Race 1 – TAB Plate (1100m)
1st Teaspoon – Jay Ford
2nd Milanese Girl – Jason Collett
3rd Ipso Facto – Blake Spriggs
Teaspoon jumped best to hold the lead from Ipso Facto pn its outside. Milanese Girl drove up from its inside gate to be on the leaders back, it was a length back to Cool Mover, then a further length to Ritabel and Malahat, and Zinzi was last 10 lengths from the lead on a very windy day at Canterbury.
The leader Teaspoon had a good run in transit and gave a strong kick on the turn. Milanese Girl pulled out to commence its run with Malahat and Cool Mover starting to work into the race down the middle of the track. Teaspoon continued to defy all challengers and hold on for a strong victory from Milanese Girl, who had every chance.
Race 2 – Schweppes Handicap (1550m)
1st Chaussure – Rory Hutchings
2nd Miss Ballantine – Jason Collett
3rd Show ‘em – Joshua Parr
Show ‘em drove up from its inside gate to hold the lead in the field of four from Miss Ballantine. Chaussure was able to find the leaders back and Fifty Ways was last and pulling hard for rider Tye Angland.
On turning Miss Ballantine put pay to Show ‘em who was under the whip. Chaussure was peeling off the leaders back to commence its run. At the 150m mark Chaussure took over and cruised away for a comfortable victory over Miss Ballantine who battled away.
Race 3 – #theraces Handicap (1100m)
1st Mr Manhattan – Tim Clark
2nd Painte – Nick Heywood (a)
3rd Lucky Meteor – Adam Hyeronimus
Lucky Meteor driven out of the gates and found the front, a length clear of Painte on the outside of Eminent Duke. Hurrara was caught three deep with Mr Manhattan caught between runners. Isorich was also caught three deep, Wonderbolt its inside, and Miss Sarajevo was seeing them all.
On the swing for home and the field started to bunch. Lucky Meteor rolled off the fence as Painte started to apply more pressure to the leader, as the run appeared for Mr Manhattan at the right time. Eminent Duke cut back to the fence and they looked to be the only winning chances. Mr Manhattan looked as if it was going to run straight past Painte, who fought on bravely but was just unable to hold out Mr Manhattan. Lucky Meteor battled away soundly down the straight to hold third.
Race 4 – TAB Highway Handicap (1550m)
1st Sunny Fame – Joshua Parr
2nd Cliff – Kathy O’Hara
3rd Whirlwind Ascent – Christian Reith
Cliff found the lead from D’Beak its outside. Cherry Court was trapped three deep with Verbal its inside and Dynamic Concept was the leaders back. It was two lengths to Valhalla Member who was three deep, Sunny Fame its inside, Mr Spin on the rails, then a further length to a line of three: Bills A Goodie, Whirlwind Ascent and Little Miss Chelsy.
On turning Cliff gave a strong kick and snuck away by three lengths, with Sunny Fame giving chase and Whirlwind Ascent working home from the back of the field. D’beak and Dynamic Concept battled away. Cliff hit the wall at the 100m and Sunny Fame pounced to nose out Cliff on the line, from Whirlwind Ascent working home well from back in the field.
Race 5 – Ranvet Handicap (1200m)
1st Grunderzeit – Tim Clark
2nd Kuro – Nick Heywood (a)
3rd Snoopy – Christian Reith
Kuro found the lead from Fine Mist its outside. They were a length clear of Grunderzeit and Snoopy its outside. A further length to Suspense and Berry Delicious . Inz ‘N’ Out was last and would have been seven lengths from the lead. The pace seemed genuine.
On the turn and Kuro left the fence, gifting Grunderzeit a dream run along the fence. Snoopy and Suspense made steady runs down the middle of the track. Grunderzeit with its good run and dream passage ran straight past Kuro in the straight and recorded a soft victory. The winner has now recorded its fifth Canterbury victory. Kuro battled away well to beat the rest after working hard early in the lead.
Race 6 – tab.com.au Handicap (1250m)
1st Reincarnate – Tim Clark
2nd Dark Steel – Joshua Parr
3rd Sir Plush – Jason Collett
Dark Steel at a good pace found the lead from Raijinz. Reincarnate was on the leaders back. They were four lengths off Well Hardly Ever and Commission its outside, then another two lengths to Sir Plush. Dream Folk and Magic Dallas brought up the rear, twelve lengths from the lead. Pace was good.
On the turn and it looked like only three winning chances: Dark Steel gave a good kick, while Raijinz was starting to feel the pinch, and Reincarnate was making a strong run down the middle of the course. Sir Plush was running on and looking a place chance. Reincarnate got the better of Dark Steel and recorded a good victory. Sir Plush was the only one to make up any ground in the straight but got too far back.
Watch: Sir Plush
Race 7 – Ashbury Handicap (1550m)
1st Red Excitement – Joshua Parr
2nd Religify – Rory Hutchings
3rd God’s In Him – Christian Reith
Dylan’s Rojo and Religify found the front and they were two lengths clear of Red Excitement, who settled well, then a length back to Wine ‘N’ Dine, then it was single file to God’s In Him, Magicool and Dance of Heroes. Destiny’s Kiss was seeing them all in the well strung-out field.
On the swing and Dylan’s Rojo and Religify were both under pressure. Red Excitement was commencing a strong run down the centre of the track. God’s In Him and Wine ‘N’ Dine both looked place chances. The early work told and Red Excitement swept past the leaders to record a soft victory over Religify, who was sound in defeat after being pestered in the lead. God’s In Him ran on down the straight without ever looking a winning chance.
Watch: Red Excitement
Race 8 – Mcgrath Estate Agents Handicap (1900m)
1st High Opinion – Tim Clark
2nd Eschiele – Nick Heywood
3rd Be Like Dad – Andrew Adkins (a)
Adaboy Ross found the lead from Be Like Dad its outside. My Guilano was on the leaders back, and Eschiele on its outside. It was two lengths to High Opinion with Rosaleisha on its outside, Takewing was a further length behind them, and the well backed Multifacets was seeing them all ten lengths from the leader. It was a strongly run event.
On the turn for home and Be Like Dad beat off Adaboy Ross, and went to the lead with Eschiele giving chase. My Guilano cut back to the fence and was looking a strong place chance. Gaps were starting to appear for High Opinion, who was working in to the clear. In the final 150m High Opinion with strong riding pounced on the two leaders to record a strong victory over Eschiele and Be Like Dad, who fought on bravely down the straight.
Watch: Be Like Dad
Race 9 – Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1100m)
1st Infra Dig – Tim Clark
2nd Untamed Diamond – Deanne Panya (a)
3rd Allez Chival – Nick Heywood (a)
A line of three was formed at the front with Eccellere the rails, Zin Zan Elise the middle, and Untamed Diamond three wide. It was then a length back to another line of three: Pienkna holding the fence, Perizada the middle, and Allez Chival three deep. Infra Dig was a further length behind with Fifteen Sunflowers trapped three deep. Rose Of Man was last in a tightly bunched field.
On the run home in the lucky last and there looked to be many chances. At the 200m mark a line of four formed, with Eccellere, Untamed Diamond, Allez Chival both kicking strongly and Infra Dig the fresh horse on the scene. In a driving finish Infra Dig got the bob in to claim victory over a gallant Untamed Diamond and Allez Chival, who both worked hard in the run.
Watch: Untamed Diamond
Horses to follow: Chaussure, Kuro, Sir Plush