Wed, Apr 17, 12:05pm by Kevin Pitstock
We take a look through the seven race program at Canterbury on April 17
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Race 1: Australian Turf Club (1900m)
The opening race of the day and we have leaned towards No 2 Faust from the Danny Williams stable. A winner of two of his past three starts since resuming from a spell, the Librettist three-year-old is yet to finish further back than third in his five starts to date. Going with the Kris Lees-trained No 7 Masroora for second. The Emirates Park owned Al Samer filly has been in good form and with a with three runs in this preparation, she should be ready to go one better than the third she went last time out. No 1 De La Dilo is possibly still looking for further but I feel he is a smart horse and dropping back from the Tulloch Stakes last start should really assist. No 9 Tallage from the Peter Snowden stable is bred to really appreciate the trip and further and although has been out of form of late fourth up could be his go.
Race 2: TAB iPad App Plate (1100m)
The second race of the day is for the two-year-olds, the likely favourite No 11 Itameri from the Peter Snowden stable being the number one selection. A last start length fifth in the Group Two Magic Night Stakes behind Scandiva should be more than good enough form for this race, and on that basis she is the best bet of the day. No 5 Twinzig from the Gerlad Ryan stable is a first starter by Shinzig who was very impressive in a recent barrier trial, winning by three lengths. No 7 Zoustar from the Chris Waller stable is having his first start off the back of three barrier trail performances including last time out where he was a winner, defeating Charlie Boy and Safegaurd – that form should hold up! No 14 Tweet is one having her third start and should have some race fitness on her side over a majority of the field and is a good rough chance to fill a top four spot.
Race 3: Become An ATC Sponsor (0MW) (1250m)
The third race of the day is for the three-year-olds who have not won a race in the metro areas. No 7 La Pieta from the Peter Snowden stable is a well-bred Redoute’s Choice filly out of the multiple Group One winner Divine Madonna and is the best on breeding. Going with No 2 Furios Jet from the Lee Curtis stable for second. Has won two races from eight starts and comes here after a 27 day freshen up after a last start fourth behind the promising Maximillian at Warwick Farm. No 8 Fast Folk from the G A Rogerson yard improved last start to finish third at this track and third up here should be further improved, while No 5 Aghamore has won two in a row in the country and comes to town today.
Race 4: Big Brown Is Back (1900m)
Benchmark 70 over the 1900m sees a small field of only six runners with No 6 Escoffier from the Snowden yard going on top. A last start second over 1600m, the step u in trip for the Lonhro gelding should suit. No 3 Black Jag from the Chris Waller yard is yet to win this campaign and drops back from a last start fourth over the 2400m, but is hard fit and ready to produce. No 7 Le Beau Cheval from the Gerald Ryan stable was a last start second in the Wellington Cup over 1700m and the 1900m should pose no issues. Rounding out the top four with No 8 Mr Scary from the Ron Quinton stable who was a last start winner over 2000m at Kembla Grange.
Race 5: Listed Canterbury BMW PJ Bell Stakes (1200m)
The stakes race of the day sees a field of talented three-year-old fillies race for the prize. No 9 Omniscient from the Peter Snowden stable is a stakes performer in her own right and last time out when first up from a spell she finished third, beaten a half-head, long head by Just A Girl and Straturbo – she meets Just A Girl here today. The hardest to beat could come from No 5 Gullible, a winner of three of her four starts, the Shamardal filly resumes here after two slightly indifferent barrier trial performances. No 1 Catkins is stablemate to Gullible and was very disappointing last time out after winning so impressive first up at stakes level – can bounce back. No 4 Brave Soul ran a great race for second last time out in the Listed Darby Munro Stakes behind Chiaramonte and must be included.
Race 6: Big Sports Breakfast (1550m)
The second last race of the days sees No 2 Cannery Row from the Guy Walter stable look to make it back to back wins. It took a while for the five-year-old to break through this campaign and now that she has, she could go on with it. No 11 Seductive Star has won her past two starts for the Gai Waterhouse stable and there is no reason to think she couldn’t go on with it here. No 4 Setta Rocks was second last time out to Cannery Row when beaten by three-quarters of a length and the drop back to the 1550m could assist here. No 9 Westchester broke through for her first win since November and looks a capable type who could go on with it.
Race 7: Canterbury Park Handicap (1100m)
The final race of the day we put No 7 Scandalize from the Joe Pride yard on top. A winner of three of his six career starts, the Elusive Quality gelding disappointed last time out but is second up here and has won second up before. No 10 Shanty from the Rick Worthington stable needs to capture his old form, but if he can, he could play a part in this race at odds. No 1 Oakfield Commands was a last start third which should see him ready to produce the goods here, while No 5 Let’s Rock’N’Roll is only lightly races and after a 40 day freshen up could surprise.
Best Bet Of The Day: Race 2, No 11. Itameri, 2yo f. (Exceed And Excel x Baltics, by Fusaichi Pegasus), trained by Peter Snowden. A last start fifth at Group Two level behind Scandiva, that form has held up with that winning filly going on to finish second last weekend in the Group One Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Best On Breeding: Race 3 No 7 La Pieta 3yo f. (Redoute’s Choice x Divine Madonna, by Hurricane Sky), trainer Peter Snowden. By Redoute’s Choice who really needs no introduction, this three-year-old filly is out of Divine Madonna, the winner of eight races including the Group One Toorak Handicap, Queen Of The Turf Stakes and the Myer Classic.
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