The 2013 Canterbury Stakes will be run as a Group 1 after it was upgraded from its current Group 2 status yesterday.
The next Canterbury Stakes is due to run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Saturday March 23, 2012.
Run over a distance of 1,300 metres, the race is presently worth $175,000 in prize money.
The Canterbury Stakes’ prize money will have to be upgraded to $350,000 in keeping with the standards of Group 1 racing.
The race is open to horses of all ages and is run under weight-for-age conditions.
Australian Pattern Committee chairman, Alan Brown, told of the reasons behind the Canterbury Stakes’ upgrade to Group 1 status.
“The Canterbury Stakes was the highest-ranking Group Two race in Australia last year and rated higher than the Doomben 10,000, the only other Group One race in Australia over a similar distance,” Brown said.
More Joyous has won the Canterbury Stakes on two occasions and has added to the race’s top ranking.
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