PAGE BOTTLER PLATE Tips (Race 5)
Canberra Value Bet - Race 5 No. 9 Stylebender
While this three-year-old has mixed his form over eight career starts, he has shown glimpses of potential and stepping out 2000m for the first time, finds his most winnable assignment to date.
After a slow start to his Spring campaign, the blinkers were applied before a Hawkesbury Maiden attempt where he made good ground from the rear as runner-up to Real Peace, who is no slouch, having placed behind Group winner Peltzer at his next outing.
Stylebender put a good space on Fields Of Honour in that same event, who is now a dual winner and following a plain second-up run this time in, he did make good late inroads via a city Maiden at Canterbury.
TAB FEDERAL Tips (Race 6)
Canberra Best Bet - Race 6 No. 3 Propose To Me
Turffontein is an underrated stallion that regularly throws a tough and honest type, with this lightly raced mare being no exception, having been super competitive in all outings to date and is putting together a nice record.
Having prepared 13 winners at Canberra this season at a good strike rate of 23.2%, local trainer Matthew Dale always has to be respected on his home track while it's a circuit where Propose To Me hasn't finished outside the top three on from four attempts (two wins).
Either side of Country Championship Qualifier tilts, the four-year-old has prevailed, sitting three-wide the trip with 59kg and saluting on January 26 while the latest victory had plenty of merit when coming from the rear in a slowly run affair on March 8.
FREEDOM FACILITIES MAINTENANCE HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Canberra Next Best Bet - Race 8 No. 2 Shenandoah
With now three runs under his belt and running into arguably the weakest opposition he's faced since winning his Maiden, this is well and truly D-day in the last from Canberra on Friday where the blinkers now go on this gelding.
Having ridden the most winners in New South Wales this season (137), a Blaike McDougall lead is as good as any and he has stuck with Shenandoah this entire campaign, competing in some decent form races along the way.
While outsprinted by the talented Island Bay Boy last start, he did manage to safely hold off Capri Lane in that March 31 contest who won a Benchmark 60 by nearly four lengths at his next start with 61kg, a race that was no weaker than this.