Only seven runners will line up for Saturday’s 2016 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.
First Seal is yet to herald much attention in 2016 Canterbury Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au but remains outright $2.75 favourite for success.
A strong and consistent performer for John Thompson since first appearing on course in 2014, First Seal has posted a commendable five wins and as many minors through only twelve competitive starts so far.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of the Flight Stakes (1600m), First Seal resumed in 2015 for second in the Group 2 Lighting Fingers Stakes (1200m); returning to winning form in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) before finishing second in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (1600m).
Having returned to the paddock after placing sixth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), the Fastnet Rock mare was unlucky to miss the entire Spring Carnival through injury but resumed this time for success in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) a fortnight ago.
Our Boy Malachi has also drifted noticeably in 2016 Canterbury Stakes betting markets but remains outright $3.20 second-favourite for success.
Debuting for Team Hawkes last summer for wins in each of the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) and Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m), Our Boy Malachi resumed in late autumn for another impressive win in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m).
Travelling north for third in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m), the Top Echelon gelding bled during the running of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 23rd and subsequently missed the remainder of the 2015 calendar.
Having received an ideal tune-up when taking out the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) by three lengths first-up this time, Tommy Berry takes the ride on Our Boy Malachi from barrier 6 on Saturday.
Kermadec has also drifted in 2016 Canterbury Stakes betting markets but remains $6 third-favourite to win from the rails draw, with leading hoop Hugh Bowman aboard.
Kermadec was a standout for Chris Waller through the 2015 edition of the Autumn Carnival, highlighted by an impressive win in the major Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) during The Championships.
Resuming in spring for fifth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), the Teofilo entire placed second in the Group 1 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before taking out the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) most notably on September 19th.
Holler has cut in from Canterbury Stakes odds of $18 to current feature as clear $7.50 market mover while the remaining field in Criterion ($9), Happy Clapper ($15) and Ecuador ($31) have all experienced some attention.
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