The July Sprint over 1100m is the feature attraction on a rare Saturday meeting at Canterbury Park. The Listed Tattersall's Mile Handicap over 1600m at Doomben and the Listed Belmont Classic over 2200m in Perth are the black-type races in Australia on Saturday. There is another good meeting at Flemington with the Rising Stars Final for BM-84 gallopers over 1800m being one of the highlights.
|Meeting||Rail Position||Track Ratings|
|(Thursday 4pm)||(Saturday 8am)|
|Flemington||4 metres entire circuit||Good-4||Soft-7|
|Doomben||1 metre entire circuit||Soft-5||Soft-5|
|Morphettville Parks||9 metres 1000 to WP
6 metres remainder
Flemington, Race 1 - Murray Cox Handicap (11:55)
So Si Bon (5) is a maiden after two starts but he is a good chance to record his first win in this open handicap for 2-Y-O over 1400m; on-debut So Si Bon battled-on well for second to Southerly Wind in a 2-Y-O handicap at Flemington (1100m). So Si Bon could then only manage to finish sixth behind Sebrikka in a 2-Y-O handicap at Caulfield (1200m) last Saturday but his effort to be beaten 3.35 lengths was much better than it looks on-paper; So Si Bon was having his first run for five weeks and he was carted very wide around the home turn while the placegetters all came through much closer to the rail. So Si Bon is a beautifully bred son of So You Think and Black Minx that should be suited by the step-up to 1400m, he should be fitter for last week's run, Damien Oliver is a key riding change and this field is no stronger.
Flemington, Race 2 - Henry Bolte Handicap (12:30)
There are only six runners in this open handicap over 1800m and none of them would completely surprise by winning. Kenjorwood (1) is racing consistently and he has strong claims again; three starts back Kenjorwood proved too strong for Onpicalo in an open handicap at Sandown (1600m) before Onpicalo relegated Kenjorwood into third place at their next start in an open handicap at Moonee Valley (1600m). Kenjorwood then traveled wide without cover throughout in the Winter Championship Final at Flemington (1600m) and he did well to finish fourth behind Iggimacool, Petrology and Onpicalo carrying 59.5kg. Kenjorwood rises 1kg on the allotted weights but with Ben Allen's claim Kenjorwood will only carry 57.5kg, Ben Allen is also one from one on Kenjorwood which is drawn for a soft run and he was a five-length winner at his only start over the course and distance on a good track.
Flemington, Race 5 - TAB/ATA Trainers' Trust Handicap (2:20)
There are some promising 3-Y-O fillies engaged in this handicap over 1400m. Four Sisters (7) has raced well at her three career starts and she has winning claims; on-debut Four Sisters found Avenue Whisper much too food in a fillies and mares maiden at Cranbourne (1400m) before she romped-home by five lengths in a Sale maiden (1425m). Four Sisters then found Deal With It just too strong in a BM-64 for 3-Y-O fillies at Sandown (1300m) carrying 59kg. Jake Bayliss could not claim on Four Sisters at Sandown but with his 2kg claim here Four Sisters drops-down to 55kg; Four Sisters has not raced on a track firmer than a soft-6 but she was very impressive on that occasion and stepping-up to 1400m is in her favour. Deal With It (1) has done very little wrong in her four-start career; at her third start Deal With It broke her maiden status with a strong win at Sandown Hillside (1400m) before she was too strong for Four Sisters at Sandown Lakeside (1300m). Deal With It is drawn awkwardly and she faces a good track for the first time but after Michael Dee's claim Deal With It drops 1.5kg for winning at her last start. There are a few other chances in a competitive race.
