By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Friday’s night meeting at Canterbury Park. Selections based on an improving soft track.
|Race 1 – 6:15PM ANZ BLOODSTOCK NEWS SPRINT (1100 METRES)|
2. Antonio ran well in a strong maiden on debut then sent for a break. His two trials back have been excellent, both comfortable wins and both looking like he had a bit in hand. An improving track would be in his favour though he trialled okay in the wet earlier this year. Expecting him to land in the lead or near it and if he runs up to his trials he should be hard to beat.
Dangers: 4. Darkhawk hasn’t seen a soft track in his trials but he has been something of a hidden trialler this time in. Not knocked about at Randwick a month ago then definitely not tested at Canterbury behind Re Edit. Trialled alongside Toulouse and Ringerdingring earlier in the year and he’s one to keep safe. 8. Skyann is on debut and on pedigree is probably 50-50 to enjoy a soft track. She trialled a year ago then resurfaced with an impressive win over 900m at Rosehill. She’s one of the early favourites on the back of that trial and it’s worth respecting her. 1. River Bird didn’t have the best of luck here two weeks ago when narrowly beaten over 1200m. Back the 100m and drawn out but she will get back anyway. She has a win in her sooner or later and if they overcook it up front she’ll be charging at them.
How to play it: Antonio E/W ($4.40 TAB Fixed Odds).
Antonio wins his trial at Warwick Farm on November 21
|Race 2 - 6:45PM TAB.COM.AU PLATE (1550 METRES)|
6. Stealth Sniper looks one of the better chances on the night and there’s plenty to like about the form around his last effort at Randwick. He led and looked the winner before being cut down by Napoleon Solo who then beat older horses at Rosehill last weekend. He should get control on the speed again and it should take a big performance to run him down.
Dangers: 10. Welsh Legend sat up on the speed and was no match for the winner but stuck on to run third here two weeks ago in a similar race. She’ll probably look to offset the barrier by sitting handy again and she’s in the mix. 4. Ocean Dash is one at double figure odds who looks an improver. Beaten just over three lengths, and checked late, in the same race as Stealth Sniper at Randwick then didn’t look happy in the heavy at Kembla but still ran on. Nicely drawn and no surprise to see him feature. 5. Rock Zone has improved with each run this time in and didn’t give up the fight at Hawkesbury last start when narrowly beaten. Probably needs a few things to go his way buyt is an each-way hope.
How to play it: Stealth Sniper WIN ($3.20 TAB Fixed Odds).
Stealth Sniper is run down by Napoleon Solo at Randwick on November 6
|Race 3 – 7:15PM 2019 MEMBERSHIP HANDICAP (1900 METRES)|
12. Nautibernie appeals as a good each-way chance back onto a track with some decent give in it. Beaten favourite at Hawkesbury over a mile then back 50m and only warmed up late behind Nai’a on the Kensington track. She’s racing as though she wants further and note her only win so far was at 1900m on a heavy track. Kerrin McEvoy is an interesting booking too. Good chance.
Dangers: 7. Tunero took off before the home turn to pressure the leader and didn’t have any sprint left when just missing a place in a similar event here two weeks ago. McEvoy was on board that day. He’s been around the mark this time in, could use a win and is sure to run well. 1. Fantastic Man was the beneficiary of Tunero’s midrace move as he stalked them before arriving in time to win that race. Racing consistently and if we’re on a soft 6 or thereabouts he’s a threat again. 8. Via Veneto ran well first-up at Kembla then too far back in an on pace dominated race at Hawkesbury and worked home as well as she could. Placed on a heavy track over this course in June and should be close to a peak.
How to play it: Nautibernie E/W ($7.00 TAB Fixed Odds).
Nautibernie finishes off when the race is over at Randwick on November 22
|Race 4 – 7.45PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP (1250 METRES)|
Looks a dead set race in two and happy to back up on 4. Pierina despite having her chance when runner-up here two weeks ago. She had no luck first-up then trailed the heavily backed Poetic Charmer and didn’t give up the chase but he’d had too easy a lead. Drawn to get the run of the race again and will be hard to beat.
Dangers: 1. Southern Lad has been hampered by wide barriers in his two runs since a first-up win where he had all the favours. Back a notch in class on his last run beaten less than two lengths by Sweet Deal and with blinkers on he may settle a bit closer. Logical danger. 8. Pembroke Castle has been very disappointing in three runs since he should have won here back in September. He was gelded prior to his run two starts ago and last time he battled on okay against some smart three-year-olds in a strong form race. Needs to put in but with barrier one and Hugh Bowman they’re throwing everything at him to find his best. 3. Let’s Party Marty has been sound in two runs back and held his ground second-up at Randwick in a race won by a tearaway leader. Every chance to be in the finish of this.
