Some of Australia’s best milers will assemble at Flemington on Derby Day for the 2021 Cantala Stakes.
Several previous winners at the highest level of racing are engaged, but the in-form Mr Brightside has opened favourite in Cantala Stakes betting, and it does shape as the perfect target for him.
Have I put him on top? Scroll down to my 2021 Cantala Stakes Tips below to find out!
- 2 Units E/W #3 Superstorm
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
I am happy to stick with Superstorm as he chases an elusive Group 1 victory in the Cantala Stakes 2021.
The former West Aussie announced himself to the wider Australian racing community during his three-year-old autumn prep, highlighted by consecutive second placings in the Australian Guineas and the All-Star Mile.
He went off the boil a little in his subsequent prep, but a move to Danny O’Brien’s stable has brought him back on, and he won the Group 2 Feehan Stakes at The Valley in September, before placing in both the Underwood Stakes and the Toorak Handicap most recently.
He’s rock-hard fit and with appropriate luck, he’ll be hard to hold out again.
Aramayo went within a bee’s you-know-what of winning the Epsom Handicap in Sydney, and I would not be surprised to see him go one better in the Cantala.
The Poet’s Voice gelding was inconsistent in autumn and winter, but he returned from a short break to finish second behind Zaaki in the Tramway Stakes.
He filled the minors in the Bill Ritchie and at one point, looked the winner at Randwick last time, and he is drawn to receive every chance again.
Buffalo River will take winning form into the Cantala Stakes and has the notable advantage of Linda Meech in the saddle for his tilt.
The Noble Mission gelding has been a great horse for the Mike Moroney stable throughout his career, and he has improved noticeably for his three starts back this time, culminating in an impressive win in the Neds Moonga Stakes last time.
He strikes this race in peak order, he gets in well at the weights and is drawn to receive every chance again.
This is an intriguing inclusion in the Cantala Stakes field, and Group 1 winner sprinter Zoutori could prove to be big overs at around the $21 mark.
Zoutori has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his career, and he finally broke through for a deserved Group 1 victory in the Newmarket Handicap here in March.
The Zoustar gelding has returned three competitive performances this time without returning to winning form, and he did appear to be crying out for a longer trip when fourth in the Neds Moonga Stakes last time.
He will need luck and is carrying topweight, but he certainly has the class to fight out the finish.