Race-by-race preview and tips for Canterbury on Wednesday

Race 1: 1:25PM TAB HANDICAP (1550 METRES)

2. Cadenabbia is very well bred and should handle a soft track on his breeding and trials prior to a
solid debut second at Kensington two weeks ago. Had his chance there but held the rest easily and
can only be improved. He’s the horse with the upside and chance to go one better.
Dangers: 10. Wild Irish was in the market in the same race at her first run this time in and
disappointed but she’s better than that. Narrowly beaten here back in May and placed on a soft 7 in
June so handles give in the ground. Likely improver. 5. Canadian Spice has had a few shots at
breaking through and led for the first time in her career when run down late by Reaching at
Newcastle last week. Gate one means she should be handy and has to be included again. 4. Let Me
Think finished ahead of Canadian Spice at Newcastle on August 8 then a bit stiff not to score at
Kembla last time. Steps up in trip and has placed a couple of times on soft ground. Each-way.
How to play it: Cadenabbia WIN; Trifecta 2/4,5,10/4,5,10. Odds and Evens: EVENS.

City racing returns to Canterbury on Wednesday with a seven-race card.

City racing returns to Canterbury on Wednesday with a seven-race card.Credit:Jenny Evans


Taking a punt on 8. Pretty Good out of a couple of quiet trials at Rosehill in August, one on heavy,
one on good ground. Has the inside alley, is very well bred and has the premier rider on board.
Check betting and if solid might be the way to go.
Dangers: 9. Hot Spring Gold is threatening to win one and comes out of the Cadenabbia race where
she had to make a long run around them, took the turn poorly, and kept coming into third. May give
away a start again but sure to be running on. 3. Private Cheetah trialled behind the runaway
Malkovich on a heavy track then back on top of the ground scored an easy trial win at his second hit
out this time. Should be prominent throughout and if he’s the one supported late it’s a big pointer.
1. Argenteus has been a bit disappointing but his two runs in maidens this time in have been pass
marks. Thought he had his chance last time at Kembla and query if it gets very wet but has Nash on
and an inside gate so worth throwing in the mix.
How to play it: Pretty Good E/W; Box quinella 3,8,9; Odds and Evens: SPLIT.



2. Monsieur Sisu is up 2kg on his all-the-way win here three weeks ago but he’s racing so well and
given the rain arrives as forecast he’s going to be in his element again. He’ll look to lead, will give a
kick and it’ll just be a matter of if something’s good enough to run him down.
Dangers: 4. Guise is back from Saturday company and was just touched out by Word For Word at
2000m last start. She might be better on top of the ground but she does handle a soft track well
enough to be a big threat if she can reproduce the last run. 1. Home Ground sat off the pace when a
beaten favourite at Warwick Farm last week and is an interesting runner back 500m and onto a wet
track again. Runner-up over this course three back and no claim with Nash riding. A bit 50-50 on him, can see him winning but perhaps he’s had his chance this prep. 8. Duchess Of Windsor has been freshened up since failing at Warwick Farm a month ago but her previous form was consistent. Could run a cheeky race at odds as she generally handles the wet.
How to play it: Monsieur Sisu WIN; Trifecta 2,4/1,2,4,8/1,2,4,8. Odds and Evens: EVENS.


7. Achiever can improve rapidly on a first-up failure in a Group 3 that didn’t suit backmarkers and he was forced to go right back from a wide gate. Best form has been on rain affected ground, drawn to be that little bit closer and if he produces his best he’s right in the finish.
Dangers: 1. Love Shack Baby returned with a very tidy second two weeks ago and has always been a
horse that improves with a run or two under his belt. Will go forward to a degree and a soft track
would be of no concern to him. Can run well again. 2. Knowitall Jack will look to find the fence in
front as usual and if he does then he’ll give another good account. Just reeled in late over this course
three weeks ago on a heavy track. 8. Rathvilly Miss scored on a heavy track at Goulburn second-up
then repeated the result on a good track at Kembla. In career-best form and extra trip is no worry for
her. More depth here but in the mix. If the track winds up very wet you have to throw 6. Gentleman
Max in somewhere. All 16 career wins have been on soft or heavy and he’s in top form in the
How to play it: Achiever E/W. Odds and Evens: ODDS.


1. Perigord is a good each-way chance here if the track is playing well. He was good here first-up on a heavy track then OK behind Fender and thought his run was quite good from well back at
Randwick. Back in grade and with even luck can feature.
Dangers: 11. Mission River is an up and comer who overcame trouble to post a strong maiden win at Gosford second-up. Stakes placed earlier this year and drops 4kg. Keep in mind. 4. Plaquette had
good support when resuming a winner at Kensington two weeks ago, sweeping home from near last.
Fitter, wet form is okay and she’ll likely be hitting the line strongly once again. 6. Axe raced on the
speed and hit the front before being run down by Plaquette when he resumed so has to come into
contention. He’ll be up there somewhere again and could be harder to run down. Also consider 2. Al
Mah Haha off a game second in the Country Championships Final and 5. Asudem who rarely puts in a bad one.
How to play it: Perigord E/W. Odds and Evens: ODDS.


7. Plonka doesn’t want a very heavy track but if it’s soft he’s a big chance after an eye-catching first-
up effort at Rosehill behind Prime Star. The extra trip is more to his liking and he did run third in the Country Championships Final in the wet. Should run well.
Dangers: 8. Wander capitalised on taking up the running when winning at Warwick Farm two back
then drew out and went back to last before finishing sixth in the same race as Plonka. Good wet
tracker so if conditions suit he’s even harder to beat but should be competitive regardless. 1. Big
Parade gets the blinkers on after an even first-up effort at Kensington behind Plaquette. Fitter for
that. A very wet track might not suit him but otherwise worth another chance though not claiming
this time. 14. Olympic Legend stuck to his guns well when resuming behind Escaped over this course three weeks ago. Lightly raced and better for that, should race near the speed and is not without a chance.
How to play it: Plonka E/W; Box Quinella 1,7,8. Odds and Evens: SPLIT.


14. Rock My Wand was far from disgraced when resuming at 1100m on a good track and is much
better suited with the extra ground and a softer track. Her form last time in on wet ground was
excellent, drawn well and she’s a good each-way hope.
Dangers: 2. Avon River raced well through last prep and she trialled quite okay behind Fasika and
Gytrash a couple of weeks ago. Handles all conditions and coming out of a fast trial has to be
respected. 12. Super Longlea had to do a power of work to get into the race at Gosford second-up
and made quite a good fist of it in her closing third behind Skymist. Barrier one might see her a lot
closer in the run and she’s well worth keeping safe. 10. Dubai Star led them up and showed a bit of
fight before just fading late into third when resuming at Kensington. Likely to press for the lead here
and while not enough exposed wet form to judge him he could give a sight, particularly if leaders are
doing well on the day.
How to play it: Rock My Wand E/W. Odds and Evens: EVENS.

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