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Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Preview – Friday 18 September 2020

The rail is out 4m the entire and with fine weather the track will present in the good range. A nice program and the market will be instructive in a few races. The Federal is (again) a very competitive race.


Race 1 (1600m) CL1


Gaelic can run them along over the mile from Dance Too Hard. GAELIC (2) led at Newcastle first-up well in the market and pulled up with an issue. Last preparation he won the city Maiden on debut and then was a well-bet favourite here finishing close up in the 65. He's back after 17 days and fitter rates to win at the mile controlling the race. DANCE TOO HARD (4) ran his best race winning the Maiden here at the last meeting. She enjoyed the dryer surface and the extra 200m won't bother. She will push forward and get every chance to repeat. MOHAHNA (8) was very disappointing in the same race without any obvious excuses. The in-form McDougall goes on and expect him to go better today first time this trip. MY EMPIRE (3) peaks off the near-miss at Queanbeyan and Ward is off the above to stick. He hasn't won for a long while but can make the finish in this line-up. BET: Gaelic should be on-song and is hard to go past.


Race 2 (1400m) BM60


Alpine King may lead Eaglehawk at a steady tempo. TEMOIN CHAUD (4) resumed in much stronger at Randwick and had no chance after and awkward start and a wide run. He was in the market and she can bounce and win back home with McDougall taking the ride. EAGLEHAWK (1) just missed from the pace resuming at Queanbeyan as favourite and has more up the sleeve. May need it longer now but goes second-up and is a player. TRAPPER TOM (5) finished well to beat the above in that contest and has found a new lease on life. He draws to advantage and will get every chance to repeat. GOODRADIGBEE (6) will appreciate longer but resumed in good order and has more to give. The small claim remains handy. STILTON (2) is a Kiwi resuming for the Beer yard and keep a close eye on the market with him. BET: Keen on Temoin Chaud who's promising.


Race 3 (2000m) BM65


Havaduel and Appetising may be the pair to make the pace. HAVADUEL (3) runs along and seeks the hat-trick off strong staying efforts. Finds a bit easier and rates to win again despite the weight rise. The form hoop sticking is a plus. POWER LIFT (4) rates well off two close up efforts at Kembla Grange at the mile. He's on a 6-day return and expect the middle distance to suit. TREASURE THE LOVE (9) came off a solid city effort to win the CL1 here two weeks ago. That stacks up and she will get every chance from the low gate. HILLTOP HOOD (6) finished well from the back beaten 1.8L behind Havaduel at Moruya and will give his all again. BET: Expecting Havaduel to keep things rolling.


Race 4 (1000m) Maiden


Wholesome Delight can lead from Em Cee Gee. AEROBATIC WARRIOR (6) is Sydney-trained and has looked very sharp in three Randwick trials. They've found McDougall and the expect the gelding to take beating. WHOLESOME DELIGHT (13) also debuts for a Sydney yard owning a Gosford trial win. She draws to control the race and will be well-prepared. Feared. INDIGNANT (9) was beaten 1.6L here a month ago on a heavy track making a ratings spike. He has to be considered with the extra fitness. MIMESIS (4) is ex Waller resuming after 160 days for the Sergi yard with the blinkers on first time. Gets a wide gate but his debut run in December reads well for this and keep a close eye on the late market. ALRILLO (2) resumes and go on the strong Newcastle effort two-back.  Gets a sticky gate but could surprise. BET: Leaning to Aerobatic Warrior bringing the trial form to the races.


Race 5 (1300m) Maiden


Sabor and Maccomo will be prominent from the jump. MACCOMO (1) returned to racing much improved missing a half-length at Wyong in stronger than this. McDougall goes on and fitter the gelding sets a decent standard. SABOR (11) won a trial but disappointed on debut and was spelled. She presents here off a 2.3L Gosford trial win and looks ready to go for the sharp Sydney yard. Expect the colt to make short work of the wide gate. GENERAL DUBAI (9) didn't have the best of it on debut and has looked the part in his two trials leading into today's resumption. Gets Jay Ford and a sift run from the rail and has to be kept very safe. TAYLOR BE SWIFT (13) just missed on the heavy at Wagga on debut and won't be far away with the extra fitness. BET: Maccomo should be winning.


Race 6 (1000m) BM60


Expecting Olifants, Verdi and Shanaya to run along and set a good tempo. SHANAYA (8) was quickly back to her best winning the Wagga CL1 by a space. He will be fitter and has a matching figure on a good track. Keeps Lever and the well-bred mare can go on with it. VERDI (6) resumes off sharp trials and is right up to this. Has been away for a while but will ride the speed from the rail and is feared. LOOSE WIRE (7) improved each run last campaign and is a first up winner. She has the speed to manage the wide gate and McDougall's booking suggests she's pleasing and ready to go. REVOLVER (1) resumes in easier grade and has won twice fresh. Also gets a sticky gate but his best is good enough. BET: Unlike the chief threats Shanaya is up and running and can go on with it.


Race 7 (1200m) BM70


Elegant Ellen can run them along setting a good tempo. This is wide open and a tough form assignment. The market will be instructive. CONCRETE (5) looked very sharp missing a lip here this grade on resumption racing handy. He has more to offer and gets McDougall today and we will have had plenty of choices. The extra 200m won't bother and he's the starting point. ONS VIER (7) impressed first-up in the same race just beaten. She gets a tricky gate but has won 2/3 second-up and this is her chance to return to the winners stall. OUR FINVARRA (13) was the other close-up in the same contest and he had a tough run. Penza sticks. ROYAL MONARCH (10) is up plenty in grade but deserved the Gundagai win and his figure stacks up. Draws well and gets weight relief. BET: With Concrete who will give a sight.


Race 8 (1200m) CL1


Hot early with She's All In, Tiz War Bro and Blazing Mac all prominent. A competitive race to end the program. BLAZING MAC (5) will push forward and has placed both runs back rating well for this. She's likely to appreciate a dryer track and has more to give. Sydney-trained and is ready to win. WINNING BROTHERS (2) resumed for the new yard off an easy Ipswich Maiden win and was disappointing in stronger than this. He's since placed in a Randwick trial and the blinkers go on first time. The hot-hoop is booked and expect sharp improvement. TEMPLE RUN (1) hasn't won for a while but he's been knocking on the door and his best is certainly good enough certainly good enough and a dryer surface will likely assist. BELLE OF CLONMEL (4) next best forgiving the latest and on a 7-day turnaround. BET: Blazing Mac gets the nod in a good contest.