Canterbury BMW Handicap preview

By guest reviewer Todd Burmester Canterbury race 6 on Saturday looks to be one of the most competitive races of the day with a number of horses putting the writing on the wall recently as to the good form they are in. I speak of horses such as, Wazn, Circle Of Power, One Way Ticket, Regal Banter, Rolling Pin, Titbit, and perhaps to a lesser degree World Wide who ran a cracker last start. In all honesty, none of this group would shock by winning the race. The horse that just has that x-factor in my opinion however is Wazn. Some of his wins have just been that little bit special and his last start win was one of them. If you watch the horse in the run he was always travelling comfortably and actually made ground basically under his own steam to about the 150m mark when the jockey reminded him he now needed to go on and win the race. It was an arrogant win in all honesty and it was early in his campaign, possibly before he was at true peak fitness. You can only imagine improvement going into this race. If you were to find any chink in the armour at all for Wazn, could it be that he is second up off a short let up?  I must say, I am at times a subscriber to the second up syndrome theory. At some point of the campaign he will probably start looking for a bit more ground. That and his racing pattern of getting back which is always some risk are the only real reasons I could see him being beaten on Saturday. In all honesty, the $5 on offer seems value but I suppose when weighed up against the fact I also named several other horses in form you wouldn’t want to be taking really short odds. My advice however is to take the $5, as an impressive win here, will see him start a lot shorter in all other runs this campaign. Of the rest of the group I named – One Way Ticket ran second to Wazn at its last start and goes around the best value here at about $17. It certainly looks a good race on paper.