Canterbury Tips May 4

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Canterbury Tips Wednesday May 4

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Kembla Grange galloper WILD CHAP (best odds currently $4.40 with Palmerbet) won his only start at this track and looks set to make it two from two today. Last start, the Toronado gelding finished a close-up second in a BM68 Hcp on a Heavy 10 at his home track. Even in the conditions, he still posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals that day. He ran a personal best on this track last preparation when covered this distance, 5.2 lengths quicker than benchmark (on a wet track), the best in this field. A win and six minor placings on wet tracks to date suggests conditions today will be ideal for him. After the claim, he carries 4kgs less than last start and should give this contest a real shake today.

 

The Chris Waller-trained YYGDRASIL (best odds currently $5.50 with bet365) is in great touch this time in and warrants plenty of respect in this event. Last start, the Sacred Falls mare beat all but one to the line in a BM64 over 1850m at Newcastle. She ran the trip out, 2.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, a new personal best and the best in this line-up. She also posted the fastest final 800m and 600m sectionals for the race. She meets similar company here as she makes her track debut and with James McDonald in the saddle for the first time, the four-year-old lines-up as good value here.

 

Waller and McDonald team-up again here with DEMOCRACY MANIFEST (best odds currently $2.30 with Ladbrokes) who makes his track debut today. Last start, the Flying Artie gelding resumed from a six-month absence and after just the one trial, proved too strong in the run home, taking out a BM64 Hcp over 1200m on a Heavy 9 at Warwick Farm. He flew over the last 600m, running it out, 6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here by more than 3 lengths. He ran a new personal best that day, covering the 1200m, half a length quicker than standard. Despite such a long break, he still recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race as well. These stats put him in steed for this contest with conditions to suit and from a favourable draw (gate 3) he looks the one to beat.