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Selections and Best Bets for Canterbury - 7th January 2022

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Selections and best from Chris Scholtz for the Canterbury night meeting on January 7 plus Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.


Best Bets



For Value


RACE 1: 10-8-11-2

RACE 2: 3-1-2-5

RACE 3: 3-4-2-9

RACE 4: 1-4-6-2

RACE 5: 4-2-1-3

RACE 6: 6-7-5-8

RACE 7: 3-4-1-6

RACE 8: 3-4-6-7




CANTERBURY FRIDAY: Dame Cartland (R1); Barani (R1); Proud Image (R1); Portray (R1); Tick Tick Tick (R3); Super Vogue (R3); Belle Espoir (R4) 

ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Belle Espoir (R3); And We Danced (R3); Wairere Falls (R5); Yiyi (R5); Opacity (R5); Invinciano (R10)

WYONG SATURDAY: Fielding (R3); Proud Image (R3); Kung Fu Muchu (R7); Lucilight (R7)

NOWRA SUNDAY: Art Of Excellence (R5)


RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Broken Arrows; Stick To Your Guns; Moonshine Lady; Nikohli Beagle; Flucuate; Divine Future; Shadow Devil; Roheryn; Coolangatta; Russian Conquest; Sherringford; Don't Doubt Katie; The Bopper; Elzamee; Written Doubt; Embeller; Starboreta; Nasturtium; Rise Of The Masses.


WARWICK FARM December 30: In the open heats over 821m the win by INVINCIANO (49.08; 34.01) was commendable while soft trials by the Waller stablemates WAIRERE FALLS and YIYI took the eye.

CANTERBURY December 21: Ribchester filly PORTRAY could be a good 2YO prospect for Godolphin after an impressive win her first trial over 890m (56.22; 36.20). Travelled three wide from the 600m but was always under a big hold from Rachel King and had her rivals well covered over the last 200m where she was eager to go faster. Previously noted filly SUPER VOGUE did enough in her heat to confirm the ability she displayed in her impressive trial win in November.

WYONG December 20: FIELDING, an unraced Deep Field 3YO, looks to have a future after a strong maiden heat win over 845m (49.35; 34.54).

WARWICK FARM December 16: There were faster trials at this session but unraced Hinchinbrook filly TICK TICK TICK made a good impression winning her maiden heat over 809m (47.25; 33.60). She travelled sweetly and was always in control, winning by a soft 1.27 lengths in her best result in four trials.

ROSEHILL December 14: AND WE DANCED, a new addition to the Waller stable from NZ, was never put under pressure but there was a lot of quality in the way she closed late for an impressive third in a strong 900m heat (55.07; 34.49). Keen to follow her progress although she didn't make the same impression in her second trial at Warwick Farm on December 30.

HAWKESBURY December 13: The race debut by the unraced PROUD IMAGE, winner of her 2YO heat over 800m (47.91; 34.01), has been a long time coming. She has now won two of her four trials since September.

ROSEHILL November 8: Unraced Press Statement filly SUPER VOGUE really too the eye with the way she went through her gears to record a strong win in her 897m maiden heat (55.56; 35.58). Settled in the back half before getting into her work over the last 500m, making ground easily through the field and easily running past the leaders for a soft 1.7 lengths win.

WARWICK FARM September 21: Pride of Dubai filly PROUD IMAGE sat outside the lead and did enough to dispose of her opposition under a soft ride in faster time than the colts heat (47.59; 34.00).


Eligible Blackbook Runners – January 7/8

CANTERBURY FRIDAY: Poetic Charmer (R5); Remus (R6)

ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Saigon (R3); Attorney (R8); Welsh Legend (R8); Zegalo (R9); Casino Kid (R9); Sacred Command (R9); Poetic Charmer (R10)


CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Sig Positano (R7); Vespertine (R9)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Mass Destruction; Dzsenifer; Coventina Bay; Five Kingdom; El Padrino; Totally Charmed; Brookspire; Bacchanalia; Our Heidi; Born A King; Mr Cancun; Ligulate; Spirit Of Gaylard; Superstorm; Vianello; Minhaaj; I'm Thunderstruck; Elusive Express.

Blackbookers – Selected January 1

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DESERT ICON: Import ready to show his best.

KEY LARGO: No luck. Ready to win.

NUDGE: Good mare back in form.

SOXAGON: Strong efforts since resuming.

SQUID GAME: Prefer over 1200m-1400m.   

TOOMUCHTOBEAR: Stay with him. Needs 2000m.

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