Zoustar Confirmed For 2014 Canterbury Stakes

March 12th, 2014

The 2014 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) is shaping as the race of the day on a strong Royal Randwick race card this Saturday, with several previous winners at Group 1 level confirmed to take the stalls, including Zoustar.

Zoustar has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Canterbury Stakes

Zoustar has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Canterbury Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Having not contested an event so far in 2014, trainer Chris Waller is confident of first-up success in the Canterbury Stakes for Zoustar, despite coming up against several well-trialled opponents.

Zoustar was one of the top performers of the 2013 spring, following up a competitive fourth in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) first-up with three consecutive wins in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m), Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) to close his memorable preparation.

Having performed well in a Randwick barrier trial of Tuesday morning, jockey Jim Cassidy is expecting the talented Northern Meteor colt to perform from the get-go this weekend.

Waller is set to dominate the running of the 2014 Canterbury Stakes, having also accepted positions in the final field for Red Tracer, My Kingdom Of Fife (barrier 5) and Sacred Falls (barrier 2).

Returning to the track in 2014 to comfortably claim the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes first-up on March 1st, Red Tracer is aiming for her fourth-straight win in the Canterbury Stakes, and is offered a good opportunity from barrier 7.

Recording an impressive fifteen wins and 12 places from 33 race starts to date, Red Tracer is arguably the most consistent Australian horse currently racing, and is continually firming in betting markets for this year’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th.

Easily one of the best performers of the 2013 autumn, My Kingdom Of Fife scored three consecutive wins in the Group 3 Doncaster Mile Prelude (1600m), Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m), before closing his campaign an unlucky second to Scenic Shot in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m).

Claiming the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) in a short spring campaign, Waller is confident the nine-year-old son of Kingmambo will perform from the outset in this weekend’s Canterbury Stakes.

Trainer Guy Walter is set to saddle three runners in the 2014 Canterbury Stakes, with in-form runner Appearance set to be joined by Streama (barrier 8) and Toydini (barrier 9).

Appearance has returned to the track in 2014 in scintillating form, following up a near-perfect run for first in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up with another faultless run to claim the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) most recently.

Streama was less-than-convincing when fifth in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) first-up on February 15th, but was undoubtedly one of the most consistent performers of 2013, having finished outside the places only once in ten starts and claiming the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).

While unable match the late pace of his competitors in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd, Walter is confident Toydini can return to the form that delivered two wins at Group level in the spring of 2013, in this weekend’s Canterbury Stakes.

Speediness (barrier 4), Rain Affair (barrier 1) and exciting three-year-old Not Listenin’tome (barrier 6) complete the final field for the 2014 Canterbury Stakes.

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2014 Canterbury Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 6x1112x21x MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 59kg 112
2 521x47835x SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 2 59kg 111
3 14x51316x8 TOYDINI Guy Walter Blake Shinn 9 59kg 110
4 1x14423x62 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Damien Oliver 4 59kg 109
5 4220x136x0 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Jason Collett 1 59kg 108
6 4117x94x11 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Kerrin McEvoy 10 57kg 116
7 3432x212x5 STREAMA Guy Walter Glen Boss 8 57kg 115
8 2011x211x1 RED TRACER Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 7 57kg 114
9 1112x4111x ZOUSTAR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 3 56kg 109
10 1122×1 NOT LISTENIN’TOME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 6 56kg 94