Friday 18 January Race Day Preview
Race By Race Canberra Preview – January 18th
Racegoers and punters need to be alert that with 39 degrees forecast in Canberra the meeting kicks off at the early time of 10:15am.
There’s been solid acceptances with a number of Sydney and provincial trainers accepting runners.
In Race 5 the Peter and Paul Snowden yard will present an interesting debutant URALLA KINGDOM by Camelot was beaten a nose in a recent Randwick trial and the stable has an enviable record this venue.
The $40,000 TAB Federal has again attracted a strong field with the Kurt Goldman-trained SAFE LANDING creating plenty of interest on resumption. The city winner is sure to be fancied off a nice trial warm-up.
Race 4, the Tetlow Legal CL1 is a terrific betting race with a host of chances from leading local yards.
# 1 ELKANO deserves another win. Was close-up at Gosford the latest behind a smart type. 2000m for the first time but has been strong through the line. Rock hard fit and barring bad luck should get the job done. of late. # 4 PICARO will be looking to make it up to favourite backers following a narrow defeat at Nowra. Reeled them in impressively at Goulburn prior to that and clearly has the class. Key rider change this afternoon and won't be found wanting coming back to 2000m. # 5 REIGN OVER ME was never a factor last start. Like many of these is hit and miss but McDougall has won a win on her at this venue and she races as if the distance will suit.
# 4 THE UNKNOWN FACTOR is the horse to follow from the race. He has most upside and following a runner-up cheque here on resumption can go one better. He appeared to run his races in patches on that occasion before knuckling down late. Always displayed a high level of talent which was evidenced with a spot in the Black Opal. # 1 POLAR STAR ran his rivals ragged here a fortnight ago. Returned a new career peak in the process and with the apprentice allowance can go on with it. # 2 POLYXENA will have admirers. Less seasoned than a few of these but in an astute stable that can’t be overlooked.
# 8 MAIBEASY had two trials in New Zealand before linking with the Clare Cunningham yard. The one and only trial under her care came at Warwick Farm and did the job nicely. Fitter she will get a dream run from the gate and should be ready to pounce on straightening. Ear Muffs are applied so monitor the parade/market. # 4 FARTHING WOOD is busting to win a race. McIlrick has only had her for two starts and both have been full of merit. Draws inside and pinching runs along the fence she is bound to get her chance. # 3 WILLANGIE indicated talent in a recent trial. Drawn awkwardly but the half brother Stephan has recorded good success with the stable.
# 2 DENVER sat handier and it almost paid dividends last start at Wagga. Billy Owen has a great affinity with him and drawing wide doesn't appear such a bad thing for a horse who tends to overrace. Best efforts have been when leading and from the outside barrier and Owen may be thin on options. Likes a fight and third-up in an even contest should give these something to catch. # 5 NO DOUBT MA'AM is ready to run a big race. Strong through the line at Moruya last start when the race was over. Matt Dale whacks the blinkers on and with a nice smother from the draw she'll be rattling home. # 3 LOLITA GOLD bounded away for a scintillating win here a fortnight ago. Admittedly got all the breaks but she was showing no signs of stopping late. Scope for more and you must respect. # 6 STRATUM'S ROSE and # 4 LUGA LAD ditto. They took forever to break Maidens but did so at their most recent starts. They will get last look.
# 7 URALLA KINGDOM debuts for the Snowden camp. Presents off a sharp Randwick trial. Tracked into the trial at the right time and with four of them together across the line she was the one under minimal duress. Bred to get over further but this race isn't strong. Hard to beat. # 11 SONO DOLCE is well bred by I Am Invincible. Two starts for Bjorn Baker have been solid finishing midfield. Fitness/experience is with her and the inside draw gives her a dream run. Learning all the time and on a bigger track could be ready to fire. # 1 MAJOR TIME produced an encouraging debut here at last meeting. Steps to 1200m and Gratz Vella puts the blinkers on. Expect further improvement. # 5 BANJA LUKA has worn down many punters. Presents off his his fifth minor placing. Each-way all day.
# 1 CHILCOTIN isn't a noted fresh performer thought he stuck to the task very well at Wyong. Form guide says ninth but with a tearaway leader he was pressured a fair way from home. Not beaten far and this race sets up much better. Second-up statistics are top shelf and don't let the weight scare you. Won a few consecutively as a younger horse so his benchmark has always been high. Josh Adams is 2/2 aboard him and can build on that this afternoon. # 2 CROIX DE VIE is ready for improvement. Racing style left him with no hope around the leader-favoured Moruya track. Gets a drop back from open company and his Federal wins here last season were dominant beating Who's Knocking etc. Noted rider change and he'll be ratting home at the end. # 8 TE ATA is hit and miss. Couldn't get closer than 5L in a CL3 highway recently and now faces some hardened campaigners who have won 7-8 races. Few queries there but is in the right camp and races best at this track.
Handy edition of the Federal. The leading chances carry mammoth weights and it may be a case of who handle it best. # 3 SAFE LANDING is stacked with talent. City performance fresh last campaign was exceptional when placing second. Held form after that and was spelled following a luckless effort in Highway company. Recent Randwick trial indicates he is on track. Inside draw a big advantage and he'll be hard to beat. # 1 MANZANA has been below best this campaign. Gets a nice class drop however and his track/distance statistics are impressive. Wise use of the claim and he'll offer some resistance to his rivals on the speed. # 2 OUR REVENUE is a query with the weight but will relish the 1200m. Cahill goes on.
# 1 SUGAR PINE gets his chance. Tragedy beaten here two back and then honest to the line when left exposed to the swoopers same venue. Heading the right way and despite the barrier he has the scope to be winning this. # 2 KATATONIC is speedy. Beaten on his merits at Wagga the latest by a roughie which isn't ideal. Layt retains the ride and he'll be allowed to dictate stepping up in trip. # 15 JAILBIRD JAYJAY got all the breaks when runner-up here last meeting. Only going to be fitter and you must respect.
BEST OF THE DAY: Race 5 # 7 URALLA KINGDOM
EACH WAY PLAY: Race 6 # 1 CHILCOTIN