Last year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Impending...
Royal Randwick Racecourse will play host to two Group One races this Saturday, one of which is the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), attracting a top-class field of eight sprint-mile runners.
The Canterbury Stakes will see the return of six horses, which means Catkins and Cosmic Endeavour have the fitness edge over their rivals.
Just three of the eight runners are offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by firm favourite Catkins.
The Chris Waller-trained grey mare opened the betting at $3.20 but has seen her price continually shorten to $2.80, making her the market mover. Catkins will have the fitness advantage with two campaign starts already under her belt, both of which she won.
Does Catkins have what it takes to finally win her first Group One race? Or will one of her classy rivals resuming from a spell steal the show? Check out our 2015 Canterbury Stakes betting tips below.
#3 Catkins ($2.80)
It’s a travesty that the five-year-old grey mare doesn’t have a Group One victory to her name but that could all be resolved come Saturday. Catkins’ support in the Canterbury Stakes betting continues to grow, following two campaign wins already. While the majority of her rivals will be resuming in the Canterbury Stakes, Catkins got an early start to the autumn, defending her title in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) on February 7 before winning the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) a fortnight later. Catkins has won her two starts over the 1300m trip and is facing nearly identical race conditions to what she won under last time out. The mare will jump from barrier three with Jim Cassidy to ride.
#3 Tiger Tees ($7)
Looking past Catkins, there’s quite a few lucrative betting opportunities for punters in the Canterbury Classic, including Tiger Tees. The seven-year-old gelding is running first-up on Saturday, a record he’s excelled at over the years, finishing in the first two in seven of his nine races after a spell. Tiger Tees enjoyed a successful spring campaign that saw the gelding win the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) and Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) before finishing runner-up to Lucia Valentina in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m). Following a six month spell, the Joseph Pride-trained gelding should be fresh and fighting fit on Saturday. However Tiger Tees will need to overcome a jump from the outside barrier with Christian Reith.
#7 Royal Descent ($12)
Royal Descent is one of three horses saddled by Chris Waller in the Canterbury Stakes, along with Catkins and Sacred Falls, and an excellent betting prospect with a win price of $12 or $3.20 to place. The five-year-old mare was a serial bridesmaid during the spring, finishing second in four consecutive starts, including the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), which she missed out on by just a short half-head. Royal Descent hasn’t won a race since the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) two years ago but is a good bet to round out your trifecta or quaddie. The mare will jump from barrier six with champion hoop Kerrin McEvoy.
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