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2016 Canterbury Stakes Tips: Kermadec The Value

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Form expert Simon Dinopolous has Kermadec on top of his 2016 Canterbury Stakes tips and he believes that the Chris Waller-trained galloper is the clear value in the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick this weekend.

Kermadec has the chance to record a third win at Group 1 level in the 2016 Canterbury Stakes at Royal Randwick this weekend. Photo by: Steve Hart

Kermadec has the chance to record a third win at Group 1 level in the 2016 Canterbury Stakes at Royal Randwick this weekend. Photo by: Steve Hart

Kermadec started his 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with strong performances in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before he returned to winning form in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).

The Teofilo entire failed to handle the step-up to 2000 metres for the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), but Dinopolous was impressed with his fresh form at the start of the spring and he believes that the four-year-old has been primed to run a big race first-up in the Canterbury Stakes.

“It is a really competitive race on paper and I am looking forward to it,” Dinopolous told Sky Racing HQ.

“I am happy to side with Kermadec fresh on Saturday.

“I thought his performances last time in were very good – he was obviously beaten in the Caulfield Stakes and he was never in the hunt in the Cox Plate, but his form prior was very good and he does seem well-placed.

“I just think he has come back a bit better this time in and he has looked a lot sharper in his two trials.

“Blinkers go on and (Hugh) Bowman goes on, so he ticks a few boxes there and he is following a similar program to Winx and Press Statement with two trials and an exhibition gallop.

“I do expect him to be fairly forward and I know that his first-up record is only one from three, but on all occasions he has raced well fresh and if he is a run ahead of where he normally is then I think he will prove hard to beat.

“It looks like he has been set for this first-up.

“I do respect First Seal, but there is just some query taking on the boys at weight-for-age.

“If the speed is on Kermadec should lob into a good spot on the inside and he can fire fresh and prove hard to beat.”

Kermadec is currently available at 2016 Canterbury Stakes odds of $6 with Ladbrokes and he is on the third line of betting behind talented mare First Seal ($2.70) and consistent sprinter Our Boy Malachi ($3.40).

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Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.

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