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.

2020 Canonbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Prague
  • 2nd: #1 Global Quest
  • 3rd: #3 Return With Honours



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 2020 ran on Saturday February 1, 2020 at Randwick having been moved from Rosehill due to the heat wave in Sydney’s west and was won by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Prague.  

2020 Canonbury Stakes
Date: Saturday February 1, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 2YO Colts & Geldings – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Canonbury Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Prague
  • 2nd: #1 Global Quest
  • 3rd: #3 Return With Honours

The Canonbury Stakes 2020 results saw trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace continue their assault on the juvenile features with expensive $1.6 million buy Prague taking out the Golden Slipper lead-up just 35 minutes after his Magic Millions Classic winning filly Away Game won the Widden Stakes on way to the $3.5 million Slipper on March 21.

Read more on the Canonbury Stakes winner Prague and his Golden Slipper 2020 prospects.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 PRAGUE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 5 54.5kg $4.40
2 1 GLOBAL QUEST Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1.8L 4 57.5kg $2.80F
3 3 RETURN WITH HONOUR Gerald Ryan Glyn Schofield 2.1L 3 54.5kg $6.50
4 2 NITROUS Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 5.7L 6 56kg $5.50
5 4 GRAVINA James Cummings Ms Rachel King 6.1L 1 54.5kg $5.50
6 6 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 11.7L 2 54.5kg $20

2020 Canonbury Stakes Betting Odds

The top Canonbury Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available here as soon as available this autumn carnival.

2020 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 2020 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 2020 field features just six young Golden Slipper hopefuls set to face off at Randwick after the Expressway Stakes Day meeting was moved from Rosehill due to the heat. Chris Waller’s Group 3 winner Global Quest is the favourite after the More Than Ready colt’s debut win in the Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at the track last year.

Read more on the Global Quest-led 2020 Canonbury Stakes field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1x GLOBAL QUEST Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4 57.5kg
2 8×117 NITROUS Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 6 56kg
3 17 RETURN WITH HONOUR Gerald Ryan Glyn Schofield 3 54.5kg
4 38x GRAVINA James Cummings Ms Rachel King 1 54.5kg
5 1 PRAGUE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 5 54.5kg
6 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 2 54.5kg

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
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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