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DARLEY 2021 ROSTER HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Canterbury Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 10 Overmann
While he was ultimately a little disappointing on debut, this two-year-old started as the second favourite in that Inglis Nursery back in December and was tipped out following a fourth behind the impressive Acrobat.
Resuming on the April 21 program from Canterbury, the wide gate ultimately proved costly for Overmann, leaving himself with too much to do from back in the field despite rattling off the fastest last 600m/200m of that event, with the prior trial suggesting he'd improve off the fresh effort.
Tim Clark takes over the reins for this Wednesday's assignment, where he remains at six furlongs but the big difference this time around is barrier five, so ideally settling a few pairs closer from the better draw, he should get every chance to break the Maiden here.
DAVALI THOROUGHBREDS HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Canterbury Best Bet - Race 3 No. 2 Magic Ruler
While the two January trials were fine, they still left a bit in the tank for the return run at Kensington on February 2 where he's run into a smart debut winner and back to Provincial grade on February 18, he looked close to a good thing on paper but disappointed as runner-up.
Connections have decided geld Magic Ruler, a smart move given he couldn't put away a pretty modest field in that last attempt and through all of his trials, including two April heats along with some solid earlier form, it's clear that he's got ability and he can now start putting it together.
Magic Ruler was runner-up to Yardstick at start two and defeated Rule Of Law (dual winner) in the process while at Hawkesbury on debut, was second to Mr Colorful (BM64 winner) but held-off Winds Of War (Provincial winner) in a Maiden that rated well for that July 2 program.
RANVET HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Canterbury Value Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Kookabaa
A small field has been assembled for the fourth at Canterbury and the outsider in the early markets does appear to be a little underrated, especially with a little improvement expected third-up off a positive showing on April 21.
A big drifter in the betting fresh when getting back in a leader dominated affair behind Mr Mosaic (subsequently placed in a BM88), he had a five week freshen-up off that before being produced over this track/trip, rallying late along the rails to just miss third.
This isn't any harder and with a victory over the Canterbury 1100m last August, holding off Lancaster Bomber (now an 80-rater) and Zakat (79-rater) in the process despite a wide run, he's more than capable here, especially after the 3kg claim of Campbell Rawiller.