A talented field of 10 has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick this weekend, offering punters several good opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having been confirmed to the track for the first time this year following a stand-out spring preparation, talented colt Zoustar is currently featuring as outright $2.75 favourite for Canterbury Stakes success on Saturday, ahead of Not Listenin’tome ($4.40), clear market mover Red Tracer ($4.80) and Appearance ($6).
Can Zoustar pick up where he left off in 2013 first-up, or will one of his talented opponents sweep through and claim the 2014 Canterbury Stakes?
Red Tracer ($4.80)
Having amassed fifteen wins and twelve places from her 33 race starts to date, talented mare Red Tracer is undoubtedly one of the country’s most consistent runners and has returned to the track in 2014 in top form, producing a keen turn of foot to stroll home in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) first-up on March 1st. Allocated the reasonable gate 7 at Wednesday’s barrier draws, the exciting Dane Shadow mare has completed the ideal preparation ahead of the Canterbury Stakes and will be particularly tough to beat with in-form jockey Nash Rawiller on board.
Zoustar has won six races and placed once in his eight starts to date, easily registering as the most exciting debut runner in 2013. Winning his first three events and finishing an unlucky second behind Romantic Touch in the Group 1 J.J Atkins (1600m) in autumn, the talented Northern Meteor colt broke through to claim the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in a memorable spring preparation. Having drawn the ideal barrier 3 for this weekend’s Canterbury Stakes, trainer Chris Waller is confident Zoustar will perform from the outset.
Not Listenin’tome ($4.40)
Exciting Team Hawkes-trained gelding Not Listenin’tome is yet to finish worse than second over five career race starts to date, and will carry winning form into the Canterbury Stakes, having strolled home to win the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) by four lengths on February 22nd. The talented son of Dylan Thomas received good attention from punters when betting markets first opened on Wednesday, but has eased noticeably following heavy interest in Red Tracer.
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