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Canterbury Winners - Tips For Friday Night 27th October

By Ray Hickson Ray Hickson’s tips and insights for Friday night’s Canterbury Park meeting. The track is a Heavy 8, may improve a bit, and the rail is out 6m.

Race 1 – 6:15PM FASTLANE KARTING PLATE (1100 METRES)

Trial form can be tricky to follow in two-year-old races but there are two fillies in the opener that really do stand out and they contested the same heat at Randwick on October 17. I’m leaning towards 7. Sangita who finished a closing second in the trial behind Elessedil. I thought Sangita had a fair bit to give as she made plenty of ground from the back over the 745m. It was her second trial and it will be interesting to see how the two fillies match up under race conditions. Dangers: 2. Elessedil was put into the trial by Tye Angland and after hitting the lead early in the straight wasn’t pushed out as Sangita closed. It was her only trial appearance so she probably has a bit of upside. She’s incredibly well bred being by Exceed And Excel out of Shannara – a full sister to Lonhro and the last foal of Shadea. Logical danger 3. Glamour Cruise strikes me as a likely improver out of her only trial. She ran on late behind Pure Elation and Fiesta in what looks a strong trial and she didn’t have the blinkers on there unlike on race day. She’s the only other winning chance. How to play it: Sangita WIN ($2.20 TAB Fixed Odds); Quinella with Elessedil. Elessedil and Sangita hit the line together in their Randwick trial – October 17

Race 2 - 6:45PM BONDI PIZZA HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

I could seriously make a case for all four runners in this event – just because the field is small doesn’t make it any easier! 4. Star Sensation is coming out of a BM68 at Canterbury earlier this month where she was a bit of a drifter but kept coming to the line in third behind Za Zi Ba. Her only failure was on a heavy 9 behind Frolic at Group 2 level but has placed on a soft 7. I like the blinkers going on her second-up and she should get her chance. Dangers: 1. Savatiano is coming off a maiden win first-up where she had all the favours with inside runs. The form has held up quite well out of that race though and she will have some upside. 2. Sebring Express had excuses when beating one home at Warwick Farm back in September after racing wide. Chased home Regimen at her previous start which would be good enough to see her very competitive. And 3. Madonnica was left alone in front first-up and duly saluted. She’ll likely lead and give a sight. How to play it: Star Sensation WIN ($2.80 TAB Fixed Odds). Star Sensation’s first-up third at Canterbury – October 4

Race 3 - 7:15PM PEGASUS SUPPLY SOLUTIONS HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

5. Tiki Bar is a promising filly who has been trialling the house down in preparation for her second race start. She bumped into a handy one at her debut back in May, on a Soft 6, making up plenty of ground into second. Her two trials back have been excellent and while she was beaten two lengths in the latest trial she looked to be going half pace. Ideally drawn and she looks very hard to beat. Dangers: 1. Dinnigan carried a mini-boom on her into her debut in the Wyong Magic Millions back in December where she certainly wasn’t disgraced in finishing third behind Madeenaty and Single Bullet. She didn’t make the Magic Millions field and was spelled but hasn’t raced since. She did have a couple of trials in May then turned up again to win a trial on October 17. The depth of form is there, it’s a matter of how she has come back with just the one trial. Respect. 4. Empress Matilda made quite a nice debut behind Savatiano at Warwick Farm, leading and fighting on well with the winner getting an inside run. She’ll push forward and looks the other main contender. How to play it: Tiki Bar WIN ($2.25 TAB Fixed Odds). Tiki Bar’s closing third in a Warwick Farm trial – October 9

Race 4 - 7:45PM JAMBEROO ACTION PARK HANDICAP (1550 METRES)

The scratchings leave this race wide open for 2. Gresham to break through after a run of five minor placings on end. He might have hit the lead a bit soon at Kembla Grange last time but he was entitled to win and he seemed to wait until he was headed before having a real go. The blinkers come off and he has shown the talent to win a race. With the main two dangers coming out he has his chance though he's never seen a wet track. Dangers: 1. Destiny’s Own has put three placings together all at Kembla Grange and being out of a Zabeel mare the extra trip might help. Also unexposed in the wet but racing well. 5. Zepplin only finished two lengths from Gresham at Warwick Farm before a close up fourth at Wyong. Hard to see anything else winning. How to play it: Gresham WIN ($2.30 TAB Fixed Odds). Gresham's close second at Warwick Farm on October 2

