chinchilla Rose, and Chiaramonte, gets the blinkers on here for the first time. I expect him to be prominent in the run and look to take a sit behind likely leader Lightz. Outside of those two, there doesn't appear to be a whole heap of early pace engaged; so I can see Absolute, with plenty of fitness under his belt, pressuring Lightz from a fair way out and hopefully stave off any late challengers. I also expect that quote to drop from its current position. So get in early, punters.

QUADDIE SELECTIONS

Canterbury

Leg 1 - 1,4

Leg 2 - 2,6

Leg 3 - 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,11

Leg 4 - 1,2,10,11 ($100 = 78.13%)

Mornington

Leg 1 - 2,3,4,5,10,11

Leg 2 - 2,4,5,8

Leg 3 - 3,4,8

Leg 4 - 2,6,10,11 ($100 = 34.72%)