Night racing returns to Canterbury after the festive break and there are some talented thoroughbreds on the card.
Punters have eight races to bet on this Friday night at Canterbury, but there’s also a great card at Cranbourne.
Welcome in the new season of night racing with some value tips this Friday.
Canterbury free tips & form
Race 1. (18:15) Book Summer Hospitality R73 (1250m)
#3 – Wooshka @ $2.20 – BET NOW
Peter and Paul Snowden often strike early in the card and they line up talented three-year-old Wooshka.
The well-named filly by Written Tycoon was too good for them in maiden grades last time out and that came after a lengthy trials campaign.
The fitness is well and truly under the belt and she should be able to dictate the pace in a field of four from the inside draw.
Race 2. (16:45) Tab Maiden Plate (1100m)
#13 – Al Mah Haha @ $2.80 – BET NOW
The money has been on this colt his last two starts and although he has been beaten, he hasn’t lost the respect from punters.
Trained by Chris Waller, the son of Al Maher finished fifth behind the talented Smartedge last start and he has since trialed well at Rosehill in preparation for this.
His second placing behind Piracy has been franked nicely against some tough opposition and it’s only a matter of time before this three-year-old breaks through.
Getting the inside draw is another bonus.
Race 3. (17:15) Cash at Canterbury Maiden (1100m)
#7 – Misteed @ $3 – BET NOW
Team Snowden look to have another handy type on their hands with debutante Misteed.
The filly by Exceed and Excel scored a narrow trial win at Randwick last month before repeating the effort to score by 1.3 lengths at Rosehill.
We’ve been keeping an eye on the market movement and the move from $3.20 to $3 is significant enough to suggest that there’s some stable support.
There’s plenty of unknowns about this field, but she looks like a classy type.
Race 5. (18:15) Australian Turf Club Sprint (1100m)
#8 – Nine’s Enough @ $3 – BET NOW
Gabrielle Englebrecht lines up Nine’s Enough, which scored impressively on debut before running second behind a nice type last start.
The mare by Tickets won by 2.3 lengths at Newcastle before running 3.3 lengths behind Sasso Corbaro last start and form from that race should stack up nicely.
There are some smart types in this field, but she gets in beautifully on the weights at 54.5kg and it’s good to see Brenton Avdulla take over the riding from Kathy O’Hara.
Race 6. (18:45) Tab Sprint (1100m)
#3 – Difficult to Get @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Four-year-old mare Difficult to Get has been knocking on the door its last few runs since winning in July.
She’s a five-time winner from 18 starts and she has placed in seven other starts. That’s a consistent record and it is why punters continue to rally around her.
This is an even field and although she carries 59kg on her back, that’s a decent weight considering the rest of the field and she should be competitive at each way odds.
Cranbourne free tips & form
Race 2. (19:00) Procon Developments Maiden (1300m)
#8 – Hardly Surprising – BET NOW
Drawing barrier 13 isn’t going to help its chances, but we were impressed with the debut performance of Hardly Surprising.
The Aaron Purcell-trained three-year-old finished second in a field of 11 at Moe where she started as the odds-on favourite and she shouldn’t be that short in the market this time around.
Regan Bayliss takes the ride and he’ll have some work to do from out wide, but it should go close and pay nice each way odds.
Race 3. (19:30) NP Distribution Maiden (1400m)
#8 – The Charmer @ $7 – BET NOW
The Charmer was sent for a spell following two disappointing efforts to kick off his career and it has seemingly done the trick.
Trained by Lindsay Park, the three-year-old by Sebring improving significantly last start when running second on this track and there was good support on that occasion.
We’re expecting another good effort and there’s always room for improvement with the juveniles from this stable.
Race 4. (20:00) My Punter Maiden (1500m)
#4 – Captivator @ $2.90 – BET NOW
The Anthony Freedman-trained Captivator has placed in three of his six starts and he’s long overdue a winning turn.
The son of Hinchinbrook ran third behind Another Flag at Sandown last start and the form out of that raced has stacked up well.
His form prior to that included close-up finishes at Pakenham, which is a similar track to Cranbourne and it will surely breakthrough for the win soon enough.
Race 8. (22:00) NZB Karaka 2018 BM64 (1200m)
#2 – Little Bita Spunk – BET NOW
Little Bita Spunk was only narrowly beaten at Moonee Valley last start after looking the likely winner coming for home.
The Matthew Brown-trained five-year-old led into the straight at Moonee Valley, but Pete’s Dragon ran it down late.
Take nothing away from that performance as it was another consistent effort from a gelding which has won four from 26 and placed in 11.
He gets some weight off his back which is going to help.