2016 Canterbury Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Canterbury Stakes

The 2016 Canterbury Stakes is an exciting Group 1 thoroughbred race held at the scenic Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney as part of the great line up of races on Randwick Guineas Day. Previously a Group 2 race, the 2013 edition of the Canterbury Stakes was the first at Group 1 level.

Taking place in either February or March each year, the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes is a 1,300m sprint run under weight-for-age conditions and is worth $500,000.

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The 2016 Canterbury Stakes will take place at Rosehill on Saturday March 5th.

The Canterbury Stakes is always a hotly contested affair as the winner is exempt from ballot for the prestigious Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) held a fortnight later on Golden Slipper Day.

The Canterbury Stakes shares a race program with the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m).

Related Races

For horses seeking a longer break between runs the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill in February is an excellent preparatory event.

The Canterbury Stakes is used by many runners on their way to some of the more illustrious and lucrative Sydney Autumn Carnival events including Group 1 features such as the George Ryder Stakes, TJ Smith Stakes or the All Aged Stakes – all weight-for-age races.

While the Canterbury Stakes in one of the biggest events of the autumn carnival, the Melbourne spring sees the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup run at Flemington Racecourse.

History

The esteemed Canterbury Stakes was first held in 1929 when Amounis claimed victory.

It began as a Principal race and was elevated to its more prestigious Group 2 status in 1979.

From 1929 – 1972 the Canterbury Stakes was run over six furlongs. In 1973 the race distance was converted to 1200m. Later on in 2004 the length was decreased to its current 1300m.

The Canterbury Stakes winners list features a number of turf champions including All Silent (2009), Dance Hero (2005) and Shogun Lodge (2001).

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Australian Derby

(2400m)

Randwick

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

TJ Smith Stakes

(1200m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Sires Produce Stakes

(1400m)

Randwick

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Doncaster Mile

(1600m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Australian Oaks

(2400m)

Randwick

$550,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Sydney Cup

(3200m)

Randwick

$500,000

Hcp

Group 1

Queen Elizabeth Stakes

(2000m)

Randwick

$4,000,000

Open

Group 1

Queen Of The Turf Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$1,000,000

3YO&UP

Group 2

Queen of the South Stakes

(1600m)

Morphettville

$175,000

3YO & Up SWP

Group 3

Chairman’s Handicap

(2000m)

Morphettville

$115,000

3YO SW

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Canterbury Stakes News

Three year old Holler bounced back into the winner’s stall when he led all of the way to beat the older horses in the 2016 Group 1 $500,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick today. The John O’Shea trained Holler produced a similar win two starts back in the Group 2…