Canberra Markets

By Alex Steedman - Racing and Sports

Joint Favourites For ACTTAB Canberra Centenary  Cup

 Fast Clip and Shadows In The Sun share favouritism for Sunday’s $200,000 Listed Canberra Centenary Cup at Thoroughbred Park.

TAB Sportsbet opened their market for the Canberra Centenary Cup (2000m) on Friday morning and were unable to separate Fast Clip and Shadows In The Sun at the top of betting.

The pair are each quoted at $4.60 ahead of other single figure hopes Court Connection [$7], Sindarin [$8] and Niwot [$8].

 Coliseo, Asclepius and Natch Catch are considered the best of the local hopes, quoted at $11 and $13 respectively.

 $200,000 Listed Canberra Centenary Cup (2000m)

 $4.60 – Fast Clip, Shadows In The Sun

$7 – Court Connection

$8 – Niwot, Sindarin

$11 – Coliseo, Jimmy Fortunes

$13 – Asclepius, Natch Catch

$35 – Al Ahmar, Dubai Ruler, Micalong

$126 – Sialia Magic

 Quartzite Narrow Black Opal Favourite

 The Tim Martin-trained Quartzite narrowly holds favouritism for the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

 Quartzite has been installed as the $4.80 favourite for the feature juvenile event at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park on Sunday ahead of the stakes placed Sidestep [$5] and Criterion [$5].

 The Exceed And Excel colt debuted at Wyong on February 20 when a close second behind Crimson Arrow.

 Quartzite’s two trial wins have been eye catchers though, enough to see the colt quoted as favourite for the $250,000 Listed event for two-year-olds.

 Sidestep contests the event first up after placing on debut in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.

 Stablemate Epaulette won the 2012 renewal.

 He is also a half brother to other Peter Snowden-trained Group winners Skilled and Ambidexter.

 Metropolitan winner Criterion resumed well in the Canonbury Stakes while Mr Jackman and Raise No Doubt are the other two youngsters currently quoted at single figure odds.

  $250,000 Listed Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes (1200m)

 $4.80 – Quartzite

$5 – Sidestep

$5.50 – Criterion

$7.50 – Mr Jackman

$9 – Raise No Doubt

$10 – Hailin’ Diamonds, Shadowofyoursmile

$16 – Flak Jacket, Star Wars

$21 –Gamblers Blues, Torio Magic

 All others at quotes of $26 or greater.