Canonbury Stakes

The Canonbury Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Expressway Stakes Day and is an early Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up.

2022 Canonbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Best Of Bordeaux
  • 2nd: #6 Rakomelo
  • 3rd: #3 Flashing Steel



The Canonbury Stakes is a Group 3 race for two-year-old colts & geldings run at Rosehill Gardens in late January or early February as part of the Expressway Stakes Day line-up.

The meeting is held at the very start of the prestigious Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is headlined by the weight-for-age Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m). The Canonbury Stakes is a set weights plus penalties sprint contested over 1100m. It is open only to male two-year-old runners and is accompanied on the card by the fillies’ equivalent – the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m).

Many of the youngsters in the Canonbury Stakes field are on debut, while some may have had an earlier run in a summer race in Sydney or even over the previous spring carnival season. After the race a likely next-up option is the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in early March. Both races are key lead-ups to the famous $5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) run at Rosehill in March.

The horses to complete the Canonbury Stakes – Golden Slipper double are Fine And Dandy (1958), Sebring (2007) and Vancouver (2015).

Other Canonbury Stakes graduates may head south to Melbourne over the autumn for a shot at the Group 1 $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), which the 2017 Canonbury Stakes winner Pariah finished runner-up in.

The form of the 2021 Canonbury Stakes was franked with the runner-up Home Affairs winning the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes next-up before a Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes victory in Melbourne that spring.

The Canonbury Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday January 29, 2022 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and was won in runaway fashion by Best Of Bordeaux ($6.50) on debut. 

2022 Canonbury Stakes
Date: Saturday January 29, 2022
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 2YO Colts & Geldings – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2022 Canonbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Best Of Bordeaux ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #6 Rakomelo
  • 3rd: #3 Flashing Steel

The Kacy Fogden-trained Queenslander Best Of Bordeaux ($6.50) produced a powerhouse performance on debut to charge home for a nearly five-length win from the front in the 2022 Canonbury Stakes results to firm in from $101 to $15 to win the Group 1 Golden Slipper in March.

Click here to read more on the dominant 2022 Canonbury Stakes winner Best Of Bordeaux.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 BEST OF BORDEAUX Kacy Fogden Sam Clipperton 2 54.5kg $6.50
2 6 RAKOMELO James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4.63L 6 54.5kg $6.50
3 3 FLASHING STEEL Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 5.14L 1 54.5kg $5.50
4 4 GREAT BARRIER REEF Chris Waller James McDonald 7.05L 3 54.5kg $1.95F
5 5 MELLENCAMP Allan Boyle Brock Ryan 15.24L 4 54.5kg $11
8 ZAMBEZI RIVER Chris Waller Tim Clark 0
7 ROBUSTO Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0
1 SWEET RIDE Annabel Neasham Jean Van Overmeire 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Canonbury Stakes Betting Odds

The top Canonbury Stakes 2022 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available here as soon as available this autumn carnival.

2022 Canonbury Stakes Field

The Canonbury Stakes field secures a quality line-up of young colts & geldings in the early stages of their turf careers, many eyeing a run in the iconic Golden Slipper Field later in the autumn.

The official 2022 Canonbury Stakes field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published in full below.

The Canonbury Stakes 2022 final field is down to five youngsters after the scratching of three original acceptors with markets led by the Chris Waller-trained debutant Great Barrier Reef in barrier three.

  • Scratched: #1 Sweet Ride (7), #7 Robusto (8), #8 Zambezi River (5)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1 SWEET RIDE Annabel Neasham Jean Van Overmeire 7 57.5kg
2 BEST OF BORDEAUX Kacy Fogden Sam Clipperton 2 54.5kg
3 3 FLASHING STEEL Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 1 54.5kg
4 GREAT BARRIER REEF Chris Waller James McDonald 3 54.5kg 55kg
5 MELLENCAMP Allan Boyle Brock Ryan (late alt) 4 54.5kg
6 7x RAKOMELO James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 6 54.5kg
7 4x ROBUSTO Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 54.5kg
8 2x ZAMBEZI RIVER Chris Waller Tim Clark 5 54.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Canonbury Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Canonbury Stakes in 2022 close the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

