CALANDA and Interlocuter have been identified as the two stand outs at Canterbury’s Easter Monday meeting, according to The Daily Telegraph’s Brad Davidson.
Davo says Calanda looks to have come back super and trialled well recently, while Interlocuter
ran on very strongly first-up over the mile at Newcastle and the rise to 1900m should suit.
Snowdens bank on patient approach with Calanda
PUNTERS can put their faith in Calanda at Canterbury as the untapped gelding prepares to launch his autumn campaign in style on Monday.
Team Snowden purposely held Calanda back from the Sydney autumn carnival with the patient approach set to pay dividends in the coming weeks.
Calanda hasn’t been sighted since winning the Inglis Sprint in December and co-trainer Peter Snowden feels he has developed into a more complete racehorse this autumn.
“He will run well (first-up) and he has drawn nicely,” Snowden said.
“He is a horse that has always shown good ability and he is nice and fresh first-up.
“We will probably look at the Scone Guineas with him and possibly Brisbane after that all being well.”
Calanda came from 10th to win the $254,000 Inglis Sprint and Snowden said he will be ridden in a similar fashion on Monday.
“He has won the two from four starts and the best way to ride him is to ride him quiet as we did in the Inglis Sprint,” Snowden said.
He is just a far better horse when you ride him quiet and that will be the case (today).
“He will get back a bit but he will be charging home late.”
Snowden is upbeat Calanda will stretch out to seven furlongs this campaign and feels he is set for a big few months.
“I don’t think 1400m will be a problem this time in and he is bigger and stronger,” he said.
“Hopefully he has a good campaign and he has come back in good order.
“He has only had the one trial but he doesn’t need anymore than that.”
Snowden is also particularly interested to see what Icon Of Dubai can produce on debut at Canterbury.
The well-bred colt will kick off his racing career in Race 2.
“He is a nice horse,” Snowden said.
“He is a half-brother to Pride Of Dubai and he is not quite the same size as him but he is still a nice, neat horse.
“He trialled well and has always shown us nice ability.
“He has drawn a nice gate and he is a bit unknown on a soft track but he has done enough to say he has something there.”
Reinforced (Race 5) has had to settle for second at his past two starts this campaign but Snowden feels the step up to 1550m will give him his chance on Monday.
“He hasn’t won one (this prep) but I thought there was merit in both of his last two runs,” he said.
“Getting out further in trip will definitely help him and Canterbury is probably not the ideal track for him because he is a run-home horse.
“But I was looking for a mile for him and this was the best race I could find for him in the short term.”
Maraam rounds out the Team Snowden team at Canterbury in Race 8.
“She didn’t have a lot of luck last start and I thought she ran OK,” Snowden said.
“The soft track is definitely a plus for her and she probably gets her chance to atone (Monday).”
BRAD DAVIDSON’S BEST BETS
BEST BET: CALANDA (Race 7, No. 10)
Won the Inglis Sprint at his most recent start back in December and he trialled well recently and looks to have come back super.
NEXT BEST: INTERLOCUTER (Race 6, No. 2)
Ran on very strongly first-up over the mile at Newcastle and the rise to 1900m should suit this import. He won his maiden over 1900m in France and looks hard to beat.
TRAIL TIP: IN TIMES OF WAR (Race 4, No. 7)
She has looked pretty sharp at the trials and the stable have scratched her a few times in a bid to find the perfect race first-up. She has loads of talent and should be hard to beat.
OTHER TRIAL TIP: SLOW BURN (Race 3, No. 12)
She has beaten home Zonk twice at the trials and that horse has come out and won convincingly at Gosford first-up this preparation in solid time.
Perry aims to continue Easter festivities
PAUL Perry already has plenty to celebrate this Easter but the Newcastle trainer is hoping to cap off the long weekend with a few winners at Tamworth on Monday.
Perry claimed his first Group 1 winner since 2009 when The Mission led from go to whoa to win the Champagne Stakes at Randwick on Saturday and he is already eyeing off spring features with the underrated colt.
“He pulled up terrific and he will go to the paddock now and come back for the Caulfield Guineas,” he said.
“I think he will improve in (his three-year-old season) and he got the mile strong (on Saturday).
“He is one of those horses that can keep up the tempo and I think he will get a bit further.”
Perry is looking forward to what The Mission can produce in the spring but for now his focus will turn to Tamworth.
Perry will saddle up four runners at Tamworth led by Quartermaster over 2100m in Race 5.
“I would say Quartermaster is my best chance and he ran last Tuesday (at Gosford) which hasn’t hurt him,” he said.
“He never had a lot of luck being a backmarker with a fair bit of weight that day but his run was really nice and he looks well place there (Monday).
“He takes a few runs to get going but he should be nice and solid now and I give him a good chance.”
Perry is also bullish about the prospects of Gendebien in the Tamworth Cup Prelude (1200m).
“I think he has a chance at the weights,” he said.
“He is in open company now and down on the limit and it will bring him into the race.
“He didn’t like the (soft track first-up at Scone) and he wasn’t suited very well that day.
“But he has done well since and it’s a nice race for him.”
Perry’s Tamworth team is rounded out by I Am The Fox in Race 1 and The Garret in Race 8.
“I Am The Fox has drawn shocking but he ran home really nicely the other day,” he said.
“He will probably get back anyway and with a bit of luck from the alley he won’t be far away. “The Garret has had a couple of runs back now and he is probably more solid in condition than what he has been and he should run on all right.”
BRAD DAVIDSON’S BEST BETS
BEST BET: LADY SEGOLENE (Race 2, No. 2)
Just found one better at all three runs this preparation but this race looks hers for the taking. She ticks all the boxes.
NEXT BEST: BULLET KID (Race 4, No. 1)
Eye On America is the obvious danger but he is absolutely this horse. He has the big weight but I don’t expect that to stop him.
OTHER BET: VALBEATA (Race 6, No. 4)
Ran on strongly in a Country Championships heat two back and then bolted in at Taree last start. Can go on with it despite the firmer track.
Originally published as Easter Monday previews: Tamworth, Canterbury
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