2016 Canterbury Stakes Field of Seven Released

March 2, 2016

2016 Canterbury Stakes Field of Seven Released

Just seven stars are accepted to face off in the other Group 1 race at Randwick Guineas Day in Sydney on Saturday with the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion the headline runner.


$7 million earner Criterion is the class galloper in the small 2016 Canterbury Stakes field in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Due to run as Randwick Race 5 at 2:50pm (AEDT), this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) may be diminutive size-wise but the class of the line-up is top notch.

Sue to start top of the Canterbury Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, Lindsay Park’s Sebring stallion Criterion jumps from barrier five with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

McEvoy won the race two years ago on Appearance (2014) and looks a massive chance to take it out again with five-year-old Criterion whose last run was a luckless ninth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m).

Prior to that the $7 million earner was on fire winning the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) first-up before his second to Winx in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and third in the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Criterion’s versatility is proven by his record that shows he has won over 1100m – 2400m and the two mile placing in the Melbourne Cup was ultra-impressive.

He’s had just the one previous run over Saturday’s distance for a third, but is a gun at the Randwick track (9-2-2-2) and the one to beat in the Canterbury Stakes.

A host of other Group 1 winners are accepted to take on Criterion on the weekend including the Chris Waller-trained Kermadec who gets the rails run from barrier one with Hugh Bowman on the returning galloper.

Teofilo four-year-old Kermadec is best known for his two Group 1 victories last year in the Doncaster Mile and George Main Stakes both over the 1600m at Randwick, while his latest run was a Cox Plate 13th.

He has trialled well recently, has a strong affinity at the track but is yet to salute over anything less than 1400m.

The form horse going into the race fitness-wise is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Our Boy Malachi in barrier six for jockey Tommy Berry.

Co-trainer John Hawkes won the Canterbury Stakes with Yell (2004) and Paratroopers (2006) before scoring twice more in partnership with his sons with Malcolm (2007) and Mentality (2008).

The stable has the gun record in the weight-for-age feature and seven-year-old Our Boy Malachi also boasts some imposing statistics.

The son of Top Echelon is undefeated at Randwick with two previous wins and is two-from-three over the distance.

His last run was a return from injury in late January at Rosehill where he flew away from the field to win the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) by a tidy three lengths.

Also coming off a first-up win is the John Thompson-trained Fastnet Rock mare First Seal.

Mares have dominated the Canterbury Stakes in recent years winning four of the past five editions including the past two with Appearance (2014) and Cosmic Endeavour (2015).

First Seal is a Group 1 winner at the track defeating subsequent superstar Winx in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) of 2014 and she also comes off a victory in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) a fortnight ago.

Gai Waterhouse has prepared more Canterbury Stakes winners than any other trainer with seven previous wins including four in the past five years and is back in 2016 with Ecuador.

The High Chaparral six-year-old is first-up and has a strong record of one win and four seconds from five previous first-up runs to date.

His last run was a mid-field ninth beaten four lengths by Turn Me Loose in Flemington’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), and he has won a recent 1250m Randwick barrier trial leading up to his return.

He has run second three times from four Randwick runs so far including finishing runner-up to Winx last October in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Also first-up in the field is Happy Clapper who won three on the trot last time in, the latest being the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) here in December.

The field is rounded out by the John O’Shea-trained Holler who is looking to be the first three-year-old Canterbury Stakes winner since Waterhouse’s star colt Pierro (2013).

The son of Commands won the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in January before a fifth to Mahuta, who runs in the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington this weekend, in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) in mid-February.

See below for the complete Canterbury Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights then visit the country’s leading online sportsbook Ladbrokes.com.au quoting the code BONUS150 when you first sign-up and deposit $50 to enjoy $150 in bonus bets!

2016 Canterbury Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 5 (2:50pm) – 05/03/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 135x61239x CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg 115
2 431x52140x KERMADEC (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 113
3 x111x130x1 OUR BOY MALACHI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6 59kg 109
4 614x24269x ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 4 59kg 103
5 111x5x111x HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Brenton Avdulla 2 59kg 100
6 12x21226x1 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson Blake Shinn 3 57kg 109
7 3x38221x15 HOLLER John O’Shea James McDonald 7 56kg 105

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field