How to play it: Pierina WIN ($4.20 TAB Fixed Odds).
Pierina’s last start second at Canterbury on November 16
|Race 5 – 8.15PM #THERACES HANDICAP (1550 METRES)|
6. Waruna was one of those good things beaten in a similar race two weeks ago where she was caught up in traffic at a vital stage and flashed home to just miss in third, running the fastest last 200m of the race in 11.71 (Punters Intel). No harder here, drawn out again, and with the chance to build momentum with a clear run at them she’s entitled to repay those who took the short price last time.
Dangers: 4. See The Master resumed in the same race and wasn’t disgraced in running fifth, though he had his chance. Can only be fitter for the run, where he gets to from the wide alley I’m not sure but if he does have that improvement in him then he’s in the finish. 11. C’Est Davinchi justified his odds-on quote when he finally broke through here to weeks ago. While that was a maiden and not one of great depth he’s a horse on the up and should enjoy a nice run. No surprise to see him thereabouts. 2. Fuel enjoys the sting out of the track and is at his best when he can lead as he did in winning at Rosehill three starts back. Boxed on fairly behind Turnberry at Rosehill last time and if he finds the lead he could give some cheek.
How to play it: Waruna WIN ($2.25 TAB Fixed Odds).
Waruna’s luckless third at Canterbury on November 16
|Race 6 - 8:45PM CANTERBURY PARK FOODIES MARKET SPRINT (1100 METRES)|
Now we’re dealing with a soft 6, and better at this stage of the meeting, 10. Tell Me should go very close to posting back-to-back Canterbury wins. She hasn’t raced for a month since she cantered in with a maiden over this course. She’s failed in a couple of heavy track runs but shown she’s handy on top of the ground. Drawn to get the run of the race and have her chance.
Dangers: 5. Connemara is a complete unknown on rain affected ground but if we are on a 6 or better then that shouldn’t be an excuse. Unbeaten after two starts in easier company, she’s trialled up well and is the obvious danger. 2. Can’t Find Snippy was runner-up in a Highway on a soft track before not measuring up to a Saturday benchmark race three weeks ago. Better suited here and from the inside she’ll either lead or be right up there. Each-way. 8. Crimson Ticket was a huge drifter when placed behind Rare Episode at Kembla and wasn't disgraced at Warwick Farm first-up. Blinkers go on and she is worth including in the multiples.
How to play it: Tell Me WIN ($1.90 TAB Fixed Odds).
Tell Me proves far too good winning at Canterbury on October 26
|Race 7 - 9:15PM KIA EVENING STAR (1100 METRES)|
1. Handfast has landed in a suitable race for the first time in a while. Raced out of his class all preparation in the winter and performed respectably against horses like Noire, Philosophy, Jungle Edge and Kaonic. First-up last prep he led and set up a track record time running fourth at Randwick behind Anatola. Given a very nice quiet trial and if he has any luck in running he’ll go well at odds.
Dangers: 12. Star Crossed failed in three starts last time in and was spelled. His two trials back, particularly the latest, have been sound and he has been competitive in this sort of race in the past. Inside alley suits being an on pacer and he should feature. 3. Mr Tickets is yet to win first-up but he’s been runner-up in three of four fresh efforts. Raced honestly last time in and was placed here on a heavy track first-up. May find this a touch short but no surprise to see him run a handy race. 13. See The Show is one of those horses that goes about unnoticed and he went a bit too hard in front when weakening out of it at Randwick last time, though not beaten far. Nice effort fresh and while drawn wide he’ll go forward. Each-way hopes.
How to play it: Handfast E/W ($10 TAB Fixed Odds).
Watch Handfast wide out given an easy trial at Warwick Farm on November 9
|Race 8 - 9:45PM AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
8. Legislation would be the most interesting runner on the night and it’s his first as a gelding. Beat Fiesta and ran a couple of nice other races as an early two-year-old before the wheels fell off. While he’s drawn a sticky gate there’s been plenty to like about his two trials and the form around his latest one where he split Irithea and Seasons has proven strong. Will need a bit of luck but a chance to show what he’s made of.
Dangers: 6. Legerity finds himself with Clare Cunningham after a couple of confidence boosting country wins last summer. He’s trialled up quite well and it’s no small effort to beat Alassio in a trial as he did a couple of weeks ago. Will be on the pace from a nice gate and is a definite chance. 12. Rare Episode has form around Coterie and proved too slick leading all the way at Kembla over 1000m last time. Drawn to be right on the speed, if not leading, and could give some cheek. 15. Evict won a good form race first-up from a spell then bumped into a slick one at Hawkesbury on November 14 but still hit the line well. Not to be left out.
How to play it: Legislation E/W ($4.80 TAB Fixed Odds).
Legistlation is runner-up in a Canterbury trial on November 13