Canterbury Stakes

Canterbury Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Royal Randwick
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 1300m

The Group 1 Canterbury Stakes is a weight-for-age sprint over 1300m at Randwick and boasts a prize purse of $500,000.

The race is run at the beginning of March as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and routinely draws the best sprinters from around the nation, with recent winners including Pierro and dual champion More Joyous.

Three different Australian racetracks have hosted the Canterbury Stakes down the years. The race was run at Canterbury from 1929 until 1997, when it was moved to Rosehill Gardens. From 2014 onwards, the race has been run at Royal Randwick.

The Canterbury Stakes gained Group 1 status back in 2013 and is an important event 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.

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2023 Canterbury Stakes odds

Forbidden dominates the Canterbury Stakes field at Randwick. (Photo: Steve Hart)

Markets for the 2023 Canterbury Stakes are currently unavailable.

Best Canterbury Stakes bookmakers

Online 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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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 20 times and been placed six times, but peculiarly, only four last-start winners in the race’s history – Forbidden Love (2022), 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.

In 2021 Savatiano was the first past the post, but 12-months later was stripped of the victory following a prohibited substance verdict. Mizzy was promoted to a Group 1 winner in the process following her narrow defeat in the race.

2022 Canterbury Stakes result

1stForbidden Love ($2.20)
2ndLighthouse ($1.60)
3rdPrivate Eye ($2.10)

Recent Canterbury Stakes winners

  • Coming off a dominant win in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes the week prior, the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Forbidden Love was too good for her rivals in the Canterbury Stakes. Having waltzed in on a Heavy 10 the week prior, the wet track was never going to be an issue for the mare and considering Hugh Bowman was cuddling the mare 300m out from home, she was always going to take some running down. The official margin was 1.75 lengths on the ever-improving Lighthouse, but the result felt much more comfortable than that for favourite punters. The win handed Hugh Bowman his 100th Group 1 winner, having been stripped of the 2021 Canterbury Stakes during the lead-up to the 2022 edition.
  • Having had six runs in Group 1 company, it was seventh time lucky for the Godolphin-trained Savatiano who gripped on and held out the fast finishing Mizzy to claim the Canterbury Stakes.Having sat just off the leaders heels on the rails, Savatiano had no excuses when cornering and got the job done by the barest of margins. Surprisingly the win in the Canterbury Stakes aboard Savatiano was the first time superstar jockey Hugh Bowman had tasted success in the race. Savatiano was stripped of the race win 12 months later following a positive substance result. Mizzy is now the 2021 winner of the Canterbury Stakes.
  • The heat was on early in the 2020 Canterbury Stakes when Begood Toya Mother took on Savatiano for the early lead with the pair scorching the turf early on. It set up perfectly for The Bostonian to take a sit off the leaders and was in the slipstream of Savatiano up until the 250m mark when asked for an effort. Nash Rawiller eased the Tony Pike-trained gelding off the fence and managed to find his way past the Godolphin runner to as The Bostonian went on to take out the 2021 Canterbury Stakes.
  • Trapeze Artist was disappointing in a resuming run in the Expressway Stakes on February 2 as a favourite but the champ didn’t make the same mistake at G1 level. Spearing out to an early lead the Gerald Ryan runner was never headed, pinching a lengthy margin at the turn that Shoals ate into late but never threatened.
  • It didn’t take long for Happy Clapper to add another Group 1 title to his trophy cabinet in 2018, winning the Canterbury Stakes first-up following a second placing in the Mackinnon Stakes. Settling towards the back of the field Happy Clapper looked to be hard pressed to win after Global Glamour pinched a break on the field. Despite entering a bumping duel at the 400m mark Happy Clapper eventually found clean air and stormed home to beat the long-time leader in the shadows of the post.
  • 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.

Previous winners of the Canterbury Stakes

Canterbury Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Forbidden Love Forbidden Love Richard & Michael Freedman
2021 Mizzy Regan Bayliss Anthony Cummings
2020 The Bostonian Nash Rawiller Tony Pike
2019 Trapeze Artist Blake Shinn Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
2018 Happy Clapper Blake Shinn Patrick Webster
2017 Le Romain Glyn Schofield Kris Lees
2016 Holler James McDonald John O’Shea
2015 Cosmic Endeavour James McDonald Gai Waterhouse
2014 Appearance Kerrin McEvoy Guy Walter
2013 Pierro Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2012 More Joyous Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2011 More Joyous Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2010 Hot Danish Tim Clark Les Bridge
2009 All Silent Damien Oliver Grahame Begg
2008 Mentality Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2007 Malcolm Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2006 Paratroopers Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2005 Dance Hero Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2004 Yell Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2003 Defier Chris Munce Guy Walter
2002 Empire Jim Cassidy Max Lees
2001 Shogun Lodge Glen Boss Bob Thomsen
2000 Easy Rocking Darren Beadman Ron Quinton

Canterbury Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

Year Horse
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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