The 2016 Canterbury Stakes will carry $500,000 in prizemoney, with the winner set to receive $300,000. A Group 1 event run over 1300m, the winner will receive a ballot exemption for both the G1 George Ryder Stakes and the G1 Doncaster Mile.
Held under weight-for-age conditions, 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.
Past winners that have achieved success in Australian racing include Manikato, Placid Ark, 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.
|Canterbury Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 5th March 2016|
|Race Time:||13:50 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2015 Winner:||Cosmic Endeavour|
|2016 Canterbury Stakes Odds|
|6||FIRST SEAL||2ND||$1.70 (pl)|
|3||OUR BOY MALACHI||-||-|
This year’s Canterbury Stakes has just seven starters and all horses should find their positions reasonably comfortably. OUR BOY MALACHI and HOLLER are likely to slide forward from the two widest barriers and share leading duties. ECUADOR is the other on-pacer in the race and as the outsider of the field might be content to take a sit on that fancied duo. FIRST SEAL should make use of barrier three and settle just off them with KERMADEC, CRITERION and HAPPY CLAPPER allowed to find their feet.
FIRST SEAL couldn’t have been more impressive first up in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) against her own sex. Trainer John Thompson said pre-race that if she were vulnerable to defeat it would be when resuming against a noted fresh performer in Catkins who jumped favourite. Fast forward to now, a fortnight later, and Catkins is retired while First Seal is favourite to win her first open-age Group 1.
KERMADEC won two races last year, the Doncaster and George Main Stakes both Group 1 races over 1600 metres. His only raced once below 1400 metres and that was last autumn when resuming in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds at Rosehill. He paid dearly for a slow start but ran on well for fourth, beaten 1½ lengths by Scissor Kick. I’m forgiving of his last two starts when finding the ground too firm for him in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) before pulling up with a slow recovery rate when beaten over 20 lengths in the Cox Plate (2040m). His two recent trials suggest he is forward enough to win and doubt there’s much between him and First Seal.
CRITERION resumes. His Caulfield Stakes win was excellent and his placings in the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup (3200m) were full of merit. Things didn’t work out for him in the Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and that run is best ignored. He ran third in this race last year off a Hong Kong Group 1 placing and can place again.
OUR BOY MALACHI trialled well before leading throughout in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m). He got a picnic in the lead that day, the first 600 metres covered in 36.65 seconds before quickening up his last 600m in 35 seconds. Whilst he’s unbeaten from five Sydney runs and has an excellent overall record there’s a small query about his ability to compete at the elite level so the prospect of perhaps dictating terms in the lead again keeps him in this strong contest.
After missing last Spring, First Seal resumed in fine style taking out the G2 Millie Fox at Rosehill a fortnight ago. That effort followed 2 barrier trials in readiness for her return, the 2nd trial a pleasing effort behind some talented types including Terravista. Her efforts last Autumn were strong and realised a 2nd in the G2 Light Fingers and a win in the G2 Surround where she defeated both Amicus and Winx who have won at Group level already this Autumn. The last 3 runs of her campaign were all at G1 level and produced a 2nd in the Coolmore, a 2nd in the Vinery Stud and 6th in the Queen Of The Turf.
The ‘Rockhampton Rocket’ will look to win the 19th race of his career from just 23 starts when he takes to the track after a brief freshen. 1st up since May in the G2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill on January 30, the 7YO gelding defied a strong betting drift and was a dominant 3 length winner. He stepped out in a 900m barrier trial on Monday to open the pipes and was the joint favourite when markets opened. Jumping from barrier 6 in the small field he is 2 from 2 at Randwick, 2 from 3 over 1300m and 4 from 6 when 2nd up.
Resuming from a break in this, Kermadec last faced the starter at Moonee Valley in the Cox Plate when finishing 2nd last. His 2015 Autumn campaign was rounded out with a 3rd in the G1 George Ryder and then a stylish win in the G1 Doncaster Mile. As a 4YO entire, his 2015 Spring realised a 2nd in the G2 Chelmsford Stakes and a win in the G1 George Main Stakes over 1600m before his 2 start Melbourne campaign. Trialling on 2 occasions to prepare for his return, his 2nd trial was a nice effort in finishing 2nd when never extended.
The Canterbury Stakes is a Group 1 race held on Randwick Guineas Day. One of the richer sprints of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, with a total prize pool of $500,000, it attracts some of the best horses from around the country to compete at standard weight-for-age. Previously held at Canterbury Park Racecourse and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, the Stakes moved to Royal Randwick in 2014. Originally a Principal Race in 1929, it became a Group 2 race in 1979 before finally achieving Group 1 status in 2013. It has been conducted over a number of distances – 1200m, 1300m and 1550m before the current journey of 1300m was settled upon in 2008.
The winner of the Canterbury Stakes is exempt from ballot for the group 1 George Ryder Stakes. In 2013, Gai Waterhouse’s Pierro took out the Canterbury Stakes/George Ryder double. Some spectacular horses have won this event, including San Domenico (1950/51), Sky High (1961/62), Manikato (1982), Placid Ark (1987), Shogun Lodge (2001), Hot Danish (2010), More Joyous (2011/12) and Pierro (2013).
|2016||HOLLER||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:15.4|
|2015||COSMIC ENDEAVOUR||JAMES MCDONALD||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:15.1|
|2014||APPEARANCE||KERRIN MCEVOY||GUY WALTER||01:17.2|
|2013||PIERRO||JIM CASSIDY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:15.9|
|2012||MORE JOYOUS||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:18.4|
|2011||MORE JOYOUS||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:17.8|
|2010||HOT DANISH||TIM CLARK||LES BRIDGE||01:16.4|
|2009||ALL SILENT||DAMIEN OLIVER||GRAHAME BEGG||01:16.5|
|2008||MENTALITY||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:32.2|
|2007||MALCOLM||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:16.5|
|2006||PARATROOPERS||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:16.1|