The original 2022 Canonbury Stakes nominations (extended until Tuesday) feature 11 two-year-old colts and geldings led in all-in betting by debutants Great Barrier Reef and Metallicity.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1 SWEET RIDE C 2 Annabel Neasham 1 57.5kg
2 2x ZAMBEZI RIVER C 2 Chris Waller 2 54.5kg
3 1 MAN IN THE MIRROR C 2 Annabel Neasham 3 54.5kg
4 3 FLASHING STEEL C 2 Annabel Neasham 4 54.5kg
5 4x ROBUSTO C 2 Chris Waller 5 54.5kg
6 7x RAKOMELO C 2 James Cummings 6 54.5kg
7 BEST OF BORDEAUX C 2 Kacy Fogden 7= 54.5kg
8 GREAT BARRIER REEF C 2 Chris Waller 7= 54.5kg
9 MELLENCAMP G 2 Allan Boyle 7= 54.5kg
10 METALLICITY C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 7= 54.5kg
11 WICKED GAMES C 2 Annabel Neasham 7= 54.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Canonbury Stakes History

The Canonbury Stakes has been run and won since 1930 when Lightning March took out the inaugural running. The race originated as a five furlong (1000m) event holding Principal status at Randwick, where it was run up until 2003 and again from 2008 – 2011. It has been run over the 1100m distance from 2004 – 2006 and from 2009 onwards. Rosehill held the event from 2004 – 2006 and from 2013 until the present. In 2014 the race gained Listed status before it was elevated to a Group 3 feature in 2015.

The race is named in honour of Canonbury, a house built near Sydney’s Darling Point in 1911. The Australian Jockey Club (AJC) – now the Australian Turf Club (ATC) – has owned Canonbury house since the death of its builder in 1919.

Notable Canonbury Stakes winners include Tulloch (1956), Shogun Lodge (1998), Not A Single Doubt (2003), Sebring (2008), Hinchinbrook (2010) and Vancouver (2015).

See below for a full list of Canonbury Stakes winners and results dating back to 2000.

Recent Canonbury Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Canonbury Stakes 
1st Best Of Bordeaux 1 minute 3.91 seconds
2nd Rakomelo
3rd Flashing Steel
2021
Canonbury Stakes 
1st Zethus 1 minute 6.62 seconds
2nd Home Affairs
3rd Sing A Love Song
2020
Canonbury Stakes 
(Held at Randwick)
1st Prague 1 minute 3.94 seconds
2nd Global Quest
3rd Return With Honour
2019
Canonbury Stakes
1st McLaren 1 minute 5.98 seconds
2nd Spring Loaded
3rd Deep Chill
2018
Canonbury Stakes
1st Performer 1 minute 6.21 seconds
2nd Stratosphere
3rd Exceltic
2017
Canonbury Stakes
1st Pariah 1 minute 4.63 seconds
2nd Menari
3rd Malahat
2016
Canonbury Stakes
1st Tessera 1 minute 6.0 seconds
2nd Defcon
3rd Mount Panorama
2015
Canonbury Stakes
1st Vancouver 1 minute 5.8 seconds
2nd Outreach
3rd Chamarel
2014
Canonbury Stakes
1st Fighting Sun 1 minute 5.4 seconds
2nd Mr Cha Cha
3rd Ghibellines
2013
Canonbury Stakes
1st Never Can Tell 1 minute 5.3 seconds
2nd Whittington
3rd Criterion
2012
Canonbury Stakes
1st Raceway 1 minute 3.9 seconds
2nd Shelford
3rd Narcissus
2011
Canonbury Stakes
1st Diamond To Pegasus 1 minute 3.41 seconds
2nd Written Consent
3rd Wild And Proud
2010
Canonbury Stakes
1st Hinchinbrook 1 minute 5.33 seconds
2nd Corvidae
3rd Run For Wilson
2009
Canonbury Stakes
1st Tickets 1 minute 4.27 seconds
2nd Manhattan Rain
3rd Wanted
2008
Canonbury Stakes
1st Sebring 58.15 seconds
2nd Ming Hoi Treasure
3rd Giotto
2007
Canonbury Stakes
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Canonbury Stakes
1st Danehill Smile 1 minute 5.67 seconds
2nd Keiki
3rd Arlington
2005
Canonbury Stakes
1st Diego Garcia 1 minute 4.74 seconds
2nd Big Joker
3rd Coast To The Post
2004
Canonbury Stakes
1st Bradbury’s Luck 57.43 seconds
2nd Kincharm
3rd Pasikatera
2003
Canonbury Stakes
1st Not A Single Doubt 58.03  seconds
2nd Valse Des Fleurs
3rd Suite
2002
Canonbury Stakes
1st Hammerbeam 59.70 seconds
2nd Bushland
3rd L’espalier
2001
Canonbury Stakes
1st Snowland 59.09 seconds
2nd Tom Coureuse
3rd Mission Statement
2000
Canonbury Stakes
1st Excellerator 57.80 seconds
2nd Courvoisier
3rd Mistegic

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