A HORSE with a second placing to Protectionist in a former life appears one of the key runners of interest for NSW form expert John Walter at Canterbury.
Kris Lees-trained import Singing is the $4.40 second favourite for Race Four, a Benchmark 93 Handicap over 1900m.
He is presented first up for almost 12 months at the races today.
While recognising the stayer’s obvious ability, Walter argued that he couldn’t dive into the odds about it or favourite Pindan Pearl ($3) in the race.
“This is a strange little race,” Walter said.
“Singing is the obvious query runner. He has a second to Protectionist is his former life.
“But he has a big task here first up from the long break and over this sort of trip. The late betting will be the best guide.
“Loophole ($11) looks ideally placed back to the 1900m here and should improve.
“Springbok Flyer ($7.50) should be ready to go now and also looks very well placed.
“Pindan Pearl faces a tougher test this time and looks very short in the early markets, but can win though.
“Tradtri ($26) is the knockout horse - as usual he will be bowling along in the lead.”
So which way is Walter betting in this race and across the nine-race program at Canterbury?