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Canterbury – Saturday – Preview and Best Bets

Fri, Nov 4, 9:46am by Staff Writer

Sydney racing heads to Canterbury Park for a rare Saturday meeting and while there’s no black type features or headline horses, it’s a competitive day of racing.

Race 7 is an open handicap over 1550m with Chris Waller’s Religify ($1.85) the short-priced favourite. The six-year-old was scratched from Thursday’s Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at Hawkesbury in favour of this and he looks hard to beat. He is third-up after finishing a 0.6L third to Thunder Fantasy and 0.2L second to Rock Forthe Ladies at his most recent starts and his overall record of seven wins and six minors is that of a nice horse.

Waller also takes Dance of Heroes ($10) and Magicool ($51) into the race. Dance of Heroes is second-up but is none from five when second race into a spell while Magicool has finished at the rear of the field at his last seven runs with his most recent win being in June 2015, a Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m). Interestingly, five of those last seven runs have been in Group 1 company and while he seems completely out of form, Waller has produced some big runs from out of form horses in recent weeks. Metallic Crown (winner) and Wine Tales (second) are just two from last week, although a win from Magicool would be a surprise even from someone of Waller’s ilk.

God’s In Him ($4.40) is second-up and has won a trial since his first-up 5.5L seventh to Thunder Fantasy while Red Excitement ($6.50) is also second-up where he has two wins from seven second-up attempts although his last win was in January of last year.

Race 3 is a BM85 over 1100m with Mr Manhattan ($3.30) and Painte ($4.80) giving Joe Pride a strong hand in the race. Mr Manhattan has five wins and three minors from his ten race starts and is second-up where he is unbeaten while Painte is first-up and gunning for his fourth win from his 19th career start. Mr Manhattan just holds favouritism with Sarajevo ($4.60) and Lucky Meteor ($5) also in the market. An ex-Godolphin horse, Sarajevo is now in the care of Kris Lees while Lucky Meteor is the only other last start winner (alongside Mr Manhattan) coming into the race.

Joe Pride’s Kuro ($7) has had some early support at double figure odds in Race 5, a BM93 over 1200m. Similar to Sarajevo, Kuro was a promising youngster finishing second in a Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) and third in a Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) with his last win being over Sarajevo (coincidentally) in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) in May 2015.

Snoopy ($3.10) (Team Hawkes) is the outright favourite for race five ahead of Grunderzeit ($3.50) (Godolphin) and Suspense ($4)(Team Snowden) with Inznout ($6) (Gerald Ryan) also under double figure odds in what is an open race.

Reincarnate ($2.40) carries top weight in Race 6, a BM78 over 1200m and is fighting out favouritism with Sir Plush ($2.80). Sir Plush got the better of Reincarnate two starts back with Reincarnate winning when they last met. Dark Steel ($7) and Well Hardley Ever ($7) are on the next line of betting in what is an interesting and competitive day of racing at Canterbury Park on Saturday.

Suggested Bet: Back Kuro each-way in race 5, and have a small long shot wager on Magicool in Race 7

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