Canberra Race 6 No.2 Arab Dawn – $2.70
Arab Dawn got a few favours when he won the Parramatta Cup a fortnight ago but the imported son of Dalakhani is only going to continue to improve and he’s struck a pretty weak Canberra Cup here looking to make it two straight. From that inside gate they may well decide to ride him closer to the pace here, don’t think they’ll go back like they did the other day, and he actually looks fairly well in with Centre Pivot in the field. Hard to make a case for anything to beat him and expect him to win and win well.
Canberra Race 4 No.9 Spy Decoder – $6
You couldn’t call Spy Decoder a friend of the punters – he probably hasn’t delivered on his early promise but at the same time he’s very competitive in most races he starts in. Looked all over a winner first up, but Religfy, who was hard fit, kept kicking and held him out. The reality is that Spy Decoder has done that a few times, loom to win that is, and unfortunately he has been beaten on most of those occasions, but he gets in on the limit here, draws nicely to get the desired smother that he needs during a race, and hopefully he can be saved for the last crack at the leaders – because you don’t want him to be thinking about it when he strides up to them!
Wangaratta Race 5 No.6 Anare – $2.30
Following the scratching of Recalculate this is Anare’s to lose. The 5yo mare has had a great prep and after two good runs to start she has really hit her straps posting back to back wins. She has relished the step up to 1400m and has won 2 of her 3 runs over that distance. Has drawn perfectly in 4 and with her good gate speed she will be able to sit right up on the speed where she has been most successful. Ben Allen has been on board for her last two wins and will make it 3 in a row.
Grafton Race 7 No.4 Quatronic – $5
Out of one of The Wolf’s all-time favourite race mares in multiple stakeswinner Suzy Grey, Quatronic looks to be a very smart sprinter in the making and he can book his place in the Country Championships Final in Sydney with a win here. He’ll obviously have to take another step to do so – he beat a decent field of 3yo’s two Saturdays back at Doomben but he takes on some experienced Northern Rivers gallopers in this and everyone of them will be trying hard to win what is a lucrative prize. But the way he’s gone about his last two victories has been impressive, he gets out and makes the running (his mother had zero early speed but had one of the best finishes seen on a mare when right), and he obviously has a degree of toughness behind that motor. Think he controls the tempo over the 1400m and as long as he doesn’t get taken on stupidly in front, he’ll win and those 50-1 odds available about him for the Final will be quickly snapped up.