Flemington, Race 6 - Bruce Gadsden Handicap (3:00)
Voodoo Lad (2) has an outstanding career record and he has strong claims again in this BM-90 over 1200m; two starts back Voodoo Lad proved far too good for subsequent winner Duke Of Brunswick in an open handicap at Moonee Valley (1200m) before he found Ruettiger a shade too strong in the All Victorian Sprint Final at Flemington (1200m). That was Voodoo Lad's first start down the straight so he should be improved by that experience, Ruettiger is a promising galloper and Reldas was a further two lengths away in third place. Voodoo Lad has not raced on a good track since February 2015 but he has not finished worse than second in three starts and although he rises 3.5kg Voodoo Lad is dropping significantly in class. Magnus Reign (7) has not set the world on-fire in three starts from a spell but he has his chance to improve; at his last start Magnus Reign was beaten 5.4 lengths into sixth place behind Ruettiger and Voodoo Lad at Flemington (1200m). Magnus Reign is better suited on a good track, he is a winner over the Straight Six, he should be at peak fitness now and after the claim for Ben Allen he meets Voodoo Lad 3.5kg better.
Flemington, Race 8 - Flemington Event Staff Handicap (4:20)
Tasmanian 3-Y-O Jerilderie Letter (12) is well-suited in this BM-90 over 1600m; first-up Jerilderie Letter finished a solid second in a BM-82 on the Devonport synthetic (1350m) before he battled-on strongly for a close fourth behind Makatiti in a 3-Y-O handicap at Caulfield (1400m) at his first start in Melbourne. Jerilderie Letter then battled-on well for third behind Lady Selkirk in the Silver Bowl Final at Flemington (1600m) carrying 60kg. Both of Jerilderie Letter's runs in Melbourne have been on soft tracks but he is better suited on a good track on-which his record is an impressive five wins from six starts; Jerilderie Letter rises significantly in class but he should be at peak fitness now, he will only carry 54kg and regular rider Anthony Darmanin is back on board. Volcanic Ash (11) has been disappointing but this is a suitable race on his best form; two starts back Volcanic Ash was touched-off by Eigelstein in a BM-82 at Morphettville (1600m) before he failed badly in a BM-84 at Moonee Valley (1600m) where he was wide throughout on a day it was a big advantage to be close to the rail. Volcanic Ash is drawn for a much softer run and Damien Oliver has won on him twice before. There are many other chances including Lord Durante (1) and Refulgent (2) which has a strong Flemington record.
Flemington, Race 9 - VRC Recognition Handicap (4:55)
Runson (5) has returned in good order and he has winning claims in this open handicap for 3-Y-O over 1100m; first-up Runson rounded-up his rivals to win by a widening 2.75 lengths in a BM-64 on the Pakenham synthetic (1000m) before he was beaten 2.2 lengths into seventh place behind Rich Charm in a 3-Y-O handicap at Flemington (1000m). Runson then proved too strong for Geelong synthetic specialist Big Reel in a BM-70 over 1000m. The form from Runson's Flemington run has proven to be strong with placegetters Rich Charm, Lord Von Costa and Wall Street Wolf all running very well at their next start. Runson's three wins have been over 1000m but he has been strong at the end of each of them, he should be better for his only run down the straight and he has raced well on good tracks. Badajoz (1) has improved with every start this preparation and he has a very good 1100m record; Badajoz' record on good tracks doesn't read quite as well but he ran a close fourth at his only appearance down the straight and Craig Williams rides. Ability (6) has shown a good deal of ability in his short career and he has definite claims if he is ready to go at his first start for 70 days. The winning chances do not end there.
Canterbury, Race 7 - July Sprint (3:20)
Peter and Paul Snowden have a strong hand in the July Sprint over 1100m. 3-Y-O Gold Symphony (9) did not come-up during the Summer being beaten at least 4.7 lengths in three runs during that preparation. In Gold Symphony's first preparation he had four starts for three wins which included the G3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield (1100m) and G3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield (1200m). Gold Symphony has not started on a heavy track and he is having his first start since February but he has done very little wrong in three starts on soft tracks, he is a recent winner of a strong barrier trial at Randwick (850m), he is drawn for a good run and he is very well-weighted on his best form. Gold Symphony's stablemate Redzel (8) is also a 3-Y-O having his first start since March; Redzel's best win came in the Listed Fireball at Randwick (1100m) where he was too strong for good sprinter Takedown. Redzel only has one third on his CV from three runs on wet tracks but he has a good record at the distance and he is a definite threat if he is ready to go. Mount Nebo (1) has to lump 61kg and he drops-back from 1200m but he is in good form and he loves wet tracks.