Unsurprisingly Chris Waller’s returning star three-year-old Zoustar has opened top of the 2014 Canterbury Stakes odds at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday.
One of 10 final acceptors for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Guinness Canterbury Stakes (1300m) the exciting son of Northern Meteor is also one of four in the field for Waller.
Drawn ideally in gate two with their regular rider Jim Cassidy staying on, Zoustar has won six of their eight career starts to date including three on the trot last prep.
Two of those were Group 1s too with the Golden Rose Stakes in Sydney where they overcame barrier 16 of 16, and the Coolmore Stud Stakes down the Flemington straight last time out on November 2.
They did it easy that day winning by two lengths, however they’ve only managed to run fourth in their two Randwick trials leading up to this.
Still spirits are high around camp Waller as the 2014 TJ Smith Stakes-bound galloper gears up for their return.
Zoustar currently pays $2.60 in the Canterbury Stakes betting markets, a tight affair with three of his rivals joining him under $10.
The next best in betting are then:
- #10 Not Listenin’tome ($4.20) – Hawkes-trained up-and-comer has ultra-consistent record so far with two seconds and three wins from five starts, was runner-up to Zoustar in the Coolmore back in November before resuming on February 22 with a blistering four length victory in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, will improve on that going up to the mile but this is their Sydney debut so need to handle the other way of racing.
- #6 Appearance ($5.50) – Guy Walter-trained Commands mare, this champ has won both her starts this time in taking out the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) and then the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, knows the track, is in flying form, comes off wins over a number of these, a danger for sure even from the outside barrier.
- #8 Red Tracer ($5.50) – Waller’s second best chance of taking out this one, six-year-old Dane Shadow mare hasn’t run a bad race in the past year, her Doncaster 15th aside where the mud track was to blame. Dual Group 1 winner took out the Myer Classic last run in the spring and returned with a Group 2 victory in the Millie Fox Stakes two weeks ago at Rosehill.
Prices on the remaining runners then blow out offering awesome value to anyone tipping a major upset in the Canterbury Stakes result on Saturday.
Those offering juicy odds to get the better of the top three include the Colin Scott-trained Apollo Stakes runner-up Speediness ($17) whose mile form is good after their Emirates third during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Joe Pride’s Commands gelding Rain Affair ($17) on the rails as they look to improve on a disappointing dead last in the Expressway first-up and Walter’s Group 1 winner Stratum five-year-old Streama ($18).
Winner of the George Main Stakes last September before a very close second to Boban in the Epsom Handicap, both at Randwick, Streama was spelled for over four months returning with a Breeders Classic fifth on February 15 on which she’ll be looking to improve.
Check out the full Canterbury Stakes 2014 odds below, visiting our preferred online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au to lock in those prices.
Also, don’t forget to bet with confidence at Ladbrokes.com.au on Saturday as they’re offering punters their money back as a bonus bet up to $50 if your horse runs second to Zoustar!