Canterbury will host another impressive eight-race program on Friday night, and some quality gallopers will be stepping out.
The rail will be set out three metres around the entire course and at publish, the track is rated in the good range.
Race 1 - 6:15pm AEDT
Hyland Race Colours Plate (1550m)
Moremi will enjoy good improvement from a competitive debut effort and can break her maiden at Canterbury on Friday night.
The three-year-old daughter of Dundeel was caught wide at Wyong earlier this month, but was tough through the line to fill the minors behind Mollycoddle.
She is drawn to receive a far better time of it from barrier 4 and will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.
3 Units Moremi
Race 2 - 6:45pm AEDT
Schweppes Handicap (1100m)
Wild Wind raced greenly during his debut preparation, but he returned an eye-catching trial at Warwick Farm last week, and he can make a winning return at Canterbury on Friday.
The I Am Invincible gelding has shown plenty of promise, and ended his two-start preparation fourth in a maiden race at Wyong.
With even luck and on what he did in his trial, I think he’ll be hard to beat.
2 Units Wild Wind
Race 3 - 7:15pm AEDT
Maiden Plate (1250m)
This shapes as a pretty open maiden race, and Ayemgee looms as a winning chance.
The Ayemgee has made only two appearances at the races so far, and retuned from a spell with a tough, albeit luckless effort over 1100m at Gosford.
There’s no doubt that she will enjoy plenty of improvement for that hit-out, she’s drawn and weighted well, and I think that this looks a really good opportunity for her to strike in the city.
2 Units Ayemgee
Race 4 - 7:45pm AEDT
ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap (1900m)
Kutayha has returned to the races in strong and consistent form this time, and strikes another winnable contest at Canterbury on Friday night.
The Savabeel gelding recorded a dominant win to break his maiden when second-up at Newcastle and has been unlucky not to salute in a tougher grade, running second in each of his two subsequent starts.
He is at peak fitness for this contest, will be ridden by James McDonald, and is my best bet on the program.
5 Units Kutayha
Race 5 - 8:15pm AEDT
Ranvet Handicap (1250m)
Selburose will take winning form into Race 5 at Canterbury on Friday and can continue her rise through the grades.
The I Am Invincible filly finished second at each of her first two starts back this time, and was rewarded for her improving condition with a nice win in maiden company here a fortnight ago.
This is obviously harder, but she is drawn and weighted well, and it does look the next obvious step.
2 Units Selburose
Race 6 - 8:45pm AEDT
Bowemans Commercial Furniture Handicap (1200m)
Lancaster Bomber is as tough as they come, and he looks well placed for another bold effort at Canterbury on Friday night.
The Denman gelding has been a great horse for the Litt stable throughout his career and returned to the races to finish third in a similar contest a fortnight ago.
With the improvement from that effort, getting slightly further out in trip and with Nash Rawiller in the saddle, I think that he can and will be in the finish again.
2 Units E/W Lancaster Bomber
Race 7 - 9:15pm AEDT
Kia Evening Star (1250m)
Charretera hasn’t been seen at the races since August, but he races well fresh, is a model of consistency and boasts a class edge over most of these rivals.
The Epaulette gelding didn’t win in five starts last time in, but he also didn’t miss placing, and all five runs were in Saturday metro company.
He’s had the benefit of a trial in the lead-up to his return, and he is ideally suited to something like this.
4 Units Charretera
Race 8 - 9:45pm AEDT
Iron Jack Handicap (1550m)
Miss Einstein has returned two competitive efforts in a couple of Saturday races since resuming, and she is primed to win the last at Canterbury on Friday.
The Dundeel mare chased home the talented Segalas at Rosehill when fresh and was unlucky not to win, before filling the minors behind Great News at Newcastle on The Hunter Day.
She’s drawn awfully in barrier 13, but will be steered by a senior jockey in Jason Collett, and she is just one of the better horses in this race.
4 Units Miss Einstein