Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 7 races. Good luck, punters!

Track Condition: Heavy 8

Rail Position: out 3m, entire circuit

Chris Waller holds a full deck here with the unraced APOLLATE who is well bred and a game 3rd in a trial recently. He also trains SOLAR APEX who was backed from $7.50 to start $4 on debut at Gosford and was beaten a head. Was 10th for home. Has a lot of ability so have in your numbers as this race looks ideal at 2nd race start.

TECTONICS  who has a bit of a boom on him following two very impressive placings of late rates highly. Drawn to lob in the one, one spot during the run and is very fit. Looks a huge chance.


Lots of chances here. HOME GROUND, when 2nd up last start, was ridden forward, travelled well but just couldn’t quicken late when 5th. Is considerably fitter now and the 2kg claim makes him a huge threat.

DALMATIA PRINCE goes forward and is pretty honest. He’s had a lot of experience around this grade and is 5th up now. On speed, and a good speed this grade last start when 3rd. Big show. .

TOCHI won three on the trot before spelling. Hasn’t been as impressive in three starts since resuming although last start was a big improvement when a good looking 3rd at this level. Terrific contest.


Last start when on debut, Godolphin’s little filly TINY sat back last to the bend over this trip at this track in this grade. She got going in the straight and was an eye-catching 4th. Looked likely to improve a great deal at her next start. Well, this is her next start.

CAT D’ORO is bred to be good. His mum, Catkins was a real crowd favourite and very tough. This bloke was 4th on debut also here in town hitting the line gamely late. Bound to have improved. Can show up in this.

MAGIC RULER has raced twice and both times have been terrific runs. On each occasion, he ran 2nd. Latest here in this grade. Looks very hard to beat. Big show.


Tough race here with a great deal of depth. CELTIC LOVE is up in weight even allowing for the 3kg weight relief for Mikayla Weir. But she is racing superbly winning at past two in this class. Gets back and rockets home and Mikayla has won the past two races on her.

SAIGON also is looking at a picket fence having impressively won past two start in weaker grade. They have both been since resuming so has certainly turned the corner. Has been heavily backed overnight to win this.

Her stablemate SO WICKED hasn’t won for a while but has been nicely placed here. Is 4th up in this and last start was hitting the wire well when 5th this grade.


Good race. LANCASTER BOMBER has developed into a more than handy type who races most consistently. Placed this grade of late several times and off this wide draw, away from the slow going, plus the fact he gets a wonderful helping hand through a 3kg claim, he rates highly.

Hard to determine at the moment just how good ZAKAT is but if they back him, I suggest you get on. Just raced the four times for a pair of provincial wins and two placings last campaign. Then was spelled. Trialled nicely so expect him to be in the fray.

JUANE DIVA is smart and was scratched a few days back for this race. Is fresh for this race and has good first-up stats.


So think LILLEMOR looks well placed here following the claim. She has plenty of early dash and is very fit. Run over late this class last start when 4th but is better suited this time.

VITESSE has run boldly to place at her past two runs, both at BM 78 level. Should be sparkling with fitness now. Down in class a little and has the requisite talent.

EMPRESS BEA might be pretty handy. She has won two of her four starts to date, latest was last start when she just joined in and raced away at Gosford. This is harder but is on an upwards curve. Has claims.


This does look like a nice race for KNOWITALL JACK. He should get out from this good draw, charge and be on pace or leading and probably stays there. Has raced three times this time up,  just missing the place and all races were better than this. Rates highly.

BOMTOWN RAT is very fit and smart at this level. Won this grade two starts back and despite huge weight, must be in your numbers again.

THIS IS SO is 3rd up and is ready to rumble at good odds. Not far away last start. This is easier and can test.