My Bro Fabio set the track alight in last week’s Group Three Canberra Cup Heats and he will start the favourite for Sunday night’s final.
Lowering Prince Diablo’s 2011 track record of 29.96, My Bro Fabio was supremely dominant, romping away to a 12 length victory in 29.89 at his first start at the track. He had box one last week and is similarly drawn this week in box two for trainer Brooke Ennis. Gunning trainer Jodie Lord has three runners in the final and her best chance looks to be Cawbourne Whip boxed out wide.
The Canberra Cup has a quality honour roll, with previous winners of this race including former Topgun and Shoot Out winner Jaimandy Coops, Mark’s Wild Girl, Red Hot Lee, Runaway Promises, Mythological, Prince Diablo, Mepunga Geordie and Zipping Willow.
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “I was glad he could finally put a performance like that on the board last week. I know everybody has heard me say that he is the fastest dog I’ve had and that he has put some great performances in around The Meadows in heats and stuff like that, but it is great for him to finally get a track record. On ability and times, you’d like to think he can win the Canberra Cup but that is barring an accident or bad luck.”
ARG Comments: Has a reasonable strike-rate and boasts a quick win at Wentworth Park. Most of his 11 wins have either been in easier class or over shorter trips. It would be no surprise to see him lead but he will be under siege a fair way from home.
ARG Comments: A youngster who has been racing around the country tracks with moderate success. She will need to improve on her best time at the track of 30.55 if she is going to be a winning chance in this.
ARG Comments: A top-line bitch and Group One National Futurity winner who has done plenty of racing at the elite level. She did not flatter on the clock in her heat win but is definitely the capable of going a lot quicker and could be the improver in the field. She is a definite each way proposition.
ARG Comments: This dog has hit a purple patch of form in the last three months with five straight wins, four of which were best on night performances. His heat win was a second slower than the favourite’s track record run which would suggest he is up against it. Should be close to the front early but may find this a little too tough.
ARG Comments: A strong type who will have little trouble running a strong 530m trip. The concern is that he may be caught up in trouble early. He is definitely a place hope if he is lucky enough to secure a clear run.
ARG Comments: A quality conveyance who is undefeated over this trip in the nation’s capital from three starts. She can be a little hit-or-miss at box rise but is as strong as they come. She looks the main danger to the favourite.