De Valera will take good improvement into his third start back from a break and looks ready to win at Canterbury this afternoon. The four-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt clearly needed the run when he finished at the tail of the field at Hawkesbury first-up, but he finished off well for a nose third behind Californiafirebird and will only be better in this. He’s drawn a peach and weighted to win.
Discharged hasn’t been seen at the races since June, but he is a classy type and can make a winning return at Canterbury tonight. The Snitzel colt has recorded one win and one placing from only four starts so far and has form around some terrific horses. He ended his last preparation in Listed company and has trialled well in the lead-up to this.
Wandabaa is a strong and consistent performer and looks a winning chance at Canterbury tonight, at a nice price ($6 at publish). The Kris Lees-trained filly won each of her first three career starts and has continued to perform well as the bar has been raised; placing third at her last two, including a decent effort in BM64 company at Rosehill last week. Hugh Bowman takes the ride and the horse looks ready to peak fourth-up.
El Mo has returned a couple of competitive efforts this time and looks tough to beat in the seventh at Canterbury tonight, following the key early scratching of Through The Cracks. The Uncle Mo gelding was an impressive winner of a midweek race at Warwick Farm two back and finished on the heels of the placegetters at Randwick last time out. He’s drawn a peach and is primed to win.