Wet tracks are the order of the day with regards the three meetings set to take place on Thursday with Pinjarra’s soft 6 the quickest ground forecast. There’s metro action from Cantebury and also racing from Cranbourne.
Tuhinga to provide Bowman with success
The third race on the Canterbury card, a Benchmark 64 event looks like a highly competitive eight runner affair with Flower Moon expected to have her supporters having performed well in both starts this spell. Delivered a first up victory over 1200m on a heavy 9 track at Goulburn and followed that up with a solid third in a ten runner event at this level when tackling 1300m at Warwick Farm last month.
Tuhinga is selected to deliver a victory on the day however having been given a spell since his most recent outing. Track conditions should proven no issue to the son of Epaulette having demonstrated a liking for wet tracks when winning a maiden over 1350m at Wyong on his penultimate start. Hails from a top stable in that of Chris Waller and the drop back in trip is a positive here given it’s likely that the 1600m trip stretched the geldings stamina when finishing fourth on his first start at this level at Warwick Farm in January.
The booking of Hugh Bowman is a further positive with regards the selection's chances with the veteran hoop boasting a 22% strike-rate (13/59) at this venue in the last 12 months.
Canto for Pinjarra triumph
In the final race on the Pinjarra card, a 1000m Class 5 contest Cash Away looks a big runner having won half of his four starts last spell. Absent since failing to complete a hat-trick when seventh in an 1100m contest at Ascot in February he has shown good form first up in the past.
On this occasion however he may find the experienced Canto de Guerra too good with Raymond Vincent’s charge coming back from a spell having placed second over this course and distance in a similar race to this at the start of April.
Had won a Class 3 over this trip and trip by a narrow margin prior and while all of the four-year-old’s recent outings have come on good tracks he has shown that wet conditions aren’t an issue including when breaking his maiden over 1100m at Albany when racing first up in May last year.
Jockey Shelby Bowtell knows the selection well and while a draw in 11 isn’t ideal the selection looks capable of overcoming that having been drawn in ten when runner-up here last time.
Force to spring surprise
While Farhh Flung looks likely to start a short priced favourite following two second place finishes this spell he may not have things all his own way given he has a wide draw to overcome if he is to break his maiden.
With that in mind Superior Force, drawn five off the rail may prove capable of delivering a surprise victory. Down the field when eighth on a good 4 track when making his debut in a 1200m event at Sale in May the three-yeear-old took a step forward when recording a fourth place finish upped to 1350m on a soft 5 track at Donald last month.