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Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Preview — Friday 9 October 2020

There’s been rain around and doubt the track will race better than a slow 7 and maybe worse. The rail goes back into the true position but they’re still likely to look for better ground out wide especially as we get into the program. The feature race — the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup—  has attracted a solid line-up at Open level.


Race 1 (1600m) BM60


Just an even tempo anticipated. It will be tactical on the wet track. TEMOIN CHAUD (4) was good second-up and then missed a lip here 9 days ago on a slow surface that was down-graded later in the day. Peaks now for a top local yard and rates the one to beat. AXION (6) finished alongside him in the same race making sharp improvement. No surprise if this pair run the quinella again. TRYING (2) was beaten 3L in the same race and can improve again and can't be ruled out. GUNALUVA (1) resumes for a Sydney yard and Ward rides. It's an ask in the wet conditions, but elevate if the money comes. BET: #4 Temoin Chaud to win.


Race 2 (1600m) CL1


No noted leader and Roshan could well find himself in front. SUMDEEL (6) won easily at Wagga this trip on the heavy before the spell. Just missed resuming and then  forget the second-up Rosehill run when she had no luck after a slow start. Draws low with McDougall reunited and the well-bred mare should be winning in this grade. More open after. ROSHAN (2) is a former German who can improve quickly third-up over the longer trip. Untried these track conditions but is in a good Sydney yard and they must think he'll handle it. STILTON (5) is a former Kiwi who needed the run resuming here three weeks ago. The mile will suit her better and she has more to give. JOPHIEL (8) has placed the last two on the slow here 9-days ago. Has to come back from the 2000m but it will be a slog and he will finish it off. BET: Backing #6 Sumdeel to win.


Race 3 (1000m) CL1


Solid tempo with several sitting handy and Cops And Robbers to find the lead. Tricky. COPS AND ROBBERS (1) will be hard to beat if he can mirror his figure off the 5.1L Maiden win here two runs back on the slow. Didn't get into it at Nowra following and that's the query. He can control the race and a bounce is likely.  WATCH ME SIZZLE (3) resumes and has switched to the Olive yard. Gets the blinkers first time and expect the lightly-raced galloper to be much improved. The market will indicate if he's up to winning. MAS DINERO (2) resumes and creates plenty of interest. The former Queenslander had two runs for the Ible yard before the spell, winning the Maiden and placing here after. He's likely to come back better and no shock if he's fancied. QUIDEEM (5) was only beaten 1.9L at Moruya in the CL3 showing better form. McDougall's booking interests and keep the gelding onside. BET: Cautious. Leaning to #1 Cops And Robbers.


Race 4 (1300m) Maiden


Genuine early tempo with Underthespotlight and Howgoodisvegas leading the way over Alpha Lane and Wandonna. ASTERO (2) showed promise placing on the heavy on debut and then went to town and pulled up with an issue. He's trialled sharply at Warwick Farm since and this looks very suitable. McDougall's booking adds to the confidence. WANDONNA (3) has missed a lip the last two and it was a tough effort here 9-days ago just lipped out by Zarzou on the slow. She's feared. UNDERTHESPOTLIGHT (1) won't be far away building on the Leeton near-miss when he led. MISS REEF (4) debuts off a string of trials for the Sydney-yard. The wide gate won't disadvantage as much in the expected deep conditions and elevate if the betting moves her way. BET: Leaning to #2 Underthespotlight over Wandonna.


Race 5 (1000m) Maiden


Expecting a moderate pace with Indignant and Bravo Del Campos running them along. A very tricky Maiden and the betting will tell a lot. INDIGNANT (6) has been knocking on the door and go on the 1.6L defeat here on the heavy track three-back. She's well-seasoned and is likely to see it out better than most. McDougall gets off her to ride TO THE NINES (9) who debuts off a sharp trial. It's a positive that he sticks from that. Keep a very close eye on the market. BUDDEROO BLITZ (2) resumes of the comfortable slow track Maiden win at Albury for the local yard. Has placed 2/3 and is sure to come back improved. He's a player. GAMBLER'S QUEST (3) resumes for the ACT premiership yard and we know he will handle the deep track. No surprise if he's much improved and plays a major part. BET: Leaning to #6 Indignant.


Race 6 (2000m) BM65


Expecting a solid early tempo as Eaglehawk leading Appetizing and Mohahna. MOHAHNA (7) seeks the hat-trick off the big win here 9-days ago on a worsening track. Cruised through it in front and looks capable of going right on with it. HOLY SUNDAY (2) has just missed twice since the Scone win including here on a slow surface. Also gets some weight relief and Jennings' booking suggests they mean business. HELLO CHINA (8) is much better than the form-line suggests and is a swimmer. Missed a lip this trip in August on the heavy at Kembla in a 64 and that would just about win this. EAGLEHAWK (5) peaks and was just nutted here on the slow 9 days ago at the mile and his only middle distance run reads well. BET: Sticking with the improving #7 Mohahna.


Race 7 (1000m) Open


Expecting Bothered to take up the running with Goldfinch and Eve's Miss close at hand. This looks wide open on paper and the deep track adds to the form puzzle. PERFECT PITCH (11) resumes and rates strongly off the nose defeat in the Rosehill CL3 on the slow. Brought very strong form to that and kicking off at 1000m won't be a bother in these conditions. Expecting she will be ready to go and to take beating if she is. BOTHERED (3) is fast and made the hat-trick in the Warwick Farm 72 before leading again and fading out after the 200m at Rosehill in better than this. Has been freshened and gets the handy 2kg claim and is feared on the bounce. REVITUP REDNUT (12) resumes off a city run and won the three before. Goes fresh and the deep track won't bother. McDougall's booking suggests she will race boldly. GUNGA DIN (5) resumes and is a stablemate to the top selection. He would be very competitive at best. Keep a close eye on the market with him as well. BET: #11 With Perfect Pitch there’s market support.


Race 8 (1400m) Federal Open


Genuine tempo with Peyton Place leads the way. EXPRESS COURIER (6) came from last and couldn't have been more impressive winning here 9 days ago on the wet surface. He's promising and the track conditions and extra trip suit. He must be pleasing and is a promising galloper who can go right on with it for the top local yard. SUPREME POLARITY (4) just missed resuming at Kembla Grange and didn't have the best of it. He has plenty up the sleeve and has a sharp second-up record. Draws well and no surprise to see him fighting it out. PEYTON PLACE (1) runs along and go on the lip defeat in the Kembla Grange Open two-back. Keeps Lever and will take running down. ROYAL THUNDER (10) is ex Lindsay Park and needed the run resuming for Matt Dale. He's up to this at best and it wouldn't surprise to see him make sharp improvement. BET: Backing #6 Express Courier to go on with it.


Race 9 (1200m) 1200m


Freaky Freckles has enough early speed to find the front at a moderate tempo. A wide open race and the market will be instructive. CAPTAIN SOLO (1) represents a strong Sydney yard and is up to this at best. He will be ready to fire third-up off the provincial runs and should go close drawn well and with the winkers applied first time. Won the only third-up run and like Jennings’ booking. ZELAGO (3) improved here second-up in stronger grade and expect the local yard to have him primed for this feature race day. Draws to advantage and is a player in a competitive contest. FREAKY FRECKLES (10) resumes and performs fresh. She races handy and will come back further improved. A bold run is likely. IL PROFESSIONALE (11) and DIP ME LID (5) both represent the top local yard and it won't surprise to see one or both feature in the finish. BET: #1 Captain Solo ticks the most boxes.