Canterbury Stakes

Canterbury Stakes Betting Guide
When March 10, 2018
Where Royal Randwick
Prize Money $500,000
Distance 1,300m

THE Group 1 Canterbury Stakes is a weight-for-age sprint over 1300 metres at Randwick as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, which is run for a purse of $500,000.

The race is run at the beginning of March and routinely draws the best sprinters from around the nation with recent past winners including Pierro and dual champion More Joyous.

The Canterbury Stakes has been hosted by three different tracks throughout the history of the event. Kicking off at the spiritual home of Canterbury in 1929, the race was moved to Rosehill in 1997. From 2014 onwards the race has been run at Royal Randwick.

The race gained group one status back in 2013 and is an important race in Sydney given the winner gets an exemption for the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, which is run just two weeks later as part of Golden Slipper day.

Fields are invariably small for the Canterbury Stakes and the winners often come from the head of the market. The last winner of the race was Holler on March 5, 2016.

The next running of the Canterbury Stakes will be on March 10, 2018.

2018 Canterbury Stakes odds

Best Canterbury Stakes bookmakers

The bookmakers will open all-in betting in February for the March feature and fixed odds betting will be available during the week of the race.

All of our bookmakers offer markets on the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes so follow these links and keep an eye out as the race draws closer.

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Recent Canterbury Stakes winners

  • In a fantastic contest, Le Romain edged out popular elect Chautauqua to win the 2017 Canterbury Stakes. The Kris Lees-trained fought off the challenge in the rain-soaked conditions at Randwick and score its biggest career win. It was first thought that Chautauqua had edged past it on the line, but Le Romain got the chocolates. Read the full report here.
  • Godolphin star Holler was a $7.50 outsider behind First Seal in the market, but after getting the jump and surging to the front of the field it looked like James McDonald had gotten to the perfect position on his galloper. First Seal got pocked in the latter stages of the race and could only manage second as J-Mac recorded back-to-back group Canterbury Stakes wins.
  • James McDonald had the ride on the $2.70 elect Cosmic Endeavour, and the Kiwi looked to have the race at his mercy as the horse booted up along the rails to take the lead in the early stages of the race. The horse was rated beautifully in front and handed Gai Waterhouse yet another group one win in Sydney.
  • Multiple group race winning horse Appearance was one of the main chances in the 2014 Canterbury Stakes market, but the bookies would have been licking their lips mid-race as the horse settled last. Kerrin McEvoy was patient at the back of the field however, and unleashed the mare at the perfect moment to take out the race.
  • Godolphin star Holler was a $7.50 outsider behind First Seal in the market, but after getting the jump and surging to the front of the field it looked like James McDonald had gotten to the perfect position on his galloper. First Seal got pocked in the latter stages of the race and could only manage second as J-Mac recorded back-to-back group Canterbury Stakes wins.
  • The first time a race is upgraded to a group one event it always draws out the cream of the crop and that was no truer than in 2013 when Pierro won the race as an even money favourite.

Canterbury Stakes betting guide

Gai Waterhouse won the first-ever G1 running of the Canterbury Stakes with Pierro.

Make no mistake – the Canterbury Stakes is a favourites’ race, and the class more often than not prevails over the sprint distance at Royal Randwick

Since 1983 the Canterbury Stakes favourite has won 19 times and been placed five times, but peculiarly, only three last start winners in the race’s history – Appearance (2014), Pierro (2013) and More Joyous (2011) – have gone on to take out the Canterbury Stakes.

Given it is one of the first group races of the Sydney autumn carnival, there are no specific races that punters can look at as an indicator heading into the Canterbury Stakes, but group success in the past and market support are two great signs of a strong upcoming performance.

Previous winners of the Canterbury Stakes

Canterbury Stakes Past Winners
Year Canterbury Stakes Past Winner
2017 Le Romain
2016 Holler
2015 Cosmic Endeavour
2014 Appearance
2013 Pierro
2012 More Joyous
2011 More Joyous
2010 Hot Danish
2009 All Silent
2008 Mentality
2007 Malcolm
2006 Paratroopers
2005 Dance Hero
2004 Yell
2003 Defier
2002 Empire
2001 Shogun Lodge
2000 Easy Rocking
1999 Kidman’s Cove
1998 Quick Flick
1997 All Our Mob
1996 Sprint By
1995 Miss Kariba
1994 Al Akbar
1993 Big Dreams
1992 Alishan
1991 Show County
1990 Straussbrook
1989 At Sea
1988 At Sea
1987 Placid Ark
1986 Avon Angel
1985 Chimes Square
1984 Sir Dapper
1983 Emancipation
1982 Manikato
1981 Turf Ruler
1980 Stage Hit
1979 Bernard
1978 Race Not Held
1977 Romantic Dream
1976 Hartshill
1975 Leica Show
1974 Favoured
1973 I’m Scarlet
1972 Playbill
1971 Baguette
1970 Broker’s Tip
1969 Fair Law
1968 Cabochon
1967 Prince Max
1966 Academy Star
1965 Aureo
1964 Eskimo Prince
1963 Kevejon
1962 Sky High
1961 Sky High
1960 Wanton Lass
1959 Up and Coming
1958 Race Not Held
1957 Prince Jambo
1956 Starover
1955 Star Realm
1954 Iroquois
1953 Regoli
1952 Joy Lad
1951 San Domenico
1950 San Domenico
1949 Bernbrook
1948 Gay Monarch
1947 Shannon
1946 Good Idea
1945 Sleepy Fox
1944 Tea Rose
1943 Katanga
1942 Yaralla
1941 Reading
1940 Beaulivre
1939 Beau Vite
1938 Gold Rod
1937 The Marne
1936 Arachne
1935 Bulldozer
1934 Lough Neagh
1933 Chatham
1932 Holdfast
1931 Holdfast
1930 Holdfast
1929 Amounis

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