Canterbury Stakes

The Canterbury Stakes is a Group 1 race held at Royal Randwick on Randwick Guineas Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 Canterbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Forbidden Love
  • 2nd: #10 Lighthouse
  • 3rd: #3 Private Eye



The Canterbury Stakes is a 1300m middle distance sprinting event held at Randwick Racecourse over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Raced in early-mid 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 Group 1 $1 million Randwick Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds. There are a number of other Group status support races on the cards including the 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). More recently, the 2021 Canterbury Stakes winner The Bostonian went on to run second in that year’s George Ryder Stakes results.

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. Appearance (2014) was the last horse to do the Apollo Stakes – Canterbury Stakes double.

The Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) in late January is another good lead-up into the Canterbury Stakes and Savatiano (2021) was the last to do the double improving on her Canterbury second the year before.

The 2021 Canterbury Stakes form was further franked with the third placegetter Masked Crusader winning Melbourne’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at The Valley next start and a second the run after in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. He would also go on to run second to Nature Strip in that spring’s $15 million The Everest.

The Canterbury Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday March 5, 2022 and was won by the Richard & Michael Freedman-trained favourite Forbidden Love ($2.20) on the quick back-up. 

2022 Canterbury Stakes
Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2022 Canterbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Forbidden Love ($2.20F)
  • 2nd: #10 Lighthouse
  • 3rd: #3 Private Eye

Last weekend’s Guy Walter Stakes winner Forbidden Love ($2.20F) kept the wins going with an all-the-way victory on a Heavy track in the 2022 Canterbury Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the powerhouse win by Forbidden Love in the Canterbury Stakes 2022 results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 7 57kg $2.20F
2 10 LIGHTHOUSE (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 1.75L 2 57kg $5
3 3 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 4.16L 6 59kg $8
4 2 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 5.9L 1 59kg $41
5 5 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 6.16L 3 59kg $17
6 4 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 6.44L 5 59kg $26
7 8 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 7.06L 4 58.5kg $6.50
8 6 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 7.93L 9 59kg $26
9 7 DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 13.55L 8 59kg $20
1 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Canterbury Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Canterbury Stakes 2022 odds and betting market links to the Group 1 Randwick feature at Ladbrokes.com.au this autumn will be provided below as soon as available.

Forbidden Love ($2.20 in 2022) was the last favourite in Canterbury Stakes betting to salute for teh punters.

2022 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 2022 Canterbury Stakes field and barriers will be published below the Wednesday of race week.

The Canterbury Stakes 2022 final field features a quality line-up of middle-distance stars including last weekend’s Guy Walter Stakes winner Forbidden Love and last start Group 1 C.F. Orr runner-up Lighthouse.

Scratched: #1 Zaaki (1) Annabel Neasham’s resuming Mackinnon Stakes champ has been scratched due to the Heavy (10) track and will instead run first-up in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2022 Canterbury Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 D111x1131x ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 1 59kg 117
2 2501x599x0 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2 59kg 113
3 21x174185x PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 7 59kg 108
4 733x08360x DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 6 59kg 107
5 09×9881213 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 4 59kg 106
6 1910x20x79 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 10 59kg 104
7 11143x200x DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 9 59kg 100
8 x54518x5x5 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 5 58.5kg 106
9 7x47830x21 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 109
10 x55x111122 LIGHTHOUSE (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 3 57kg 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 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 2022 Canterbury Stakes nominations attracted 18 weight-for-age hopefuls including Mackinnon Stakes winner from the spring Zaaki who also holds a nomination for Melbourne’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes and last Saturday’s Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes winning mare in the mud Forbidden Love.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 D111x1131x ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 1 59kg 117
2 11x84421x1 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 2 59kg 116
3 2501x599x0 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 3 59kg 113
4 7x47830x21 FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 4 57kg 109
5 2183x1321x COUNT DE RUPEE G 4 Robert & Luke Price 5= 59kg 108
6 21x174185x PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride 5= 59kg 108
7 733x08360x DALASAN H 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 7= 59kg 107
8 048x37664x SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller 7= 57kg 107
9 09×9881213 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees 9= 59kg 106
10 x54518x5x5 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) H 4 Annabel Neasham 9= 58.5kg 106
11 x55x111122 LIGHTHOUSE (USA) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9= 57kg 106
12 194x42446x NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 9= 57kg 106
13 1910x20x79 WILD PLANET G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13= 59kg 104
14 x11339x211 SNAPDANCER M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13= 57kg 104
15 x320x4x68x ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15= 59kg 103
16 349x1541x3 ELECTRIC GIRL M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15= 57kg 103
17 x8752208x0 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 17 59kg 102
18 11143x200x DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan 18 59kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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), At Sea (1988-89) and More Joyous (2011-12). The most recent winner of the Canterbury Stakes / George Ryder Stakes double was Appearance (2014).

