Canterbury for the Easter Monday meeting, and how good is it to have Canterbury back after the time off it had to take due to it being a quarantine facility. The track should play fairly with the rail in the true position and having had six weeks off leading into this. We should be on soft going.
QUADDIES (races) 5-6-7-8
Skinny Play: 3,5,6 – 2,8 – 5,10 – 7,8
Wide Play: 1,2,3,5,6,7 – 1,2,6,8,9 – 5,6,8,10 – 1,7,8,13
BEST BET: R3 – 8. NOIRE
Next Best Bet: R4 – 7. IN TIMES OF WAR
Best Roughie: R6 – 9. HIROKIN
No 6 PELORUS JACK comes out of some good races at his first preparation and he always looked as if he would need some time to mature. The trials leading in have been quite good and first-up he looks ready to go here.
No 2 EL VENETIAN was a touch disappointing in his first preparation for Waterhouse when starting short in the market both times. The trials leading into this race here have been good enough and if he has improved coming off last prep he has a chance.
No 1 CORDERO has had two nice trials coming into a fresh run here and comes out of a good run on debut when he started fav. He gets winkers on here for his first-up run and off the trials he has his chance.
No 7 SKIFIELD has been trialing well leading into a debut run here. They have all been over 900m and he has looked to extend well in his most recent trials. He draws a good gate here and on debut he has his chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 PELORUS JACK
No 9 SAMBRO comes out of what looks to be a good debut race behind Dracary’s. What it doesn’t say about that race, was that it was deadest monsoonal when that race was on and he did a good job that day. The form has held up well and the trials since have been good.
No 1 DARHAD has now joined the Hawkes team with Freedman leaving Aus and has trialled well coming into this. He has drawn a sticky gate and knowing team Hawkes, they may well scratch him here. But if he does run he has enough talent to win.
No 2 BOYISH ran well in the Wellington Boot on debut and comes into a much weaker race here. He has had a gap between runs which is a touch concerning. But the run on debut has to give him a chance here.
No 4 ICON OF DUBAI has trialled up in good fashion leading into a debut run. He is a well-bred conveyance who has improved in each trial. He gets a good gate and Shinn on debut here and he has to be given a chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 BOYISH
No 8 NOIRE (BEST BET) Up to the 1400m here suits much better than the 1200m on debut, he was just run down late there. With Shinn on board he will be able to dictate terms from barrier 5 and roll along here and give them something to chase.
No 12 SLOW BURN has been trialing in impressive fashion leading into a debut run here and has to be given a chance.
No 11 PLAYBOOK Ran well enough on debut last preparation and has trialled well leading into this.
No 7 LOVELETTER ran in a good race on debut and the form out of that race has held up fantastically. The trial leading in was good.
VALUE RUNNER: No 11 PLAYBOOK
No 7 IN TIMES OF WAR (NEXT BEST) has been trialing the house down this time in and has had “back me fresh” written all over him. He comes out of some super-hot form races that have held up and he has found a prefect race fresh after being scratched a fair few times and he should get a dry track here.
No 3 MISS DEBUTANTE comes out of a good first preparation where she won two races before taking on a solid sales race won by Calanda. The trials have been solid.
No 4 NONPAREIL smashed them upon resuming. She looks to have turned the corner with the spell and has her chance here.
No 9 THE WASP drops back in grade after taking on the provincial championships last start. Forget that and go off the two previous wins and she has her chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No 9 THE WASP
No 6 LE CAVALIER found the line well enough last start against the bias at Albury with a big weight and probably should have won. He drops well in weight here and gets McEvoy on board who has won on the horse before. He is a winner at the track and has his chance.
No 3 APPOINT PERCY had been running quite well in the Provincial Championship series and gets out to a suitable trip here. He is a winner in the city over a mile in the past and now that he has had three runs this time in he looks well set up to run a race here.
No 5 REINFORCED comes out of good races this time in and has run well without winning. Ran fast time at Newcastle and that should hold up here. Getting out to the 1550m the way he has been running through the line suits here and he looks to get a good run from gate 7.
No 2 BERETTA was a quite poor last start in a race he was well backed to win. I am willing to forgive him for that one and go off his run before, behind Noble Joey which has held up really well form wise. Out to the 1550m now suits as does the claim for Hunt.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 LE CAVALIER
No 8 UP ‘N’ ROLLING found the line well enough upon resuming on a day which favored on pacers, he still ran quick time for his last 600m that day too. The step up to 1900m here looks to suit perfectly here and second-up he looks suited.
No 2 INTERLOCUTER hit the line brilliantly when resuming. My only worry about coming here second-up is that he needs to get around the tight turning Canterbury, as opposed to the wide open spaces of Newcastle. O’Shea however has his imports going well at the minute.
No 9 HIROKIN (BEST ROUGHIE) was utterly slaughtered last start at Orange and should have bolted up. The jock has since been suspended for a month too. He has a bad record at Canterbury, but with the way he ran last start he needs to be given his chance here.
No 1 MULTITUDE should be much fitter here third-up to the 1900m. He was a touch flat second-up after such a good run fresh. The claim here for Heywood helps him get down to 58kgs and from the wide gate of 15 he should roll across and lead them up here.
VALUE RUNNER: No 9 HIROKIN
No 10 CALANDA resumes here after a good preparation last time in where he won two races from three starts. The form from those races have held up quite well and he looks to have come back well this time in and going off the trial behind Defcon, he looks ready to win here.
No 8 ELEMENOHPEE is not usually one of my horses, but I couldn’t ignore his most recent trial at Rosehill where he found the line under his own steam in what was a brilliant trial. He is a winner first-up in the past and has his chance here.
No 6 THREE SHEETS is a winner second-up in the past and found the line well enough fresh at Scone. He wasn’t given some of the best rides last time in and his form is much better than it looks on paper. This looks his type of race where he can be held up and have one short sharp burst at them.
No 5 QUEEN OF KARIBA drops well in grade here and may have found a race to win here. She has been crying out to get on a drier track at all runs this time in. Back to 1100m looks to be a touch of a worry for me, as I would rather her at 1200m. But there looks to be good enough speed in the race for her to get over the top of them.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 QUEEN OF KARIBA
No 7 BRATISLAVA resumes here as a gelding and comes here on the back of two nice enough trials coming into this. His form last time in was fantastic and he could well have been unbeaten with some luck. The 1250m here suits perfectly as he can jump and run under his own steam.
No 8 INVINCIBLE GEORGE should have won last start simple as that. He was utterly slaughtered and gets a new jockey here. McEvoy is low flying in the last few weeks and is in the zone at the moment. The second-up record is quite good and from the wide gate he will have clear running at them when it matters.
No 13 THAAD has had two solid trials coming into this and looks to be set up for a good first-up run. His form last time in was good and the maiden win was fantastic flying over the top of them late. He looks to be a horse who will get out to a Derby trip and may well be off to QLD?
No 1 HIT THE MARK ran quite well fresh in what looks to be a good race. This horse has a good record at the track albeit without winning. He has drawn quite a good gate and with the claim for King, he should be in around the finish.
VALUE RUNNER: No 13 THAAD