The Canterbury Stakes is an important middle-distance sprint event in the Sydney autumn racing carnival. It is a weight-for-age 1300 metre race for horses three-years-old and up, and is held by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick in March.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up WFA
- Distance: 1300 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
The Canterbury Stakes began as a principal race over 6 furlongs. It was first held in 1929 and was won by Amounis. In 1973 the distance was converted to 1200 metres, and in 1979 the race was elevated to Group 2 status. In 2004 the distance was changed to 1300 metres, although in 2008 it was run over 1550 metres. It was upgraded to Group 1 level in 2013 and was moved to Randwick for the first time in 2014.
The race was run on Randwick Guineas day in 2014. Previously it was the same day as the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and Ranvet Stakes, and the Group 2 Moet & Chandon Stakes, Todman Stakes and Phar Lap Stakes. The winner is exempt from ballot for the George Ryder Stakes held 2 weeks later on Golden Slipper Day. Runners often go on to contest the TJ Smith Stakes and the All Aged Stakes. Major lead-up races are the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000 metres the week before and the Group 2 Apollo Stakes over 1400 metres in February.
Canterbury Stakes Final Field & Odds 2018
See below for early markets for this years Canterbury Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
Canterbury Stakes Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Soft Weather: Fine
There are only 9 runners for the $500,000 Bisley Workwear Canterbury Stakes and the betting is very open. The early favourite is Clearly Innocent who got into all sorts of problems when resuming for 6th in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes which he arguably should have won. On the second line of betting are Epsom winner Happy Clapper who has a great first-up record, and Global Glamour who was caught near the line for a close 2nd in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m last start.
Endless Drama won the Apollo Stakes, while Invincible Gem has an excellent first-up record and resumes here. Showtime was headed late for 3rd in the Futurity Stakes and may appreciate the shorter distance. Foxplay returned for a close 3rd in the Millie Fox and has a good record at the track. Tulip won the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes last outing. Derryn is the outsider in the field.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Happy Clapper|
|3 Endless Drama|
|2 Clearly Innocent|
|7 Global Glamour|
Previous winners of the Canterbury Stakes:
Five horses have managed to win this race on more than one occasion. The most recent was More Joyous who scored in 2011 and 2012. At Sea won in 1988 and 1989, Sky High won in 1961 and 1962, San Domenco won in 1950 and 1951 and Holdfast won in three consecutive years of 1930, 1931 and 1932.
The most successful jockey in the Canterbury Stakes is Darren Beadman. He has won seven times in 1988, 1989, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
|2018||Happy Clapper||Global Glamour||Invincible Gem|
|2012||More Joyous||Monton||Metal Bender|
|2011||More Joyous||Love Conquers All||Demerit|
|2010||Hot Danish||Mr Baritone||Demerit|
|2009||All Silent||Forensics||Royal Discretion|
|2008||Mentality||Racing To Win||Sniper’s Bullet|
|2007||Malcolm||Cheeky Choice||Kosi Bay|
|2005||Dance Hero||Falkirk||Ike’s Dream|
|2004||Yall||Grand Armee||True Glo|
|2002||Empire||Diamond Dane||Shogun Lodge|
|2001||Shogun Lodge||Assertive Lad||El Mirada|