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Canonbury Stakes

The Canonbury Stakes is a Group 3 race for two-year-old colts & geldings held in late January or early February at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres under set weight conditions and worth $150,000 in prize money. The 2020 Canonbury Stakes was won by Prague from Global Quest with Return With Honour third.

Taking place on the same day as the Group 2 Expressway Stakes, the Canonbury Stakes was upgraded from listed to Group 3 status for the 2014/2015 racing season.

Canonbury Stakes info

Date: Saturday 1st February 2020
Track: Randwick racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: 3yo C&G - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000
2020 Winner: Prague

The Canonbury Stakes is the first group race of the Sydney autumn racing carnival for 2yo colts & geldings. It takes place on the same day as the Group 3 Widden Stakes for fillies, which is the female equivalent of this race.

Capable sprinters appreciate the 1100m trip of this event and it provides the ideal lead-up event to upcoming two-year-old races like the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill or the Group 2 Skyline Stakes at Warwick Farm.

Those classier gallopers engaged often follow the traditional two-year-old path via the Group 2 Reisling Stakes or Group 2 Todman Stakes on their way to the $1,000,000 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in March. Vancouver (2015) was the last two-year-old to win the Canonbury Stakes & Golden Slipper Stakes double.

Prague (2020) took out a 2YO Maiden race over 1200m at Canterbury before winning this event in quality style for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable.

Recent Canonbury Stakes winners include Mclaren (2019) and Performer (2018).

2020 Canonbury Stakes result

1. $4.40 Prague 54.5 Tom Marquand
2. $2.80 Global Quest 57.5 Hugh Bowman
3. $6.50 Return With Honour 54.5 Glyn Schofield

then followed
4. $5.50 Nitrous 56.0 Tommy Berry
5. $5.50 Gravina 54.5 Ms Rachel King
6. $20.00 Gorshin 54.5 Christian Reith

Margins: 1.8 len, 0.3 len
Time: 1:03.94

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Canonbury Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Prague Global Quest Return With Honour 1:03.9
2019 Mclaren Spring Loaded Deep Chill 1:05.9
2018 Performer Stratosphere Exceltic 1:06.2
2017 Pariah Menari Malahat 1:04.6
2016 Tessera Defcon Mount Panorama 1:06.0
2015 Vancouver Outreach Chamarel 1:05.8
2014 Fighting Sun Mr Cha Cha Ghibellines 1:05:4
2013 Never Can Tell Whittington Criterion 1:05:3
2012 Raceway Shelford Narcissus 1:03:9