Canterbury Futurity Heats to be Contested on Thursday

Canterbury Futurity Heats to be Contested on Thursday


The $30,000 The Ftiz Sports Bar Canterbury Futurity has always been a keenly contested 520m event at Group 2 level. The four 520m heats framed for Thursday evening at the Addington Raceway suggests that another competitive series is about to unfold.


Pictured: Opawa Rooster winning last year’s Canterbury Futurity (pic Dave Robbie)


The Canterbury Futurity is a progressive payment series that allows for litters to be registered during the early nomination period. Those ongoing payments contribute towards the $30,000 stake that is on offer for this event.


The TAB has opened a Futures Win and Top 3 market for the Canterbury Futurity. Here’s a look at the heat contenders including those quotes.


The Ftiz Sports Bar Canterbury Futurity – heat 1, race 5

1 Little Secret $81 & $21: She’s C2 graded chaser who has a 30.44s 520m best winning time. She has featured from this trap before and she must jump straight onto the pace here.

2 Gem $16 & $4.75: She was the recent third place getter in the NZ Oaks final when she was sighted finishing strongly. She’s likely to stick handy to the rail throughout here and then run on late. 

3 Go Brat $12 & $3.75: He’s the only open graded chaser in this heat and that factor alone says that this holder of the field best 30.14s winning 520m time says respect him here.

4 Opawa Sweet $16 & $4.75: She was presented back in November over the Manawatu 457m trip. She has solid lower grade 520m form including her okay best 30.25s effort here.

5 Double Speed $18 & $5.25: He has been contesting strong recent events including a Group 1 520m heat and his last start Invercargill Cup 457m outing. He has enough early pace to make his presence felt back here.

6 Opawa Queen $151 & $31: She’s a C1 assessed chaser who has a best 30.67s 520m clock here. She suffered from an impeded racing passage in her C1 520m race here last week.

7 High Sparrow $151 & $31: She occupied the rear group throughout after she made a moderate start in her Tuesday C1 520m outing. She’s out graded here. 

8 Know Shame $26 & $7: She is provided with swooping claims from out here, although she must place herself handy to the early pace. He endured a traffic impeded last start Ascot Park C2/3 457m outing.




Canterbury Futurity heat 1 contenders includes (from left): Gem; Double Speed; Know Shame


The Ftiz Sports Bar Canterbury Futurity – heat 2, race 6

1 Bahama Queen $16 & $4.75: She was denied racing room when going into the first turn and then was jostled in last week’s C4/5 520m event. She delivered a stunning, strong 30.17s prior C4/5 520m win. Drawn to feature.   

2 M’Lady Sadie $101 & $26: She holds a current C1 grading and she bravely chased home a promising type when delivering her five length C1 Tuesday 520m second. Tougher task here.

3 Opawa Light $16 & $4.75: She trialed over 295m in 17.41s last Thursday after having last raced in a March 21 C3 520m event. She must go close to her best 30.21s winning 520m time in this heat.

4 Know Betrayal $16 & $4.75: He has been regraded to the C3 chasing ranks after having contested his last start Ascot Park race over 457m in a C5 field where he boldly finished a 5.7 length fourth. 

5 Puzzle Tin $16 & $4.75: This C5 assessed chaser finished 3.25 lengths behind race rival here Opawa Light in Thursday’s 295m trial. He’s a proven 520m chaser around this circuit who has a 30.27s best 520m gallop beside his name. 

6 Opawa Hilary $61 & $16: She pressed on during the run home for her Tuesday C1 2.70 length 520m third to Opawa Magic. Settling in the midfield in her C1 520m races hasn’t been helping her.

7 Opawa Magic $41 & $11: She seized control of her Tuesday C1 520m rivals when entering the back straight and she was never headed when delivering her 30.37s win. Tougher ask here, although she’s has scope for improvement within her.

