Canterbury Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday September 7

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Canterbury Tips 07/09/2022

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



Race 7:  No.2  DEPTH THAT VARIES  ($5.50 with Palmerbet)

We finish the day with an open-betting affair as the market has this event at $4 plus, the field and the Wyong-based galloper DEPTH THAT VARIES looks a serious contender for the main prize today. Last start, the Unencumbered gelding was resuming off an eight-month absence when he defied the odds and come away with an impressive win in a BM7- Hcp over 1000m on Randwick’s Kensington track. He ran the trip out, 2.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best only to Duchess (who also has claims here). The six-year-old also ran the fastest final 800m sectional for that race. Kerrin McEvoy was aboard that day and sticks with him here. He draws the outside gate today but drew a similar gate last-start and still won. He boasts an impressive second-up record and in a field with several chances, he stands out as one of them here.



Race 4:  No.5  STRELITZIA  ($8.50 with bet365)

The Mark Mason-trained STRELITZIA has been high-flying in the country of late and coming to town for the first time today, looks a strong chance of saluting. Last start, the Albrecht mare was fresh off a nine-week break when she proved too good for them in a BM66 Hcp over the mile at Tamworth. She ran a new personal best that day, covering the journey, 1.1 lengths slower than benchmark, the best effort here. She also recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. She has drawn nicely in gate four today and has the experienced James McDonald on board for this assignment. Unbeaten when second-up, she looks right in the mix here.



Race 5:  No.9  ZOFFANY’S GAZE  ($10 with Unibet)

Another from the Mark Mason stable is ZOFFANY’S GAZE who comes in here on the limit and in the conditions today looks a real threat at odds. Last start, the Zoffany gelding resumed off a lengthy five-month absence when he accounted for a Class 2 Hcp over 1000m at Tamworth. He ran a new personal best that day, covering the trip, 2.9 lengths slower than benchmark, second-best here (by a whisker) behind Kelvedon Road. James McDonald has the reins today with the stable deciding to fit the winkers on the six-year-old for the first time. He maps to settle back in the field today and should have no trouble handling the Heavy 8 today, boasting two wins and a runner-up finish from three starts on wet tracks. Placed when second-up previously, he looks superb value (currently) at double-figures and is well worth an each-way ticket here.