Canberra Racing Review Friday 24 May 2019

The track was rated a Soft 6 and was downgraded early to a Soft 8. The section between the 400m and 550 metres was rated a Heavy 8. The rail was out 8m the entirety, but those racing close to the fence were still disadvantaged.

Race 1

Presented as an open contest with FLORA BEL ($4.80) making it a double a double following the heavy track win at Wagga.  The filly sat midfield and worked into it at the turn. Relishing the conditions she held off a storming finish from the favourite Il PROFESSIONALE ($3.20).  The latter was back on the rail and took forever to get a run in the straight. She was most unlucky and goes into the black-book. TYCOON TILY ($6.50) led with the light weight and looked likely on straightening, but the inside disadvantaged. She showed plenty of pluck and is worth another chance.

Race 2

The rider of the winner SUNEEZE ($5.50) was happy to sit midfield out two and three wide and came down the middle on straightening proving much too good.  The second and third placegetters JELLIES ($9.50) and SUNDAY HUSTLER $10) sat back and came down the outside also advantaged by a solid early tempo. The favourite STAR OF THE CLAN ($3.50) raced handy but was in the worst ground in the straight and was brave in the circumstances.  A number didn’t appreciate the track considerations, including SPIRIT FORCE ($8.50) and SERGEANT SAM ($18).  

Race 3

TEJORI ($2.1) was one of two favourites to win on the day and impressed on debut. The Nick Olive 2yo filly presented off a 4L Canberra trial win and came away for a comfortable win after sitting outside the leader. VELVET AEROPLANE ($4.0) was back along the inside and powered late into second, but was subsequently disqualified when he jockey Blaike McDougal weighed in light. The steward and jockey were unable to establish the reason for the variation in weight. Both of the above gallopers are worth following, especially Tejori who looks very promising. The third placegetter ELTHAM PALACE ($26) raced wide throughout and battled on well.

Race 4

The favourite DISCOMBE ($2.25) led comfortably as expected, but found the inside tough going at the business end and was run over late placing third. The winner MANDALONG ONE UP ($6.50) sat midfield and it was a nice ride by Layt to move him off the rail before the turn and present the filly down the centre of the track.  The second placegetter SUGAR PINE ($7.5) got a nice run just behind the speed and did a good job racing in the inside section. Most of the rest were well beaten. WORDLESS ($6.0) was in the market on debut and the jockey reported he’d take benefit from the run.

Race 5

CHARMED PRINCESS ($4.40) charged down the outside to win easily after settling back in the field. It was a big effort by the filly despite her finding the best part of the track. CONTAMATED ($5.0) led and looked the all- over winner at the 200m sticking to the rail, but like most other leaders on the day couldn’t see it out. He’s worth another chance. The second placegetter MANDALONG TAPIT trailed the above all the way ($8.0) and finished it well and it was a strong performance given she raced on the inside. TAG AND RELEASE ($12) met some trouble at the 250m point and ran the race right out. MISS FARLOO ($11) didn’t handle the track conditions. The favourite METRALLA ($4.0) sat off-midfield and had to be restrained a couple of times and later in the race didn’t get clear running near the 200m. She will keep. 

Race 6

ELABORATE ($ 2.20)  got a lovely run just behind the speed  but was forced to take the rail at the turn and proved no match late for HILLTOP HOOD ($15) who had an unimpeded run off the pace and, well-ridden, positioned up on the best part of the track on turning and cleared out. VIA CONDOITTI ($91) and ZARAFAH ($7.50) battled on well in third and fourth with a gap to the rest.  PERFECT RHYME ($3.20) was a well-backed second favourite but was forced to race wide throughout.

Race 7

PARLIAMENT ($5.0) was the second of the two favourites to win on the day delivering a hat-trick up rising from the mile. BART (8.50) set a good tempo and looked the winner at the 75m defying the pattern of the day. That wasn’t to be and she was swamped by Parliament out wide and SHANGANI PATROL ($5.50) through the centre.  Parliament sat outside the leader, but the jockey elected to work wide at the turn and that proved the difference. Shangani Patrol’s effort was excellent just missing, as was Bart’s. FUN TICKETS ($8.50) didn’t run out the trip on the wet track and he will be spelled. JEDDAH AHEADAH ($5.50) was disappointing and no excuses could be found.

Race 8

PRINCE JACKO ($2.80) raced favourite but found EMERALD FORTUNE ($14) too good. The first three home finished wide out on the track and there was little between them on the line. Emerald Fortune sat midfield in a pack and was a little keen but was very tough to the line and there was plenty of merit in the favourite’s effort given he was back and deep and the widest on the turn. TREASURY BOSS $21 was just knocked off in third and his too was a pleasing effort.

The Senator

In our last review, we pinpointed The Senator as a next up winner and he obliged (easily) at Wagga on Saturday. He was saved from Canberra, and the only surprise was the $3.00 available; thanks to strong backing for a rival.