Racing Preview : Canberra - Friday, 23rd August 2019

With spring approaching, this is the last race on the Acton synthetic surface for the calendar year. The card is stacked with strong betting races and the track has been playing fair.

Race 1 (1080m)

Milamoo may be the one to lead. GALAHAD'S QUEST resumes and has gone close a number of times in stronger Maidens. He owns a sharp Warwick Farm trial and high stable-striker Lever rides from a low gate. He was also nominated for Nowra and looks ready to go and will be hard to beat. RUM CAKE keeps improving and there was a lot to like about his placing here at the last meeting behind Flight Commander. He was a bit unlucky late and gets another chance. MILAMOO resumes and is likely to run along with the 9lbs claimer engaged. She missed a lip here three back and will be presented forward. BOXING debuts and was a high-price yearling purchase. He was last seen in a January city trial for the Snowden yard and gets the blinkers first time. Reported to be going along well and keep very safe.

Race 2 (1080m)

Beach Club is a leader and The Swell is likely to contest. THE SWELL debuts for Waterhouse-Bott and has looked the good in trials stretching back to March. She won the latest at Gosford and draws a low gate. She looks to have plenty of ability and this is a suitable kick-off assignment. BEACH CLUB is a former Victorian who has been good in his two runs for the Williams yard. Was heavily-backed the latest and the speedy filly is sure to take passing. HYGIEIA debuts, for a leading local yard and a bold run won't surprise. PERSISTENCE PAYS was in need of it first-up and can make improvement at odds with the blinkers applied first time.

Race 3 (1080m)

Snitzagirl may be the one to lead and Acton Shale and Don't Even Kiss Me will race handy. A terrific contest. ACTON SHALE won comfortably resuming at this track two weeks ago with extra fitness and no surprise if he takes the next step. He has more up the sleeve and will use the rail. GIRLS ARE READY is promising and was last seen 153 days ago beaten 1.1L in an Eagle Farm Open 3. She has trialled well and can win at best. She will likely sit back off a solid tempo and be changing home. SNITZAGIRL is a speedy improver who was beaten a lip second-up at Scone. Draws to advantage and should be right in the finish. NEWTOWN IS COMING brings good form to the resumption and owns a 7.3L Goulburn trial win. Lever sticks from that and he needs to be kept safe along with stablemate TERRA REIGN (4).

Race 4 (1900m)

Stratum's Rose can lead from Palamedes. Another very competitive Federal. O'PRINCESS seeks the hat-trick and has impressed in the way she's been doing She still looks well placed with the 7lbs claim and is a determined finisher who won't be bothered by the extra 0. STRATUM'S ROSE led and won the CL1 here easily two back and then skipped the last meeting here to race in a Rosehill Highway where she placed. She ran here best figure in that and should go close back to this grade using the rail. SWEET KNUCKLE has to give then a start and hit the line well placing here two weeks ago. Always needs a good ride but a win wouldn't surprise. GENTLE ANNIE placed ahead of the above in the same race and that stacks Not sure the rail suits, but she gets another chance.


Race 5 (1206m)

Chuave Dog can lead from Fabulous Fran. FABULOUS FRAN led and missed a whisker here behind Eokalio and then had no luck on the tricky Gundagai track as favourite. Taylor takes over from McDougall and will push forward. She looks the starting point in an open contest. LIVE THE MOMENT resumes and is a lightly raced Sydney-trained galloper who is up to this at best. He is likely to be going better then the recent trials suggest and is a big market watch with Lever riding from a low gate. MAGPIE rates well at best. Had support first up for the new yard in stronger at Gundagai, but things didn't work out. Gets a key rider switch from the apprentice to McDougall and expect a much improved run.  CHUAVE DOG ran his best race leading and winning the Maiden at Wagga first up for the new stable. That was on the heavy but he looks one that can go on.

Race 6 (1750m) 

Imanacheeva can cross the field and may get a comfortable lead today. The top four selections all come out of the same race two weeks ago this track. OLD TRAFFORD was wide in that and made a lightning move to sit wide on the speed before taking the lead and being grabbed late. He's likely to get a more advantageous run in transit today and gets his chance with the handy 7lbs claim. YEPPOON missed a nose in that race after being back and wide after before charging home. No surprise if he went one better if the track is advantaging hard finishers. OPPOSITE can win this at best but running out of chances. Cahill is reunited and that is a plus. IMANACHEEVA raced favourite in the same contest and disappointed again. He gets the 9lbs claim and the blinkers and will likely get a soft lead. He can't be discounted. BILLO ROAD will sit and deserved the comfortable Wagga Maiden win when he flew late. He gets the chance to build on that.

Race 7 (1280m)

Good pace and a number are capable of leading. GIRONDE put the writing on the wall on resumption and then was on-speed winning the Maiden comfortably for the Olive yard. That stacks right up and he gets the chance to repeat with the 7lbs weight drop and a good ride from Ward. EUROSAY won the Maiden here second up and keeps improving. He will need some luck pushing forward from the wide gate and gets McDougall for Ward. He's a chance to go JELLIES just missed at Moruya improving again and races well this track. He gets another chance. ADMIRE GRATZI hasn't won for a while, but rates well for this. He's has to be considered.  The other two Olive runners are a watch in the market nearer post time. SELECTION: #8 Gironde keeps improving and may have the edge again.  


Race 8 (1280m)

There is pace across the barriers and they will run along. IS THAT SO resumes for the Sydney yard and can win if on song. He comes off two trial warmers and expect Lever to push forward. The market will tell. COSTA CHIN CHIN caught the eye late on debut after a wide run. McDougall sticks and will have to be at this best managing the wide gate. The gelding could surprise. BUBBLER placed here second-up and it was a big effort after being wide all the way. Gets the blinkers first time and Ward takes over. Will likely sit midfield and come home hard. GLENLEIGH LAD has just missed the last three runs and was pipped by Eurosay here the latest on a 4-day back-up. Gets a 7lbs today and is a winning chance if he can get to the speed without much fuss.

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