Wed, May 14, 8:09am by Daryl Curnow
When: Wednesday, May 14. First race starts at 1:08pm with the quaddie starting on Race 4 at 2:53pm.
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Canterbury plays host for the mid-week meeting with a superb seven race card featuring a quaddie that takes place over races 4-7. We provide a punting guide to the quaddie and the remaining races which starts with a nice three-year-old event where the top-weight Enormous Honour currently holds favouritism.
The Chris Waller-trained Enormous Honour is the current $2.90 favourite after a campaign that featured two placings from three starts. The son of Encosta De Lago was fourth on debut before running a strong second at Randwick when getting too far back off the pace. He then took on a field of 16 and finished third in what has proved to be a good form race and even though the 1200 metres might be a touch short, this gelding looks well placed here.
Rock Temple is another Waller-trained gelding who ran third last time out on this track. The well bred Fastnet Rock gelding has placed in all three starts at Canterbury but it’s his inconsistency that plague’s his form line. He finished last in a field of 11 two starts back and eighth four starts back. He has finished second twice in his last five starts but the margin back to second has been four lengths on both occasions. He isn’t the worst here as his $3.60 quote suggests but he’s too inconsistent for our liking.
Dashing Ceramibo is another well bred gelding from the Bjorn Baker stables who have been going well of late. The three-year-old was third on debut at Gosford before failing at Kembla Grange when finishing sixth, but he returned to form with a second placing last time out at Newcastle. He hasn’t carried anything less than 58.5kg and he carries 56.5kg here so that will be of service.
Selection: Enormous Honour to win ($2.90) at Sportingbet.com.au
Country Warrior is our bet of the day at $2.50 after three strong second placings this campaign. The Chris Waller-trained, C C Lai-owned colt has some good form around very good horses included Wandjina and Scratch Me Lucky, who has since competed against the very best two-year-old’s in Sydney. The downfall so far in his career is getting too far back in his races but Nash Rawiller rides here and he looks well above the rest of this field.
Mercurian has had two starts for David Vandyke and the two-year-old is getting better with every start. The son of Lonhro finished sixth on debut at Warwick Farm but only 2.2 lengths behind the winner and then fourth at Randwick, 1.7 lengths behind Proxy. He sat wide throughout his debut run and he ran on strongly last time out which suggests the distance might be a touch short for him here.
Diggler will have plenty of sentimental value as he is trained by the new partnership of Peter and Paul Snowden. The colt has drawn wide in barrier 12 which is an obvious concern but he finished a very close third in a trial at Rosehill and he has a more than capable jockey in the saddle. He is well bred from Street Sense and if he can cross from the wide draw his chances look bright.
A large field of fillies line up here with the John Thompson-trained First Seal opening as the $4.60 favourite. The very well bred filly is by Fastnet Rock, out of Episode and she has been trialing very well leading into this race. She has very astute owners in the China Horse Club and Raffles Thoroughbred Racing so there is high expectations with her. She opened at $4.80 so there has been some support early and she looks like a good chance.
Koizora was disappointing on debut for Gai Waterhouse when running as a $5 shot, only to finish 10th, but expect a much more improved effort here. The Snitzel filly is bred for speed but she will have to contend with barrier 11 and she does rise in weight to 56kg for this. James McDonald takes over the ride however and she represents good value at $11 after opening at $10.
Berry Delicious was only average on debut when finishing seventh but she drastically improved last time out as a $26 shot when finishing only a nose behind the winner at Warwick Farm. The Jason Coyle-trained filly settled well back in that event and ran home stoutly which means this distance should suit her well. Punters haven’t let her escape again and her price of $7 suggests she’ll be right in the mix.
Selection: First Seal to win ($4.80) at Centrebet.com.au
Bridge Of Sighs has only put her foot wrong once and that came on a heavy track two starts back. Her other two runs have yielded two placings and that is why she is the current $3.20 favourite. The Grahame Begg-trained filly was second on debut at Kembla Grange before failing on a heavy track. She then took a month off and finished second on this track last time out and she will be ready to fire again.