8 Mitcham Trudy $101 & $26: She jumped straight into the race lead, however she struggled during the run home when she finished up as a 2.75 length fourth behind Opawa Magic in Tuesday’s C1 520m event.



Canterbury Futurity heat 2 contenders includes (from left): Bahama Queen; Puzzle Tin


The Ftiz Sports Bar Canterbury Futurity – heat 3, race 7

1 Our Lenny $151 & $31: He’s a C1 graded chaser who didn’t pick the jump in his April 520m races. He has no option but to do so here.  

2 Goldstar Sydney $26 & $7: She’s race hardened and match fit following her last start 732m third at Ascot Park. She controlled the pace throughout when delivering her tidy prior 30.14s 520m C2 win. .

3 Know Denying $26 & $7: He pressed on late when claiming his recent 4.75 length 520m fourth when he upgraded to C3. He must get handy to the pace when going into the first turn.

4 Eddie Hemi $41 & $11: He was last presented March 29 where he stayed in the rear group all the way in his C2 520m outing. He can’t use that tactic in this event. 

5 Opawa Rockstar $41 & $11: He pressed on soundly during the run home to claim his Friday 2.25 length C1 520m when running out his C1 nominations. He cut out his prior Ascot Park C1 457m event in a handy 26.08s. 

6 Barrel Runner $151 & $31: He completed his Tuesday C1 520m task by finishing a 4.75 length 520m third. He hasn’t won over this 520m trip.

7 Jinja Shake $16 & $4.75: He kicked on during the run home to nail his 1.75 length 520m C3 second last week. He’s likely to be sighted doing his best work at the business end here.   

8 Opawa Hop $3.50 & $1.60: She stylishly won the NZ Oaks here when clocking a tidy 30.01s. She then endured a luckless Hatrick 520m Group 1 heat, then she returned here for her easy Thursday C4 520m win also in 30.01s. 




Canterbury Futurity heat 3 contenders includes (from left): Goldstar Sydney; Jinja Shake; Opawa Hop


The Ftiz Sports Bar Canterbury Futurity – heat 4, race 8

1 No Kissy Missy $101 & $26: She’s picking on some handy types for her first attempt at racing over 520m here after she exited from the C1 chasing ranks via her 17.58s Tuesday 295m win.

2 Opawa Lara $31 & $8.50: She’s a C2 assessed chaser who whacked away in her last start 520m outing here, after her prior miss which was in a NZ Oaks heat. She does own a sharp 30.10s best winning 520m time here.

3 Idol Dude $18 & $5.25: He’s a Foxton visitor whose last start Hatrick 520m miss in a Group 1 heat is best forgotten. His ability his underlined by his Auckland Cup 527m heat second placing, which was after a Hatrick 520m Group 1 third. He has placed over 520m around here.  

4 Know Refusal $31 & $8.50: He’s a C3 graded chaser who kicked on for his last start 2.3 length Ascot Park 457m fourth. His prior length C3 520m second was an okay effort.  

5 Go Glow $21 & $6: The recent NZ Oaks runner up didn’t enjoy racing from the eight trap when she contested Friday’s Group 1 NZ Futurity final. She will enjoy returning to her home venue here.

6 Opawa Lyn $4 & $1.75: She’s a C1 graded runner who has been kept very safe by the Bookies here. She completed her last Ascot Park 457m C1 assignment in a smart 26.03s. That underlines her potential.

7 Astrid $31 & $8.50: She’s returning to 520m racing here after her recent C4 295m sprints. Her lack of 520m wins around here is a concern, even though she holds a grading edge over a number of her rivals here.  

8 Goldstar Whitney $101 & $26: He upgraded to C2 when he delivered his 17.45s C1 295m win here last week. He does own a best 520m 30.32s winning time although drawing out wide isn’t exactly where he wants to be.




Canterbury Futurity heat 4 contenders includes (from left): Idol Dude; Know Refusal; Go Glow


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 15/05/2019 5:33:28 PM

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