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Canterbury races tips and preview for May 6, 2020

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Welcome to our Canterbury racing tips and preview for for the meeting being held at Canterbury racecourse, Sydney, Australia, on May 6, 2020.

It is a midweek city meeting as Australia continues to hold horse racing behind closed doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strict biosecurity measures have enabled all three codes of racing – thoroughbreds, harness racing and greyhounds – to continue in all states bar Tasmania.


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Canterbury, the home of night racing in NSW, is one of four Sydney tracks alongside Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm. The meeting on May 6 does not feature the cream of the thoroughbred crop but does include some highly promising individuals trained and ridden by some of the best trainers and jockeys in the world.

We have examined the form for the meeting and have come up with three Canterbury tips. The first of the seven races is on at 12.50pm local time.

Read on for our free Canterbury racing tips for Wednesday, May6, 2020.


Canterbury, race 1 tip: Iron Jack Maiden Hcp, 12.50pm local time (1200m)

This is a race for two-year-old fillies, with three of the 10 acceptors facing the starter for the first time.  Leading trainer Chris Waller, one of our top 10 trainers in the world, has the top two in the betting in 1.September Run and 2. Onedayclosertoyou, which is having her first start, as well as the outsider 10. Willinga Panache. September Run is unplaced in two previous runs but that was in much better company and has come up a short-priced favourite for in-form jockey Hugh Bowman, who rode five winners at Rosehill on Saturday. 4. Zoumist is a nice cut of a filly by Zoustar and was impressive winning a barrier trial at Rosehill on April 20. Watch the betting as the trainer Gerald Ryan is extremely astute.

Canterbury race 1 tip: 2. Onedayclosertoyou is around $4.40 with Unibet and she beat the topweight September Run home in a trial recently. Onedayclosertoyou should get every chance from gate five for top jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Canterbury, race 2: Too Darn Hot at Darley Hcp, 1.25pm local time (1200m)

Another race for the juveniles but this time it’s the boys and the weight of money is with the Waller-trainer colt 1.Volterra. There is a lot to like about the son of I Am Invincible which cost $A1.3 million at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions sales. He is yet to win from two starts but has had two recent barrier trials to bring him to a peak for this return and should be better suited at the 1200m than he was at the 1100m at his two previous starts. He shapes as a horse that will get better over longer trips still but he should race handy to the speed around the tight Canterbury circuit.  One big unknown here is stablemate 4.Fastconi, which is bred to be quick but has not shown a lot in two trials. Godolphin runner 6.Namazu has drawn well in gate 1, while bookmakers expect the big danger to the favourite to be 2.Already Blessed.

Canterbury race 2 tip: Stock with favourite 1.Volterra. It might be best to wait until closer to the jump and seek better odds as he is around $2.60 with Unibet in early markets. We expect this colt to go on to much better things and he has the right jockey in superstar James McDonald.

Canterbury tips, race 5: Ranvet (BM70) Hcp, 3.10pm local time (1250m)

This is a tricky affair with the highly touted 2.Beach Baby from the Joe Pride camp attracting plenty of interest but we are happy to try the lightly-raced 11.Jazette, with veteran hoop Glen Boss to steer. We like the way the four-year-old attacked the line to win last start. 1.Starspangled Rodeo is smart but has a lot of weight, while 4.Reformist is still on an upward spiral and has James McDonald in the saddle.

Canterbury race 5 best bet:  11. Jazette is at around $7 with Unibet and is a good each-way bet. She has plenty of upside.

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