Canterbury is our midweek venue this week and we have 8 races on the card, we kick off with some maidens and as we get deeper into the card, there are some progressive types going around that I think can make it to Saturday grade. The weather if fine, we will be on a good surface and the rail is +3m.
QUADDIES (races 5-6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 7,9 - 3,9 - 1,10 - 2,11,12
Wide Play: 7,8,9 - 2,3,9 - 1,10 - 2,11,12,15
BEST BET: R3 – 3. I AM SERIOUS
Next Best Bet: R4 – 1. STONEBROOK
Best Roughie: R8 – 2. FANNING
No4 POETIC CHARMER did a good job when resuming at Rosehill three weeks back. So Bizarre has ran well since, up to the 1250m suits and looks to map well.
No1 EPIC RANT was good on debut then resumed at Warwick Farm a month back and was disappointing, should lead here and can give another chance.
No2 KOOKABAA has done enough in his two runs this preparation, will be on speed here and can give a sight.
No6 UNFORGOTTEN did a good job at Kembla before going out for a spell, can do something here resuming.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 POETIC CHARMER
No7 EPIDEMIC has contested much stronger races than this in her two starts to date, has trialled well and could be too good for this lot.
No1 HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL is on debut here, has been trialing well and Shinn takes the ride.
No5 SWAFFHAM BULBECK did not do much on debut, has trialled well before resuming and this race lacks depth.
No6 NOVEMBER MAN has been contesting solid races and wouldn’t surprise if he was running over them late.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 EPIDEMIC
No3 I AM SERIOUS (BEST BET) is a very progressive type, arguably should have won its two starts this preparation and should be undefeated. Clearly the one with the most upside in this race, up to the 1550m looks to suit, and should get a lovely run, if Shinn gets her clear on straightening she should be winning.
No1 PRINCESS POSH comes through the same race as I Am Serious, is an honest type, not sure where it gets to in the run here.
No2 SISKEN also comes through the same race, can’t see her turning the tables on the top two but should run an honest race.
No7 THINK LIKE A BIRD has been running well enough and has good connections.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 I AM SERIOUS
No1 STONEBROOK (NEXT BEST BET) just keeps winning, was a very good win last start holding off Marsupial to win well, is the only one with any upside in this race, up to 1550m looks no concern, will lead and should be winning.
No5 CANNON RUN is a backmarker who can run a good race on his day, looks set to run well and this race has no depth.
No6 HIROKIN was good when resuming, if can reproduce that run will be right in this.
SCRATCHED No4 STATIC LIFT is racing well enough to be in the mix for this type of race.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 STONEBROOK
No7 STAR OF AFRICA did a good job on debut, not sure if it beat much, but could have upside and goes on top in a race that lacks depth.
No9 CORDONED attacked the line strongly when resuming at Gosford, will take improvement from the run and can step up here.
No8 CEDARWOOD is racing well enough and should get a nice run here, fifth-up in his first preparation is a concern.
No4 THE CHEETAH did well enough when resuming, could have some upside.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 CORDONED
No9 BAYSA was impressive when resuming, step up to the 1900m looks perfect and looks to map well.
No3 LEAD CHOREOGRAPHER is racing well this preparation, looks to map well here.
No2 KARAVALI is racing well and should be amongst the finish.
SCRATCHED No4 COYS honest type who could do something here.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 BAYSA
No1 OSBORNE BULLS did a good job three weeks back going down narrowly to Invincibella who came out and won well on Saturday, looks very progressive, fifth-up in first preparation is only concern.
No10 SLOW BURN is a smart type who won well when resuming, if can get to outside leader from the wide barrier will be hard to catch.
No2 IN TIMES OF WAR is consistent as they come but finds it hard to win.
No3 PASSAGE OF TIME is also a smart type who got the job done first up and can go on with it here.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 OSBORNE BULLS
No11 ENVY OF ALL looks to have upside, did a good job when resuming in a good race, map looks the only concern here.
No12 ARTEMIS ROSE returns after contesting strong races in her first two preparations, has trialled well and is an interesting runner here.
No2 FANNING (BEST ROUGHIE) pulled up with poor-post recovery first-up. Chalk who ran second in that race has come out and won since, could do something here.
No15 BEST GUESS did a good job behind the smart White Moss when resuming, if gets a run here is a huge player.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 FANNING