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 2019 Canterbury Stakes was won by Trapeze Artist from Shoals with Prompt Response 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 9th March 2019|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|2019 Winner:||Trapeze Artist|
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.
Trapeze Artist (2019) ran fourth in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill before scoring an easy victory in this event for local trainer Gerald Ryan.
Recent Canterbury Stakes winners include Happy Clapper (2018) and Le Romain (2017).
1. $3.80 Trapeze Artist 59.0 Blake Shinn
2. $5.00 Shoals 57.0 Tim Clark
3. $41.00 Prompt Response 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
4. $20.00 Cool Passion 57.0 Jason Collett
5. $4.80 Pierata 59.0 Tommy Berry
6. $9.00 Brutal 56.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $3.30 Kementari 59.0 James McDonald
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.8 len
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|2019||Trapeze Artist||Shoals||Prompt Response||1:14.1|
|2018||Happy Clapper||Global Glamour||Invincible Gem||1:14.2|
|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|