Canterbury Racing Tips - Fri Feb 22
Friday will be at Canterbury this week.
We really like the look of Koonunga in Race 4.
Track: Soft 5. Rail: Out 6m entire circuit.
Best Bet: Race 4 - KOONUNGA
Race 1: 2YO Maiden Handicap 1200m
Tough race to start the night with 8 of the 12 facing the starter for the first time. ZOURIANA (11) comes through a harder race on debut where she was well beaten but made some ground late and should appreciate getting out to the 6 furlongs. MESMER (4) was sent straight out after an ordinary debut last Spring, he looks to have come back better though with an impressive on speed trial win. The blinkers come off. BELISTA (7) shown some tactical speed at her debut but was left a little flat-footed when they quickened. She looks a good lay. Watch for any money for those on debut, particularly PAPAL WARRIOR (5) from the Snowden yard. Stay out and punish the moral in Race 2!!
Race 2: 3YO Maiden Plate 1250m
MIZZY (9) is still a maiden after 9 starts but she has placed on five of those occasions. She was resuming last time in a much hotter field than this, she was well backed at double figures in and ran a nice placing, albeit outclassed. She wins this for fun.
It is hard to see her getting beat. She will be short but she will be winning. For exotic players, throw in PRESS BOX (10), DUNBRODY POWER (7) and the first starter ACHONDRITE (4) for Waller.
Race 3: 3YO BM70 Handicap 1550m
Tough race. MISS BELIEF (9) was very good winning on debut. Admittedly this is harder than a Wyong maiden but he way she won was with authority. She was beautifully ridden mid-field before coming wide, levelling up and coming clear late. She will be giving them a start again and but hopefully the swoopers are in play with the rail out.
HELGA (7) hasn’t been far away since winning her maiden three starts back, she has good tactical speed and if she is able to control from outside the leader, she will be hard to run down. GREAT DANGER (5) faces his toughest test, JMac goes on and he has shown ability in easier races up the north coast. LEATHERHEAD (2) is also accepted for Hawkesbury on Thursday, it may be a good guide if he comes here.
Race 4: Mares BM70 Handicap 1100m
KOONUNGA (1) has won both starts his prep when up on the speed, the latest was in a similar race to this where she was able to lead and kick clear for a comfortable win. She gets up in the weights again here but with the in-form apprentice taking 2kg off, no reason she can’t lead all the way again.
SOUL STAR (5) should be able to settle closer than last time where she ran on hard. She may need a little luck getting off the inside but she may be following the favourite who should lead, that may be the perfect spot. TOOTZ (6) resumed on the heavy track at Canterbury, she led them up and tired but that race has proved a decent form reference. OUR REVENUE (8) travels up the Hume from Canberra, she has been runner-up at her last three and should hit the line well from mid-field.
Race 5: BM70 Handicap 1900m
BREAKDANCE (5) is a former NZ galloper that is now with the Waller yard. He made his Australian debut a Newcastle in a weak maiden, sat up on the speed and was too good after getting past the leader. He looks like he could get further, JMac goes on and he ticks a lot of boxes.
FABRICATOR (3) has been very consistent this campaign, a little worrying that he lining up for start nine this prep but he will be up on the speed and making his own luck. CISCO BAY (1) is a last start winner at 78 grade, he has to carry 7.5 kgs more than what he did in that win but his is obviously easier. He will be giving them a start and any sting out of the ground will assist. CHARLIE ROYAL (2) just keeps going around and keeps getting cheques and maps well.
Race 6: 4YO and Up BM76 Handicap 1100m
BOMBARDING (2) led all the way here in a similar race when last seen at the track. A little concerning that he goes from MacDonald to Brown sitting aboard, but he has trialed well after having 5 weeks off. The blinkers go back on and no doubt will be charging across early looking for the fence.
INVINCIBLE GANGSTA (4) has good tactical speed and Berry will have a few decisions to make early. There will be speed coming from out wide and he may be best suited to take the sit and ride for luck. He hasn’t missed a place in his last seven starts so you know he will be thereabouts. CLEAR THE BEACH (1) is resuming, he has had 33 weeks off but is a recent trial winner. He maps well and Dolan goes on with the claim, it almost seems unfair that he claims doesn’t it? ELLIE’S ENCORE (8) is a recent trial winner and maps to get a soft, rails hugging run, she will probably get back and ride for luck.
Race 7: Nightsprint BM74 Final 1200m
GRIMOIRE (9) really attacked the line in a heat of his series last time, he has only had the two runs back off a very long break and should be at full fitness now. Hopefully he can settle a little closer off the inside gate, see if the track is playing on the inside by this time of the night. Look for him late.
TONSOR (8) had to do a mountain of work here in his heat of this series, he eventually got to 2nd and outside the leader, hitting the front late and only to be gunned down in the last 100m by the horse with the much easier run. He maps a lot better here. DON’T LEAVE ME OUT (7) was the winner that night, he had cover in the run off the track and was way too strong through the line. KENTUCKY FLYER (10) won on the heavy track here last time, he was beautifully ridden and obviously comes right into contention if the drizzle is about.
Race 8: 4YO and Up BM70 Handicap 1550m
FOREIGN TERRITORY (4) comes through a hot form race last start, he did have his chances but he was first-up and looked to run out of condition after having six weeks on the sidelines. He is a winner at his only other second-up run (his maiden win) and no doubt will be forcing the issue early.
CASCATA ROSE (6) gets the blinkers for the first time and McDonald goes on, he battled on well here last time after being up on the speed. The blinkers might fire him up early and may be the leader, hard to run down if so. CLEVANICC (7) ran on hard and bolted in here on the heavy track last time in a similar race, if there is a track down-grade he shoots to clear favourtism.
CHALK (3) will be giving them a start, he has been up for a long time but is racing consistently and will find the line hard.