NSW pro-punter Mark Rhoden brings you his Canterbury Quaddie preview for Friday night racing.
I’d be treading a little warily with these – looks like rain is forecast to fall during the meeting, when and how much will be important. The second leg is impossible and scratchings will be vital in the last leg, at this stage am assuming a very strong pace.
Race 4: Canterbury Night Sprint Series Heat 3 (1100m)
Selections: 1, 3, 4
Ever So Natural (1) is back from Saturday grade and drawn for a good run, has a chance. Tonsor (3) showed some ability last preparation. He’s a short enough price but will roll forward in a race of little depth and is hard to leave out. Don’t Leave Me Out (4) benefited from a good rails run in his first-up win for the new stable. He ran a good last section there and should get every chance on the speed tonight, a definite chance.
Race 5: Summer Night Racing Handicap (1250m)
Selections: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8
Choice Larga (1) as tended to under-perform when brought to town but is racing very well and will race forward. Alart (20 is back to her right class and drawn for a good run. Crafty Tycoon (3) is competitive in this class and although he tends to get back there should be enough speed here to give him a chance. Kawaikini (4) has been only fair this preparation but has a good jockey change and the tempo should suit. No Interest (6) always needs luck but won at this track and trip two starts back, and looks over the odds. Vega (8) is well found in the early market with McDonald on, but should be suited by the speed despite getting back.
Race 6: Kia Evening Star (1250m)
Selections: 2, 3, 5
Safado (2) is up in class and weight but very promising. Very short in early markets but could be destined for better races than this so impossible to leave out. Charlayne (3) chased very well in a good Saturday race last start, drawn for a good run here. Above And Beyond (5) is ultra-consistent and comes out of some good Saturday races, could be hard to run down if he finds the lead.
Race 7: ATC Handicap (1900m)
Selections: 2, 3, 9
Kilmacurragh (2) won’t be able to dictate the speed here but is suited back to midweek grade. Zip A Dee Doo Dah (3) has had a few chances now but should be suited by the tempo and has blinkers on tonight. Via Veneto (9) is racing well without winning, but really looks to get her chance with the good speed here.
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