The Pat Webster trained gelding returns to the track for the Autumn and will be looking to become the first winner since More Joyous in 2012 to win the race first-up as he tackles the race for the 2nd time after taking on the 2016 renewal when 4th to Holler. After looking like an elusive G1 triumph may not eventuate following 4 placed runs at the elite level, the big breakthrough came in the Epsom in the Spring over the 1600m at Randwick. The win also provided veteran trainer Pat Webster with his first G1 triumph. He was third-up into the Epsom before having another 3 starts, all at 2000m in the Craven Plate, Cox Plate and his final run for the prep when 2nd to Tosen Stardom in the Mackinnon. He comes out of a strong form trial that has produced 3 Group winners this Autumn already and has a tidy fresh record of 9: 3-2-1.
After missing the 2017 Spring, the 6YO returned under 58.5kg in the Listed Carrington Plate, the Irish import was beaten under one length behind the winner Lanciato, finishing very close to a dead-heat 2nd with Prized Icon (who has since finished 2nd to Winx in the Chipping Norton). The form of that run was further strengthened when Endless Drama was able to secure his first win since arriving in Australia by taking out the G2 Apollo Stakes. Settling just behind the speed, Tye Angland angled into the clear at the right time to run through the line in good style for a neck victory. Last Autumn the entire was given his shot in the G1 Chipping Norton following a 3rd in the Apollo behind Winx, while this prep Waller dodged Winx and drops him back to the 1300m after both runs back this prep have been at 1400m. Always showing ability, could this be the campaign he has promised.
Kris Lees will be looking to secure his second successive Canterbury Stakes and has Clearly Innocent on the same prep as his 2017 victor Le Romain. Resuming in the G3 Southern Cross, the same race that Le Romain resumed in 2017, Clearly Innocent carried 60.5kg when finishing 2.5 lengths from the winner Kaepernick. Last Winter the gelding really stepped up to show his potential with a dominant win in the Luskin Star at Scone followed by a demolition on a heavy 8 at Eagle Farm in the G1 Kingsford Smith, followed by a real eye-catching 3rd in the Stradbroke with 57kg. His Spring was fair without hitting any heights where he was 3rd on return in the Premiere Stakes and then four lengths from Redzel in the Everest. The term wound up with a 5th in the Darley, again behind Redzel. He will line up at his favourite distance of 1300m where he is a three-time winner from four attempts.
The Canterbury Stakes is a Group 1 event run over 1300m and held at the conditions of weight-for-age. The winner of the race will receive a ballot exemption for both the G1 George Ryder Stakes and the G1 Doncaster Mile.
The race was formerly held at Canterbury Park racecourse and for a period at Rosehill Gardens before moving to Randwick in 2014 and was only upgraded to G1 status in 2013.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2018 is $500,000 with the winner to receive $287,000. The 2017 winner was the Kris Lees trained Le Romain, ridden by Glyn Schofield. Other past winners include Manikato, Placid Ark, Pierro, Hot Danish and the dual winner More Joyous.
The Canterbury Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Date:||Saturday 10th March 2018|
|Race Time:||15:35 AEDT|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2017 Winner:||Le Romain|
|2018 Canterbury Stakes Odds|