Canterbury Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday August 17

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Canterbury Tips 17/08/2022

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



Race 4 :  No. 1  LEO  ($1.85 with TAB)

The Ron Quinton-trained LEO is second-up here and did enough when resuming to suggest he came improve enough to take this out. Last start, the I Am Invincible gelding was first-up off a lengthy 31-week break when he did well to beat all but one to the line in a strong BM78 Hcp over 1000m at Randwick. He ran that trip out, 7.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field by more than 9 lengths. Drawn the fence today, he has James MacDonald in the saddle and already a three-time winner on wet tracks, conditions look ideal for him here. He looks the best of the day.



Race 6 :  No.5  PETULANT  ($4.60 with Unibet)

The Team Hawkes-trained PETULANT is yet to miss a podium finish in seven career starts and looks well placed here to keep that trend going today. Last start, the Starspangledbanner mare made it four-straight minor placings when she finished third in a BM72 Hcp over 1100m at Rosehill. Jumping from the outside gate that day (13), she was trapped wide for most of the trip and did well to snag a minor placing. She ran a personal best, covering the trip, 4.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. William Pike has steered her four times in the past and is back today looking for that first win with the four-year-old. Much better drawn here in gate five, she maps to settle just behind the pace and with damp conditions to suit, she should be there at the finish.



Race 3 :  No. 7  SPROUT WINGS  ($5 with Palmerbet)

Warwick Farm galloper SPROUT WINGS has won two of his past three and looks well placed here to notch-up another one today. Last start, the Choisir mare did well to finish fourth in a strong BM78 Hcp over 1800m at Rosehill. Beaten just over two lengths on the line, she ran a personal best that day, running it out, 3.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best only to Star Sparks (who makes his track debut here while carting topweight of 61.5kgs). William Pike is on board today and from gate two, the mare does no early work. Already a two-time winner at the track and all three career wins coming on wet tracks, the scene looks set for another victory today.