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 4 March 2017
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 2017
See below for early markets for this years Canterbury Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
Canterbury Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Heavy Weather: Fine
There are only 8 runners for the $500,000 Canterbury BMW Stakes. Three are resuming, four are second-up and one has been racing since the spring. The early favourite is Chautauqua who hasn’t won in his 3 starts since returning from Hong Kong, but worked home strongly over 1100m last outing. Second favourite is Music Magnate who won the Expressway when resuming and can handle soft going. Third favourite is Le Romain who loves Randwick and resumed with a tough win in the Southern Cross Stakes.
Ugo Foscolo is a New Zealander with 5 wins from 6 starts who won the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas last campaign and won a Warwick Farm trial by 7 lengths. Hauraki hasn’t started since 2nd in the Emirates Stakes, but won the Tramway first-up on a heavy track last campaign. Impending can improve over his first-up 6th. Japonisme may need his first-up run, while Too Good To Refuse has been racing well in Brisbane.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Le Romain||4 Music Magnate||1 Chautauqua|
|4 Music Magnate||1 Chautauqua||2 Le Romain|
|1 Chautauqua||2 Le Romain||7 Ugo Foscolo|
|3 Hauraki||7 Ugo Foscolo||4 Music Magnate|
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.
|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|