The 2016 Canterbury Stakes is a 1300m middle distance sprinting event held at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. Raced in March as a weight-for-age race, the Canterbury Stakes offers $500,000 in prize money. For the running of the 2013 Canterbury Stakes the race was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status.
The Canterbury Stakes is an ideal lead-up race to the 1500m Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, with the winner of the Canterbury Stakes exempt from the ballot for the George Ryder Stakes held two weeks later during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The Canterbury Stakes 2016 will be run on Saturday 5th of March, 2016.
|Date:||5th of March, 2016|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
2016 Canterbury Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||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|
2016 Canterbury Stakes Nominations
|No||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||135x61239x||CRITERION (NZ)||H||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||1||59kg||115|
|2||431x52140x||KERMADEC (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||2||59kg||113|
|3||x111x130x1||OUR BOY MALACHI||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||3=||59kg||109|
|4||12x21226x1||FIRST SEAL||M||4||John P Thompson||3=||57kg||109|
|6||614x24269x||ECUADOR (NZ)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse||6||59kg||103|
|7||111x5x111x||HAPPY CLAPPER||G||5||Patrick Webster||7||59kg||100|
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.
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|