Quality nine-race card at Canterbury this Saturday. Conditions will play a part, with plenty of rain around.
The track is currently rated a Heavy 9 and, with more rain expected, it’s hard to see that being upgraded.
The rail is at a true position, which should see on-speed runners being suited, especially in the heavy conditions.
QUADDIES Races: 6-7-8-9
SKINNY PLAY: 3,8,13 / 8 / 3,5,7 / 6
WIDE PLAY: 2,3,4,5,8,9,13 / 1,8 / 3,5,7,9,10 / 1,4,5,6,8,9,10
R1 11.40pm HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY MARTIN KING HANDICAP 1200m
HAIR TRIGGER was a strong maiden winner over 1200m at Wyong last start. He has long shown promise, although has lacked maturity and racing manners. Perhaps the penny is beginning to drop.
DECORATED SOLDIER was a debut winner over 1150m at Newcastle. This race is noticeably tougher but the colt will have taken valuable race experience from his debut.
SEVENTHCHIC showed good improvement on her debut when saluting at this course and distance. From barrier 3, she is poised to get the perfect run.
TANGO RAIN comes into this off a let-up following his debut win at this course over 1100m. He’s drawn awkwardly in barrier 7, but his win had plenty of merit.
GREXIT ran at Wyong a tick under a month back and it was the vigor of Avdulla that got the filly home. Form prior looks pretty good and she should be at peak fitness now, despite competing in what looks to be a strong race here. Barrier also makes it difficult.
SELECTIONS: No1 THRONUM, No4 Hair Trigger, No3 Decorated Soldier, No8 Seventhchic
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Thronum
R2 12.15pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1250m
CHEEKY comes out of a 1200m Highway Handicap at Randwick where he ran fifth. He is proven on heavy, is well-drawn and carries nothing on his back.
OCEAN GRAND is clearly the best horse in the race and is carrying a good weight. He started as a hot favourite in the Taree Country Championship Qualifier and was eased down behind Another Valley. Recent Coffs Harbour trial was very good and he can sprint well fresh.
DYLAN’S DYNASTY has been given a 25-day freshen-up since racing on his home track at Nowra when he looked home but was nabbed late when second to Akiko Gold. He has run well in Highways previously and looks to be a major contender.
SELECTIONS: No3 ATTAINMENT, No6 Cheeky, No1 Ocean Grand, No12 Dylan’s Dynasty
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Dylan’s Dynasty
R3 12.50pm SCHWEPPES HANDICAP 1250m
NOBLE JOEY from barrier 2 in particular could take some catching. The Shellscrape gelding wasn't far off consecutive wins when attempting to make all the running once again over 1100m at Randwick a fortnight ago. His latest form is hard to fault, as is his record on rain-affected tracks. Yet to finish out of the money in six starts.
ART NOUVEAU has improved with each run this campaign and last start was a cut above his rivals when saluting at this course and distance. He is heading in the right direction.
PIONEERING was well-supported and duly delivered last start when saluting at Rosehill over 1200m. Bowman jumping aboard can be viewed as a positive.
SELECTIONS: NO 6 CANNYESCENT, No3 Noble Joey, No2 Art Nouveau, No1 Pioneering
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Pioneering
R4 1.25pm TAB.COM.AU HANDICAP 1900m
LOOPHOLE drops in grade and distance after a battling effort in the Winter Cup. His record third up is excellent.
SPRINGBOK FLYER should be hitting his straps third up and out to this distance. From barrier 4 and with only 54kg he is poised to get the perfect run.
SINGING is a multiple Group placed German import. On best form he would take a power of beating first-up. A year between runs and Glue On Shoes first time are obvious queries. Watch both betting and parade rings.
TRADTRI has been given a freshen up since contesting the Stayers Cup (3200m) where he simply didn’t run the two miles. He loves racing at Canterbury and looks the speed. He will take some catching with a cheap sectional.
SELECTIONS: No5 PINDAN PEARL, No3 Loophole, No6 Springbok Flyer, No1 Singing
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Tradtri
R5 2.00pm #THERACES HANDICAP 1550m
MCCREERY still warrants plenty of respect based on what he's displayed through his time to date in Australia. Rising in trip off a freshen-up on a heavy track hardly looks ideal, but class alone can see him go a long way in this.
