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Canterbury Tips August 5


SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)

Canterbury Roughie - Race 4 No. 2 Pressure

Although she was well beaten, I'm willing to forgive the first-up run for the new stable at Kensington on July 18 where nothing went her way.

On what was a notoriously difficult program to make ground on, she was ridden far more conservatively that usual when eased towards the rear early from a wide alley and found the rail under Jason Collett.

Although it didn't have any bearing on the result, she was severely checked approaching the 100m of that seven-furlong contest which summed up that and many of the other performances on that card for those settling off the speed.

Pressure comes down in grade here and from barrier two with the 3kg claiming apprentice Louise Day engaged, she's capable of settling much handier over this trip and could be a big improver at decent odds.

EXCEEDANCE @ VINERY HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)

Canterbury Value Bet - Race 5 No. 2 Zakat

This Godolphin galloper won his first two attempts last campaign before coming to town and backing that up with two runner-up finishes before being tipped out.

He can count himself a little unlucky not have won either or both of those Metropolitan outings as he was in a slowly run affair on April 13 and was only a few strides off nabbing Epic Dan who had the favours and is certainly no slouch.

Zakat was beaten only half a length combined in the two city performances and arrives off a nice trial win where whilst there was only three other gallopers, they did include two very handy stable mate's via Cascadian and the multiple group one winner Avilius.

They were more positive in that last hit-out, so from barrier two with James McDonald in the saddle, he may be able settle a few pairs closer on Zakat who strikes a very winnable race on resumption.

TOO DARN HOT @ DARLEY HANDICAP (Race 6)

Canterbury Best Bet - Race 6 No. 5 Emeralds

With hot form around her prior two campaigns since winning a Kembla Grange Maiden back in July in 2019, this filly looked to have found a very winnable assignment on July 18 at Benchmark 74 level off two good lead-in trials.

Although she was one of many victims to the on-speed nature of this Kensington track, Emeralds did find the 1100 metres of that on the sharp side where she was still in last position approaching the 300m.

It was from the 150m where she really got inter her work when balancing under apprentice Louise Day with an 11.93 last furlong (only one to break 12 seconds in that sprint) and a 35.10 last 600m achieved (fastest for the entire meeting).

Still wary of this Canterbury track which is probably not her ideal circuit but with the blinkers on, James McDonald taking the reins and over a more suitable trip, class can see Emeralds home as the best bet on the program.


CANTERBURY QUADDIE TIPS:

Race 4: 1,2,3,4,5,7,10
Race 5: 1,2,3,4,5,12
Race 6: 5
Race 7: 1,2,5,8

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Verdict

Emeralds was excellent fresh and providing there's no severe bias, she looks tough to beat in Race 6 with improvement expected.

Zakat has trialed up well and from a low draw with JMac in the saddle, is a good each-way chance in Race 5.

Pressure had excuses first-up and has more in her favor via the fourth from Canterbury.

Best Bet: Emeralds To Win @3.55 at Sportsbetting - 6 Units
Value Bet: Zakat Each Way @6.00 at Unibet Australia - 3 Units
Roughie: Pressure Each Way @13.00 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit

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