2010 Canterbury Stakes Preview

February 26th, 2010

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.

A sensational race card is planned for the meeting including two Group 1 features – the $600, 000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and the $400, 000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

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.