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2020 Canterbury Stakes - Kementari tipped to score elusive Group 1 at Randwick

The $500,000 Canterbury Stakes runs at Randwick and a quality WFA field will line up
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Brave Smash running well at Group 1 level. (Getty Images)

2020 Canterbury Stakes Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips


DateSaturday March 8, 2020
Time3:35pm
TrackRandwick
Distance1300m
StatusGroup 1
ConditionsWFA
Prize Money$500,000
Age3YO+

The Group 1 Canterbury Stakes took off when the race was awarded group one status in 2013. It was taken out by Pierro on that occasion and has since been won by the likes of Le Romain and Happy Clapper.

2018 champion Happy Clapper is bypassing the 2019 Canterbury Stakes for the All Star Mile, which could leave Kementari as the horse to beat. The Godolphin runner has been disappointing this season but could make up for those losses at Randwick.

2020 Canterbury Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds


#
Horse
Barrier
Odds
1Trapeze Artist62.80
2Pierata84.20
3Kementari34.40
4Fell Swoop717.00
5Shoals57.50
6Prompt Response234.00
7Cool Passion434.00
8Brutal18.00

2020 Canterbury Stakes Best Bet - Kementari @ 6.00


The James Cummings-trained four-year-old might be a four-time winner from 18 starts but most of that form has come against some of the best thoroughbreds in Australia. Despite being a touch disappointing this season, which included a ninth in the VRC Sprint Classic, he has the ability to rebound in the Canterbury Stakes.

Punters have been waiting for Kementari to show his real talent since he won the Group 1 Randwick Guineas on this day last year, but his career hasn't materialised and he has been unable to repeat that effort as an older horse.

With a Guineas win under his belt, he has already cemented a stud position but scoring a group one win out of age-group grade is a must for this stallion.

6.00 is a good price and worth taking the risk.

Kementari
Glyn Schofield riding Kementari before finishing third in the Manikato Stakes. (Getty Images)

2020 Canterbury Stakes Best Each Way - Brutal @ 8.00


The three-year-old isn't ideally suited by the weights but he's a colt with ability. The son of O'Reilly finished third at Randwick last start but he was wide throughout and never really settled like he had in the past.

His first three wins were all quality efforts and he won't get caught wide from the inside draw. He should be able to settle close to the pace and give a strong kick.

2020 Canterbury Stakes Best Roughie - Fell Swoop @ 17.00


Not the worst run behind Booker in the Oakleigh Plate last start and he could improve nicely. The former Everest contender was a winner at Randwick in December by two lengths and anything close to that form could see him run in the first three.

Best Bet: Kementari to win - 6.00 @ bet365
Best Each Way: Brutal - 8.00 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Fell Swoop - 17.00 @ bet365

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