Canberra Preview & Best Bets – Friday February 24

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Canberra Tips 24/02/2023

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



Race 3:  No.3  REGION TIME  ($5 with Ladbrokes)

Locally-trained by Gratz Vella, REGION TIME is in good touch this time in and third-up today looks a genuine threat in the small field today. Last start, the three-year-old was second-up and fitter when she dead-heated for victory in a Class 1 Hcp, here over 1200m. Running 1:10 on a soft track that day, she covered her final 600m, 1.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. She also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the trip. Quayde Krogh steered her home that day and has control again here. Ideally drawn in gate four, she looks a genuine threat to this field today.



Race 6:  No.5  TROIKA  ($5.50 with Unibet)

The Mark Newnham-trained TROIKA sees the Canberra track for the first time today and fitter for two runs back, looks a genuine player in this contest. Last start, the Russian Revolution gelding was second-up and back on top of the ground, broke through for his Maiden win over 1000m at Goulburn. He clobbered his rivals in the end, putting almost three lengths on them over the line. He ran his last 600m, 1 length slower than benchmark, the best in this field. Danny Beasley has the reins for this contest as the three-year-old draws the outside gate today where he will need a touch of luck to find cover on settling. Third-up and in winning form however, he still looks right in the mix for victory here.



Race 8:  No.7  MANDERBOSS  ($7.50 with TAB)

The Barbara Joseph Team saddle-up MANDERBOSS here who is unbeaten in two starts here on his home track and looks every chance of back-to-back wins today. Last start, the Vadamos gelding came off an impressive effort (finishing fourth in a BM78 at Rosehill) when his consistency paid off, taking out the Bega Cup over the mile on the Sapphire Coast track. Quayde Krogh rode for luck that day as gaps came his way for him to weave a path through to victory that day as the $2.70 race-favourite. He lines up here looking for a second consecutive win over the mile trip with Krogh sticking with him. He carries a similar weight today (54kgs) and does no early work from gate six as he is expected to settle back in the field in his usual pattern. A smaller field to contend with here, he should be close enough on straightening to give this contest a real shake today.