The 2017 Canterbury Stakes is a 1300m middle distance sprinting event held at Randwick Racecourse over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Raced in early March under weight-for-age conditions, the Canterbury Stakes offers $500,000 in prize money.
The Canterbury Stakes is one of two Group 1 races held at Royal Randwick on Randwick Guineas Day along with the $1 million Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds. There are a number of other Group status support races on the cards including the $500,000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) for the sprinters.
The Canterbury Stakes is an ideal lead-up race to the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) held a fortnight later at Rosehill Gardens, with the winner of the Canterbury Stakes exempt from the ballot for the George Ryder Stakes. The last galloper to complete the Canterbury Stakes – George Ryder Stakes double was Pierro (2013).
Horses may come into the Canterbury Stakes field via an earlier autumn run in a host of lead-up sprints including the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick in February or the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) for the three-year-olds.
The Canterbury Stakes 2017 will be run on Saturday March 4.
|Date:||March 4, 2017|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
2017 Canterbury Stakes Field
The Canterbury Stakes field attracts a line-up of the season’s best middle-distance sprinters and is announced on the Wednesday before Randwick Guineas Day each autumn.
The official 2017 Canterbury Stakes field and barriers will be published below on Wednesday March 1, 2017.
2017 Canterbury Stakes Nominations
The Canterbury Stakes nominations are the first indicator of the horses that will line-up in the Group 1 weight-for-age field on Randwick Guineas Day.
The full 2017 Canterbury Stakes nominations will be listed below as soon as released on Monday February 27, 2017.
Canterbury Stakes History
First won in 1929 by Amounis under jockey J. Munro, the Canterbury Stakes was originally a 6 furlong (approx 1200m) race until 1973 when it officially became a 1200m race. Thirty-one years later in 2004, the Canterbury Stakes became a 1300m event. However it was temporarily increased to 1550m in 2008.
Since 1979, the Canterbury Stakes held Group 2 status and has been won in three consecutive years by a single horse. Between 1930 and 1932, Holdfast managed to reach the finish line first each year. The race’s double winners include San Domenico (1950-51), Sky High (1961-62) and At Sea (1988-89). The most recent winner of the Canterbury Stakes / George Ryder Stakes double was Quick Flick in 1998.
For the 2013 edition of the race the Canterbury Stakes has been upgraded to Group 1 level. The prize money for the race was also upgraded from $175,000 to $350,000.
The most successful jockey in the Canterbury Stakes is Darren Beadman with seven wins in 1988, 1989, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
See below for the full Canterbury Stakes results dating back to 2000.
Recent Canterbury Stakes Winners
|1st||Holler||1 minute 15.4 seconds|
|1st||Cosmic Endeavour||1 minute 15.2 seconds|
|1st||Appearance||1 minute 17.2 seconds|
|1st||Pierro||1 minute 15.99 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 18.4 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 17.8 seconds|
|2nd||Love Conquers All|
|1st||Hot Danish||1 minute 16.47 seconds|
|1st||All Silent||1 minute 16.57 seconds|
|1st||Mentality||1 minute 32.28 seconds|
|2nd||Racing To Win|
|1st||Malcolm||1 minute 16.5 seconds|
|1st||Paratroopers||1 minute 16.18 seconds|
|1st||Dance Hero||1 minute 17.04 seconds|
|1st||Yell||1 minute 15.97 seconds|
|1st||Defier||1 minute 9.13 seconds|
|1st||Empire||1 minute 10.32 seconds|
|1st||Shogun Lodge||1 minute 10 seconds|
|1st||Easy Rocking||1 minute 11.5 seconds|