9 September: 7 Horses You Need To Watch at Canterbury and Sandown

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Tue 8th September 2020

There’s plenty of quality going around on Wednesday at Sandown and Canterbury, with spring in full swing. Some runners are usually Saturday class horse, while others are youngsters looking to progress to bigger and better things, let’s take a look at some to watch on Wednesday…


There are a number of maiden races early in the card, with a number of three-year-olds who are nominated for the 2020 Caulfield Guineas, 2020 Thousand Guineas, 2020 VRC Derby, and the 2020 VRC Oaks going around.

Race 1 – 1600m 3YO Maiden

Looking most likely is Oceanography, who just missed last start after encountering traffic at Warrnambool and looks well placed here for the Maher Eustace yard with even luck in transit.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Oceanography at $4.00.

Race 3 – 1300m 3YO Benchmark 64

Favourite Aysar is hard to go past here, winning at this distance at the Lakeside last start and shouldn’t be bothered with the firmer surface. The only knock is that the son of Deep Field maps to get well back.

If Aysar find trouble in the run, then Grandslam, a full brother to Jameka, looks good value at the double figure quote.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Aysar at $2.30, and saving on Grandslam at $13.

Watch: Grandslam win at Morphettville last preparation.

Race 7 – 1000m Benchmark 78

Some quality Saturday types going around here midweek, with Propelle looking the pick of them. She won last start at Caulfield on a Saturday and maps well here, with plenty of speed to come at the front with Mister Mogul, and Fill The Flute.

I’ll also be keeping an eye on three-year-old Larimer Street, who drops back from the Group 3 McNeil Stakes last start.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Propelle at $4.20 if they’re able to make ground on the day.

Watch: Propelle motoring home strongly to win at Caulfield last start.


Race 1 – 1550m 3YO Maiden

I’m interested in Cadenabbia here, an 800k Redoute’s Choice colt who finished second to Game Theory last start, who is nominated for the listed Dulcify Stakes.

He recorded the strongest last 400m of the race which suggests the step up in distance shouldn’t be an issue, and I’m happy to back him at $2.20.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Cadenabbia at $2.20, but just watch it go around if you don’t like backing short-priced favourites.

Watch: Cadenabbia finish second behind Game Theory on debut.

Race 3 – 1900m Benchmark 72

It’s tough to knock Monsieur Sisu here, who led all the way last start here at the same track and trip.

Has drawn perfectly with the inside barrier, and should find the front and control the race without many issues. Gets in well at the weights with the apprentice claim and looks hard to beat.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Monsieur Sisu at $3.50.

Watch: Monsieur Sisu lead all the way to win last start at the same track and trip.

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.