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CABRA VALE DIGGERS HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Canterbury Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Vulpine
*Vulpine has been scratched from Race 4 at Canterbury.
REMEMBERING LOUIE BENE HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Canterbury Value Bet - Race 6 No. 8 Dinado
Although most of her form has been around the Provincial and Country circuits, this isn't a strong Metroplitan event as the ratings overall suggest and on the back-up from last Friday, her effort was good against the pattern of that event.
Having drawn barrier eight in that nine-horse field, the option wasn't there to take a closer sit over that 1900m journey which eventually became a muddling affair with Nash Rawiller dictating proceedings to perfection up front, giving Dinado, who doesn't have an electric turn-of-foot, no hope but she made decent ground considering.
Both career wins from this four-year-old have come on Heavy tracks while with Tim Clark taking the reins this Friday, I'd expect them to try land closer from a better gate and on what will be a testing surface, she's one on the minimum in this line-up that can at least sustain a strong gallop.
THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Canterbury Best Bet - Race 8 No. 3 Equation
Resuming with 61kg is a decent leveller for a colt that's just had the two starts, however, after being heavily supported in the early markets, he knuckled down late and scored a tough first-up victory at Gosford.
Following a pair of slick trial wins, Equation was sent out as a second favourite on debut last year where he was plain albeit in a very hot race which was taken out by Peltzer (subsequent Group Two winner) and the field also included genuine stakes-class performers in Elizabeel, Kukeracha, Valequenta and Ocean Emperor, who won either side of that.
With the benefit of race experience, the son of Press Statement made a useful line-up look ordinary with a dominant performance in June before being spelled and while this is harder than the fresh assignment, he does look a three-year-old heading in the right direction.