Canberra Preview & Best Bets – Friday October 21

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Canberra Tips 21/10/2022

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



Race 2:  No.1  AMEGDUL  ($2.60 with Unibet)

Wangaratta-based AMEGDUL sees the Canberra track for the first time today but in great touch of late, looks well placed to bring up the hat-trick here. Last start, the well-bred Medaglia D’oro gelding came off a BM58 win on his home track when he repeated that effort at Echuca, taking out a BM0-64 Hcp over 1200m. He ran out his last 600m, 4.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the contest. He looks well up to this challenge today and from gate four, maps to settle in the first half-dozen with cover. A trouble-free run here should see him finishing strongly and rock-hard fit after three runs back, he will take beating today.



Race 6:  No.9  BATTLE ABBEY  ($15 with Ladbrokes)

Trained at Queanbeyan by Tom Wilson, BATTLE ABBEY is second-up here and looks in the mix in this company today. The well-bred Hallowed Crown colt is a newcomer to the scene with just three starts on the books. Last start, he was fresh off a 15-week spell when he finished third (of 11) in a Class 1 Hcp over 1000m on a Heavy 9 at Goulburn. He set a new personal best that day, running the trip out, 4.9 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in this field. He also ran the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the event. Robyn Freeman sticks with him today and with a touch of luck from his wide draw, he can figure here at odds.



Race 9:  No.5  MR MAGICAL  ($17 with Palmerbet)

Moruya galloper MR MAGICAL is first-up today and capable of showing some of that magic here on fresh legs. Last start, the Magic Albert gelding ended a short campaign (of three starts) finishing unplaced (for the third-straight time in city class company) in a BM72 Hcp over 1400m at Warwick Farm. He was then spelled for 18 weeks and makes his return here. He boasts two wins and a runner-up finish from five previous first-up runs and is also benefitted with Jean Van Overmeire being legged aboard for the first time. Ideally drawn in gate four and already a two-time winner over the trip, he looks great value here as he returns to the country scene and is well worth an each-way ticket today.