Meeting: Canterbury Park
Date: 25 September
Rail: +3m entire course
Track Condition: Soft 6 (Monday)
Track Expectations: An improving track at Canterbury and we may be back in the good range by race day. A +3m rail may aid leaders ever so slightly.
Sangria made an impression when bounding away to win a maiden at Hawkesbury. May sit just off Lakia in the run who was brave on the Kenso in stronger grade last start. Bigboyroy can threaten with luck after enjoying a box seat run.
Lack of speed across the board means Lewis might be a leader by default. That may allow Relucent to settle closer, he is looking for this extra trip. Hawkes’ decision to send Side Hustle north after two runs at Sandown is taken on notice, each-way.
Waking Moment is back up in trip and can settle in a prime striking position, but her only win in 24 starts is the 2018 ATC Oaks. Genoveffa has found a purple patch of form and is well placed again, while Californiafirebird will appreciate the extra trip.
Falcon Island will look to cross them all and lead. The Bald Eagle should settle handily and get every chance to bring up a hat-trick, Johnny Vinko trailed him home first up and should improve. Adana is hard to trust but market moves must be respected.
Waller’s mares take up major market percentage. Anachrondite will be on pace but must improve, while Zalatte will want it dry. Nobody missed Duchess Of Lennox first up but she’ll likely have to circle them all. She and Zourhea will be looking to make ground late with clear running.
Safado resumes and maps to settle better than midfield. Has the figures to win. Spanish Dream is back in grade and could control the race in front, but must carry 8kg extra than last start. Vedder may need luck with the likely map.
Kylease should receive plenty of company from Deference and Noble Joey in front. If she can’t get the upper hand early then the resuming California Zimbol, who proved herself a tough customer in Brisbane over the winter, is the one with the late strength to come over the top.
Charge of the light brigade to round out the meeting. Luna Mia has won by big margins in easier grade but gets the ideal set up to win again. Ballistica will get her chance to swoop off the tempo but will have many lengths to make up. Likewise, Super Oasis will be weaving a passage.