Fri, Feb 22, 6:54pm by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the seven race program at Canterbury on Friday, February 22
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Race 1: Your Local Greengrocer Handicap (155m)
We start Canterbury’s seven meeting night program with No 2. Cannery Row from the Guy Walter Stable on top. Although disappointing at his last two starts, he is third up here and should be cherry ripe for a good performance. No 1 Geemeup from the Bjorn Baker stable has won his past two starts and should be extremely hard to beat, while No 6. Contemplation from the Guy Walter yard was a very good second last time out. Putting in No 5 Mossmoney to round out the first four in a small field of seven runners.
Race 2: Freshflowers Handicap (2800m)
The second of the night sees eight runners over the 2800m, with the money coming for No 2. Stealapipe a last start fourth for trainer Bob Onikul. With Corey Brown set to ride here, the gelding should get the gun run from barrier two. Going with No 3 Queen Dana from the Mark Conners stable for second after winning her most recent outing over 1600m at Gosford. No 4 Modest Hero from the Nowra stable of Robert Price goes in for third having also won last start over 2600m. No 5 Ashwahgandha disappointed last start in a big way but is capable and an improved performance would not surprise.
Race 3: Toyota Material Handling Handicap (1100m)
A race for the three-year-old Maidens over the 1100m sees No 1 Foxbat a Jetspur gelding in the Chris Waller stable disappointed last start but had performed well the start prior and must be a leading contender. No 4 Long Shadow a Lonhro filly in the Gai Waterhouse stable has put two very good performances together, finishing second at both starts. O 3. Mr Hurley, like Long Shadow has finished in the places at both his starts, and the Street Sense gelding must be included. Rounding out the first four is No 11 Zinedine, a full sister to the recent Inglis Classic winner.
Race 4: Sydney Banana Wholesalers Handicap (1550m)
Going with the top weight here No 1 Knockabout from the Bjorn Baker stable who has had only six career starts and has finished outside the top three on only one occasion. Set to be ridden by Glyn Schofield, the Snitzel gelding should be good value. No 2 Kingdoms from the John O’Shea stable was an extremely impressive winner last time out and the High Chaparral colt is one being aimed at the Group One ATC Derby. No 3 Mottled from the Peter Snowden stable is consistent and should be ready third time out this campaign. No 8 Casinoholic from the Patinack team finished fourth last time out and must be included.
Race 5: Sydney Markets Limited Sprint (1100m)
Lonhro gelding No 1. Tahitian Black from the David Pfieffer yard has been disappointing of late but does have a class edge as indicated by his fourth two starts back to Sessions. Going with No 2 Mecir another Lonhro gelding who will be scratched from tomorrow’s meeting should be included. From the Hawkes yard, the winner of two from seven to date will be ridden by Shaun Guymer who claims 3kgs. No 4 Setgo was a narrow second last time out to the Matthew Smith-trained Zin Zan Eddie at this track, and that gelding is a great chance on Saturday. No 8 Chiaramonte is an extremely well-bred Redoute’s Choice filly who is in very good form and has to be included.
Race 6: Freshmark Handicap (1200m)
Fillies and Mares are set to contest the sixth over the 1200m with Darley runners looking capable of taking out the one-two-three and we are putting No 2 Matignon in for the top spot. Trained by Guy Walter, this Lonhro mare was third last time out at Rosehill when beaten just over a length. No 3 Segue from the Snowden yard finished second last time out, while stable mate No 5 Cameo is arguably the one with the most scope as she is likely to be aimed towards and Oaks campaign and she should be watched as she works home well. No 10 Tigress Baby is first up here and with a first, second and third from four starts, this Not A Single Doubt filly should be watched.
Race 7: Sydney Markets Foundation Handicap (1250m)
The final race on the night and we see No 4 Forster from the Hawkes yard. A Choisir gelding who is coming off a 41 day freshen-up, the four-year-old should get a good run from barrier five and be hard to beat. No 13 Rich ‘N’ Famous from the John’ O’Shea stable is one for one and this three-year-old gelding could be one for the future. Putting in No 1 Hatton Garden from the Matthew Smith stable who is second up here and has a win and two third places second up in the past and at odds, should be one for value. Going with No 2 Air Comet for fourth as he has won in the past second up.
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