Race 1 - 6:15pm AEDT
Sky Racing Active Handicap (1550m)
Impactful has only had one career start to date but looks a horse of talent and can break his maiden in the first at Canterbury on Friday night. The Deep Impact colt was settled off the pace on the Kensington course on debut and mustered a smart turn of foot to finish less than a length fourth. He’ll enjoy good improvement from that effort and is ready to win.
2 Units Impactful
Race 2 - 6:45pm AEDT
Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1550m)
Nimalee has enjoyed a terrific start to her racing career
and can continue her rise through the grades at Canterbury tonight. The Matt
Smith-trained filly immediately stamped herself as one to watch when she broke
her maiden here on debut, before running a credible fourth at Kembla Grange.
She returned to winning form when a smart winner in BM64 company at Warwick
Farm last time out and should only improve further into this race.
2 Units Nimalee
Race 3 - 7:15pm AEDT
MIRVAC Handicap (1250m)
Aim For Perfection has decent form on a rain-affected track and she arguably won’t be offered a better opportunity to win in town than she gets at Canterbury on Friday. The Smart Missile mare ran on to finish third in a Saturday race at Rosehill two back but was found to be harbouring a small ailment when ninth at Warwick Farm last time out. She’s since returned a lovely trial and will take beating under these conditions.
2 Units Aim For Perfection
Race 4 - 7:45pm AEDT
The Agency Real Estate Handicap (1900m)
Fabricator is as honest as they come and he looks up to winning the fourth at Canterbury tonight. The Bernardini gelding was a smart winner at this track and distance in December and has returned a couple of lovely efforts to place under the same conditions since. He can go straight to the lead in this small field, likes racing on soft and with even luck in running, will be tough to catch.
2 Units Fabricator
Race 5 - 8:15pm AEDT
Benchmark 70 Handicap (1550m)
Island Missile has stripped fitter for two fair efforts since resuming and is ready to win third-up at Canterbury tonight. The Team Snowden-trained gelding hit the line with intent to place fourth behind Echo Jet here when resuming and finished two lengths from the winner in BM70 company last time out. He was scratched from a tougher race here last week and this does look a lovely contest for him.
2 Units E/W Island Missile
Race 6 - 8:45pm AEDT
Bisley Workwear Handicap (1100m)
This is probably the most open race on the card at Canterbury
on Friday and there is a case to be made for several horses in the market.
Deference will take good improvement into his second
campaign start and could prove over the odds at his current price ($6 at publish).
The Godolphin gelding returned several pleasing performances last time in and
hit the line with intent to fill the minors over 1000m at Warwick Farm when resuming.
The small rise in trip will suit and he is drawn ideally in barrier 7, with James
McDonald in the saddle.
4 Units Deference
Race 7 - 9:15pm AEDT
Kia Evening Star (1250m)
Ghostly hasn’t been able to quite match up with a few smart Saturday fields recently, but he’s dropping back to a far more appropriate race at Canterbury tonight and looks a lovely each way bet ($14 at publish). The Lonhro gelding stunned a good field on The Gong Day to win first-up but has since finished off the pace in three subsequent starts. He’s rock-hard fit for this and looks up to fighting out the finish again.
1 Unit E/W Ghostly
Race 8 - 9:45pm AEDT
Canterbury League Club Handicap (1250m)
Plaquette has continued to improve with racing this time and
can continue her rise through the grades in the last at Canterbury. The Lonhro
filly finished on the placegetters’ heels first-up, running third at her next
effort before breaking her maiden in style here last time out. She’s drawn well
and I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again.
1 Unit E/W Plaquette