The mares have a gun recent record in the other Group 1 race of Randwick Guineas Day and for the Canterbury Stakes 2016 the bookies are tipping the females to continue their run with First Seal leading the markets.
One seven horses are engaged for this Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), the John Thompson-trained Fastnet Rock four-year-old First Seal the sole mare taking on the boys in the weight-for-age autumn feature.
She aims for her second top level win after her success at the track in October of 2014 defeating subsequent Cox Plate hero last spring Winx in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
First-up this time in she won the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) against her own kind and looked very impressive doing so.
Now she sits top of the Canterbury Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.75 to win again and join More Joyous (2011-12), Appearance (2014) and Cosmic Endeavour (2015) as the most recent mares to salute in the race.
It is a wide open Canterbury Stakes betting affair this season with four of the other six runners also under $10 for the win including close second pick Our Boy Malachi ($3.20) who has eased out slightly.
Prepared by John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes who have a good record in the race, the veteran sprinter is out to become the first seven-year-old Canterbury Stakes winner since All Our Mob (1997).
He posted his 18th win at start number 22 last time out in late January winning the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill by a tidy three lengths and is out to retain his undefeated status at Randwick (2-2-0-0).
The $5.50 third favourite is the Chris Waller-trained Doncaster Mile champion Kermadec drawn the rails with barrier one for his first-up run this weekend with Hugh Bowman aboard.
A four-year-old son of Teofilo, the $2.59 million earning stallion hasn’t raced since a Cox Plate flop when second last (13th) behind his champion stablemate Winx in the Group 1 at Moonee Valley.
He will appreciate getting back to Sydney at a track he boasts two wins (both at elite level) and two seconds from five runs over.
Rounding out the single figure fancies are then early market mover Holler who has been smashed by the punters in from $18 to $7.50 and Criterion who is easing from $7.50 to $9.
There is big money on the John O’Shea-trained three-year-old Commands colt Holler who was last seen running fifth to Saturday’s Australian Guineas hope in Melbourne Mahuta in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne back on February 13, but he’s going to need to lift to beat home these top older rivals.
Criterion kicks off his autumn this weekend, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Sebring stallion running for the first time since a ninth in last December’s Hong Kong Cup.
He is a winner of over $7 million in prize money and always runs well at Randwick (9-2-2-2), but will be improving on whatever he does first-up when extended over more distance.
His last win was in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) before his Cox Plate second and surprise Melbourne Cup third over the two miles in the spring.
Rounding out the field and markets are Happy Clapper ($15) who won the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) here last start in December and tracks towards a run in the 2016 Doncaster Mile next month, and the $31 roughie of the lot Ecuador ($31) prepared by the race’s most successful trainer Gai Waterhouse who boasts seven previous Canterbury Stakes victories.
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