Canterbury, Gundagai tips: Beer has taste for Cups

Albury trainer Mitchell Beer has already won a number of cup races in southern NSW and now he’s trying to take home this year’s $100,000 Snake Gully Cup (1400m) at Gundagai.

He has the European import Perfect Illusion entered in the race and the five-year-old has to be the most interesting runner in the 13-horse field. The Nathaniel five-year-old had 14 starts in Europe and just about all of them were over the 2400m range.

“He’s probably a bit of a great unknown,” Beer said. “He’s a pretty classy galloper at a longer trip but we’ve trained him totally differently since he’s arrived in Australia.

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Trainer Mitchell Beer couldn’t be happier with his Snake Gully Cup contender Perfect Illusion.Source:The Daily Telegraph

“We’ve been training him like a sprinter and teaching him to quicken up, and the improvement I’ve seen in the horse in the past four of five weeks has been terrific.”

Perfect Illusion won on debut at Lingfield Park in Great Britain by 12 lengths over 2414m and triumphed again over the same trip at start two.

He won his final start in Europe over 2394m before Beer got him and it would be some training effort to have him win fresh over 1400m.

Perfect Illusion did win his lead-up trial to give Beer a little more confidence.

“I thought his trial was super over 900m for a staying horse,” Beer said.

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CANTERBURY PARK

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SPECIAL SNAP (Race 6, No.7)

This Godolphin-trained runner has had three starts this preparation and should improve off her last performance. Gets a good gate for a change so this can turn things around for her at a track and trip she likes.

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LONGBOTTOM (Race 8, No.11)

She was beaten last start by a horse (Harto) who might be going places and she can bounce back in this competitive race from a good gate where she will get every chance.

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Race 5: 1, 4, 6, 9. Race 6: 2, 7, 9. Race 7: 3, 10, 11. Race 8: 1, 11, 12, 13.

JOCKEY TO WATCH

TOMMY BERRY has some good rides along with some that may be over the odds, such as Kawaikini. L’Cosmo looks to be his best. Corporal can cause an upset in the first as well.

Tommy Berry has some good rides at juyicy odds at Canterbury Park. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

GUNDAGAI

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MONTE MAJURA (Race 6, No.4)

This horse only needs to hold his form from previous runs in stronger grade to be a good chance to win this race.

TRAINER TO WATCH

JOHN O’SHEA looks to have placed Loved One perfectly to take out the feature $100,000 Snake Gully Cup today. She has had two fine runs to be ready for this race.

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“He’s drawn the right barrier (two) and they will be running along. If he gets the breaks in the straight I think he can run a decent race.

“Winx probably needs a little luck at Gundagai. It’s a tricky track and sometimes they do overdo it in those high-pressure races. I’d like to see him midfield.

“I think he’s a really nice Albury Cup horse.”

Beer is bringing a strong team to the races on Friday and when asked which other horse he was looking forward to seeing most, he quickly said: “Lirismo”.

She’s a grey mare who is running in the second race over 1100m after a third on debut at Bendigo more than three months ago. She hasn’t been seen in public since.

“I think she’s one of my nicer horses and one that can definitely go through her grades very easily around here to become a Highway-type horse,” Beer said.

Princess Cordelia is another who Beer is hoping can win again after a 3¼-length victory at Wagga Wagga last time. She’s by Bel Esprit and will run in the fifth race from barrier 10 with Kayla Nisbet again aboard.

“Princess Cordelia ran really well at Wagga last start and she’s a very nice chance on the day,” Beer said. “She likes to sit off the speed, so the gate isn’t an issue. The harder they go in races the better she finishes over the top of them.”

Beer feels the penny has finally dropped with the four-year-old and she’s gained confidence after putting her rivals away with ease two weeks ago.

“She’s been a frustrating horse but has always had a decent amount of ability,” Beer said.

“It wasn’t a shock to see her win like she did last start, it was more of a relief. She won’t have a drama winning more races if she puts her mind to it.”

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GUNDAGAI

RACE 5 (3.45pm)

The wide gate won’t worry Princess Cordelia, who will get back and run on. She comes into this off a dominant win and can overcome the rise in grade. Loudaz is looking to remain undefeated at start three but is dropping back very slightly in trip, which may be a query. Elm Court goes well fresh and has a win over the rising Plonka. Won three times at the trip. Nicconita’s best is good enough to win this.

BET: PRINCESS CORDELIA each way.

RACE 6 (4.20pm)

Considering Monte Majura has placed at his past two in higher grade in the nation’s capital he should just about win this if he holds that form from a good gate, particularly if one of his main rivals, Denmiss, doesn’t run. Inch Perfect returned to form in the same grade last start, while Izzy Looking Good is an outside hope from a wide gate.

