Canterbury always turns on the quality racing for a Friday night and there’s eight great punting races on this week.
Some up-and-coming thoroughbreds have been nominated for the night card in Sydney and punters also get a great betting card in Melbourne and Cranbourne.
It’s shaping up to be a great start to the weekend.
Canterbury free tips & form
Race 1. (18:15) Australian Turf Club Maiden (1200m)
#7 – Misteed @ $3.30 – BET NOW
We were supremely confident about Misteed’s chances of winning on debut at Canterbury and although she finished second, there was a lot to like about the performance.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly had no luck in the straight and she couldn’t get clear running room till very late in the piece.
She found the gap late and sprinted well to the line, which should make her tough to beat here with a good trip in transit.
Hugh Bowman takes over from Tye Angland which is ideal and she will get every chance from barrier three.
Race 3. (19:15) Theraces BM71 (1900m)
#6 – Dark Dream @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Dark Dream has had three starts for two second placings and a win, which came on debut at Moruya.
This is a much harder task than what he faced on that occasion, but his last two placings have come against quality opposition which should stack up perfectly for this.
The All American three-year-old finished second behind the in-form Prometheus at Kembla Grange before running only a neck behind Savacool last start.
That’s strong form and getting the inside draw with a light weight of 54.5kg is going to make him tough to beat.
Race 4. (19:45) Tab R73 (1250m)
#3 – Al Mah Haha @ $2.40 – BET NOW
Chris Waller lines up last start winner Al Mah Haha, which looks to have enough ability to improve through the grades.
The three-year-old colt by Al Maher was a 1.3-length winner on this track and there’s no reason why that form won’t be ideal for this again.
He drops in weight from 57kg to 56kg and although there’s some proven winners in this field, he looks to have more ability at face value.
Race 5. (20:15) Win Cash at Canterbury BM75 (1100m)
#3 – All Charisma @ $3.90 – BET NOW
Punters are getting a touch frustrated with the gelding after five runs without a win since scoring in April last year, but he looks a good chance here.
The Gerald Ryan-trained four-year-old has won one of his 10 starts to date, but has placed on seven occasions.
That consistency is often rewarded with a win and he won’t get a better chance to notch his second career win this Friday night.
This isn’t a strong field and he’s drawn to get every possible chance.
Race 6. (20:45) Tab Rewards BM70 (1100m)
#4 – Soothing @ $2.80 – BET NOW
Punters had to be impressed with the win from Soothing last time out.
The James Cummings-trained filly scored by 3.5 lengths at Wyong in a dominant display and there’s a stack of money coming for her again.
She finished fourth behind the talented Smartedge prior to that win and despite drawing wide in barrier 10 for this, she will likely settle back in the field and come with a big run down the outside.
There’s plenty of speed up front with Geneteau and that’s going to help her chances.
Cranbourne free tips & form
Race 1. (18:30) Multiplier Maiden Plate (1600m)
#1 – Bella Mia – BET NOW
This isn’t a strong maiden field to open the card and Bella Mia should be able to take advantage of that.
The Colin Little-trained mare has been close at her last two starts and she finished only a length behind the winner when stepping up over ground at Mornington last start.
Having had two runs this campaign will help her chances and stepping up to the mile looks ideal at this stage of her preparation.
Race 3. (19:30) R & C Asphalt Maiden (1400m)
#3 – Hardly Surprising – BET NOW
Punters will be hoping that Hardly Surprising can go one better than her two attempts so far.
The Aaron Purcell-trained three-year-old filly finished second on debut at Moe before again running second at Warrnambool earlier this month.
She has started as the odds-on favourite in both starts and she’ll likely be at short odds again, but she does look like a nice type in the making and drawing barrier two makes it easier.
Race 5. (20:30) Gavelhouse BM70 (1000m)
#3 – Rockets Red Glare – BET NOW
We have been following Belwazi throughout this campaign and with good success, but her eighth last start was too bad for forgive.
We’ve opted to go with Rockets Red Glare here and the five-year-old gelding should be at value odds against an even field.
The John McArdle-trained runner was a winner at Mornington two starts back before running solidly for fourth at Moonee Valley last start.
That came over 955m which is a touch short of his best and he’s a four-time winner over the 1000m.
Race 6. (21:00) NZB Karaka 2018 BM64 (2060m)
#5 – Raymax – BET NOW
The Richard Laming stable has been in good form this season and it could continue with Raymax here.
The lightly-tried four-year-old produced a win at Mornington to kick start this campaign and although he finished sixth last start, that came when racing up in grade.
A son of Rothesay, Raymax finished 4.7 lengths Cavalero in a rating 70 field and dropping back in grade for this looks ideal.
He didn’t get much luck, but he has drawn the inside barrier for this and he could dictate the pace of the race.