By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Friday’s night meeting at Canterbury. Selections based on a good track.
|Race 1 – 6:15PM TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PLATE (1250 METRES)|
3. Flying Mojo is a good each-way chance in a race that’s anyone’s for the taking. He was expected to run well fresh at 1000m at Kembla and did that, closing late to run fourth but clearly finding the trip short of his best. Step up is in his favour, drawn well and looks a good chance.
Dangers: 8. Lillium is an interesting runner resuming since two starts back in June in arguably better maidens than this one. Stuck to the task nicely behind Covert Operation on a heavy track before a spell. Finished off okay in her latest trial and if there’s support it would be significant as she’s drifted in her two runs so far. 9. Tawaret is way too short to recommend backing but I’ll concede she’s in a winnable race, drawn okay with blinkers back on. Dashed away second-up at Kembla only to be run down and it is a concern she is an 11 start maiden but, as mentioned, it’s an open race. 5. Jaytees has the blinkers off after missing a place behind Canyonero at Hawkesbury which brought to an end a string of minors. Front running type who could give a sight.
How to play it: Flying Mojo E/W ($7.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Flying Mojo runs fourth at Kembla Grange on November 5
|Race 2 - 6:45PM BOWERMANS OFFICE FURNITURE PLATE (1550 METRES)|
Not sure that Canterbury is the right track but 6. Savaspur looks to have some ability based on his eye-catching debut at Kembla a couple of weeks ago. Slight drifter in betting there but once he got to the outside he attacked the line, running 11.30 for his last 200m (Punter's Intelligence), two lengths faster than anything else in the race, and 1550m is going to be up his alley. Hard to hold out.
Dangers: 7. Diamonds And Rust tried to lead all the way first-up at this trip and didn’t do a bad job holding on for second behind Starla. Fitter for that and might get some control in the lead here. Go well. 8. Earth Song was well supported in the same race and did run on well up from 1200m to 1500m but still has about four lengths to make up on Diamonds And Rust. Funny things can happen when it comes to weights and measures so she has to be considered but may be a false favourite. 9. Hoystryke produced her best effort to date running on for third at Kembla two weeks ago. Stablemates have her covered it appears but she can be placed
How to play it: Savaspur WIN ($4.40 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Savaspur runs third at Kembla Grange on November 16
|Race 3 – 7.15PM THE AGENCY PROJECT MANAGEMENT HANDICAP (1900 METRES)|
4. De Valera is ready to win a race now after improving as expected second-up when a close third over this course two weeks ago. Some concern over a lack of tempo here but he has shown an ability to race handy in the past. Very winnable race for him and should be hard to beat.
Dangers: 5. Fabricator also lifted his game in the same race running fourth though a couple of lengths off the three fighting it out. Might be ready to show something and he tends to race best when on the speed. Each-way. 1. Adana is very hard to nail down and can’t believe he has come up favourite. Well supported last time at Canterbury and had every chance in third place at 1550m. Seems a throw at the stumps stepping him up to 1900m, wouldn’t shock if he won but his record says he’s a risk and his best form is on wet tracks. 3. Alier hasn’t done a whole lot in two runs back but no surprise to see him improve now he’s up to his preferred trip, where he’s won both his races. Drawn inside and finds Hugh Bowman so keep him very safe.
How to play it: De Valera WIN ($4.60 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
De Valera runs third at Canterbury on November 15
|Race 4 – 7.45PM MIRVAC HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
Might be going one run too soon but 6. Luvoir is very interesting first-up. Hit the line hard here on debut in July then forgive run at Warwick Farm before a spell. Sailed home to win a recent trial and while 1100m could be short of his best he’ll be getting home strongly.
Dangers: 9. Best Stone is probably a worthy favourite despite going under at a short-ish quote when resuming at Hawkesbury. The blinkers go on and he could be harder to run down. 2. Sessions Road has to be kept safe on debut, he was narrowly picked up by Luvoir in the Rosehill trial and he appeared to have a bit in hand. Betting will be a good pointer so be guided by that but happy to respect him. 4. Daredevil wasn’t the best away at his only start and didn’t do a bad job to be beaten a couple of lengths. Gelded and has looked pretty good in his trials, spaced by a month, and has picked up Hugh Bowman. Each-way.
