July Sprint 2016 race preview

22 July 2016 10:41 AM

The Canterbury track is currently rated a Heavy 9 as I type. Although it has one of the best drainage systems amongst the major Sydney metropolitan racecourses, it's unlikely to get to a Good rating before they jump after Sydney copped a drenching earlier this week.

Race seven on the card is the July Sprint. A field of ten running over the 1100m course where runners jump from the back straight and run 200m before entering the only turn on the course into the home straight. Barrier statistics indicate a winning trend towards barriers 1 to 7 with the inside gates most successful amongst these.



Redzel resumes after two strong trials. His two career wins from nine starts have come over the 1100m and he has won and placed from three first-up starts. Good win in the Fireball last preparation when beat Takedown and both beat the rest of the field easily over this distance. Tough contender.

Felines seemed to struggle under the big weight last start at Rosehill. Before that ran well in Listed company at Doomben. Finished last preparation strongly when 1.7 lengths behind English in the G2 Challenge after racing wide with no cover. Ready to give her best efforts now.

Gold Symphony comes out of the Peter Moody stable. Didn't dazzle in his last preparation. Was strong the campaign before that winning both of his two starts. Trialled well in the lead up to this winning at Randwick over 850m last week. Look for positive market leads.

Mount Nebo raced well in all three starts this preparation. Randwick conditions suited his swooping style. Tough effort at Grafton when wide most of the way and stuck-on well to finish within a length of the winner. Chance.

Decision Time was close behind Mount Nebo at Randwick last start. Hasn't fired recently before that run but must be given some chance on that effort.

Shamalia hasn't impressed in her two runs back. Forgive Eagle Farm run on the new track there - especially when its wet. Was great when resuming the run before. She is capable of much better. Risk?

Forget was okay when resuming at Rosehill last week. Raced in higher grades last preparation without anything significant to note. In the mix.

Hurrara suprised all when third last start after getting an ideal rails run. Hard to have on previous runs but can't totally dismiss on his last effort.

Wouldn't It Be Nice has put in a few reasonable efforts this preparation. Has consistently got back in his races which won't be suited at Canterbury. Place at best.

Agent hasn't won in nearly two years. Gets in at 51kg with Adkins' claim and has only missed a place twice from seven first-up starts. One for the exotics.

1st Felines rates well on best runs. Going well this preparation and should be at peak fitness for this.

2nd Mount Nebo

3rd Redzel

Mike Steward