A small field of just six two-year-old colts and geldings are set to run in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
With just one of the six having a start prior to Saturday’s race, the race is wide open in terms of betting. All but one horse is offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by Vancouver at $3.70.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt won the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) back in October, which puts him in good form for Saturday’s race. Vancouver was fast to find the front after jumping from barrier five and kept kicking all the way. He managed to hold the favourite off in a strong leading effort, winning by one and a quarter lengths.
He had little impact in a barrier trial on January 15, finding himself under pressure in the straight, but remains a contender for the 2015 Canonbury Stakes.
Vancouver will jump from barrier four with champion jockey Tommy Berry to ride.
Waterhouse will also saddle Ulster, who is a $6.50 shot in the betting. The colt will make his debut on Saturday after finishing second in two barrier trials in the past month. He showed nice tempo at Randwick on January 15 and even managed to open up a big break.
Hot on Vancouver’s heels in the Canonbury Stakes betting is Mawahibb and Outreach, both of which are paying $3.80.
The Team Hawkes-trained Mawahibb will jump from barrier two with Dwayne Dunn to ride while Peter & Paul Snowden’s Outreach will have to overcome a start from the widest gate.
Mawahibb won a barrier trial at Kensington back in September, showing a nice turn of foot, before finishing second in another on January 20 while Outreach has finished in the first two in two trials this month.
John O’Shea’s Chamarel ($4.80) is the market mover of the field after his price was shortened from $6. The colt will jump from barrier five with James McDonald to ride.
The only runner outside the single figure odds is Cashing Up ($17) who has finished third in both his barrier trials. The John Sargent-trained colt will get the inside jump from barrier one however, with Sam Clipperton as jockey.
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