How to play it: Luvoir E/W ($7.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Luvoir wins a trial at Rosehill on November 14
|Race 5 – 8.15PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP (1200 METRES)|
2. Charretera is a likely improver on what was an even first-up run at Rosehill. Both his wins have been second-up and while he is up in weight he has a nice soft gate and a race where he should be able to settle midfield or better with a nice smother. Has to be hard to hold out.
Dangers: 5. Sedition was racing very well in town prior to a Gosford win but his last run is a total forgive here two weeks ago. Drew out and was stuck wide all the way so put a pen through that. Nash goes back on from a nice gate and he could bounce back. 9. Discharged showed some promise as a two-year-old and he’s taken on some pretty nice horses in his two trials this time in. Expect he will press forward, he’s shown toughness, and if he gets a bit of early luck will be competitive. 1. Asharani is a backmarker so will be relying on speed up front, that said she has some good form around her and that fourth to Kolding and Quackerjack is looking handy for a race like this. Unbeaten first-up and the claim helps. Respect.
How to play it: Charretera WIN ($4.20 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Charretera runs sixth first-up at Rosehill on November 2
|Race 6 – 8.45PM BISLEY WORKWEAR HANDICAP (1250 METRES)|
11. Instant Attraction comes straight out of a maiden win at Gosford last Saturday but she look a talent and it will be interesting to see how she measures up. She didn’t have it easy there last week but surged clear late and did resume with a smart second in a strong maiden in town. Nicely drawn and hard to beat.
Dangers: 9. Military Magic looks similarly promising. She was too good for Starla on debut then backed it up with a dominant Kembla Class 1 win. She’s going to need a bit of luck but it’s a long straight run from the 1250m and if she gets into a good spot can win this. 3. Loved One stuck on well behind Palurien two starts back then inexplicably led in the Snake Gully Cup and couldn’t sustain it. Expect her to take cover here and she can improve. 5. Wandabaa hasn't done a lot wrong since graduating to city company. Had her chance at Rosehill last time but she tries hard and has to be included.
How to play it: Instant Attraction WIN ($3.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Instant Attraction wins at Gosford on November 23
|Race 7 - 9:15PM KIA EVENING STAR (1250 METRES)|
1. El Mo is perfectly drawn to give himself every chance. Back in trip from a game effort at Randwick a month ago and was a winner at 1400m at Warwick Farm prior. He’s consistent, he’ll track the speed and probably hit the front around the turn. Can give a sight.
Dangers: 3. Jack’s Bar took a couple of runs to get going last time in though didn’t have the best of luck to be fair. Only real failure was before a spell but he’s trialled okay and has to be respected. 2. Nicochet is yet to win first-up but he’s one of those horse that is usually competitive. He was runner-up to Kapajack in his first two starts last prep and any repeat of those efforts can see him in the finish somewhere. 8. Silent General was too strong on the pace in a small field at Kembla backing up a narrow Wyong defeat. Racing well and drops 7kg with the claim.
How to play it: El Mo WIN ($4.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
El Mo runs fourth at Randwick on October 26
|Race 8 - 9:45PM CANTERBURY LEAGUE CLUB HANDICAP (1550 METRES)|
10. Bigboyroy had a soft time in the run and broke right away to post as easy a maiden win as you’d see here two weeks ago. Time wasn’t flash but he won by a space and is the horse with all the upside and this race has fallen into his lap with the scratchings.
Dangers: 2. Coys might be one or two runs off a peak but there’s been plenty to like about his two runs back from a long absence. Creeps up towards his preferred distance range, kept coming at Kensington last start and from a good gate should be closer. Each-way at good odds. 4. Foreign Territory is the probable leader, might have gone a bit quick last time at Rosehill when he led and knocked right up but could get control here. If he’s going to be competitive at this level this is his chance. 13. Weekend Affair hit the line nicely to be beaten two lengths when resuming here two weeks ago. The 1550m suits and he's always an each-way hope.
How to play it: Bigboyroy WIN ($2.15 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Bigboyroy wins at Canterbury on November 15