Canterbury Stakes Tips & Preview

Canterbury Stakes Tips


Looking for Canterbury Stakes tips and best bets? We cover every inch of the form to find the winner of the 2022 Canterbury Stakes at Royal Randwick.

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A wide-open contest with only a couple of lengths separating seven of the top eight runners at their best.

Bivouac holds a clear personal best (PB) rating of 16.1 lengths quicker than standard when he emphatically claimed the Darley Sprint Classic (1200m).

He disappointed as the short-priced favourite when first-up in the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m), but he has the class to bounce back and should not be judged solely on that run.

The son of Exceed And Excel was also beaten into 3rd place first-up last preparation before finishing 2nd to Classique Legend in The Everest (1200m) which was run in record time (01:08.27).

Bivouac then ran 01:08.69 to win the Darley Sprint Classic, and if we assess his 1200m form on these two performances, he’s clearly the best sprinter in Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes.

However, the Canterbury Stakes is over the slightly longer trip of 1300m, and this doesn’t make any difference as Bivouac previously beat Yes Yes Yes in the Golden Rose (1400m) before that galloper claimed the 2019 The Everest.

There is a lot of hype around Masked Crusader, and while he is a talented horse, he needs to go to a new level to get near the leading contenders here.

He is capable of posting a PB based on his first-up effort, but I still don’t think it will be enough.

Canterbury Stakes Tips & Verdict

Blinkers go back on Dreamforce for his first-up assault, and with Samadoubt and Dreamforce likely to set a cracking tempo, horses like Bivouac should get every chance to run on.

My speed map has Bivouac three pairs back on the outside of Dawn Passage, and with the perfect cart into the race, he should be finishing best.

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