RACING returns to the nation’s capital this Friday.
Canberra hosts an eight race card to end the working week and the team of experts at HBHQ have gone through
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Race 1 – Benchmark 63 (1600m)
Immune only just missed out last time out and should be ready to win following that. The horse gets a 2kg relief following that run which should prove all the difference here.
Race 1 tip: Immune to win at William Hill
Race 2 – Benchmark 69 (1400m)
El Venetian will fly out from gate one and take some catching. In a smaller field the horse should be able to lead and we think it can win from the front.
Race 2 tip: El Venetian to win at Sportsbet
Race 3 – Class 1 Handicap (1000m)
Exaggerate will be competing for the early lead here but if it gets a nice,cushy run it is the horse to beat. The horse only just lost at Class 2 level last time out, so this race appears to be well within its capabilities.
Race 3 tip: Exaggerate to win at Ladbrokes
Race 3 – Maiden Handicap (1600m)
Midnight Jumper presents well in this maiden event. As a triple figure outsider at Corowa last time out the horse lost by half a length to a handy animal in the form of Plenary, which we think will be a great lead into this race.
Race 3 tip: Midnight Jumper to win at Ladbrokes
Race 5 – Maiden (1000m)
Kopi Luwak debuted well, finishing second at Canterbury way back in 2015, and the horse has not raced since. It has been a long-time coming to get back onto the track but we liked what we saw back then, and we are favouring the runner now.
Race 5 tip: Kopi Luwak to win at Sportsbet
Race 6 – Benchmark 67 (1000m)
Flash In The Dark won well at Canberra last-start at benchmark 60 level and we think it can make it two in a row. The horse has an amazing record in the ACT, winning four of six races and it has recorded four wins from seven attempts at the distance.
Race 6 tip: Flash In The Dark to win at Crownbet
Race 7 – Benchmark 56 (1300m)
Torhonour is improving with every run and looks ready to win. The last-start second at benchmark 70 level was impressive so the drop in class will prove all the difference here.
Race 7 tip: Torhonour to win at Neds
Race 8 – Maiden Handicap (1300m)
In an ordinary field first starter Wyendra can win on debut. The horse trailled well at Goulburn on December 14, and in a weak field we think it can surprise at odds.
Race 8 tip: Wyendra to win at Neds