The Punters Guide returns after a good day yesterday, with multiple winners. We have a strong list of competitive races for the Canterbury Punters Guide today – lets pick the diamonds from the quartz. Our last guide can be found HERE
Race 1 – #THERACES HANDICAP 1250m
God Of Thunder is the top rated horse in the opener at Canterbury today. Tommy Berry has the ride and while this is not an easy field, God Of Thunder maps very well for this race. Coming in fresh on a short layoff – will have residual fitness, and is at the right distance today. Last first-up attempt wasn’t so great, when finishing a long eighth, but, much better is expected today. Altair can’t be overlooked here either. Bowman and Waller combine here for a ride that is in a very competitive field. The slower tempo that is expected will suit Altair, and, will allow it to stay in striking distance when running from midfield. Expect a bold run. Nicco Lad is the value point here, ran on impressively when fighting with the top rated Wagner last start, and, showed a lot of promise. Second-up today and fitter for last start. Win wouldn’t shock.
Top Pick – God Of Thunder
Next Best – Altair
Longshot/Value – Nicco Lad
Race 2 – TAB.COM.AU HANDICAP 1250m
This looks like a race that Maggie Miss can win. Impressive barrier trial form, winning both, relatively comfortably without actually hitting top gear. Has a lot of speed, and, the distance is optimal here, one to beat. Competition will be in Press Box, who fell just short on previous attempts, and, finds a field that it can beat if Maggie Miss gets into some trouble in this small field.
Top Pick – Maggie Miss
No next best – No Third Dividend
Race 3 – EVEREST CARNIVAL HANDICAP 1100m
This race maps as a good dual between Happy Bubbles and Gentle Persuasion. Happy Bubbles gets the nod here, the explosive late speed that Happy Bubbles showed on debut, could be the key difference here as Gentle Persuasion has shown early on that it needs time to wind up, where with Happy Bubbles, the trigger is almost instant. This field is more difficult for Happy Bubbles than what was faced on debut, but, any effort similar to last will be enough here.
Top Pick – Happy Bubbles
No next best – No Third Dividend
Race 4 – ANZ BLOODSTOCK NEWS HANDICAP 1580m
Scream Park is another of the top rated runners here today at Canterbury, ran on very impressively for second last start, running in a very competitive field featuring Gauguin and Falcon Island, and almost got the former at the post. Anything close to last effort will be enough to win this one. Sam Weatherley and Cosmologist are a very handy duo, winning their last effort against a similar field, distance is preferred and will have every chance here. Expect a bold showing. Gretzky is another to look out for at value. At its best, can rattle home. Won at bigger tracks when based in Victoria, now, up in Sydney, has yet to show its best – today could be that day.
Top Pick – Scream Park
Next best – Cosmologist
Longshot/Value – Gretzky
Race 5 – TAB REWARDS HANDICAP 1900m
Corinth is a progressive type, that, despite the wide, will find it easier to drop off the pace early and get in cover throughout. Distance suits, gets McEvoy in the saddle, and has a good turn of foot late. A win wouldn’t surprise. Scratches has to be included. Last start second over track and distance against a similar field, has McDonald on-board today, who returns form last effort. Rated highly. Fantastic Man and Tye Angland can’t be overlooked here either. Drawn well, dropping in class, and ran a strong race behind White Boots last start over track and distance. Another one at odds that could be value here.
Top Pick – Corinth
Next Best – Scratches
Longshot – Fantastic Man
Race 6 – THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP 1100m
Deity is the one to be on here, dropping in class, coming in on the back of an impressive first up win, and, is ready to replicate that success here. Distance, gun draw and class all suit, Tommy Berry riding only adds to confidence. Excellent Design is one to look out for though, coming in off a lengthy spell, but, winner of last start back on Australia Day, trialed well in the lead up to today, has every chance. Value point here is Leami Astray, who is a horse that can get to the front, and not relent. Has a high motor and a powerful gait, and, is a true chance to win this race.
Top Pick – Deity
Next Best – Excellent Design
Longshot – Leami Astray
Race 7 – ON TOP OF THE WORLD SPRINT 1100m
Za Zi ba was a last start winner for the punters guide – and, there is nothing to suggest that Sam Weatherley can’t double up for us here against a field that maps well for the All Too Hard mare. Distance suits and weight isn’t too much, expect a bold run. Coruscate is the next best here. Second-up and yet to win second-up. Winner last start by a small margin, but, finds the right distance, winner at this track, and retains winning jockey form last start win. Ticks a lot of boxes. Fuel starts today after a small spell, comes in at good distance, and drops in class. Has the ability and a win wouldn’t shock.
Top Pick – Za Zi Ba
Next Best – Coruscate
Longshot – Fuel
Race 8 – AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB HANDICAP 1250m
Metamorphic is just one of those horses that is hard to go against. Last start was ultra impressive when bursting through the field to narrowly miss the win. Distance suits today, drawn well and will be able to ride in cover throughout. Expect a bold run. Wagner was an impressive winner last start, and, will have a tougher task here today. Class is a little more competitive than last, and has drawn an awkward gate. Will need a lot of luck to not get caught wide, if it can, will be right in it. Common Purpose is a strong runner, and, despite Hugh Bowman being booked on Metamorhpic, Sam Weatherley is the in-form jockey right now and can get the job done. Common Purpose has the ability here and will have every chance to complete the quadrella of wins today.
Top Pick – Metamorphic
Next Best – Wagner
Longshot – Common Purpose
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