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.

2021 Canonbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Zethus
  • 2nd: #9 Home Affairs
  • 3rd: #5 Sing A Love Song



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 $3.5 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 Canonbury Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday January 30, 2021 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and was won in an upset by Zethus. 

2021 Canonbury Stakes
Date: Saturday January 30, 2021
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 2YO Colts & Geldings – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Canonbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Zethus
  • 2nd: #9 Home Affairs
  • 3rd: #5 Sing A Love Song

Click here to read more on the narrow win by Zethus who defeated the favourite Home Affairs in an upset 2021 Canonbury Stakes result ahead of the Golden Slipper in 2021.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 ZETHUS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 8 54.5kg $6
2 9 HOME AFFAIRS Chris Waller James McDonald 0.1L 4 54.5kg $2.50F
3 5 SING A LOVE SONG John O’Shea Tom Sherry (a) 0.3L 3 54.5kg $13
4 6 MONTANA FLASH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0.5L 1 54.5kg $20
5 8 GIANNIS Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 1.5L 5 54.5kg $6.50
6 1 READILY AVAILABULL John Sargent Regan Bayliss 2.9L 7 57.5kg $10
7 11 SURPLUS VALUE Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 4.8L 6 54.5kg $7
8 7 BULLPEN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 11.8L 2 54.5kg $17
2 CONEXY Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0
10 RETRIEVAL James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0
3 CONSTRUCT Peter & Paul Snowden Jason Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Canonbury Stakes Betting Odds

The top Canonbury Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available here as soon as available this autumn carnival.

2021 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 2021 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 2021 final field is down to 10 young colts and geldings with the unraced Chris Waller-trained Home Affairs narrow favourite in an open market.

  • Scratched: #2 Conexy (9), #3 Construct (2), #Retrieval (7)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x READILY AVAILABULL John Sargent Regan Bayliss 10 57.5kg
2 21x CONEXY Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 9 57.5kg
3 2x CONSTRUCT Peter & Paul Snowden Jason Collett 2 54.5kg
4 2 ZETHUS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 11 54.5kg
5 43 SING A LOVE SONG John O’Shea Tom Sherry (a) 4 54.5kg
6 0x MONTANA FLASH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 54.5kg
7 BULLPEN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 3 54.5kg
8 GIANNIS Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 6 54.5kg
9 HOME AFFAIRS Chris Waller James McDonald 5 54.5kg 55kg
10 RETRIEVAL James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 7 54.5kg
11 2 SURPLUS VALUE Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 8 54.5kg

 

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Canonbury Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Canonbury Stakes in 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

The 2021 Canonbury Stakes nominations feature 15 two-year-old colts and geldings, four of which boast a previous race win including the Chris Waller-trained Conexy.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0 BIL COLYNS C 2 Gary Portelli
2 BULLPEN C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
3 21x CONEXY C 2 Chris Waller
4 2x CONSTRUCT C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
5 GIANNIS C 2 Chris Waller
6 HILAL C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
7 HOME AFFAIRS C 2 Chris Waller
8 0x MONTANA FLASH C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 21 PEGASI C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
10 1x READILY AVAILABULL C 2 John Sargent
11 RETRIEVAL C 2 James Cummings
12 43 SING A LOVE SONG C 2 John O’Shea
13 2 SNIPER LEGEND C 2 Matthew Vella
14 1 SUPER RIFF G 2 Norm Gardner
15 2 ZETHUS C 2 James Cummings

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
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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