The Team Hawkes trained grey superstar returns to Sydney after resuming in the G2 Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield where he carried 59.5kg in the 1100m scamper. Known for his powerful finishing bursts, the ‘Thunder Down Under’ didn’t quite hit the line as we have been accustomed to. In his defence was the sectional splits run by the winner from on the pace, with the closing 600m timed off in 33.24 secs for the winner. Chautauqua comes into this race in unchartered territory, having never before in his career gone three starts without victory, with his Rubiton run following on from a somewhat disappointing Spring where he was 4th in the G1 Moir and then 7th in the G1 Manikato. A seven-time winner over 1200m, this will be his first run over 1300m and his second-up record is 7: 2-3-1.
Missing a place just twice in his 14 start career, Music Magnate comes into this race second-up after resuming in the G2 Expressway Stakes, run over 1200m at Rosehill. Settling close to the speed he travelled comfortably all the way and never looked in danger in scoring a very strong 1.3 length victory in the small field. Since that run he has been given a trial to sharpen up, never asked for much effort in scoring an easy 3 length victory over 1000m. The gelding was kept away from the track in the Spring after a breakout Autumn/Winter of 2016 where he scored victory over 1200m in the G3 Hall Mark Stakes and then landed victory at the elite level in the G1 Doomben 10,000. He has never missed a cheque when second-up and is a two-time winner at Randwick.
Like Music Magnate, Le Romain has missed a place just twice in a 14 start career and will also be second-up this prep for the Canterbury Stakes. The Kris Lees trained gelding resumed in the G3 Southern Cross Stakes where he had to carry 61kg under the handicap conditions. Settling close to the speed, he was undeterred by the big weight and dug in for the fight to record a narrow victory. Last time he was second-up was in the Tramway Stakes back in September, where he carried the top-weight of 58kg under the set weights plus penalties scale when beaten under one length by Hauraki. Placed in the G3 Cameron Handicap, he then finished one length from Hauraki in the Epsom before securing the 2nd G1 of his career in the Cantala Stakes at Flemington over the mile. His Randwick record is excellent and has a win and two 2nds when second-up in a campaign.
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 2017 is $500,000 with the winner to receive $290,000. The 2016 winner was the John O’Shea trained Holler, ridden by James McDonald. 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.
|Canterbury Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 4th March 2017|
|Race Time:||13:50 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2016 Canterbury Stakes Odds|
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|