Miss Fearless has had seven starts for Tony McEvoy with the most recent being a second placing at Goulburn. The three-year-old Snitzel filly has placed once on this track from three starts and she really needs a dry track to show her best. Her best result was when finished second behind Black Revolver on this track where she was blocked in the straight and probably should have won. She’s not exactly a world beater but she should be included into quaddie calculations.
Emerge is a Clarry Conners-trained filly who was impressive in running second on this track last time out. The daughter of Stratum has been consistent this campaign and she would only need to repeat her last performance to feature in this. She finished only only 0.3 lengths behind a nice type in Kiwi Kate and if she gets similar conditions she will be hard to beat.
Selection: Bridge Of Sighs to win ($3.20) at Sportsbet.com.au
Quaddie inclusions: 1,6,9
Perfect Offering is only a one-win mare who was strong in finishing second behind Amazon two starts back and again when finishing third behind Sir Bigglesworth last time out. The Guy Walter-trained four-year-old will only have to carry 54kg and that makes her a real threat from a good draw with a good jockey in the saddle. She has placed once in two starts on this track and four times over this distance. She is the current $4 equal favourite which suggests there is support for her.
Pitt Street is a last start winner for Kris Lees who used to run around in tougher events in Sydney. His win at Tamworth, albeit narrow, was a positive and he did finished only 2.3 lengths behind Sydney Cup hopeful Leebaz. The six-year-old is a seven time winner from 37 starts so the strike rate is good and he represents very good value at $5.50. Yusuke Ichikawa takes 3kg off his back and that makes him a real threat in a field like this.
Barachello is a well performed gelding who finished fourth behind a very nice type in Kudero last time out at Warwick Farm. The Joseph Pride-trained five-year-old is a three win gelding who has placed another seven times and Jason Collett is in the saddle with only 54kg to carry. That makes him a definite threat here and we expect his $4 quote to drop.
Selection: Barachello to win ($4) at Centrebet.com
Quaddie inclusions: 5,1,8
Just As Cosmic is a three win mare for trainer Steven Wilson and she comes into this event on the back of a solid second placing on this track. The four-year-old was only 0.4 lengths behind race rival White Devon and now with more racing under her belt she should strip fitter for this. She has won and placed at Canterbury and her $4.80 quote suggests she has a nice chance of running a drum here.
White Devon beat the top weight last time out yet the Stephen Farley-trained mare is currently at $10. That represents great value and it doesn’t quite make sense for a mare that has now won three straight. She does rise slightly in weight for this but 56.5kg is still reasonable and if she gets a track on a slow surface she will be very tough to beat at good each way odds.
Absolutelyanything couldn’t have been more disappointing last time out when finished ninth at Warwick Farm but we’re prepared to forgive her one last time. The Joseph Pride-trained five-year-old has the class to easily beat this field but she is struggling to show her real ability of late. She has however won and placed on this track and the $7.50 on offer must be respected.
Selection: White Devon to place ($3.10) at Sportsbet.com.au
Quaddie inclusions: 4,5,1
One of our favourite horses lines up as second favourite here with Murder Of Crows looking to cap off consistent form this campaign. The Chris Waller-trained gelding has had two starts this campaign for two placings and he finished off well for third last time out at Randwick. The Flying Spur gelding has won on this track once with a further two placings and he has always had above average potential. This field isn’t anything harder than he has faced in the past and the $3.70 on offer is good value.
Biloxi is the $3.60 favourite following a win at Warwick Farm where he beat Kudero who has since won. The four-year-old is very inconsistent however as he finished sixth two starts back on this track and last five starts back at Newcastle. In saying that he has won half of his eight career starts but he might find some of these a touch too tough.
Arrowette is a four-win mare who last raced at Warwick Farm when finishing third. The Not A Single Doubt five-year-old finished second two starts back and she brings in very solid form to this. Her last five starts have all been credible and she is a two-time winner on this track with a further six placings to boot. She is a must include into quaddie combinations.
Selection: Murder Of Crows to win ($3.70) at Sportsbet.com.au
Quaddie inclusions: 3,2,8
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