Canterbury for a rare Saturday meeting here. Intriguing races but nine winners to find. The track will be good and the rail is true.
Race 1 12:35pm TAB PLATE 1100m
MALAHAT looks to have been the best of the triallers here before his debut run. He is extremely well bred, being out of Raspberries. From (7), Clark should roll forward here and take up the running and look to dominate.
MILANESE GIRL trialled well at Rosehill in solid time. She has the luxury of gate (1) here and she can follow the rail all the way if she jumps cleanly. Collett is riding brilliantly at the minute and is hard to go past.
COOL MOVER travels from the Gold Coast for her debut run after a trial in slick time. Given that it was over the 1000m, she may have taken more benefit from it than the others who trialled over shorter distances and has to be respected from a good stable.
IPSO FACTO is one who has trialled well, but may be better in another preparation and whatever he does today is a bonus.
SELECTIONS: No 2 MALAHAT, No 5 Milanese Girl, No 4 Cool Mover, No 1 Ipso Facto.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 Cool Mover.
MALAHAT - 1pt @ 2.70
Race 2 1:10pm SCHWEPPES HANDICAP 1550m
MISS BALLANTINE on the quick back-up here looks the one. She was a tough winner on Tuesday and looks as if the step up in trip here will not be an issue. She has fitness on her side as well as solid form around her and she will be hard to beat.
CHAUSSURE got the job done well first-up over 1400m and the step up to 1550m looked as if it would suit perfectly given her breeding. With the small field she can sit off them and roll into the race without an issue and be hard to hold out.
FULL THROTTLE will probably roll forward and run them along here. The win at Goulburn was strong, but this is a big step-up. In the last week Gai’s horses have started to click into gear.
SELECTIONS: No 3 MISS BALLANTINE, No 1 Chaussure, No 5 Full Throttle.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 Full Throttle.
MISS BALLANTINE - 1pt @ 4.00
Race 3 1:50pm #THERACES HANDICAP 1100m
MR MANHATTAN (NEXT BEST) comes into this race with a brilliant second-up record where he is unbeaten. He won a solid race first-up and dominated them. The trial between runs was quite good. Joe Pride’s horses are starting to fire and he was scratched from a good race on Tuesday to run here. Funnily enough he was beaten at $1.50 in this race last year and this is only his second run since then.
SELECTIONS: No 3 MR MANHATTAN, No 2 Sarajevo, No 4 Painte, No 6 Lucky Meteor.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 Sarajevo.
MR MANHATTAN - 1pt @ 3.40
Race 4 2:30pm TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP 1550m
DYNAMIC CONCEPT (BEST ROUGHIE) hit the line well enough first-up and was well supported ($31-$10) to win that race. The trial between runs was good and in a nice time. Yet to win under 1900m is a concern, but this is a weak race and he showed a turn of foot fresh. Booking of Collett a good one here (big jockey change) and looks to get a perfect run on the map.
BILLS A GOODIE hit the line well enough last week and backs-up quickly. The 1550m should suit, but my worry is a 7-y-o first prep having his fifth start. How much does he have left in the tank?
SUNNY FAME will have his supporters here given Dunn’s record in Highway races as of late, but I am inclined to risk him. I don’t think he can run out the 1550m and I’m happy to let him go around without me.
SELECTIONS: No 2 RINVIATA, No 1 Dynamic Concept, No 5 Bills A Goodie, No 3 Sunny Fame.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Dynamic Concept.
DYNAMIC CONCEPT - 1pt @ 17.00
Race 5 3:10pm RANVET HANDICAP 1200m
SNOOPY (BEST BET) comes into this on the back of two solid runs in better races than this. He has trialled well between runs and has a very good fresh record. He is drawn to get a perfect run here and if he is able to find clear room in the straight he can blow them away; at his best he is a group horse.
SELECTIONS: No 6 SNOOPY, No 5 Grunderzeit, No 1 Kuro, No 2 Inz’n’out.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 Kuro.
