Dubai Star is clearly a filly of ability and she can break her maiden in the first at Canterbury tonight. The daughter of Pride Of Dubai finished second behind Hanseatic in the Listed Merson Cooper on debut and Ladbrokes Park before running sixth in the Inglis Nursery. This is obviously her easiest task to date, and she’ll take beating.
Impactful recorded a lovely win here a couple of weeks ago and looks well placed to continue his rise through the grades tonight. The Deep Impact colt showed ability fitting of his breeding at the trials and hit the line well to finish fourth over 1400m on the Kensington on debut. He could hardly have been more impressive when breaking his maiden last time out, and he’ll only improve from that effort.
Impavido will return from a brief let-up in the fifth at Canterbury tonight and looks an outstanding bet at his current price ($8 at publish). The Bjorn Baker-trained gelding has typically contested harder races than this and was last seen finishing three lengths from the winner in the Magic Millions Trophy on the Gold Coast. A repeat of that effort here would find him hard to beat in this company.
The second-up Knickpoint is an above-average athlete and will take beating in the sixth at Canterbury tonight. Knickpoint won two of his three career starts prior to resuming this time and was sent off an odds-on favourite at Warwick Farm a couple of weeks ago, but clearly needed the run. He’s drawn a peach and will have the benefit of James McDonald in the saddle tonight. He’ll need appropriate luck, but I think second up, he’s ready to produce something big.