Canberra Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday January 11

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Canberra Tips 11/01/2023

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



Race 1:  No.2  YOU ARE KING  ($2.20 with bet365)

The Matt Dale-trained YOU ARE KING comes off a hat-trick of podium finishes today and looks every chance of back-to-back victories here. Last start, the So You Think gelding clobbered his rivals, leading all the way in a Class 1/Maiden, here over 1600m. With Jeff Penza aboard, he jumped straight to the lead and gave the field a galloping lesson, crossing the line four lengths ahead of them. He ran his last 600m, 4.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here by more than 8 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. In the small field today, he maps to cross and take up the front-running again and a repeat of his last effort today should see him saluting again.



Race 3:  No.6  KWIK AZ HELL  ($2.90 with Palmerbet)

Annabel Neasham saddles-up KWIK AZ HELL here who is third-up and looking good for back-to-back wins today. Last start, the Hellbent filly broke through for her Maiden win over 1200m at Nowra. With Kayla Nisbet aboard, she sat patiently behind the pace before tracking wide on the corner and once wound up, she finished best to claim first prize across the line in the 13-strong field. The step up to the 1400m looks ideal today with Nisbet retaining the ride. She maps to settle mid-field from gate seven and even fitter with two runs behind her now, she will take beating here.



Race 7:  No.7  UNEARTHED  ($19 with bet365)

Hawkesbury galloper, UNEARTHED, is second-up here and fitter for one run back, looks a sneaky chance of taking this out at big odds. Last start, the Written Tycoon mare was fresh off a 12-week spell when she finished mid-field in a BM64 Hcp over 1100m at Gosford. With James Innes Jnr on board that day, the mare settled last in the 10-strong field, eight lengths in arrears of the leader. Whilst never a winning chance, she did pass a few and made up plenty of ground in the run home. She ran her last 600m, 4.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field and covered the entire trip, 2.2 lengths slower than standard, a new personal best and still the best here. She will appreciate the step up to the 1300m today and does her best work when second-up, boasting a win and two runner-up finishes from five previous second-up appearances. There’s value to be had here and she looks well worth an each-way ticket today.