2022 Canterbury Stakes Field & Odds: Zaaki Scratched

March 3, 2022

2022 Canterbury Stakes Field & Odds: Zaaki Scratched

Forbidden Love is new favourite to add the Group 1 $500,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) to her CV this weekend with the withdrawal of Zaaki from the line-up.

Forbidden Love | Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Forbidden Love is new favourite in updated 2022 Canterbury Stakes betting in Sydney this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

The wild weather in Sydney has continued this week and there is another Heavy (10) track ahead of Randwick Guineas Day 2022.

That has seen trainer Annabel Neasham opt to withdraw resuming Mackinnon Stakes champ Zaaki from the field in favour of a first-up run in Flemington’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) on firmer going.

Updated Canterbury Stakes betting markets on the remaining nine weight-for-age hopefuls have the Richard & Michael Freedman-trained Forbidden Love on top.

On a quick back-up after dominating last weekend’s Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) on a rain-soaked Randwick track by over three lengths, she is now at $3 Canterbury Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to salute in the wet again.

Hugh Bowman retains the ride on the four-year-old daughter of All Too Hard with Forbidden Love out to go back-to-back in the event for the mares following the success of Savatiano (2021) last Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Following closely at $4 is fellow mare Lighthouse, the in-form grey jumping from barrier two with Zaaki’s hoop James McDonald coming aboard for the ride.

Representing the Maher/Eustace stable, the Mizzen Mast five-year-old runs at Randwick for the first time travelling north after her last start Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) second to Tofane on February 12.

In a tight top half of the market a further two runners are also under double-figures for the win with Zaaki’s stablemate Laws Of Indices ($5) still in the mix for the stable and the returning Joe Pride-trained Private Eye ($5.50).

Four-year-old Power entire Laws Of Indices debuted for Neasham down under following his import from the UK last October when fifth under two lengths off I’m Thunderstruck in the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) on a very firm Good (3) Rosehill track.

Put away after that he returned on February 12 in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) here when fifth behind Lost And Running, but is tipped to improve second-up with his better form on softer going.

Private Eye gets his autumn underway in the Canterbury Stakes field coming into barrier six with Regan Bayliss coming aboard the spring’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap champ over the mile.

A Golden Eagle eighth and Gorup 1 Mackinnon Stakes fifth behind Zaaki in Melbourne over 2000m followed and he ticks plenty of boxes fresh in the Canterbury including his outstanding record at the distance (4:3-0-0).

Private Eye is also two-from-two on Heavy tracks and has a 50% winning strike-rate fresh making him a definite danger in a very open race.

The 2022 Canterbury Stakes is set to run as Randwick Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) with the latest markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2022 Canterbury Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 D111x1131x ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 1 59kg 117
2 2501x599x0 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2 59kg 113
3 21x174185x PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 7 59kg 108
4 733x08360x DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 6 59kg 107
5 09×9881213 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 4 59kg 106
6 1910x20x79 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 10 59kg 104
7 11143x200x DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 9 59kg 100
8 x54518x5x5 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 5 58.5kg 106
9 7x47830x21 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 109
10 x55x111122 LIGHTHOUSE (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald (late alt) 3 57kg 106

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