The field sizes couldn’t be anymore contrasting this Wednesday with Canterbury presenting small contests, but there isn’t an odds on favourite in sight.
Despite attracting small numbers, the racing at Canterbury is set to be an exciting day of action and punters can always bet on the bigger fields at Sandown.
We have our best tips and form for both meetings, which will hopefully fill our stockings before Christmas.
Canterbury free tips & form
Race 1. (13:55) Tabcorp Handicap (1900m)
#2 – Chain of Fools @ $2.40 – BET NOW
The three-year-old filly was far too good for her rivals last start when winning by 4.5 lengths at Warwick Farm.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the daughter of More than Ready has now put together consecutive wins by a combined margin of 6.8 lengths and that’s some serious form to recommend.
Her form prior came behind the likes of Lipizzan, Popular and Tiki Bar – which have subsequently all gone on to win another race.
She’ll head forward from barrier four and with the claim from Rachel King, she should be tough to hold out.
Race 2. (14:30) Pluck @ Vinery Maiden (1100m)
#5 – Deft @ $3.30 – BET NOW
The James Cummings stable continues to kick goals this season with its juveniles and Deft looks like a nice touch this Wednesday.
Winning trial form has been key for the stable this season and this filly by Exceed and Excel scored a trial win at Rosehill over 900m.
Punters are still getting nice odds around the runner, but we’re predicting those odds to shorten between now and then.
Race 3. (15:05) Maiden Handicap (1250m)
#2 – Aqua D’ivina @ $3.30 – BET NOW
Matthew Smith lines up Aqua D’ivina which has finished second in both career starts to date.
The Pierro filly finished second at Warwick Farm on debut as a $21 chance before placing again at Canterbury as a $3.30 elect.
She didn’t have everything go her way on that occasion after being posted wide throughout and she hasn’t drawn well again here, but there’s plenty of speed and she couldn’t take advantage.
Expect jockey Jay Ford to let the filly find her feet before presenting down the straight.
Race 5. (16:15) Tab Handicap (1550m)
#5 – Lope de Lope @ $12 – BET NOW
Lope de Lope represents value and punters were able to identify that early in the market.
The Ron Quinton-trained four-year-old was a winner over race-rival Jaunty in June before running into some handy fields.
Her last two runs came over less than ideal distances and although her only career win came on a heavy track the conditions won’t worry her here.
There is no stand out runner in this field and with some weight relief to help, she’s a legitmate each way chance.
Race 7. (17:25) Book Summer Hospitality Handicap (1900m)
#2 – The Gavel @ $9.50 – BET NOW
The Gavel has drifted in the market since opening at $8, but it’s another strong value runner at nice odds.
Another Ron Quinton-trained runner, the son of Al Maher finally steps up over more ground having raced at 1500m at his last two starts.
He was good enough to run second behind Collateral over 2000m at Rosehill in July and although he hasn’t been in great form this season, he’s worth another chance.
Sandown free tips & form
Race 1. (14:05) Maiden Plate (1400m)
#7 – Amschel @ $4 – BET NOW
The Hayes/Dabernig-trained colt didn’t get much chance at running down the leader at Bendigo last start and punters should be encouraged by that performance.
Yet to win from four starts, the son of Testa Rossa has looked good in placing twice and considering he fell on debut at Geelong, he likely needed time to recover.
The extra distance looks ideal and even though he’s drifting in the betting, we like his winning chances.
Race 2. (14:40) Chandler MacLeod Plate (1300m)
#1 – Another Flag @ $4.40 – BET NOW
Robert Smerdon lines up Another Flag which is due a win after a couple of close finishes.
The three-year-old by Wanted finished second at Pakenham in November behind Kari Farasi, which has subsequently scored a quality Saturday win at Caulfield.
He then ran second again behind Shokara last start and this field won’t be any harder.
The odds are appealing and we think he will be the best-backed runner in this field come Wednesday.
Race 3. (15:15) Dream Thoroughbreds Handicap (1300m)
#5 – Buck Bay @ $3.80 – BET NOW
A winner on debut, Buck Bay looms as a good chance to remain unbeaten for trainer Darren Weir.
The three-year-old colt scored impressively by 2.25 lengths at Hamilton in November before been given a short rest for this run.
There was plenty of tote support on that day at $2.25 and punters are getting better value this time around. The field might be harder, but he looks like a type which could kick on with it.
Race 4. (15:50) Clanbrooke Racing Handicap (1000m)
#9 – Holy Seal @ $2.30 – BET NOW
Holy Seal makes its return after finishing third at Sandown in June.
The Weir-trained three-year-old filly has won two of her five starts with another three placings and punters have enjoyed backing her to date.
She scored consecutive wins last preparation and she ran quick times in the process. Scorching the turf in 57.94 seconds over 1000m, her win in May at Ballarat was a sign of things to come.
Punters shouldn’t be worried about her being fresh up. She has stacks of early speed and will prove tough to catch.
Race 5. (16:25) United Petroleum Handicap (1800m)
#5 – Whistler Bowl @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Whistler Bowl couldn’t have been more impressive last start when winning at Sandown.
The Smerdon-trained four-year-old won by 2.75 lengths over Peppino and he signaled himself as a potential top-line stayer in the making.
The rise to 1800m was ideal and he never looked under pressure at any stage. This suits again and bookmakers are still offering a great price.