Tue, Dec 17, 10:25am by Daryl Curnow
Where: Canterbury, Sydney.
When: Wednesday, December 18. First race starts at 1:18pm
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The Chris Waller-trained Son Of Ross ran sixth last time out on this track but he finished under a length from the winner. The four-year-old is a two-time winner with his last win coming two starts back at Hawkesbury when beating a five horse field. The Testa Rossa gelding isn’t the most consistent type but he looks well placed in this field.
Intimate Moment is a consistent horse having had nine starts for one win and five placing’s. The Ron Quinton-trained mare hasn’t finished worse than second at her last four starts which included a win at Newcastle. The daughter of Dubawi won by 1.75 lengths over a maiden field and will find this tougher but her run last time out showed she’s more than capable.
Recommended bet: Son Of Ross to win at IASbet.com
Celebrities Choice promises to be a short favourite for many reasons. Firstly, she’s a filly by Redoute’s Choice out of a speedy mare and she won her only trial by two lengths at Rosehill. She’s drawn well in barrier two which is a key over the shorter distances and top Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman takes the ride. She is in astute hands and a winning debut is expected.
Gai Waterhouse has a great record with three-year-olds and she lines up trial winner Taste Of Heaven. Despite a wide barrier draw the Encosta de Lago filly should run well and she won her most recent trial by 3.3 lengths over My Girl Charlie. If she wasn’t drawn so wide she would be a more realistic winning chance.
There are two runners with race day experience including the Gerald Ryan-trained Seritza. The Sebring filly has had five starts for three second’s and most of those came in behind talent types. Nash Rawiller will have work to do from barrier 8 but experience helps in these races and she’s placed twice at the start before.
Recommended bet: Celebrities Choice to win at IASbet.com
Tamariz steps back up to the middle distance here following a failed effort at 1900 metres two starts back at Rosehill. The Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding has placed twice at Canterbury and ran well last time out for third. Nash Rawiller rides and he’s a good chance here.
Green Adventurine carries the light weight of 54kg and that will suit the Luke Price-trained mare. She ran well for fourth at Canterbury last time out when starting as a $20 shot and she will be fitter for that. The Dubai Destination four-year-old won her previous start by over two lengths and we’re expecting another good run.
Mahatma is an underrated gelding who has placed twice at the course and distance. The Al Maher gelding has a big weight to carry but he ran on well for second last time out on this track and jockey Sam Clipperton does take 1.5kg off his back. He’s a good outside chance here.
Recommended bet: Tamariz to win at IASbet.com
The Peter Snowden-trained Scrutiny found the drop in grade last time out pleasing as the filly won by 1.25 lengths. The three-year-old is a talented filly who has raced against some quality types this season and will find this much easier. She’s got a good weight, drawn well and Kerrin MvEvoy takes the ride which suggests she’ll be on the mark.
Joseph Pride saddles up Meteoros who we have previewed a handful of times for moderate success. The three-year-old won two starts back on this track but he failed last time out at Randwick. That run was in a much higher class than this and he’ll feature here.
Dee Dee Flyer ran last on debut but has come back in fine order with two placing’s and a win. The Patrick Webster-trained gelding won very easily in a maiden field here two weeks back and he should be tough to beat again. That 2.75 length victory was impressive and if he can get a lead he will be tough to run down again.
Recommended bet: Dee Dee Flyer to win at IASbet.com
Not only has the Jason Deamer-trained Merry Christmas won three straight, but he’s also the omen bet of the week. The Danbird five-year-old has the picket fence form line but all three runs came over 900 metres, as opposed to the 1100 metres he faces here. He’s a winner of five and Hugh Bowman rides but this is a steep rise in class.
Kencella is drawn wide in barrier 11 but the recent Darley graduate John O’Shea will have him in fine order here. The Exceed And Excel gelding won his first two races this preparation before running an unlucky third last time out at Randwick. With an apprentice on, he went far too hard out in front and was just run down. Now with a senior jockey on board he will get a much more comfortable run and should do well.
Inside Job is a good statistical bet as the gelding is a six time winner with two coming in his second run of a campaign. The Strategic five-year-old won well last time out and he’s been in and around the mark this year. He’s won five times on a rated good track and if conditions suit, he will run well.
Recommended bet: Kencella to win at IASbet.com
Barachello promised a lot early in his career but has since tapered off a little. The Joseph Pride-trained gelding is a two time winner who is looking to regain his best form here. His third behind Wistful earlier this campaign was good and if he can replicate that form, he’ll be around the mark.
Ashamar is a Shamardal gelding who has won only once but has shown two good runs this campaign. The B and J Cummings-trained runner has won and placed on the track and he finished off his race stylishly last time out. Hugh Bowman rides and a good run is expected.
Bonsai gets a 3kg claim from Shane Arnold and he’s shown good fight in his last two runs. He finished second at Canterbury last time out after setting a good pace throughout. He has placed on the track and if he gets a soft lead he has a good outside chance.
Recommended bet: Baracello to place at IASbet.com
More Than Brave strikes here as a good chance in a big field after winning on debut last campaign. The John O’Shea-trained mare didn’t flatter last time out at Warwick Farm but she has since been spelled and should come back in good order. She’s drawn wide but James McDonald rides and she looks to have more upside than most here.
We tipped Lady de Chine to place on this track last time out and she only narrowly finished fourth. The Fastnet Rock mare is a consistent type for Bjorn Baker and another good run is expected here. She has shown us no reason to not follow up again.
Recommended bet: Lady de Chine to place at IASbet.com
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