Canterbury Preview & Best Bets – Friday February 24

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Canterbury Tips 24/02/2023

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



Race 3:  No.1  WATEGOS  ($2.35 with Palmerbet)

Bjorn Baker saddles-up WATEGOS here who drops in grade and looks set for back-to-back wins today. Last start, the Capitalist gelding bounced back from a run of outs and clobbered his rivals in a BM72 Hcp over 1550m on Randwick’s Kensington track. Crossing the line 2.5 lengths ahead of the rest, he ran the trip out, 4 lengths quicker than benchmark, a new personal best and the best last-start effort here by more than 2 lengths. Dylan Gibbons has the ride today where his 2kg claim will be put to good use. The four-year-old sees the Canterbury track for the first time today and steps-up for his first try at the 1900m as well. Well into this preparation now, he is at his peak and looks the testing material today.



Race 4:  No.2  JOURNALISM  ($4.20 with Palmerbet)

The Waterhouse & Bott partnership scratched JOURNALISM from Wednesday’s Warwick Farm meeting to run here today and in the conditions he looks well placed for another first class effort. Last start, the I Am Invincible gelding made it three-straight podium finishes this preparation when he took home third prize in a BM72 Hcp over 1550m on the Kensington track at Randwick. He ran a personal best that day, covering the trip, 2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. Brett Prebble was aboard that day and sticks with the Tulloch Lodge galloper again. Ideally drawn in gate two here, Prebble will most likely look to be box-seating on settling with first crack at the leaders on straightening. Runner-up here two starts back over this trip, he looks a genuine winning chance today.



Race 2:  No.6  STREET GOSSIP  ($9.50 with Neds)

The Mark Newnham-trained STREET GOSSIP resumes today and looks in the mix here on fresh legs. Last start, the So You Think filly came off her maiden win at Warwick Farm when she took on the big guns in the Listed Amanda Elliot at Flemington. She was lost at sea that day and getting caught up in all the hype was outclassed, finishing down the track that day. She’s had 15 weeks to recoup and two recent trials have prepared her for today’s contest which is a big step down for her last assignment. Tom Sherry steered her to that Maiden win and returns here for the ride today. She draws the outside gate here but it has little bearing in the small (seven-horse) field. Her maiden win came on a heavy track so conditions here look ideal. She will take beating in this contest.