With a number of meetings abandoned due to wet weather and unsafe track conditions in the past couple of day, we’re challenging punters to make it a truly miserable week for us at Unibet with the July Sprint (Race 7) over 1100m amongst the feature races on the table this weekend.
Long regarded as the best drying surface in Sydney, Canterbury Park gets a rare opportunity to showcase its worth as a viable venue for Saturday meetings, the track currently rated a Heavy 9.
With Slipper winner Capitalist earning rave reviews following a slashing trial performance last Friday, the Snowden camp must be confident of a bumper Spring and this race marks the return to action of two of their other Spring hopefuls in Redzel and Gold Symphony.
Having raced under the tutelage of Gerald Ryan during his juvenile campaign, Redzel had a mixed time of it since transferring out to Randwick, leading all of the way to down the likes of Egyptian Symbol andFurnaces in the Fireball Stakes on Randwick Guineas day before a lacklustre showing in the Gosford Guineas saw him sent to the paddock.
He’s had the benefit of a couple of trials heading into this and while we’ve marked him on top, there’s a price for everything and we’re keen to accommodate punters wanting to get on.
Formerly with Peter Moody, Gold Symphony is a recent acquisition for the stable and is already a winner at Group level having recorded back-to-back wins in the Vain and McNeil Stakes just under a year ago.
He too, comes into this with some solid trial form under his belt and our traders are eagerly anticipating any market moves for him come race day off a more favourable draw.
Kris Lees and Brenton Avdulla combined to win this race with Brook Road last year and they’ll look to repeat the does with Felines (pictured above) for owner-breeder Gerry Harvey, a mare who hasn’t been too far away at her two runs this preparation and figures to run well.
Of the others, Mount Nebo wasn’t too far away in a blanket finish to the Ramornie last time out and goes well in the wet but with 61kgs on his back, we’re happy enough to oppose him while a soft run from the inside draw beckons for Forget, par-owned by Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting, who should improve off his first-up run and isn’t without hope at a longer price.
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