Whittington Heads 2013 Canonbury Stakes Field

Gai Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper 2013 fancy Whittington will take their next step towards the world’s richest juveniles’ race when they resume in the $100,000 Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.


Whittington resumes racing in the Canonbury Stakes on Saturday heading towards the 2013 Golden Slipper. Photo: Steve Hart

One of 10 two-year-old colts and geldings engaged in this year’s Canonbury Stakes, promising Tale Of The Cat colt Whittington races for the first time since their blistering three length victory in the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick last October in a much awaited return.

Drawn on the rails with their Breeders Plate jockey Tommy Berry engaged again Whittington has had two winning Randwick trials leading up to this first-up run most recently by two lengths over 1050m on February 1.

Their good form so far has seen them enter the picture for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on April 6 and they are currently the $15 fourth pick in the futures Golden Slipper odds at the online bookies.

Another solid chance in the futures Golden Slipper betting markets engaged in the Canonbury this weekend is then the Grant Allard-trained Napayshini who is not currently nominated for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival classic.

Despite connections having to pay a hefty $150,000 late entry to get Ready’s Image colt Napayshini into the Slipper they are still at $26 in the markets having run a good second to All The Talk in the Warwick Farm Plate back in early December.

They return in the Canonbury and will jump from gate eight with apprentice hoop Sam Clipperton in the saddle reuniting with them.

Other Golden Slipper bound juveniles in the Canonbury Stakes field 2013 then include David Hayes’ Sebring colt Criterion who won here on debut during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Anthony Cummings-trained Never Can Tell who also boasts a big three length Rosehill win to their name, and Dane Shadow colt Flak Jacket coming off a Kembla Grange win in the wet from February 2 all at around $51 in the latest markets – prices that will firm with an upset win on the weekend.

Check out the complete 2013 Canonbury Stakes field, jockeys, weights and barriers in the below table then head over to bookmaker.com.au to get in on the autumn betting action at the guaranteed best prices in the country!

2013 Canonbury Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 3 – 2:10pm (AEST) – 16/02/2013

# Form Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 1x WHITTINGTON Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1 56kg
2 91×18 REGIMENTAL PRIDE David Payne Hugh Bowman 9 55kg
3 1x CRITERION (NZ) David Payne Glyn Schofield 4 54kg
4 1x NEVER CAN TELL Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 10 54kg
5 2x NAPAYSHINI Grant Allard Sam Clipperton (a) 8 54kg
6 1 FLAK JACKET Grahame Begg Nathan Berry 7 54kg
7 3 DOWDSTOWN CHARLIE David Payne Corey Brown 6 54kg
8 8 LOUTREL Gary Portelli Jason Collett 2 54kg
9 ANGUS ROCK Tim Martin Brenton Avdulla 3 54kg
10 GALEFORCE TEN Gerald Ryan James McDonald 5 54kg