Canberra Racing Preview: Tuesday, 7th November 2023

They race on a Good 4 with the Rail in the True position. The fields have held up well and it's a terrific betting card.

Race 1

SUPER SPROCKET led and felt plenty of heat when placing over 5 f at this track at the last meeting. Had switched from a leading Sydney barn and she has more to offer. Nicely placed with the 7lbs claim. GEMINIDS ran below expectations last time at this track. Peaks now and is certainly good enough. Beasley is a key jockey booking. CRUCIAL WITNESS resumes in easier grade for the in-form Vella yard. It's been a while between drinks but she has the ability and should be ready to PAPER DAISY is fourth-up and the blinkers come off. Has figures that would see her competitive and she may be ready to show more. Owen takes over from the apprentice.

Race 2

BOOSHANG walloped a short-priced favourite winning the CL1 easily here over this trip. He races forward and can keep improving. The one to beat. AUSTRALIAN HARBOUR is still a maiden but would have figures that could win this if presented on song. Disappointed beaten 2L at Albury second-up heavily bet but will relish getting out to the middle distance. The in-form Beasley stays in the saddle. LET'S SAY GRACE is up from Albury and they've scratched the stablemate. Missed a nose there this trip the latest and has to be considered. POKER DICE is in the all-conquering Dryden barn best to forgive the latest effort. Has the rails gate but is likely to give them a start.

Race 3

ARTIEBETT is still a Maiden but has shown enough to say she's up to winning a benchmark Has a low gate and Owen is a key jockey booking. Sydney trained and will be naturally improved.  INLAND RETREAT resumes and the extra gear comes off. Has placed 2/2 fresh and has also been competing in stronger.  Heywood rides and that's a lead. TIZ WAR BRO also resumes and performs fresh. Has a 4lbs claim and the blinkers are back The low barrier will advantage. NEWTOWN IS COMING won this grade here two-back and can't be ruled out.

Race 4

OFFSPRING peaks and has raced in stronger grade since the CL2 win here. Heywood rides the first time and the mare gets another chance. Dryden-trained stablemate STRATUM PRIDE comes out of the same race and will be better for Won the 66 first-up prior and will likely enjoy a soft run behind the pace. DEPARTING BULLET led and missed a whisker in Open grade at Queanbeyan off the 68 win at Kembla Grange. Has to lug top weight but is sure to give a sight on a 9-day backup. LATIN LYRIC is well-weighted and Cahill's booking interests. Has been briefly freshened and her best would see her right in it.

Race 5

Dryden-trained PROMETIO MAS sits on the limit weight and rates well off the two close-up placings here at this level. Has a handy gate and Beasley is reunited. MISS GIVINGS was heavily bet easily winning a Nowra maiden. Missed a whisker prior and is in light today with a 7lbs claim. She should be right in the finish. Dryden also lines up BREAKAWAY WEEK and she is busting to win. Finished ahead of the stablemate her latest but has an awkward gate. CONTANTI has switched from a Victorian barn on a 56-day turnaround. Is good enough and Heywood is a positive jockey booking. Goes fresh and keep safe.

Race 6

COUNTY KILKENNY peaks and didn't have the best of it placing at Wagga 15 days ago. He has more to give and Beasley staying aboard is a decent lead. Runs his best races from the front and finds a suitable assignment. JIMMY NAILS won the Maiden well here over this distance and then had every chance well beaten over a middle distance. Draws for a soft run and can get back on track. It's hard to risk the Dryden yard. FERRARI MAN peaks and has been around the mark without winning. Races forward and Ward stays in the saddle on a 9-day return. Is good enough at best and keep onside. AHEAD OF THE GAME is still a maiden but is Sydney-trained and has shown enough to suggest she can get some of the money.

Race 7

KEYNES TIME peaks for the in-form Vella yard and can show more. Draws well and Budler takes over from the 7lbs apprentice. Should go close along with HOTLIPS HOULIHAN who resumed at Kembla Grange at long odds and didn't have the best of Has a small claim and will be fitter. GALAXY REIGN resumes. Will race over further but will finish it off. TOES IN THE WATER is a likely improver from the Olive yard and gets in light with the 7lbs claim. Keep very safe.

Race 8

TROOPER KNUCKLE has been narrowly beaten twice since the Open win here and coming back to the sprint will suit. Rates another decent chance for the Dryden barn. RATHLIN went better here and then was out-graded in town. Peaks now and draws for a soft run. His Queensland best would have him right in it and they've scratched the stablemate. BLITZAR picked up okay here in the Prophet's Pride race won by Vella Magic. Just missed prior in Open grade and Beasley is a key jockey booking. In the mix. VELLA MAGIC has more weight but no knock on her form.

Race 9

The Dryden-trained VADERZAN has been threatening and there was only a small margin in it last time. Heywood rides today and will push forward from the awkward barrier. Hard fit and deserves the win. CODE IN TIME debuts for a top Sydney stable and looked the part winning a recent Rosehill trial. He looks promising and is sure to be fancied. TOLIMA has switched from the Waller yard on a 36-day turnaround. Races forward and will be better for the first-up outing. Has provincial figures that would see her right in the finish. FROSTY JO resumes for a smart barn and has trialled well. Has a 9lbs claim and could be the one to surprise.

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