Gai Waterhouse trained mare More Joyous will head into her fast race back following a spell as a short-priced favourite in the 2012 Canterbury Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The New Zealand horse currently sits at $2.80 at bookmaker.com.au to collect top billings in the $175,000 Group 2 event (1300m).
With 15 wins from 22 starts there is no doubting the quality of the five-year-old who has collected more than $2.3 million in prize money.
Among those 15 victories are five Group 1 wins and another eight at Group 2 level which is evidence of the More Than Ready mare’s ability to perform in big races against quality fields.
To record a first up victory on Saturday, she will have to overcome some decent horses and Love Conquers All is at the top of that list.
Currently paying $6.00 at bookmaker.com.au, the five-year-old is also returning from a spell and has a decent career record of eight wins from 22 starts.
New Zealand horse Somepin Anypin returned strongly from a spell earlier this month when he finished second in the Liverpool City Cup and finished his 2011 Spring campaign with three straight victories.
The highly promising Gary Portelli trained four-year-old is currently third favourite at $10.00 in the bookmaker.com.au Canterbury Stakes market.
Some value can be found with Albert The Fat who will start at $17.00 after finishing a disappointing eighteenth in the Newmarket Handicap on March 10.
Part of the Chris Waller stable, the seven-year-old has an impressive record of 11 wins from 32 starts with his last victory coming in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington last year.
Some long odds can be found with another Waller trained horse in Metal Bender who is a two time Group 1 winner.
The New Zealand gelding is currently the outside hope ($41.00) at bookmaker.com.au and is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Apollo Stakes in late February.
Other horses set to run in the 2012 Canterbury Stakes include Hurtle Myrtle ($11.00), Sincero ($12.00), Triple Elegance ($15.00) and Centennial Park ($16.00).
The full market for the Canterbury Stakes is now available at the Races.com.au preferred bookmaker – bookmaker.com.au.