SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP Tips (Race 1)
Canterbury Best Bet - Race 1 No. 1 Yangtze Rapids
This three-year-old was scratched from last Thursday's Provincial meeting at Gosford and given he did sprint straight past stable mate Rapids first-up, who is in the market here, this doesn't appear to be any harder when factoring in the exposed form of other rivals.
Despite being costly so far, Yangtze Rapids should be breaking through in this 1550m Maiden, a galloper who was only a stride off beating a subsequent Group winner in Miravalle first-up in the spring but was then spelled following a pair of disappointing efforts and gelded ahead of his return.
While he didn't reel in the handy Jojo Was A Man fresh on March 10, that 1400m Maiden stacked up very well on the clock versus the two Benchmark races and at 33.83, the son of Frankel has clearly rattled off the fastest last 600m out of all three of those seven-furlong events.
YARRAMAN PARK EASTER YEARLINGS HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Canterbury Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 8 Siege
While this is obviously harder stepping up from a Provincial Maiden to a Metropolitan 68 that does look to have some depth, there was plenty to like about the debut victory and she draws for more favours this time around.
By Street Boss and out of the dam Montesegur, a Group Three winning sprinter, Siege had no favours in that March 9 outing at Wyong, racing three-wide throughout that tight turning circuit but still showed good late dash to reel in Russbuss (bolted in at his next start) with Zain's Girl (subsequent City Maiden winner) finishing a well beaten third.
The three-year-old has shown tactical speed in both trials to date including a March 29 tune-up at Rosehill, so from barrier one under Rachel King, they can take the box-seat position early which can be a big advantage at Canterbury and with that turn-of-late, can progress further on Wednesday.
TAB HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Canterbury Value Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Shadow Crush
With 10 winners at a strike rate of 23.3% (9.5% ROI), the partnership of Mark Newnham and Rachel King has been a profitable one for punters this season and they team up on Wednesday with this gelding who has been very consistent over nine starts to date.
A debut winner on a Soft track and then tipped out after start two, Shadow Crush proved he was at least city class throughout his second racing preparation where after having no luck when racing three-wide throughout second-up, defeated the handy Lord Olympus, who won two races both sides of that event and was midfield behind Isotope at Listed level at his most recent outing.
The son of Per Incanto was well supported first-up ($3.60-$3.30) where not a whole lot went right when tightened for a run at the 300m behind the speedy Mr Mosaic but drawing for a sit just off the likely leaders Jailbreak and Virgilio, he gets a chance to bounce back up to 1200m which should suit now.
XXXX HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Canterbury Each-Way Bet - Race 7 No. 3 Cliff's Art
This Listed winning import who made her Australian debut over 1300m and despite working home in what was clearly the worst part of that testing Randwick track, she still managed to comfortably rattle off the fastest last 600m (34.12) of that February 13 event.
Sent out as a $10 chance in the Group Three Aspiration Stakes following that, Cliff's Art was disappointing as the first horse beaten in that Randwick contest but she had excuses, racing three-wide throughout and dropped out as a result of covering that extra ground.
With a freshen-up and a recent trial when making good ground a second to Group One winner Forbidden Love on March 26, the Matthew Smith-trained mare has finally drawn a gate (four) so they can settle much closer without doing the early work and back to benchmark level, is a live chance off that first-up effort.