Canberra Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday March 29
Canberra Tips 29/03/2023
Our form expert provides Canberra tips for today’s horse racing at Canberra Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 7: No.1 I CALL JUNEE HOME ($7.50 with Palmerbet)
Local galloper I CALL JUNEE HOME is second-up today and ticks enough boxes here to warrant plenty of respect in this contest. Last start, the Delago Deluxe mare was fresh off a lengthy nine-month break as she changed stables and did well to finish just behind the placegetters in an Open Sprint, here over the 1000m trip. She drops sharply in grade here and all four career wins have come on wet tracks. Already a two-time winner when second-up, she gets a 3kg discount here and gets the gun-run from gate one (after scratchings). Boasting a track and distance win here as well, she will prove to be very competitive today.
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Race 5: No.9 BATTLE ABBEY ($6 with Ladbrokes)
Queanbeyan galloper BATTLE ABBEY is third-up today and in the wet conditions, looks a serious contender in this contest. Last start, the Hallowed Crown colt did too much early work when drawn wide and weakened out of it, finishing unplaced in a Class 1 Hcp over 1200m at Goulburn. He ran his last 600m, 4.5 lengths slower than benchmark which is the best last-start effort here. Robyn Freeman sticks with the colt after five previous rides have resulted in four minor placings. Much better drawn today in gate four (after scratchings), he is already a winner in heavy going and looks the part here.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 6: No.9 PINKY ($7.50 with Ladbrokes)
The Annabel Neasham-trained PINKY has found the podium three times from her five starts this preparation and looks a even chance in this contest today. Last start, the Pariah filly came across one better when she took home second prize in a BM58 Hcp over the mile at Goulburn. While she carried the bridesmaid tag that day, she still posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. After the claim here, she carries 2.5kgs less than last start with Jet Stanley being legged aboard for the first time. Her last run on a wet track saw her beaten two lengths on a Heavy 8 at Canterbury in a BM64 but she had excuses that day. Ideally drawn in gate two here, with a trouble-free run, she can figure in the finish today.