Canberra Preview & Best Bets – Friday September 2

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Canberra Tips 02/09/2022

Our form expert provides Canberra tips for today’s horse racing at Canberra Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 6:  No.6  BURGUNDY GIRL  ($2.50 with Unibet)

Local trainer Keith Dryden saddles-up BURGUNDY GIRL here who is having her seventh attempt of shaking the maiden monkey and now four starts into this campaign, she looks ready to pounce. Last start, the Cable Bay mare put in her best performance to date when she beat all but one home, here on a Heavy 10 over 1300m. Beaten a neck on the line, she ran her last 600m, 3.6 lengths slower than benchmark, the best in this field and posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Jeff Penza sticks with her today and from gate five, does no early work and maps to settle near mid-field with cover. If she finds daylight on the turn, she will be fit enough now to run down the leaders and bring up her first career win today.



Race 7:  No.4  FLYING MIA  ($6.50 with bet365)

The Barbara Joseph stable is represented by FLYING MIA here and with a favourable draw today, looks a big chance for victory in this contest. Last start, the Flying Artie mare beat all but one to the line in a Class 1 Hcp over 1400m at Nowra. Ridden a treat by Jean Van Overmeire that day, she chased the leader home but came up short, beaten just over a length on the line. Quayde Krogh has the job today and ideally drawn in gate two, she maps to be sitting just off the pace with cover. Now five starts into this preparation, she should be at her peak today and already a track and distance winner, looks right in the mix here at odds.



Race 4:  No.7  CARTOGRAPHY  ($7.50 with Palmerbet)

Moruya-based galloper CARTOGRAPHY has struck form at the right time and looks a good chance of back-to-back victories today. Last start, the Press Statement gelding returned to his usual role of playmaker and led from barrier to box in a BM58 Hcp over 1200m at Nowra. Ridden 1kg over that day (at 57kgs), he stole a break on straightening and held on gamely to win. He covered the trip, 6.6 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best here. Billy Owen sticks with him here and even fitter for three starts back, he looks a genuine chance again at odds today.