We have expert betting tips for the card this Wednesday at Canterbury that features seven quality betting races.
Midweek racing returns to Canterbury and we have our best value bets available.
Canterbury horse racing tips & form
Race 1. (12:50) Alabama Express @ Yulong Maiden (1550m)
#1 – Apollate – Bet Now
Apollate is on debut for Chris Waller after a pleasing trial effort at Rosehill. The three-year-old colt finished third behind Muruntau and he should derive good benefit from the outing.
It was a much better effort than what he had shown at his two previous showings, where he beat only two runners home.
Betting will be a good indication of his ability and although James McDonald rides the stablemate, value should be with Apollate.
Race 2. (13:25) Tab BM72 (1900m)
#6 – Tochi – Bet Now
The five-year-old mare needed three runs back from a spell and she showed good improvement when second at Canterbury last start.
She set the pace and was only run down by Celtic Love in the dying stages of the race. It was a good effort and one she should build on.
She is unbeaten in three runs over this distance and a two-time winner at Canterbury, so we are confident of her chances.
Race 3. (14:00) Bowermans Comm Furniture Maiden (1100m)
#5 – Magic Ruler – Bet Now
Magic Ruler is nearing a win after two starts for two second placings. Trained by Matthew Dunn, the well-bred colt should be tough to beat in this race.
The son of Snitzel ran two lengths behind the winner on debut at Hawkesbury before pushing Yardstick close at Canterbury last time out.
That run came against a similar field to what he faces here and if he gets a good run from barrier nine, expect another top effort.
Race 4. (14:35) Sky Racing Active BM72 (1550m)
#4 – Saigon – Bet Now
Saigon could make it three consecutive wins after posting victories at Newcastle and Kembla Grange.
The Chris Waller-trained mare won by 1.3 lengths two back and she flashed from the back of the field to win last month.
She has had three starts at Canterbury for only one placing, but she has matured nicely this year and she is the form runner of this field.
Look for bookmakers to offer each-way odds.
Race 5. (15:10) Exceedance @ Vinery BM72 (1100m)
#2 – Zakat – Bet Now
Zakat brings the consistency and a serious winning threat to this race. The James Cummings-trained gelding owns two wins and six placings from 10 starts, and he won a trial to prepare.
The son of Lonhro hasn’t missed a placing for nearing a year and his most recent placings have come against strong opposition.
Drawing barrier two should see him right in contention and having James McDonald in the saddle also helps.
Look for a betting push on race day with this runner.
Race 6. (15:45) Too Darn Hot @ Darley BM72 (1250m)
#9 – Empress Bea – Bet Now
Ron Quinton lines up the four-year-old mare that has two wins from four starts. Her most recent win came on July 16 when scoring by 1.3 lengths at Gosford.
The daughter of Deep Field faces a stronger field for this contest but she is unbeaten at the distance and there are things in her favour.
She gets the inside draw with only 55.5kg to carry. Therefore, she is a leading contender to take out the penultimate.
Race 7. (16:20) Schweppes BM72 (1550m)
#5 – Dio D’oro – Bet Now
Dio D’oro is running out of chances but the Gary Portelli-trained gelding is dropping significantly in grade.
The five-year-old ran in benchmark 88 grade last start, so dropping to BM72 is a massive drop. That could be enough to see his form improve and the heavy track helps.
He owns three wins and four placings on a heavy surface and if he can’t win this race, he will never win another one again.