A three-horse race looks in store when a small but select field of runners line up at Randwick on Saturday and we’ve got our Group 1 Canterbury Stakes tips.
Alizee, Savatiano and Standout all come into the 1300m feature on the back of last start victories and are the ones to focus on in the seven-runner affair.
How does the form stack up?
Gerald Ryan’s Standout has lived up to his name during his five-start career, winning four times and finishing runner-up on the other occasion behind Cosmic Force in the Group 2 Roman Consul (1200m) in October.
The son of Exceed And Excel won first up this preparation, with an eyecatching 1.5-length victory over Alizee in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a month ago. He has also since won in trial ahead of the bid for a maiden Group 1.
Godolphin mare Alizee has since won second up when taking out the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) from Dreamforce and Happy Clapper.
Fellow James Cummings-trained stablemate Savatiano won the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) last start by close to three lengths over White Moss, who was also third in the Expressway.
White Moss provides the measure on the trio with Standout finishing 3.5 lengths ahead in the Expressway. Runner-up Alizee was 2 lengths ahead, while Savatiano’s win in the Millie Fox came by 2.8 lengths from White Moss.
Who will win the Canterbury Stakes?
You can make a genuine case why any of the top three in the betting could win this. Standout is a colt on his way to the top and already has had Alizee’s measure this preparation.
Savatiano disappointed in her last attempt at a Group 1 when going down in the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and while the shorter distance of the Canterbury Stakes is better suited, she is going to struggle to contain Standout.