LANCIATO while finishing seventh at Rosehill over 1500m last start wasn't beaten far. His runs since arriving here from New Zealand have been strong.
KING'S OFFICER is flying for the Terry Robinson stable. The Domesday five-year-old rises in grade on his latest outing but is improving with each run and profiles as a value player.
GAMBLER'S BLUES while disappointing last start is capable of better, as evidenced by his prior form this campaign.
MAGICAL STANCE ran over the Randwick mile last time out where he had the charmed run behind the tempo and stuck on pretty well behind Farolitos. Likes this track and is at peak fitness, so it is D-Day for him. Just needs to overcome the tricky gate to be a threat.
SELECTIONS: No3 THUNDER DOWN UNDER, No2 McCreery, No6 Lanciato, No5 King’s Officer
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Thunder Down Under
R6 2.40pm TAB REWARDS 1100m
ISORICH is chasing a third straight win. He is racing with confidence at present and there isn't a great deal of depth in this contest.
INVITATIONS has been holding form relatively well and is another who can settle back and be closing strongly off a fast tempo up-front.
RAIDO comes through the Three Sheets race at Randwick where he just got back in the run and really couldn’t get into the race when finishing down the track. Yet to miss a place in three runs at the track and being third up, he should be at peak fitness. Sharp improver.
ENCOSTANATI ran over 1000m at Randwick a fortnight back where he tried hard but was simply no match for the very impressive winner Arise Augustus. Draws well and the 3kg claim for Deanne Panya looks a big, big advantage.
SELECTIONS: No13 CHEEKY BABE, No3 Isorich, No8 Invitations, No4 Raido
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Invitations
R7 3.20pm JULY SPRINT 1100m
MOUNT NEBO has been in excellent form this campaign and was again finding the line well when fifth in the Ramornie Handicap, only beaten by three quarters of a length. He is one in this field who will thrive on the anticipated heavy track.
GOLD SYMPHONY makes his stable debut for Team Snowden. The colt performed below his best during a short summer campaign, but won the Group 3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield during the spring. He has won first up in the past and is also yet to run out of the money in three prior outings on rain-affected ground.
FELINES has performed below her best in two runs this campaign. She may be ready to show something more with added fitness third-up.
HURRARA comes through the El Sasso at Rosehill three weeks back where he sat off speed and chased hard most of the way to run third, beaten just under three lengths. He should be close to peak fitness now and he is very good when he is on song.
SELECTIONS: No8 REDZEL, No1 Mount Nebo, No9 Gold Symphony, No6 Felines VALUE RUNNER: No1 Mount Nebo
R8 4.00pm TAB MORE THAN JUST WINNING HANDICAP 1250m
POWERLINE is consistent and has placed in his past five outings. He shapes as a key player in this line-up, with the 2kg claim of Koby Jennings offsetting a 60kg impost nicely.
AVONACO has been in excellent form this campaign. A drop back to 1250m is something of a surprise, but he is course proven and possesses an excellent record in partnership with Hugh Bowman.
FORTUNE PATCH rises in grade but could take catching from an inside barrier with no weight on his back after the 3kg claim.
ALLEZ CHIVAL performs well on rain-affected ground and won at this course last preparation. That said, 1250m could potentially stretch her.
SELECTIONS: No7 TYPHOON JOLIE, No3 Powerline, No5 Avonaco, No10 Fortune Patch
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Typhoon Jolie
R9 4.40pm MYBOYCHARLIE @ VINERY HANDICAP 1100m
ROSE OF MAN has been scratched from a number of races the past month. She finally kicks off here and on the best of her form from last campaign, a race of this quality is within her grasp.
GLENBAWN DAME stuck to her task well when second over this trip at Rosehill last start. She should be prominent throughout here if able to work across from barrier 11.
AWASITA raced at Rosehill three weeks ago when running down the track behind Pioneering. The depth here isn’t as strong and the tighter circuit will only be ideal.
SELECTIONS: No6 SHAHRAZAD, No 9 Rose Of Man, No1 Glenbawn Dame, No5 Awasita
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Rose Of Man