Canonbury Winner Tessera onto 2016 Golden Slipper

John O’Shea and the Godolphin stable staged an upset in Saturday’s Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill Gardens with 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes bound colt Tessera.

Tessera (inside)

Canonbury Stakes winner Tessera (inside, pictured at Randwick) will have one more run before the 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes on March 19. Photo: Steve Hart.

All the early race hype on the opening Group race for juveniles during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival was on the unraced Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Defcon ($4) before late money surged for fellow debutant Star Of Monsoon.

The Gerald Ryan-trained Lonhro colt Star Of Monsoon jumped favourite in the $150,000 Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m), run on a Heavy (8) track, but he could only manage to finish three and a quarter lengths off the winner in fourth on the unsuitable ground.

Team Snowden’s Choisir colt Defcon ($4) meanwhile was nervous behind the barriers and used up too much early energy, eventually crossing one and a half lengths off Tessera ($4) for second.

James McDonald was aboard the winning Medaglia D’Oro colt who has now won two from two, Tessera also winning his debut at Randwick over 1100m on a Soft (6) track on January 16.

Two weeks between runs and another rain affected course suited the youngster who got the gun run from barrier one and combined with McDonald for the second time in another all-the-way win.

The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Mount Panorama ($8.50) finished off the Canonbury Stakes trifecta nearly three lengths off the winner in third, an improved effort from the son of Sebring who ran a luckless sixth to Tessera on debut a fortnight back.

Originally O’Shea had Melbourne’s $120,000 Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Black Caviar Lightning Day, February 20, in mind for the colt.

After the Canonbury win however, connections have bigger and better things in mind for Tessera who is likely to have one more run before tackling the $3.5 million Group 1 Longines Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) on March 19.

“I was going to take him to Melbourne for the Talindert Stakes but I think he’s better than that,” O’Shea told The Australian.

“He’s two from two now and very professional.

“He’s an unassuming horse and he loves a scrap.

“The plan now would be to have one more run into the Slipper.”

Futures Golden Slipper odds at are led by the Snowden-trained Magic Millions Classic winner Capitalist ($3.60).

Tessera meanwhile has firmed into a $15 shot at handing O’Shea with is first win in the world’s richest race for juveniles.

The fillies’ equivalent of the opening autumn feature for two-year-olds, the $150,000 Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m), also ran on Saturday with the Rick Worthington-trained Honesty Prevails winning on debut.

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice won in 1:05.73 seconds, a faster time than Tessera’s 1:06.08 in the colts and geldings race.

She is now $13 in the all-in Golden Slipper betting markets.

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2016 Canonbury Stakes Results

Rosehill Race 3 – 30/01/2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 TESSERA John O’Shea James McDonald 1 56kg $4
2 5 DEFCON Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 1.5L 5 54.5kg $4
3 4 MOUNT PANORAMA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.8L 6 54.5kg $8.50
4 8 STAR OF MONSOON Gerald Ryan Christian Reith 3.4L 3 54.5kg $3.40F
5 2 JEXERLENT Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 6.1L 2 54.5kg $81
6 6 GUARD OF HONOUR Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 7.4L 4 54.5kg $5
3 KINGS OF LEON Matthew Smith Tye Angland 0
7 PEWTER Clarry Conners Jason Collett 0


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