The Canterbury Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held annually each March at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1300 metres and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Canterbury Stakes was won by Le Romain from Chautauqua with Hauraki third.
Elevated from Group 2 to Group 1 status in September 2012, the winner of the Canterbury Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 10th March 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|2017 Winner:||Le Romain|
The Canterbury Stakes is a good quality weight-for-age race that takes place on the same day as the Gr1 Randwick Guineas and generally attracts above average gallopers with the weighted conditions of the race favouring the better horses engaged.
More often than not the winner will simply be an above average galloper, although every now and then a topliner may find their name etched upon the honour roll such as brilliant Gai Waterhouse mare More Joyous (2011-12), who won this race two years in a row before returning for a third attempt and finishing runner-up to her stablemate, another outstanding galloper in Pierro (2013).
Typically, the Canterbury Stakes is a good lead up race to the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes at the same track on Golden Slipper day and Pierro (2013) is the last galloper take out the Canterbury Stakes & George Ryder Stakes double. Catkins (2nd in 2015) managed to win the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick after running second in this race.
Le Romain (2017) scored a classy victory in the Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes over 1200m at Randiwkc before pulling out all stops to beat champoion sprinter Chautauqua in this event and recent Canterbury Stakes winners include Holler (2016) and Cosmic Endeavour (2015).
1. $4.60 Le Romain 59.0 Glyn Schofield
2. $3.70 Chautauqua 59.0 Tommy Berry
3. $12.00 Hauraki 59.0 Blake Shinn
4. $16.00 Impending 56.0 Zac Purton
5. $6.00 Music Magnate 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
6. $17.00 Japonisme 59.0 Joao Moreira
7. $31.00 Too Good To Refuse 59.0 Tye Angland
8. $3.90 Ugo Foscolo 56.0 Joshua Parr
Margins: 0.1 len, 3 len
|2014||Appearance||Not Listenin'Tome||Red Tracer||1:17.2|
|2012||More Joyous||Monton||Metal Bender||1:18.4|
|2011||More Joyous||Love Conquers All||Demerit||1:17.8|
|2010||Hot Danish||Black Piranha||Mr Baritone||1:16.4|
|2009||All Silent||Forensics||Royal Discretion||1:16.5|
|2008||Mentality||Racing To Win||Sniper's Bullet||1:32.3|
|2007||Malcolm||Cheeky Choice||Kosi Bay||1:16.5|
|2005||Dance Hero||Falkirk||Ike's Dream||1:17.0|
|2004||Yell||Grand Armee||True Glo||1:16.0|
|2002||Empire||Diamond Dane||Shogun Lodge||1:10.3|
|2001||Shogun Lodge||Assertive Lad||El Mirada||1:10.0|
|1998||Quick Flick||Guineas||Masked Party||1:09.8|
|1997||All Our Mob||Quick Flick||Sovereign State||1:08.4|
|1995||Miss Kariba||Alert Me||Navy Seal||1:09.9|
|1994||Al Akbar||Big Dreams||Just Awesome||1:10.3|
|1991||Show County||All Archie||Zabeel||1:09.8|
|1989||At Sea||Campaign King||Groucho||1:10.3|
|1988||At Sea||Targlish||Prince Anton||1:10.0|