This year the $150, 000 Group 2 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) will take place on Saturday March 20 at the beautiful Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney as part of the city’s esteemed autumn carnival.
The 2010 Canterbury Stakes will be sponsored by MYER and as the winner is exempt from ballot for Group 1 George Ryder Stakes on April 3, the level of competition is sure to be intense.
Good lead-up races Canterbury Stakes hopefuls may come via include the Group 2 Challenge Stakes on March 13 or the Group 2 Apollo Stakes. Punters who watch these earlier weight-for-age events will have a heads up when it comes to making their selections for the 2010 Canterbury Stakes.
This year the Apollo Stakes was run on February 20 and saw the Chris Waller-trained Danleigh win ahead of Rangirangdoo with Palacio De Cristal. All three of these horses may next be nominated for the Canterbury Stakes.
The Con Karakatsanis-trained Group 1 winner Black Piranha will begin his autumn campaign with a run in the 2010 Canterbury Stakes, on his way to the Doncaster Handicap and then Brisbane’s Stradbroke Handicap, which he took out last year.
The six-year-old gelding placed fourth in the Canterbury Stakes last year before moving on to have an impressive season that included solid second placings in three successive Group 1 features – the George Ryder Stakes, Doncaster Handicap and Doomben 10, 000 ahead of his highlight Stradbroke Handicap win.
Nominations for the 2010 MYER Canterbury Classic close at 11:00am on Monday March 15 and the final field of acceptances will be declared on Wednesday March 17 and published here.