Asteria (Canterbury Race 1 No.3)
The full sister to Profiteer finally makes her race track debut and with the Slipper out of the question now, they will be looking to build the revs up for the Percy Sykes in April. She has only had the one trial and that was in December, and that does worry me a touch but Mark Newnham is one that rides his own horses too, so I am going to back his judgement in running her here, and I expect her to run well. Something else of note, that in her trial, she was keen in the run but still ran some nice sectionals, with a talented two-year-old in Revolutionary Miss running fourth in behind her.
0.8 unit @ $5.00
Aircraftman (Canterbury Race 3 No.1) & Spitfire (Canterbury Race 3 No.5)
Both of these runners have come up the two favourites in betting, and are at prices where we can back them both.
Aircraftman returned a gelding last start at Canterbury and ran well despite doing a couple of things wrong in the run. He raced a touch keen and layed in in the straight, but hit the line well to finish under a length from the winner Devil’s Throat. I love the Hugh Bowman is sticking with him and although he is drawn poorly and will have to go back again, the way that he hit the line last start will ease the thoughts, especially going up to the 1550m. I guess the draw and lack of wet track experience is played into the price.
Spitfire on the other hand is no stranger to the wet and running well in it and is a bit better than Aircraftman. The son of Pierro is fighting fit and coming into this race on the back of four runs, with his last three being in the placings. Last start at this track and distance, he led the field up before being run down by Ocean Shores but also managing to beat the rest of the field by at least 1.25 lengths. I expect them to lead or sit just off the leaders here before using his fitness to grind out a nice run.
1.2 units @ $3.60 / 0.8 unit @ $5.00
Jailbreak (Canterbury Race 7 No.3)
I think this bloke is slight overs in this race, especially considering four of his opposition are coming into this first-up whilst another three are second-up. The son of Hard Spun will be fifth-up coming into this contest on the back of a solid second at Warwick Farm behind Vigorous Flow. I expect the same tactics from an even better draw by apprentice Reece Jones, but with the Waterhouse/Bott runners drawn inside and out, maybe a trail third will be ideal. There is a slight query over running on the wet, but everything else looks in sync for him to run well and if he can tick that last box, he will be hard to beat.
0.4 unit @ $10.00