Just the seven metropolitan races will be run and won at Canterbury Park on Wednesday afternoon, and HorseBetting’s form analyst presents his best bets and quaddie numbers for the meeting. The track is rated a Heavy 9 at the time of writing, while the rail will be in the true position. Race 1 is scheduled to jump at 12:50pm AEST.
Canterbury Best Bet: Construct
We were with Construct in his first-up run this prep, and while the well-tried favourite was a bit disappointing on face value, the way he finished off into third to be beaten only 2.3 lengths over 1100m suggested he is in for a good prep. The Snowdens are very good trainers of two-year-olds, so it is no surprise to see this son of I Am Invincible up to 1250m in another winnable midweek race. The colt is yet to race on a Heavy track, but he placed on a Soft 5 in his most recent start and has won two trials on a Soft 6, so we expect him to handle the conditions. Drawn in barrier six for Regan Bayliss, he will be ridden with cover and allowed to stretch out over the concluding stages late.
Team Hawkes and Brock Ryan will combine in the fourth with three-year-old colt Scenic Warrior. The son of Proisir was a good winner of his maiden in June last year on a Heavy 8 and then had four months before his next start when seventh in a competitive Class 1 at Kembla Grange in October. He hasn’t started since, but the 1250m on a Heavy 9 will be to his liking, and with a 2kg claimer booked to ride, he should get all of the favours from barrier three. Keep an eye on any betting moves with this colt, as he may just need the run first-up off no trials, but we do believe he is a great chance in this regardless.
One of our favourite mares is Bjorn Baker’s Miss Einstein. The five-year-old was brilliant first-up when second to Expat, before getting too far back at Rosehill on July 3rd when sixth behind Expat again. She has won three from 17, with her best of those being a dominant Heavy track victory at Warwick Farm in 2019, so if she can recapture that form in these conditions, she will be a big chance of winning once again. Drawn in barrier nine, premiership-leading hoop James McDonald will have her midfield or worse with cover and be cutting into the margin late. She can win this on class alone.