Winning Form brings us their best bets and tips for Canterbury Park racing on Wednsday 9 June 2021.
Jackpot (race 4 – 7) R90
IRISH ANGEL showed solid improvement last time out when stepping up to today’s distance to win by a head, a victory made that much more encouraging by the fact that she had to be restrained off the heels of runners in front of her at the 600M mark and then came five wide into the home straight. The form of that race has also been franked. She does return from a 12-week rest but has finished fourth in her only barrier trial to prove her fitness. She has cracked pole position and could be the one that they all have to beat.
TURNSTYLE followed up her 4.3L victory in her penultimate start over this distance with a tenth place finish next time out over six furlongs, just over four and a half lengths behind the winner. She has a handy draw three and seems likely to appreciate the drop to what appears to be a more suitable distance.
GIN ‘N’ BITTERS also won her penultimate start, but in her case, over five furlongs and then finished fifth next time out when going the six furlongs, just over two and a half lengths back from the winner, but the form of that race has stood up well with three runners out of that contest subsequently winning. She returns from a 24 weeks break but did win her only barrier trial to showcase her well-being and notwithstanding her wideish draw seven, she should be included in all bets.
The day’s best bet, FASTCONI has consistent formlines to his name, finishing second in his last two runs, the latest over six furlongs at this track, where he ended up 1.3L adrift of the victor. He gets a set of blinkers fitted for the first time today and if these have the desired effect and from a cosy draw three, he could prove difficult to topple in this line-up.
STOICAL jumped awkwardly but recovered well to finish strongly when showing marked improvement to win his last start over five furlongs by two lengths. Given that last showing, he should enjoy the extra ground that is available today and from gate five, he could emerge as the biggest danger to the top choice.
BROKEN ARROWS has finished closer to the winner in his last three outings, the latest when fourth over this c&d, just over a length and a half back from the winner, this despite being crowded shortly after the start. The form of that race has been franked with two runners from that contest subsequently winning. He returns from a 14-week break but did finish second in his only barrier trial. He has pulled pole position and will also have 3kgs removed from his allocated weight courtesy of his claiming apprentice to aid his chances.
TITANIUM POWER won his penultimate outing over seven furlongs and then tried to go from jump to wire before ending up in third spot last time out over the same distance, just under a length and a half behind the winner. He has gate eight, but he is likely to use his early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy. As such, he is taken to be the value bet on the card.
ACROPHOBIC came three-wide into the home stretch before staying on well to finish second in his latest run over 1500M, only a head off the winner. He has gate three and the blinkers get re-fitted for today’s run. If this move proves effective, he should be right up there when they hit the line.
CANADIAN SPICE is a 3yr old filly taking on the boys, but she showed good improvement to win her last start over this c&d by one length. She has drawn gate nine out of ten, but she likes to race up with the leaders, so she should be able to tack across without using too much gas.
This looks to be a tricky race to end off the day’s Jackpot and some caution is suggested. MONTSERRAT has shown steady improvement in his last three outings, the latest when endeavouring to go from gun to tape before ending up in second place over this c&d, 1.8L behind the winner. He gets to jump from a wideish gate eight, but if he has continued down that same path of improvement, he could be the one to side with here.
ONEMORE SAPPHIRE has not finished too far off the action in his last two starts over nine furlongs, the latest when second, 2.8L adrift of the winner. He attracted plenty of betting support that day and was making good late progress over the closing stages of that contest, so from his handy draw three, he will be looking to make amends today.
BETTY BLOOMS is a 5yr old mare taking on males, but she has won two of her last three runs since returning from a 30-week absence, the latest victory coming over 1500M by a head. She struck the front at the 100M pole that day and then fought off all the late challengers over the latter stages. She faces a wide draw sixteen, but gets the services of ex-SA jockey Keagan Latham, so will get all the necessary assistance from the saddle.