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Race-by-race preview and tips for Canterbury on Friday

Kawaikini looks the danger to Intrinsic in race 5.

Kawaikini looks the danger to Intrinsic in race 5.Credit:AAP

Race 2: 2YO MAIDEN HCP (1200m)

Big field of 2YOs to tackle the 1200m with most of the field on debut. Have settled on one we will see at the track for the first time in the form of the Maher-Eustace trained 7. Prague. The son of Redoute’s Choice looks ready to go off two solid trials including the latest over 1050m where he showed nice speed from the gates and a nice turn of foot late under minimal riding. Draws to do no work from barrier 2.

Dangers: Hinchinbrook colt 1. Mission Way appeals at each way odds. Looks set to peak here third up from a spell and will take up the running from barrier 8 and given every chance. Waterhouse-Bott trained 6. Major Artie could be a big improver off the debut performance at Randwick over 1100m where the colt showed nice speed to sit on the pace and condition told late. Should take plenty of improvement from that effort and gets the services of Tim Clark.

How to play it: 7. Prague to WIN. Odds & Evens: Split

Race 3: 3YO+ F&M BM70 HCP (1550m)

Keen on the John Bateman trained 2. Nicconita with apprentice Brock Ryan taking 3kg off the mare’s back. Nice win two back over 1600m before going back to 1400m last start at Canberra and hitting the line very strongly late. Will appreciate getting out to 1550m and can settle closer to the speed from barrier 2.

Dangers: It’s been a long preparation for 3. Ondo Pasa but the mare continues to race well. Will handle the rain-affected track and gets 3kg weight relief with regular rider Mikayla Weir on board. If able to find a position one off the rail from the tricky draw she will run another good race at each way odds.

How to play it: 2. Nicconita EACH WAY. Odds & Evens: Split

Race 4: 3YO F MAIDEN HCP (1100m)

Very keen on the Matthew Smith trained 1. Deep Crystal with Jason Collett retaining the ride off the debut performance. Could argue should have won last start over the 1100m at Canterbury, where the filly couldn’t get clear air until late in the race and savaged the line. Staying at 1100m is ideal and from barrier 5 draws to get a gun run just behind the speed and will take a heap of improvement between runs.

Dangers: Chris Waller trained 8. Sweeping Statement was unwanted by punters late in betting when resuming over 1250m at Canterbury but was only run down in the shadow of the post by the talented Napster. Will take plenty of improvement from that performance. Finds the front without having to work from barrier 4 and McEvoy retains the ride.

How to play it: 1. Deep Crystal to WIN. Odds & Evens: Split

Race 5: 3YO+ BM72 HCP (1100m)

Kris Lees trained 3. Intrinsic will appreciate the sting out of the ground. Has recorded two wins on soft/heavy tracks over her career, she has run well fresh and, with the booking of James McDonald, the stable are confident she run well here. Will get back from the wide draw but suited by the small field and fast early pace.

Dangers: Tommy Berry retains the ride on 4. Kawaikini

for Jason Coyle. Will appreciate the step back in grade after finishing just 1.7 lengths off Aquitaine in Saturday grade. Draws to get a nice run just off the speed and runs well at Canterbury, running in the first three six times from nine starts at the track.

How to play it: 3. Intrinsic to WIN. Odds & Evens: Split

Race 6: 4YO+ BM70 HCP (1900m)

The toughest race on the program. Big field of runners with many having the required form to take it out. Have settled on the in-form Clare Cunningham trained 8. Magic Over The Bay. Been very consistent in his last three starts including a dominant last start win over 2110m at Warwick Farm, running right through the line. Will get back from the wide draw but with plenty of pace on early it will give the gelding every chance to be in the finish. Will also appreciate the rain affected track having recorded four wins on soft-heavy conditions.

Dangers: James McDonald takes the ride on 13. Austria for the Waller stable. The mare looks set to peak here third up stepping to the 1900m, draws to do no work in the run from barrier 4 and will be saved for one sprint at them late.

How to play it: 8. Magic Over The Bay EACH WAY. Odds & Evens: Split

Race 7: 5YO+ BM72 HCP (1550m)

The Nick Olive trained 8. Supreme Polarity will be hard to run down here staying at the 1550m, has been consistent all preparation including last start at the track where he was only run down very late, he should roll to the front and get it his own way in a race that lack early speed and with apprentice Billy Owen taking the ride it gives the gelding 3kg of weight relief.

Dangers: Victorian visitor 5. Electric Charlie will run a race at each way odds, drops back from Saturday grade where the gelding finished 2.4 lengths off the winner at Flemington after getting back and hitting the line well, gets Brenton Avdulla on board and from barrier 6 can settle right behind the speed.

How to play it: 8. Supreme Polarity to WIN. Odds & Evens: Split

Race 8: 3YO+ BM70 HCP (1250m)

Impressed with the way the O’Shea trained 3YO 12. Quantico returned to the races last start and looks the one in the race with plenty of upside to go onto better races this preparation. Sat just off the speed over 1100m last start at Canterbury and showed a nice turn of foot late to put them away, the extra distance will suit and gets a beautiful run right behind the pace from barrier 4 with James McDonald to ride.

Dangers: Brenton Avdulla retained the ride on last start winner 11. Napster, got back and ran on strongly over the course and distance last start and a repeat of that performance will be enough to be in the finish. Port Macquarie trained 7. Lord Heron could run a race resuming at double figure odds, if able to cross without having to work too hard he will give a good sight.

How to play it: 12. Quantico to WIN. Odds & Evens: Split.

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