Race 5 - 8:15PM FOGO BRAZILIA HANDICAP (1550 METRES)

Anyone's race with the scratching of Intueri and a general lack of reliable wet track form. 4. Classic Records is the designated leader and if he is left alone up front he’s more than capable of giving them something to catch around Canterbury with the rail out. He battled on fairly third-up and should be at his peak now. Dangers: 5. Makeadane ran second in the same race as Classic Records at what was also his third run back so he can’t be underestimated. I’m a little negative on 3. Medaille who I thought was a bit plain first-up albeit in a much stronger form race. She has a heavy track and a soft track placing to recommend her. How to play it: Quinella Classic Records & Makeadane. Makeadane and Classic Records latest runs at Warwick Farm – October 11

Race 6 - 8:45PM HARRY’S TEMPE HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

Very keen on 7. Revenire resuming a winner against the older horses. It’s something Godolphin has done quite a lot with their three-year-olds, with mixed results, but this one looks quite smart and he has won on a soft track. He’s won two from three and has looked very good in his two trials this time in. He beat Redouble, who was runner-up in a Saturday race subsequently, in the first then had a lap on his rivals in the latest at the Farm earlier this month. With just the 53kg he’s going to take stopping. Danger: 1. Realise Potential is on the back up after running ninth at Warwick Farm on Wednesday with 64.5kg and he did hit the line a bit late. Drops to 58kg with the claim and if you think the favourite is a bit short then he’s well worth another look. That said, he'd want an improving track. How to play it: Revenire WIN ($1.75 TAB Fixed Odds). Revenire’s impressive trial win at Warwick Farm – October 9

Race 7 - 9:15PM SCHWEPPES EVENING STAR (1250 METRES)

9. Hay Now has had an interesting stable change since she last raced mid-year from Mathew Dale at Canberra to Matthew Dunn at Murwillumbah. She won her first three runs last prep including a Highway at Rosehill before failing on a heavy track up to 1900m. Previous wet form is solid and loved her trial on her new home track behind smart stablemate Perfect Dare, she’s drawn well and appears to have been set for this first-up. Price is a lot fairer now and she’s the one to beat. Dangers: 4. Lady Jivago doesn’t often have all the luck but she’s well worth a look in this grade after a close up fifth behind Osborne Bulls on October 18. That was quite a strong BM79 and with this race restricted to five-year-olds and up it’s a nice drop in grade. Ran third to Nictock three runs back and is right in this if she gets the breaks. 15. Il Mio Destino is a definite chance. Honest mare who hasn’t raced since winning at the Gold Coast in August but she tends to run well at Canterbury and is drawn to be right on the pace. 8. Hammoon Boy was too strong in the Jungle Juice Cup and is another that can be up in the first four in running and give a sight. How to play it: Hay Now WIN ($3.80 TAB Fixed Odds). Hay Now wins a Highway Handicap at Rosehill in May

Race 8 - 9:45PM WRAPT FREIGHT HANDICAP (1900 METRES)

I’m prepared to give 3. Tumultuous another chance up to a more suitable distance third-up. While I did tip him second-up over the mile and he had his chance he was only beaten a length and at least it was consistent with his fresh effort and not a major form dip. the race has fallen away a bit and he'd certainly like an improving track. Hard to beat. Dangers: 7. Baysa was awesome first-up then jumped to the 1900m, had the run of the race and was put into the clear at the right time but didn’t dash when fourth behind Braces as a short priced favourite. Similar sort of race for her and she’s capable of rebounding off that run. 8. La Chatte is coming through the grades and won like you’d expect a $1.30 shot to win at Wyong to make it back to back wins. This isn’t really any harder and she has to be considered a chance. How to play it: Tumultuous E/W ($4.20 TAB Fixed Odds); Quinella with Baysa. Tumultuous runs third over a mile at Warwick Farm – October 11 All the fields, form and replays at Canterbury Park on Friday night

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