Before the Magic Millions Race Day lights up the Gold Coast on Saturday, race fans are in for a Friday night treat this evening with the 2012 Canterbury Classic taking place in New South Wales, our expert tips for which are listed below.
Jumping at 9:00pm (NSW time) as Canterbury Race 5 tonight, the $100,000 Listed Canterbury BMW Classic (1100m) field is down to just seven hopefuls following the early withdrawal of the Luxbet favourite #8 Stratford.
Stratford was to have the rails run from barrier one and was installed at the top of the Canterbury Classic odds at Luxbet at a quote of $3.40.
Connections of the resuming four-year-old have decided to roll the dice with Stratford first-up and have them racing on Saturday in the $82,000 Magic Millions Class 6 Plate (1200m) on Magic Millions Day.
With Stratford out of the Canterbury Classic the remaining seven hopes all move in one gate and #1 News Alert has shot to the top of the Luxbet markets at a quote of $2.80.
Joe Pride’s seven-year-old certainly has their claims after taking out the listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm last-start, but four other runners paying between $4.60 and $6 the Canterbury Classic is really anyone’s to win.
So who are the Races.com.au team tipping to take out the Classic?
2012 Canterbury Classic Tips – Canterbury Race 5 Betting
- 1st: #7 Mrs Onassis ($5 Luxbet) – Awesome Sydney form with two-from-two coming into this, won by three lengths carrying a 2.5kg more at the track on December 6 then backed up with an honest win at Rosehill on Boxing Day, is in the far gate but in a small field won’t matter, is unbeaten at the Track & Distance (2-2-0-0) and likes a Good track
- 2nd: #6 Unanimously ($4.60 Luxbet) – Should get a gun run from barrier three with the in-form Tommy Berry in the mount, best Win & Place Rate of the field (72%) which is hard to over looks, has winning form over the track and was far from disgraced when beaten a half-length by two very good horses at the track in Slow conditions on Christmas Eve
- 3rd: Phenomenal Lass ($4.60 Luxbet) – Better odds than her more-favoured stablemate and Pride thinks she’ll run a cheeky race, hasn’t been seen since October but first-up she can run a good place from the gate (2) with Schofield on
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2012 Canterbury BMW Classic Field & Form Guide
Canterbury Race 5 – 13/01/2012
|1.||NEWS ALERT||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||6||60||7yoG||27||$17,560||35: 9 10 2||25.71%||60.00%||240×51|
|2.||SNIPER’S BULLET||T J Bartley||Christian Reith||7||59||8yoG||167||$51,860||50: 8 6 11||16.00%||50.00%||50505x|
|3.||JEST CREWSIN’||Ms J Bowen||Peter Robl||5||54||6yoG||11||$7,667||47: 9 5 7||19.15%||44.68%||55×672|
|4.||PHENOMENAL LASS||Joseph Pride||Glyn Schofield||3||54||5yoM||76||$16,463||26: 6 4 0||23.08%||38.46%||414265|
|5.||EIGHT BILLS||G Portelli||Chad Schofield (a)||2||54||6yoG||11||$15,617||19: 7 1 2||36.84%||52.63%||300714|
|6.||UNANIMOUSLY||Matthew Dale||Tommy Berry||4||54||4yoG||20||$16,981||18: 5 6 2||27.78%||72.22%||223×43|
|7.||MRS ONASSIS||G A Ryan||Jay Ford||8||54||4yoM||18||$8,957||11: 5 0 1||45.45%||54.55%||711811|
|8.||STRATFORD||“M, W and J Hawkes||Rod Quinn||1||54||4yoG||125||$28,757||7: 3 2 0||42.86%||71.43%||x1124x|
*Form Guide Credit Ladbrokes.com.au