Canterbury Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday October 5

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Canterbury Tips 05/10/2022

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



Race 6:  No.4  LITTLE MIX  ($6.50 with Palmerbet)

The Annabel Neasham-trained LITTLE MIX is third-up here and looks well placed in this field to challenge for the top prize today. Last start, the Mahisara mare showed improvement when second-up as she crossed the line in third place, here over 1550m in a BM78 Hcp. She ran her last 600m, 3.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best behind Essential Sky (who is drawn wide and makes her track debut today). That was her first run for the Neasham stable (having transferred from the Michael Nolan camp at Toowoomba. She drops in grade here and does no early work from gate three. Already a winner when third-up, the four-year-old boasts eight podium finishes from her nine career-starts (including three major prizes) and fitter for two runs back, she can give this a real shake today.



Race 5:  No.6  PRETTY AMAZING  ($4.40 with bet365)

The Chris Waller-trained PRETTY AMAZING is second-up today and despite the porthole next to her name, all other boxes are ticked for this contest. Last start, the well-bred American Pharoah mare resumed off an 18-week spell and just like her first preparation, failed to show up on fresh legs, finishing out of the top-ten in a BM72 at Warwick Farm. In the 15-strong field, she still managed to run her last 600m, 4.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. James McDonald returns for today’s assignment, having steered her to victory once previously. She is a winner when second up and her only visit to the Canterbury track turned out victorious over this trip as well. Unbeaten at the distance, the bagmen are taking no chances with her and improvement can be expected today.



Race 4:  No.1  SESSIONS ROAD  ($7.50 with Palmerbet)

The Team Hawkes-trained SESSIONS ROAD is four starts into this preparation and down in grade today, looks a genuine chance at odds. Last start, the All Too Hard gelding ended a Melbourne campaign by finishing third in a BM84 Hcp over 1200m at Moonee Valley. Unwanted in the market ($41), he settled mid-field in the 12-strong event and finished off well to grab that third spot on the podium. He has been mixing his form and maybe a return to the Sydney scene will see more consistency in his efforts. Zac Lloyd claims 3kgs here which brings him back in contention with this field. Already a track and distance winner, he looks right in the mix today.