The Canterbury Stakes is a weight-for-age Race run over a 1400m distance. The group 1 race is held in March every year at the Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse. The Canterbury Stakes is worth $350,000 in Prize money and for quite some years now it has remained one of the major highlight events at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Pierro is the current Canterbury Stakes champion. More joyous and The Solzhenitsyn came second and third respectively in the 2013 showdown. In September 2012, The Canterbury Stakes was elevated from a group 2 race to a group 1 event. Ever since, the race has presented a thrilling show for horse racing enthusiasts in Australia and beyond. In most cases, the Canterbury Stakes attracts the above average horses.
However, topliner mares have also featured in some occasions and actually triumphed in the expense of others. In the 2011-12 season, the Gai Waterhouse mare More Joyous was one of the topliners to claim the Canterbury Stakes. The George Ryder Stakes is regarded as one of the best lead up races to the Canterbury Stakes.
In 2012, Pierro became the last mare to win the Canterbury Stakes and the George Ryder Double. The Canterbury Stakes has seen some breathtaking racing from some of the top mares in Australia and in the 2014 Sydney Racing Carnival, there is no doubt this is one of the races a lot of people are looking forward to. The Canterbury Stakes will feature alongside the exciting Randwick Guineas on the same day which should be an interesting prospect for horse racing enthusiasts.
Canterbury Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Appearance||Not Listenin’Tome||Red Tracer||1:17.2|
|2012||More Joyous||Monton||Metal Bender||1:18.4|
|2011||More Joyous||Love Conquers All||Demerit||1:17.8|
|2010||Hot Danish||Black Piranha||Mr Baritone||1:16.4|
|2009||All Silent||Forensics||Royal Discretion||1:16.5|
|2008||Mentality||Racing To Win||Sniper’s Bullet||1:32.3|
|2007||Malcolm||Cheeky Choice||Kosi Bay||1:16.5|
|2005||Dance Hero||Falkirk||Ike’s Dream||1:17.0|
|2004||Yell||Grand Armee||True Glo||1:16.0|
|2002||Empire||Diamond Dane||Shogun Lodge||1:10.3|
|2001||Shogun Lodge||Assertive Lad||El Mirada||1:10.0|
|1998||Quick Flick||Guineas||Masked Party||1:09.8|
|1997||All Our Mob||Quick Flick||Sovereign State||1:08.4|
|1995||Miss Kariba||Alert Me||Navy Seal||1:09.9|
|1994||Al Akbar||Big Dreams||Just Awesome||1:10.3|
|1991||Show County||All Archie||Zabeel||1:09.8|
|1989||At Sea||Campaign King||Groucho||1:10.3|
|1988||At Sea||Targlish||Prince Anton||1:10.0|