Nine classy sprinters have been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in typically slick form this season, talented mare Catkins has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in 2015 Canterbury Stakes betting markets; currently available at odds of $3.10 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting ten race wins and a further eight minor place finishes over her 28 competitive start career so far, Catkins is surprisingly yet to break through for a maiden victory at the highest level, but appears primed for her best chance to date in the 2015 Canterbury Stakes.
Successfully defending her crown in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) first-up on February 7th, Catkins continued her perfect run through 2015 when poking clear late to win the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on January 21st.
Allocated the ideal barrier 3, punters may find value in adding Catkins as a selection in a 2015 Canterbury Stakes quinella or trifecta bet.
Cosmic Endeavour broke through for a maiden Group 1 victory in the 2014 edition of the Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) most notably last year, and after receiving a good lead-in to the 2015 Canterbury Stakes, figures as outright second favourite for success at a quote of $3.40 for success.
Placing fourth in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 14th, Cosmic Endeavour jumped from the gates well in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) last weekend; displaying a keen turn of foot late to finish a close second to Danesiri.
Allocated the rails draw, the Northern Meteor mare is sure to be boosted by in-form jockey James McDonald.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runners currently available at odds of less-than $10 in 2015 Canterbury Stakes betting markets, Tiger Tees and Fontelina currently share the third line at generous $7.50 quotes each and appear likely to figure in contention this weekend.
Taking out the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) before placing fourth in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) most notably last autumn, Tiger Tees returned in spring for back-to-back victories in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) and Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m); placing second in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) most recently on September 6th.
Placing an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in what was his only start in 2014, Fontelina will leave from barrier 7 in the 2015 Canterbury Stakes and has been confirmed to be partnered by jockey Brenton Avdulla.
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