Classy mare Appearance has upstaged more fancied rivals to win a rain effected Group 1 Canterbury Stakes 2014 at Royal Randwick.
The second Group 1 of the day was delayed by almost an hour after thunderstorms and rain hit the Randwick area making it unsafe for racing.
When the race did jump Rain Affair set a quick tempo upfront. Appearance was last around the home bend but produced a great turn of foot to finish over the top of the field and win from Not Listenin’tome and an unlucky Red Tracer in third. Wet track specialist and market mover Red Tracer had a rough jump from the barrier and was then almost knocked down when sandwiched by Streama, making her run to finish third all the more impressive.
“She is just a fantastic race mare,” jockey Kerrin McEvoy said of Appearance after the race.
“She obviously enjoys those race conditions and she had the race run to suit.
“The tempo was nice; I was on the back of Red Tracer and I thought that she would be towing me into the race at the right time.
“She peeled out and picked up a couple of times for me in the straight as Group 1 horses do.
“She is on target for a nice campaign now.”
The surprise of the race was the lacklustre performance by returning champion Zoustar who never found a run and finished 8th, 4.3 lengths behind the winner.
The result gives Appearance her fourth Group 1 victory and third win in a row this preparation after claiming the Group 2 Apollo Stakes and the Group 2 Expressway Stakes.
Appearance could add to her haul of Group 1 victories as she will next head to the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes on March 29, before going to the Group 1 Doncaster Mile on April 12 and the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes on April 19.
“The plan was the George Ryder, Doncaster and The Queen Of The Turf and there is no reason to change that,” trainer Guy Walter said after the impressive win.
2014 Canterbury Stakes Results
|1||6||APPEARANCE||Guy Walter||Kerrin McEvoy||–||10||57kg||$5.50|
|2||10||NOT LISTENIN’TOME||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||1.3L||6||56kg||$4.40|
|3||8||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1.4L||7||57kg||$3.40F|
|4||2||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||2.1L||2||59kg||$51|
|5||3||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||3.5L||9||59kg||$61|
|6||7||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Glen Boss||3.6L||8||57kg||$18|
|7||4||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Damien Oliver||3.7L||4||59kg||$26|
|8||9||ZOUSTAR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||4.3L||3||56kg||$4.20|
|9||5||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||4.4L||1||59kg||$17|
|10||1||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6.1L||5||59kg||$91|