Canterbury for our midweek meeting this week. We have seven races on the card here and with Sydney avoiding the downpour that was expected over the weekend. We should be racing on a good surface and with the rail at 8m, racing should suit on the rails runners.
QUADDIES (races 4-5-6-7)
Skinny Play: 1,4,7,8 – 7,9 – 3,4 - 2
Wide Play: FIELD – 1,2,5,6,7,9 – 1,3,4 - 2
BEST BET: R1 – 5. LAST STARFIGHTER
Next Best Bet: R7 – 2. BRATISLAVA
Best Roughie: R4 – 4. BEIJING BOARD
No5 LAST STARFIGHTER (BEST BET) should prove hard to run down here off the trials. The last of which at Kembla he ran along at a good clip and really found the line well. With blinkers on for a debut run and a good draw in gate 3. All this points to is this Waterhouse runner, jumping, running and proving hard to get past with the rail out.
No2 POETIC CHARMER comes out of a really good race on debut, where the form has held up. Second start he should improve.
No6 SWAFFHAM BULBECK is well bred and has trialed in good fashion. Team Hawkes are going quite bad at the moment which is the knock.
No7 TOTTEN was fav on debut in a good race at Flemington, where he didn’t seem to handle the straight. He has trialed well coming in.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 SWAFFHAM BULBECK
No2 ENVY OF ALL comes out of two really good races at her first two starts where the form has held up well. Back to maiden grade she should be winning.
No3 CHAIN OF FOOLS was run down late last start and ran fast time for the day there, she should get on pace favours here.
No1 LIPIZZAN is another one who will be in the pace battle here, and has a chance to run well.
No9 TIKI BAR has been trialing well coming into a debut run here, she looks to get the last shot at them.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 LIPIZZAN
No4 FOREVER DREAM was a big winner on debut and looked to have scope for improvement. Out to 1250m now looks suitable and if they are able to run on, he can finish over them.
No2 GHOSTLY found the line well in a good race at Scone. Now to 1250m suits and he is hard to beat here.
No7 ZONK comes out of good form races recently and has been running quite well. She bumps into another good race here, but has a chance.
No1 UPTOWN LAD gets good weight relief after the claim (down to 55kg) and has come out of good races in both runs this prep.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ZONK
No4 BEIJING BOARD (BEST ROUGHIE) straight out to 1900m looks suitable here, with Shinn on from gate 1. He should be able to sit just off them and hopefully pounce late.
No7 LEAD CHOREOGRAPHER will look to lead yet again here, and with Bowman on board the way he is riding at the moment, don’t be shocked if he is off and gone.
No1 MORTAR PLATOON backs up quickly after a poor effort on Saturday, I don’t mind the horses on a quick backup in staying races and Waller picks the right ones to do so.
No8 SAN PABLO was too bad to be true last start. Blinkers back on gives him his chance here.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 BEIJING BOARD
No9 SHIELD WALL looks to get the dream run on paper here. From gate 4 Bowman should have her just behind the speed here, and with luck from the 600m hard to beat.
No7 POWER LAW drops back from Saturday grade in what was a good race. He has run well at Canterbury before too.
No6 FOREVER NEWYORK has had a weird preparation. He had two 1400m runs quickly then was a month between runs to the Wagga Guineas where he was quite good and the form has stacked up well.
No1 POUND STIRLING out to 1580m is suitable here, he has run well in all three runs this time in and looks set to peak here.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 FOREVER NEWYORK
No4 ESTIKHRAAJ smashed them with ease at Scone. He should be able to step up yet again here, but Bowman has work to do from barrier 13.
No3 OUR BEATNIK is going to get that perfect smother run here. I suspect Tommy will stick to the fence all the way and hope for luck late in the piece.
No7 LIFE O’BRIEN has trialled well between runs. He should be fresh enough to run well here, as he will be warming to the task late.
No1 SPEED HERO was good when finding the line in a better race at Rosehill. Out to 1580m now suits perfectly.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 LIFE O’BRIEN
No2 BRATISLAVA (NEXT BEST BET) will look to run them into the ground here, his best wins have come when he is on the pace and run his rivals off their legs. Last start he was lifted over the line by Avdulla. Today I hope Heywood rolls forward and takes the race by the scruff of the neck.
No10 BEST GUESS gets the run of the race here from barrier 1. McEvoy will be hoping to come off the fence rounding the turn to wind up.
No1 METALLIC CROWN resumes here, he was well touted as a young horse and has never lived up to it. It is a case of if he wants to be a horse or not.
No3 MAGIC OF DREAMS found the line well last start and was really good behind Bonny O Reilly, who has since won. She will have the last shot and is good at Canterbury.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 METALLIC CROWN