Randwick Guineas Day at Royal Randwick this Saturday features a double dose of elite racing action, with the 2024 Canterbury Stakes showcasing a small but high-quality field of sprinters.

2023 The Everest winner Think About It

The Everest winner Think About It is tipped to return to winning form first-up in the 2024 Canterbury Stakes this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Trainer Joe Pride holds a strong hand in the race with his returning Everest champion Think About It the clear favourite at short odds of $1.85 through Ladbrokes.

The So You Think gelding boasts an impressive record of 11 wins and 2 thirds from just 13 career starts, including an undefeated first-up record and a flawless 4-for-4 record at Randwick.

Following a well-deserved break after a surprise third-place finish in the Giga Kick Stakes at Rosehill, Think About It has put in two strong trial runs at Warwick Farm and appears primed for a winning return.

With jockey Sam Clipperton in the saddle and drawn outside barrier, he is the one to beat in this reduced field of seven runners.

Pride also saddles up Coal Crusher ($11) in the Canterbury Stakes.

The six-year-old comes into the race with a slight fitness advantage as he goes for his third run this campaign.

Following a narrow runner-up finish in the Expressway Stakes and a fifth last weekend, Coal Crusher should appreciate the drop in weight and the familiar track and distance.

The main danger to Think About It is expected to be Espiona ($3.90) from the Chris Waller stable.

Waller opted to withdraw her from the Newmarket Handicap in Melbourne in favour of this race against a smaller field over a longer distance in Sydney.

The daughter of Extreme Choice finished a close third in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at headquarters and is tipped to perform well again back in Sydney, chasing her first win since last year’s The Invitation.

Rounding out the best in betting are Pericles ($6.50) and Lady Laguna ($10).

Pericles, a gelding from the powerhouse Godolphin stable, has put in two solid runs this campaign after narrowly missing out on the Golden Eagle prize in the spring.

Lady Laguna, following a recent winning streak of three, will be looking to bounce back after a second-place finish in the Millie Fox Stakes.

The Canterbury Stakes is scheduled as Race 7 at 4:00 pm (AEDT) on Saturday’s 10-race card at Royal Randwick.

2024 Canterbury Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x111x113x THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 8 59kg 117
2 92x1132x62 PERICLES James Cummings Tom Marquand 1 59kg 110
3 10x3441x25 COAL CRUSHER Joseph Pride Adam Hyeronimus 5 59kg 109
4 04x765824x BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 3 59kg 104
5 x1576x3633 MALKOVICH Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 4 59kg 103
6 17x21714x3 ESPIONA Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 113
7 3123×21112 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Tyler Schiller 6 57kg 107
8 349x22532x CALL DI Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 7 57kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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