Friday Night Racing – Canterbury Classic Tips 2012

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

# Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. A/S Days API Career Win% Place% Last 6
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