Fri, Dec 13, 6:15am by Daryl Curnow
Where: Canterbury, Sydney
When: Friday, December 13. First race starts at 7:00pm
Bet with: Sportsbet.com.au and get two bets for the price of one
The Darren Smith-trained Pirandello has opened as the short $1.85 favourite on the back of an easy win at Gosford last time out. The Excellent Art gelding has had two metropolitan runs and two lesser graded runs, to which he has won both. His debut run at Randwick, when narrowly missing to Stocky, was a good indicator of his ability and he showed it next up with an easy 3.5 length win at Newcastle. The three-year-old then took on city class with Rosehill where he finished a respectable third before winning in a cracking time of 57.3 over the 1000 metres at Gosford. With the help of Blake Shinn in the saddle, he’s a justifiable favourite.
Oh So Adorable has been specked in the betting having won her last three and five from six overall. The Beautiful Crown filly has quite comfortably won the majority of her races but she has only ventured into the city once, where she finished second to last in the race that Stocky won and Pirandello came second. Country form won’t be good enough here but you can’t knock her form line.
John Thompson saddles up Mr Missmurt who won in an impressive time on debut at Kembla Grange. The Murtajill gelding ran the 1000 metres in a time of 56.82 which is certainly high flying. He’s a rare horse raced by Patinack Farm so they must have knew he was good enough to keep. The concerning factor is that he opened at $9 but has since drifted out to $12, but is still at a good each way price.
Recommended bet: Pirandello to win ($1.85) at Sportsbet.com.au
An even maiden field strikes here with but as usual a Peter Snowden filly has found its way to the top of the pile. Trick was well backed on debut at Canterbury but the Street Cry filly was very disappointing in running eighth. However, he drew the inside barrier and didn’t get a clear passage in the straight, but he’s drawn at 1 again so Kerrin McEvoy will need to ensure she gets enough racing room. She’s been backed in from $4 to $3 which is a touch short.
We think there’s value with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Amanpour who is currently showing $6. The Northern Meteor filly had a consistent first preparation with two placing’s from three starts, including a narrow second to Watabout on this track. Contrary to how Waterhouse likes to race her youngsters, Amanpour settled back in all three runs but you can expect Tommy Berry to race her in a more forward position from the outside barrier draw.
You have to respect any Chris Waller runner at the moment and he saddles up Andsoitiswritten, who ran a close third on debut. The Written Tycoon mare showed that she wanted more ground and the step up to 1250 metres should assist her. She’s four years old and having only her second run so she’s obviously late maturing but she’s a good chance here.
Recommended bet: Amanpour each way ($6/$2.10) at Sportsbet.com.au
Ship Harbour is another Street Cry gelding for Peter Snowden who has run two solid races to date. Both second placing’s came at Newcastle but the three-year-old has shown good fighting abilities in both runs, which suggests the step up in distance will suit. He’s not a world beater but is good enough to win here.
Double Eagle brings in solid city form here and is second favourite at $3.80. The David Payne-trained gelding has had seven starts for three placing’s, most notably a second behind Flying Sebring at Randwick last preparation. The son of Bernadini has placed twice on this track and his form should stand up well against this field.
Recommended bet: Double Eagle to win ($3.80) at Sportsbet.com.au
John Thompson and Patinack Farm line up Another Prayer who has won her last two. The Encosta de Lago filly drastically improved from her first two starts where she finished ninth and sixth, relishing the step up in distance. She won narrowly at Newcastle in a maiden over 1850 metres before winning again last time out at Randwick where she looked impressive. She hit the line hard which suggests she’s still got plenty of scope about her and Nathan Berry will provide his riding services. She opened at $5 but has been backed into $2.70 already.
Berry’s brother Tommy rides Pin ‘em Down who opened at $7 but has since drifted out to $13. The Pins gelding is country trained but showed good promise last time out at Canterbury when second to Megathink. He settled well back in the running over the 1550 metre distance so the increase to 1900 metres will only help him here.
Sweet Talkin Woman is well supported at $4.60 and the More Than Ready mare should be tough to beat. She finished second at Hawkesbury last time out which will have her in good fitness for this, having run well at Rosehill earlier in the season. The six-year-old has placed twice on this track and is a winner at the distance so expect a good run.
Recommended bet: Another Prayer to win ($2.70) at Sportsbet.com.au
Peter Snowden saddles up another favourite here with The Owl, currently paying $2.50 after opening at $2.75. The Reset gelding is a winner of four from 12 starts and he looks well placed here. He’s won on the track and twice at the distance, with a win two starts back at Geelong being his latest. He’s done a bit of travelling but he is down in weight with Kerrin McEvoy riding at 55.5kg.
Subarc is over the odds at $15 after running a solid second at this track late last month. The Stratum gelding has won on four occasions, all coming at the sprint distance and he’s not without a shot here. Yusuke Ichikawa takes 3kg off his back, down to 51kg, and he’s a more than capable apprentice.
Your Excellency has been backed in the market, halving his opening quote of $15 into $7. The Exceed And Excel gelding only has country form to go on but his run over 1200 metres last time out at Wagga Wagga was good enough to suggest he’s in top order for this.
Recommended bet: Subarc to place ($3.80) at Sportsbet.com.au
Gai Waterhouse trains Darci Drama, a five-year-old mare who powered home to finish third at the Kensington track last time out. She’s by Darci Brahma and the increase in distance will suit her perfectly. She’s well weighted and a good chance at $4.40 after opening at $5.50.
Fulminate has opened the $3.50 favourite and she brings in solid form with a win at Randwick two starts back. The David Vandyke-trained four-year-old is a five time winner who drops in grade for this. She’s by Encosta de Lago and she’ll find this easier than her recent assignments. She is up in weight but class is on her side.
Recommended bet: Fulminate to win ($3.50) at Sportsbet.com.au
We have tipped Limitation twice now and she’s finished second on both occasions. However, we believe she’s good enough to win here following a strong finish last time out. She’s up in weight which is a concern but Nash Rawiller is in the saddle and that certainly makes up for it. The Show A Heart mare is now in peak fitness and a good run is expected.
Single Melody will be tough to beat as the Darren Smith-trained mare ran 56.99 over the 1000 metres when winning last time out at Wyong. The Not A Single Doubt mare has had four starts for two wins, the other coming at Newcastle where she won by 6.5 lengths. She’s definitely a horse with break-neck speed and if she can handle the class rise, she’ll be right in the mix.
Recommended bet: Limitation/Single Melody quinella.
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