Canterbury Stakes

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

2024 Canterbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Lady Laguna
  • 2nd: #1 Think About It
  • 3rd: #6 Espiona



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 $750,000 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 latest gallopers to complete the Canterbury Stakes – George Ryder Stakes double are Pierro (2013) and Forbidden Love (2022). The 2021 Canterbury Stakes winner The Bostonian meanwhile went on to run second in that year’s George Ryder Stakes results.

The Canterbury Stakes winner is also exempt from that year’s Doncaster Mile and in 2022 after completing the Canterbury – George Ryder double, Forbidden Love ran fourth in that year’s Doncaster Mile results.

The 2022 Doncaster Mile form was further franked with the runner-up Lighthouse winning the Group 1 Coolmore Classic next start.

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 place-getter 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 The Everest race.

The 2023 Canterbury Stakes form was franked with the runner-up, Imperatriz, going on to win her next five starts on the trot including Group 1 victories in the William Reid, Moir, Manikato, and Flemington’s Champions Stakes.

The Canterbury Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday March 9, 2024 offering the winner a ballot exemption for both the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Mile in 2024 and was won in a massive upset by the fit mare Lady Laguna ($11). 

2024 Canterbury Stakes
Date: Saturday March 9, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2024 Canterbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Lady Laguna ($11)
  • 2nd: #1 Think About It
  • 3rd: #6 Espiona

The Annabel Neasham-trained Lady Laguna ($11) continued her rich vein of form adding the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes 2024 results to her record when saluting at elite level off a gun ride by young hoop Tyler Schiller to defeat resuming The Everest champ Think About It ($2.35F) in the Randwick showdown.

Click here to read more on the impressive upset by Lady Laguna in the Canterbury Stakes 2024.

2024 Canterbury Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Tyler Schiller 6 57kg $11
2 1 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 1.25L 7 59kg $2.35F
3 6 ESPIONA Chris Waller James McDonald 1.35L 2 57kg $2.45
4 3 COAL CRUSHER Joseph Pride Adam Hyeronimus 2.49L 5 59kg $13
5 2 PERICLES James Cummings Tom Marquand 2.94L 1 59kg $9
6 5 MALKOVICH Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 4.87L 4 59kg $41
7 4 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 5.2L 3 59kg $51
8 CALL DI Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Canterbury Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Canterbury Stakes 2024 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 the punters.

There was a notable upset in 2024 with Lady Laguna saluting at Canterbury Stakes odds of $11 when beaten the $2.35 favourite Think About It.

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2024 Canterbury Stakes Form Guide

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2024 Canterbury Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Canterbury Stakes 2024 Tips on the Randwick Guineas Day showdown this autumn.

  • To Win: #1 Think About It ($1.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Despite facing rivals with a slight fitness edge in this small field, the odds-on favourite remains a compelling selection for his seasonal debut. Joe Pride’s champion from The Everest returns for the autumn campaign amidst much anticipation. He put in a powerful performance last preparation, finishing a close third in the Winners Stakes over a longer distance after his historic win in The Everest. Recent trials suggest he’s in peak form and ready to dominate once again. His record at Randwick is flawless, winning all four starts here, and he boasts a perfect record when resuming from a break. With the right track and distance, even the outside barrier shouldn’t hinder him in this eight-horse field. He’s the clear favourite and is poised for victory.

2024 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 2024 Canterbury Stakes field and barriers will be published below the Wednesday of race week.

Joe Pride’s reigning The Everest winner Think About It kicks off his autumn as the odds-on pick in the eight-horse 2024 Canterbury Stakes field on Randwick Guineas Day this Saturday.

  • Scratchings Update: #8 Call Di (7) has been withdrawn in favour of an easier assignment later on the card in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Canterbury Stakes 2024 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x111x113x THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 8 59kg 117
2 92x1132x62 PERICLES James Cummings Tom Marquand 1 59kg 110
3 10x3441x25 COAL CRUSHER Joseph Pride Adam Hyeronimus 5 59kg 109
4 04x765824x BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 3 59kg 104
5 x1576x3633 MALKOVICH Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 4 59kg 103
6 17x21714x3 ESPIONA Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 113
7 3123×21112 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Tyler Schiller 6 57kg 107
8 349x22532x CALL DI Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 7 57kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 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.

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 Forbidden Love (2022).

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 $750,000 in prize money as of 2024.

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
2024
Canterbury Stakes
1st Lady Laguna 1 minute 15.19 seconds
2nd Think About It
3rd Espiona
2023
Canterbury Stakes
1st Artorius 1 minute 15.93 seconds
2nd Imperatriz
3rd Electric Girl
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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