Racing and Sports Canberra Racing Preview – Friday 15 September 2023

Racing at Canberra returns to the course proper after a successful season on the new Acton poly. The track should present in good order and the fields are competitive.

Race 1 (1200m) OPEN 3

DESTRUCTIVE DIVA showed more like her best placing at Goulburn a month ago and has trialled well since. Was tried earlier in the year in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes so they obviously have an opinion. Has the winkers on the first time and Cahill's booking is a lead. CHOP THE ICE resumed off the Group 3 Black Opal and was much too strong winning his Maiden on the Acton poly. Strips fitter and the extra 0 will suit. His peaks have been here on the turf. INSANE VOLT was never a threat in town but bounced off that recording an impressive CL1 win at Wagga as a 5-2 favourite. He should manage the longer sprint and looks capable of taking the next step. RUFF had good support on debut but was disappointing. He can go better but it's hard to see him topping the trio above.

Race 2 (2000m) BM 65

WHETU just missed in a 66 at Newcastle three-back bet 3-1 before disappointing as favourite on the Goulburn heavy. Bounced straight off that with the expected 58 win at Bathurst over this distance. Not sure the rail will suit but he retains the small claim and with average luck and can repeat the dose. BRINGBACKTHEBEARS is knocking on the door and rates best of the Dryden-trained pair. He's back in grade off a solid placing on the Acton synthetic and his best figure came here over this trip on the turf. Stablemate POKER DICE was a big CL1 winner on the Acton synthetic finding more like his best. Likes the track and trip and is sure to have plenty of supporters. MR LUKE has been racing at the provincials. Has been plainer since the near miss at Beaumont-Newcastle in CL1. Still a Maiden but has form that would give him a chance.

Race 3 (1000m) MDN

Tricky and the race-day betting should guide on the relative ability of the newcomers. FINITE missed a half-length at Forbes easily running his best race. He's been freshened and Cahill sticking is a decent push. Has race fitness and experience and expect him to set the standard for the first starters. NORRIS (11) has been close-up his last four starts with the latest in a CL1. He will push forward from the awkward barrier and with average luck can make the finish. MISSILE MAIDEN debuts from a low gate and has trialled nicely on the Acton Synthetic. The Potter yard is going well and expect her to feature. MAJOR DESIRE (10) debuts for the sharp Olive yard with Beasley booked. Has an awkward gate but has trialled-up at Goulburn and is a market watch. Ditto EVERIDO who debuts for Canberra's premier yard off a soft trial.

Race 4 (1600m) CL1 SW

MISS GHENT (12) peaks for the local Gardner yard and her city and provincial form reads well. She was only beaten 2.4L in a Group 3 at Rosehill before the break and can take this out with average luck in the run. The Neasham-trained VADAMOS QUEEN is a former Kiwi who resumed improved beaten 1.8L in a 64 at Newcastle. Was plainer at Hawkesbury after but will be better for Should relish the extra distance and will likely position forward from the rails draw. Stablemate MORITZ GIRL (13) found one better resuming at Hawkesbury. Fitter and every indication points to the mile suiting. Alysha Collett stays with the filly. ARCTIC LEGEND (14) is also Sydney-trained and was much better over 7 1⁄2 f at Newcastle 17 days ago. He's still a Maiden but Penza will place him handy, and the winkers are on first time.

Race 5 (1300m) MDN SW

MISSILE SEEKER (13) showed plenty of promise in his initial campaign and found one better at Nowra on resumption. Brought sharp trials into that and has plenty up his sleeve. The longer sprint suits and he draws to advantage. CANDLELIT raced a 9-10 favourite in that contest finishing 1L behind the above. Peaks now and will push forward. The lift to 6 1⁄2 f shouldn't be a bother. SUPERZOOM (14) debuts for a top Sydney barn with the blinkers applied. Well-bred and draws for a soft run. The race-day betting should tell the story. SLY WITNESS is also Sydney-trained and will be better for the debut outing. Quick improvement is likely.

Race 6 (1300m) CL2

OFFSPRING was heavily-bet at Wagga first-up beaten 1.6L. Drops back in grade and Penza stays aboard. She has plenty up her sleeve and is a second-up winner who flies at the circuit. In Canberra's premier barn and fitter will be difficult to top. FOX APPEAL just missed in that race and has plenty to give off that. Has the handy 4lbs claim and won his only third-up start. A player. ALLGEMEINE was expected to win at Goulburn but disappointed on the heavy surface. Three starts back she was narrowly beaten in a CL3 in town and that reads well. Finally draws a low gate and is also a winning chance. DISONEY is third-up and ready to fire. Won a Gosford Maiden before the spell and that's the best figure presenting. The blinkers go on again, but he is cruelled by the outside barrier.

Race 7 (1400m) OPEN – FEDERAL

MANDERBOSS peaks off two nice efforts at 78 level at Rosehill. He's a course and distance specialist and is likely to secure a soft run. Suited and is the one they have to beat. RUBAN BLEU has been narrowly beaten at his last two starts in this grade following a 1L defeat in a 68 at Kembla Grange. Doubt the rails gate will suit but he's been freshened and is a chance if things go his way. EASY ROSIE raced favourite at Wagga in Open grade but disappointed on the heavy surface. She'd been tracking well prior and 4x winning rider Penza is reunited. Races forward and following a 53-day freshen deserves another chance. UPPER HOUSE was plain from a wide gate in that Wagga contest but his form around that stacks Three-back finished alongside Ruban Bleu at Kembla and he missed by 1.3L in a Moruya Open his latest. Peaks today and will come home hard. TROOPER KNUCKLE (10) is also in the mix.

Race 8 (1000m) BM60

BEST INTENT is a lightly raced local with more upside than most of these. She has been racing on soft and is likely to be even better on a firmer surface. Missed a whisker in a Wagga CL1 before the spell and despite the awkward barrier will prove hard to beat. BOWIE OF DUBAI hits this at top and has been racing in stronger company. He will position forward and has a handy 4lbs claim. Gets a couple of key gear switches and should get his chance. CHAMPAGNE IN LACE (12) is a former Victorian who led and demolished the Maidens on the Acton poly having her first run for the Kelley yard. This is harder but she has provincial figures on turf that stack right The speedy galloper is sure to give a sight. GREAVES didn't manage the heavy track at Goulburn third-up but was beaten less than 2L both starts prior and can get back on track. Maps for a soft run and the blinkers are applied again. Note Owen gets off to ride Best Intent.

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