Group 1 racing continues at Randwick this Saturday with the Canterbury Stakes. Run over 1300m, the sprinting race features a talented field of sprinting and middle-distance types.
A field of only eight lines up for the big money and we have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the 2019 Canterbury Stakes.
2019 Canterbury Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Canterbury Stakes 2019
Kementari @ $4 – Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Brutal @ $8 – Bet Now
Fell Swoop @ $19 – Bet Now
Canterbury Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Trapeze Artist ($3.10) – Bet Now
Could have easily gone as the best bet but we’re not happy with the $2.80 and there’s better value in this race.
The Greg Ryan-trained four-year-old is fresh up after running fourth behind Alizee at Rosehill last start and his two trial wins since have been effortless.
Big chance to win and we can’t rule him out but we would want better than $3.10 against this quality field.
Pierata ($4.40) – Bet Now
The four-year-old has all the talent in the world to win this race and he comes into this with a good fresh-up record.
Gregory Hickman lines up the son of Pierro which has run in the first three in 12 of his 15 starts, with most of those coming in high-profile races.
He scored an emphatic 2.8-length win at Randwick two starts back and he has beaten many of these rivals before in the Missile Stakes.
Too good to be ignored.
Kementari (Best Bet – $4) – Bet Now
Has been expensive for punters this season but he is long overdue a win and he has had the benefit of having a run this preparation.
The James Cummings-trained son of Lonhro ran second behind Manuel in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes last start and the drop back in distance could help his chances.
He’s a two-time winner at Randwick and he’s a value chance at the $4 price.
Fell Swoop (Best Roughie – $19) – Bet Now
Improved run for sixth at Caulfield last start and that came on the back of a solid effort for second behind Whispering Brook in the Australia Stakes.
He might have been disregarded in races such as The Everest, but his stock is rising after some good recent runs.
Goes well at this track and could boost payouts at the odds.
Shoals ($6.50) – Bet Now
Winner of seven from 13 so automatically requires respect. Two of those wins have come at Randwick but she was average in The Everest last year.
That’s the last time punters saw the four-year-old but prior to that she was a quality type which clearly had Group 1 wins to come.
Might be a little underrated coming into this so watch for any late betting moves.
Prompt Response ($34) – Bet Now
Now trained by Chris Waller, the five-year-old mare is looking to rebound after two poor efforts last preparation.
She finished seventh and 10th from those two starts and her fresh-up form doesn’t read for this.
A win would be a massive upset.
Cool Passion ($31) – Bet Now
1.4 lengths behind White Moss last start but that form isn’t Group 1 worthy. She’s a nice handicap-type mare but we wouldn’t be including her in selections here.
Brutal (Best Each Way – $8) – Bet Now
Had no luck when trapped wide and on the pace at Randwick last start. That came following three quality wins to kick off his career and he could rise to the next level here.
Trained by Team Hawkes, the three-year-old isn’t ideally suited with 56kg on his back against proven older horses, but he owns some serious talent and could give punters a good run for their money.