Canberra tips, selections & form for Friday, January 5

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

Looking for a new bookmaker ahead of Canberra? Click on the banner below to take advantage of Neds sign up bonus. Australia’s newest bookmaker will match your first deposit up to the value of $500.

Neds bonus bet deal

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

Sportsbet sign up bonus

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