SNOOPY - 1pt @ 3.20
Race 6 3:55pm TAB.COM.AU HANDICAP 1250m
REINCARNATE got the job done well last start and ran a slick time in doing so. The step up to 1250m looks ideal here. He does go up 6kgs for that win, yet he stays in a similar grade. He is a horse who I think could live up to group racing in the autumn and he should be winning this.
SIR PLUSH chased Reincarnate home last start and looks to do a similar job here. He meets Reincarnate better at the weights though, but off their last starts I can’t see him turning the tables here.
DARK STEEL was well backed first-up and got the job done. On his day he has some very good form and has mixed it with better horses. He looks to get a cushy run on the map here and will give some cheek.
COMMISSION resumes off the back of two trials and has gone about his business well. He is better over further, but first-up he could run some sort of a race.
SELECTIONS: No 1 REINCARNATE, No 5 Sir Plush, No 6 Dark Steel, No 2 Commission.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 Dark Steel.
REINCARNATE - 1pt @ 2.50
Race 7 4:40pm ASHBURY HANDICAP 1550m
RELIGIFY should be winning this if at his best. He just went down last start in a driving finish and had a better run in the race than the winner. Stepping up to 1550m is a slight concern but given the way he has relaxed and settled recently I am not too bothered by that.
DANCE OF HEROES was good enough first-up and drops 7kgs on that effort. He is a slightly quirky horse and a track like Canterbury could suit him as he is a winner here before at the track and distance. He will get a soft run from (4) and will be hard to beat.
GOD’S IN HIM quickly up to the 1600m suits. He has had a trial between runs and it was quite good. He is a winner over the mile at the past and at his best he was only four lengths off Happy Clapper in the Villiers.
DESTINY’S KISS ran well enough first-up and is looking for further than this, but he can run another cheeky race here.
SELECTIONS: No 4 RELIGIFY, No 6 Dance Of Heroes, No 5 God’s In Him, No 2 Destiny’s Kiss.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 Dance Of Heroes.
RELIGIFY - 1pt @ 1.85
Race 8 5:25pm MCGRATH ESTATE AGENTS HANDICAP 1900m
ESCHIELE down in weights gets a chance here. She has been good in two races which look to be good form races to follow. He is yet to get out to a staying trip which looks as if he would relish. He was only two lengths off Mackintosh in a Grand Prix at Doomben last prep.
MULTIFACETS was good behind Moher last start and I’ve been waiting for him to get out in trip to a distance like this. He is a winner at the track in the past and you can take a line through that Doomben Grand Prix where he was a bit off Eschiele.
MY GIULIANO has been low flying this prep and it’s hard to knock winners. He gets onto a drier track here which is a touch concerning. He looks to control this race and will give them something to catch.
BE LIKE DAD has a great Canterbury record and is all heart. He is right down in the weights after the claim and needs to be given a chance.
SELECTIONS: No 3 ESCHIELE, No 6 Multifacets, No 2 My Giuliano, No 9 Be Like Dad.
VALUE RUNNER: No 9 Be Like Dad.
ESCHIELE - 1pt @ 5.00
Race 9 6:05pm HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP 1100m
INFRA DIG was good last start at Warwick Farm. I like him here back to 1100m as he can run them into the ground. He gets in with no weight whatsoever and will be hard to beat.
PERIZADA has built a good record at the country level and was utterly dominant last start. She comes to town in great form and when mares get on a roll they can keep it going. The form out of her last start win has been quite good.
FIFTEEN SUNFLOWERS was dominant last start in a highway race, and this looks to be a suitable target coming off that. The step up to 1100m won’t be an issue whatsoever and she has to be given a chance.
ZIN ZAN ELSIE will give them something to run down here. He was just touched off in a tight finish and dropping back to 1100m isn’t an issue. He has a good record at the track and has to be given a chance.
UNTAIMED DIAMOND gets in well after the claim and was quite good last start in a race which looks to be quite good. She will roll along here and will give them something to chase.
SELECTIONS: No 12 INFRA DIG, No 10 Perizada, No 9 Fifteen Sunflowers, No 5 Zin Zan Elsie, No 2 Untamed Diamond.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 Untamed Diamond.
INFRA DIG - 1pt @ 5.00