Wentworth Park Thursday Preview

By Jeff Collerson
Canya Joyous missed qualifying for last Saturday's group 1 Ladbrokes Peter Mosman Opal final by just .01sec and is drawn to notch her first Wentworth Park win in Thursday night's Ladbroke It! Stakes.

Canya Joyous is well drawn in box two in the 520m fifth grade, a far easier assignment than when she finished third, chasing home Au Contraire and Harmony Fire in a Peter Mosman Opal heat at Wentworth Park on June 29.

Trainer Michelle Lill decided to put the inexperienced Canya Joyous into the Opal series after three impressive trials at Wentworth Park.

Following a maiden win at Gosford at her second start on June 4, Canya Joyous was given a post-to-post slip for her first look at Wentworth Park.

Mick Lill, her trainer's husband, said: "She clocked 24.26, pretty good for a newcomer, so we took her back for a 520m trial and she recorded 29.89.

"In her final trial she had another post-to-post slip and this time ran a very fast 24.15, running home in the terrific time of 11.57.

"Canya Joyous does not turn two until mid-October and as the youngest bitch in the Opal series she acquitted herself pretty well.

"When she finished third in her Opal heat she clocked 30.26 but she is a lot quicker than that.''

The Lill kennel also has Canya Believe It in box seven in Thursday's Equalizer @ Stud Stakes but he faces stiff opposition from Toodles Jack, who has box one.

Toodles Jack is well placed in this grade as he has won five races at Wentworth Park since May 17.

But Canya Believe It, whose Wentworth Park debut was a third placing behind Ferness and Talk About Class in a heat of the group 1 Ladbrokes Vic Peters Classic on June 29, won't be a pushover.

"After he won at The Gardens on June 22 Michelle gave Canya Believe It a post-to-post slip at WP and he clocked fast time of 24.16.

"I'm not sure how he will handle box seven but he is not a bad crasher, he should run pretty straight.''

August Bob has been beaten in six races since winning at Albion Park on May 2 but should return to the winning list in Thursday's Ladbrokes Communities Stakes, a 520m fifth grade.

August Bob has box seven, the draw he had when he won at Dapto on October 26 in a flying 29.61.

"He is nicely placed in this grade and is definitely well boxed,'' trainer Steve Fitch said.

"I prefer him out there because he doesn't like getting cluttered up early.

"August Bob had a 400m trial at Bulli last Friday and he clocked 22.50 on a heavy track.

"I was very happy with that time, especially as his run home figures were the best of the morning.''

Screeching, who has had only four starts for new trainer Joe McFadyen since coming from Victoria, looks hard to beat from box one in Thursday's Sponsor a Race @ Wenty Stakes, a 520m fifth grade.

"I have been happy with him being drawn wide because he tends to work his way across but he did win at Sandown from box one,'' McFadyen said.

"I'm hoping the dog in box two runs cover for him because I'd especially love to win this race for Screeching's owners Trent Freeman and Jerome Ballard.

"In his first trial at Wentworth Park Screeching's first split was 5.52 and he ran 18sec flat to the back straight so those times should give him a good chance of being the pacemaker.

"The owners just love this dog and Jerome even went out and bought Screeching an ice cream after his trial.''

Monticello has had two wins and three placings at The Gardens and Maitland since finishing fourth at her Wentworth Park debut on May 25 and trainer Peter Mattress gives her a good chance in Thursday's Ladbrokes Easy Form Stakes, a 520m fifth grade.

"She has box seven and I think she is drawn okay out there,'' Mattress said.

"Monticello has a bit of early pace and is doing every thing right, she is pretty smart in a field too.

"In a hand-slip at Wenty she went really quick so while Thursday's race does not look easy she has a good show.''

Foreign Capital is tackling top grade at Wentworth Park for the first time in Thursday's Ladbrokes Fast Withdrawals Stakes but is boxed to give a good account of himself.

The Vic Sultana-trained dog posted a sizzling 29.37 winning a heat of the group 1 Ladbrokes Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park on June 29 but missed the jump from box six when fifth in Rinsed The Lot's 29.44 final.

Part-owner Gordon Sciberras said: "Last Saturday he picked the wrong night to miss the kick because he was in a $75,000 to the winner final.

"But he pulled up well and his run was good because another dog chopped his head off when he was making a run on the back straight.

"Although Foreign Capital's past two Wentworth Park wins have been from box seven I prefer him drawn nearer the rails so am happy with box three on Thursday.''

Best Bet August Bob (race 7)

Best Value Foreign Capital (race 8)

Quaddie race 5 - 3, 1, 8

Race 6 - 1, 5, 6

Race 7 - 7, 5

Race 8 - 3, 8, 5

$20 for 37.03%