One of the most even Canterbury Stakes fields will run on Saturday at Randwick with seven of the nine runners at single-figure odds.
Bookmakers are finding it tough to establish a firm favourite and this means better value for punters.
We have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie chance for the 2018 $500,000 Canterbury Stakes.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Canterbury Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Canterbury Stakes 2018
Happy Clapper @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Foxplay @ $9 – BET NOW
Tulip @ $10 – BET NOW
Canterbury Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Happy Clapper (Best Bet – $5.50) – BET NOW
Happy Clapper is a proven Group 1 winner and he has a good fresh-up record of nine starts for three wins and three placings.
Trained by Patrick Webster, the seven-year-old found a second wind last campaign and avoiding Winx was a good tactic for the most part.
Jumping from the inside barrier should ensure he settles close to the pace and although he has good form over longer distances, he has class on his side.
Clearly Innocent ($5) – BET NOW
Clearly Innocent hasn’t won in 10 months and some punters are starting to get frustrated.
The Kris Lees-trained six-year-old didn’t muster behind Kaepernick last start at Randwick and although he possesses good second-up form, we simply can’t have him at the current odds.
He’s an $8 chance and we’re expecting punters to wisen up to the current odds on offer.
Endless Drama ($7) – BET NOW
Chris Waller has a good opinion of this imported horse, which proved too good for them at Randwick last start.
He makes the rise in grade for this and that’s where he doesn’t have the experience, but he’s on the way up and his confidence is sky high.
Dropping back in distance isn’t ideal and we’re prepared to risk him at the price.
Derryn ($26) – BET NOW
Likes to cause an upset when least expected but his form is dreadful and a win here would be a mockery of the Group 1 status.
He has beaten only seven runners home in his last three starts and he might not beat one home here.
Foxplay (Best Each Way – $5.50) – BET NOW
Finished second and third behind stablemate Winx last campaign and she looked good when resuming last start.
She hit the line well behind Daysee Doom and she typically improves second up, with a record of five starts for two wins and one placing.
She gets a 2kg advantage on the top weight and that could make the difference. She should go close with the right run in transit.
Invincible Gem ($6.50) – BET NOW
Five-time winner from 11 starts which scored a trial win at Gosford to prepare for this.
This will be her biggest test to date after mostly racing against her own age and sex, but she does have a placing behind Happy Clapper and many punters think she could turn the tables.
Not entirely suited by the weights, the four-year-old could go close but the odds are just a touch too short after she opened at $7.50.
Global Glamour ($5.50) – BET NOW
Another Group 1-performed horse which got back into the thick of the action when second behind Endless Drama last start.
The four-year-old mare has seemingly lost a length in recent times and she’s finding it tough to beat the top-level sprinters, but we wouldn’t completely rule her out of calculations.
Showtime ($8) – BET NOW
Great runs this campaign which included a second behind Trapeze Artist at Rosehill and a second placing behind Brave Smash at Group 1 level.
The three-year-old gets into this race with only 56kg on his back and that’s going to take him awfully close.
His winning record was what stopped us having him as the best each way, but we’re expecting nothing short of a top effort.
Tulip (Best Roughie – $10) – BET NOW
$10 for a filly of her quality is good shopping and she recaptured her best form when winning at Moonee Valley last start.
This is some rise in class but she has been around the best throughout her career and carrying 54kg could make her a big winning threat.
She will go past the $1 million mark with a good showing and there have been worse $10 chances running at this level.