For the 2013 edition of the race the Canterbury Stakes was been upgraded to Group 1 level. The prize money for the race was also upgraded from $175,000 to $350,000, with the race currently offering $500,000 in prize money.

The most successful jockey in the Canterbury Stakes is Darren Beadman with seven wins in 1988, 1989, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The 2018 Canterbury Stakes Results saw Happy Clapper set a new race record saluting in 1 minute 14.25 seconds. Just 12 months later, Trapeze Artist won the 2019 Canterbury Stakes in a new record time of 1 minute 14.19 seconds.

See below for the full Canterbury Stakes results dating back to 2000.

Recent Canterbury Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Canterbury Stakes
1st Forbidden Love 1 minute 19.29 seconds
2nd Lighthouse
3rd Private Eye
2021
Canterbury Stakes
1st Savatiano 1 minute 14.41 seconds
2nd Mizzy
3rd Masked Cursader
2020
Canterbury Stakes
1st The Bostonian 1 minute 16.21 seconds
2nd Savatiano
3rd Mister Sea Wolf
2019
Canterbury Stakes
1st Trapeze Artist 1 minute 14.19 seconds (R)
2nd Shoals
3rd Prompt Response
2018
Canterbury Stakes
1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 14.25 seconds (R)
2nd Global Glamour
3rd Invincible Gem
2017
Canterbury Stakes
1st Le Romain 1 minute 20.00 seconds
2nd Chautauqua
3rd Hauraki
2016
Canterbury Stakes
1st Holler 1 minute 15.4 seconds
2nd First Seal
3rd Kermadec
2015
Canterbury Stakes
1st Cosmic Endeavour 1 minute 15.2 seconds
2nd Catkins
3rd Criterion
2014
Canterbury Stakes
1st Appearance 1 minute 17.2 seconds
2nd Not Listenin’tome
3rd Red Tracer
2013
Canterbury Stakes
1st Pierro 1 minute 15.99 seconds
2nd More Joyous
3rd Solzhenitsyn
2012
Canterbury Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 18.4 seconds
2nd Monton
3rd Metal Bender
2011
Canterbury Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 17.8 seconds
2nd Love Conquers All
3rd Demerit
2010
Canterbury Stakes
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 16.47 seconds
2nd Mr Baritone
3rd Demerit
2009
Canterbury Stakes
1st All Silent 1 minute 16.57 seconds
2nd Forensics
3rd Royal Discretion
2008
Canterbury Stakes
1st Mentality 1 minute 32.28 seconds
2nd Racing To Win
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
2007
Canterbury Stakes
1st Malcolm 1 minute 16.5 seconds
2nd Cheeky Choice
3rd Kosi Bay
2006
Canterbury Stakes
1st Paratroopers 1 minute 16.18 seconds
2nd Patezza
3rd Dance Hero
2005
Canterbury Stakes
1st Dance Hero 1 minute 17.04 seconds
2nd Falkirk
3rd Ike’s Dream
2004
Canterbury Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 15.97 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd True Glo
2003
Canterbury Stakes
1st Defier 1 minute 9.13 seconds
2nd Cosmic Rays
3rd Gordo
2002
Canterbury Stakes
1st Empire 1 minute 10.32 seconds
2nd Diamond Dane
3rd Shogun Lodge
2001
Canterbury Stakes
1st Shogun Lodge 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd Assertive Lad
3rd El Mirada
2000
Canterbury Stakes
1st Easy Rocking 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Referral
3rd Guineas

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