Canberra Preview & Best Bets – Sunday March 12

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Canberra Tips 12/03/2023

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



Race 6:  No.2  DISTILLATE  ($2.90 with Ladbrokes)

The Matt Dale-trained DISTILLATE is back in the winner’s circle and third-up today looks the one to beat here. Last start, the Dissident mare came off an unplaced finish in a BM72 at Canterbury when first-up off a six-month absence and showed a ton of improvement when she won a 1000m Hcp against similar company on Randwick’s Kensington track. With Amy McLucas aboard, she covered her final 600m, 5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. She is a winner here over the distance and has missed a podium finish just once in four starts on the Canberra track. McLucas sticks with her today and drawn ideally in gate three, she will take some beating here.



Race 4:  No.5  BON FRANKIE  ($6.50 with Palmerbet)

The Aaron Clarke-trained BON FRANKIE is in great touch this time in and looks to play a part in this contest. Last start, the Bon Hoffa gelding came off a first-up win in the Braidwood Cup when he took home third prize in a Class 3 Hwy Hcp over 1400m at Rosehill. Beaten less than half a length that day, he covered the trip, half a length quicker than benchmark, a new personal best for him and the best last-start effort here by more than 5 lengths. Richard Bensley rode him to that Braidwood Cup win and is back for today’s assignment. Already a winner third-up and a winning rider on board, he looks right in the mix today.



Race 7:  No.9  SUPER HELPFUL  ($12 with Neds)

The Barbara Joseph Team saddle-up SUPER HELPFUL here who is second-up and ticks enough boxes to be considered a strong chance today. Last start, the Super One gelding was fresh off a 13-week spell when he proved too strong for them in the National Sprint Preview, here over 1200m. He drew wide (8 of 9) that day and settle back in the field but on straightening, regular rider, Quayde Krogh, drove him to the line, running the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals on the way to victory. Krogh has steered him to five of his seven career victories and is in pride of place today. He drops 3.5kgs for today’s Final and looks way overs (currently) at double figure odds. He is two from three at the track and fitter for that first-up win, he lines up here a worthy contender for the major prize today.