Just eight runners remain in contention for this afternoon’s Group 1 Cantebury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Catkins and Cosmic Endeavour ($3.20) currently share favouritism in 2015 Canterbury Stakes betting markets ahead of Tiger Tees ($7) and Hooked ($11) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will one of the Canterbury Stakes’ talented mares win this afternoon, or will one of their talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Tiger Tees ($7)
A proven performer at the class, over the distance and course, Tigers Tees is a noted pace setter and will be particularly difficult to beat if offered a clear racing line upon reaching this final straight at Randwick this afternoon. Posting thirteen wins and a further six minor place finishes from his 30 competitive starts so far, Tiger Tees registered a standout year in 2014; winning each of the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) and Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and finishing in the minors in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) most notably.
Catkins has returned to racing in typically slick form this season, and is more than worth consideration as a selection in a Canterbury Stakes quinella or trifecta bet as a result. Finishing outside the top three only two times in 10 starts in 2014, the daughter of Dubawi successfully defended her Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) crown upon resuming on February 7th, and will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins this afternoon after taking out the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) a fortnight ago.
Criterion is without doubt the class horse of the 2015 Canterbury Stakes field, and while far-more suited to longer racing distances, is sure to figure in contention this afternoon. A two-time Group 1 winner through the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival, the son of Sebring placed third in the Warwick Stakes first-up in spring and has reportedly taken particularly well to work in the lead-up to the Canterbury Stakes.
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