The Punters Guide returns to where it was rebooted not too long ago – the Canterbury race track. With some small fields, and a few competitive races – lets pick the diamonds from the quartz. Backing up from a decent day at Lismore.
Race 1 – TAB.COM.AU HANDICAP 1100m
Small field here with nothing interesting about it at all. Three horse race, with a clear standout as the betting market reflects. Kerron McEvoy on the Lees trained Miss Fabulous should be too good for this field. No value here, and, unless crafting a multi – best to just avoid this race.
Top Pick – Miss Fabulous
No next best – No second or third dividend
Race 2 – EVEREST CARNIVAL ON SALE HANDICAP 1200m
This is a small, but, ultra competitive field here, with what looks like Hugh Bowman and Bubbles”n”Troubles having a two horse battle with Josh Parr and Gentle Persuasion. Gentle Persuasion gets the nod here based off incredible dash home in a near last to first performance, and, not only was it first but, it covered enough ground over the final furlong to beat the field by almost two lengths. One to beat again here. If Bowman is able to get Bubbles’n’Troubles to fire today, we could have a mad dash to the line between the two short priced horses here. However, Bubbles’n’Troubles ran on for a very unimpressive third as favourite last start – and, anything similar to that flat showing, it may not even place here. She’s Furline is the only danger to the top two here, but, both map better for this race.
Top Pick – Gentle Persuasion
Next Best – Bubbles’n’Troubles
No longshot – No Third Dividend
Race 3 – ATC HONG KONG TOUR SPRINT 1100m
Stephan maps very well for this race, stepping down in grade, getting a weight claim with Sweeney on board and has shown that it knows how to hit the line hard. Very well placed in this field and a win is on the cards today. Tommy Berry has the next best here in Tarabai, winner first up previously and great strike rate at distance. Expect a bold run here today. Power Command is a consistent type that is fresh today, and, enjoys this distance. Can run on strongly, and, will be looking to bolt home over the closing stages. One to watch.
Top Pick – Stephan
Next Best – Tarabai
Longshot – Power Command
Race 4 – #THERACES HANDICAP 1550m
Falcon Island gets another chance here today. Last effort was that poor it received a stewards inquiry and, has trialed good enough to get approval here today. Big question mark for me into last race was the step up in distance which it clearly did not handle. Has the drop in distance here today and is better for it. Much more competitive effort from Falcon Island expected today. Gaugin scored and impressive win last start, and has multiple wins at this distance. Tommy Berry in the saddle here only improves chances. Darci’s Affair is a talented horse that can definitely stun this field on its day.
Top Pick – Falcon Island
Next Best – Gaugin
Longshot – Darci’s Affair
Race 5 – AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB HANDICAP 1200m
Lady I Am was disappointing to not win last start – but, is right in the mix here today. Christian Reith is in the saddle and has drawn a mid barrier and will do well to not get stuck in traffic. Expected to run just off the pace and push on down the straight. One to beat here. Next best is the top weighted Zonk with Rachel Hunt riding. Ran on for two flashy seconds over last two starts and will be looking for one better here against a very beatable field. Will need some luck to keep a dashing Lady I Am at bay. Lady Chaflont was a last start winner, and, did so impressively. Racing anything near that here today will produce a strong win at double digit odds.
Top Pick – Lady I Am
Next Best – Zonk
Longshot – Lady Chaflont
Race 6 – HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP 1900m
White Boots scored an impressive win last start, and will be looking to replicate that success, however, it will need to do so from a wide draw. Another impressive runner from the Kim Waugh stables, White Boots has shown great pace and turn of foot over the last furlong to say that it is every chance here today. Fantastic Man drops in class here today and is one to keep safe, has the ability but, has come up just short over last two starts, needs to show something here today. Realise Potential is back out again today after scoring for the punters Guide at $41 odds previously. Retains winning jockey from that ride, and, based off last effort, there is no reason that success can’t be replicated here today in a very open affair.
Top Pick – White Boots
Next Best – Fantastic Man
Longshot – Realise Potential
Race 7 – RIBCHESTER STANDING AT DARLEY 1250m
Star Of The Seas is the pick of the day here at plus money. Short body of work thus far, but, all three efforts have been impressive, including a strong win last start over the distance in a similar field of runners. Minor step up in grade which shouldn’t be of concern here today. Proved to good for field last start and, should do so again here today. Bull Market is the next best here, winner at distance and has beaten fields better than this. Good start needed to roll on near the front, and, could prove to hard to track down. Image Neat at massive odds wouldn’t shock here either. Winner at distance before and jockey has ridden to a place on one attempt. Not just here to make up numbers and will be competitive.
Top Pick – Star Of The Seas
Next Best – Bull Market
Longshot – Neat Image
Bet Chimps Racing Double – White Boots to place in to Star Of The Seas to win @ $6.00/+500 on BetEasy
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