BET: MONTE MAJURA to win.

RACE 7 (4.55pm)

It looks like John O’Shea has timed this perfectly with Loved One after two nice efforts this time in. Drawn well and should be peaking. Also drops 5.5kg from last run in town. Don’t Give A Damn has the strong Kosciuszko form lines and will get every chance, although he is giving away more than 6kg to much of the field. Lady Mironton scored a nice win last start when coming from off the speed, which will be the plan again. Up Trumpz, Perfect Illusion and Who’s Knocking are each-way hopes.

BET: LOVED ONE to win.

RACE 8 (5.30pm)

Clear The Beach won a fairly hot country sprint last start and gate gives him perfect chance to dictate this race. Latin Boy’s first-up record has to be respected and this is a good race for him to kick off his summer campaign. Mixed Blossom will try to cross them from wide draw and hold on in straight. Takookacod and Polar Star aren’t out of it.

BET: CLEAR THE BEACH to win.

CANTERBURY PARK (night)

Trainer Jan Bowen knows things need to go perfectly to plan if Roman Typhoon is to win but his natural ability is undeniable.

The Roman Emperor five-year-old will head into Friday night’s final race looking for his sixth win at start 26, which probably isn’t a fair indication of his talent.

“He started off looking like he was going to be anything, then we found that he was a roarer and he had to have an operation done,” Bowen said. “He was slow to get going then they would cross him and he would fight (the jockey).

“He seems to be more relaxed this time in and I’m just trying to keep him nice and quiet.”

Bowen has had to experiment with head gear while Roman Typhoon learnt his trade but she took the winkers off in June and he won his next start in town. He returned from a spell to run an eye-catching second over 900m behind the handy Clear The Beach.

Tim Clark will ride Roman Typhoon for trainer Jan Bowen in the last at Canterbury Park. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Bowen had no hesitation in taking Roman Typhoon back to metropolitan racing.

“I couldn’t be happier with him,” she said. “He’s 100 per cent and I think he will run a big race. He just can’t get going early in a 900m race but he was certainly going to the line.

“It was top run last start so I’m thinking he can do it now. He’s had enough work and is fit enough.”

Roman Typhoon is a changed horse these days and should get better as his summer preparation progresses. Tim Clark will ride him for the first time from barrier 10, which means he will try to slot in somewhere one off the fence and in a midfield position.

The fact Roman Typhoon is going up to 1100m should also make a huge difference.

“He’s happy within himself and he’s matured. He’s a lot more ­settled,” Bowen said. “Drawing out a bit suits him better than being in close and I’m happy to get Tim on. He has heaps of speed but it takes him a little bit to get going.”

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CANTERBURY PARK

RACE 5 (8.15pm)

Kentucky Tornado is the interesting runner. She is making her Australian debut over 1900m and has only had one 905m barrier trial before this run. That should not deter punters too much. Chris Waller will have her very fit. Californiafirebird is rock-hard fit and should be in the finish after series of consistent runs without a win this preparation. Zaunkonig will probably try to lead all the way and likes the track and distance. Must be a chance on form.

BET: Quinella 1, 9.

RACE 6 (8.45pm)

Special Snap gets gate one and drops back in grade so she’s much better placed to win because the form around her is quite strong. James McDonald sticks. Dorothy Of Oz will try to lead all the way and has form around Libertini. Should improve off a first-up win at Hawkesbury last start. Brazilica should sit in behind the speed but within striking distance of leaders. Should run well fresh off a nice lead-up trial for Chris Waller. Alison Of Tuffy is next best.

BET: SPECIAL SNAP to win.

RACE 7 (9.15pm)

Oneness needs to be at best to win but with James McDonald sticking he should be given the chance to avenge his defeat to Sedition last start. Oneness has also drawn better. Sondelon is back from a break with the tongue-tie off for the first time. He’s proven fresh so should be hard to get past at a track he should enjoy. C’est Davinchi is also resuming and loves Canterbury. Consistent but connections will be hoping he can convert more this time in.

BET: C’EST DAVINCHI to win.

RACE 8 (9.45pm)

Longbottom was just been beaten by a pretty good one last start but stuck to her task and should get a dream run from the gate with Brenton Avdulla on. Mediate will be trying to keep her undefeated record alive after three wins in the bush. Had two solid trials before city debut. Roman Typhoon ran in a strong bush sprint last start and won’t look out of place here. Through The Cracks has an impressive record and has Nash Rawiller for city debut.

BET: LONGBOTTOM to win.

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