Canterbury Stakes 2020

Saturday March 7, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Canterbury Stakes favourites have a gun record and are usually the best bet

The Canterbury Stakes is one of two Group 1 races held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Randwick Guineas Day on a Saturday in early – mid March each year.

The meeting is one of the first Group 1 race days during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is headlined by the three-year-olds facing off in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m). The Group 1 Canterbury Stakes is the major support act on the card and offers $500,000 in prize money.

Originally run at Canterbury Racecourse it has taken place at Randwick after being transferred from Rosehill Gardens in 1997. Contested over a middle sprint distance of 1300m it is run under weight-for-age conditions and is open to horses aged three-years-old and upwards, holding Group 1 status since 2013 when star colt Pierro won.

The Canterbury Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for the upcoming George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Mile run at Rosehill and Randwick Racecourses respectively over the following four weeks.

The latest running of the Canterbury Stakes took place on Saturday March 7, 2020 and was won by the Kiwi raider The Bostonian first-up. 

Canterbury Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 7, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1929

2020 Canterbury Stakes Results

The official Canterbury Stakes results 2020 and finishing order will be announced below on Saturday March 7, 2020.

  • 1st: #2 The Bostonian
  • 2nd: #5 Savatiano
  • 3rd: #1 Mister Sea Wolf

Dual Group 1 winner in Brisbane last winter, the Tony Pike-trained Kiwi galloper The Bostonian was back in winning form first-up dominating the Canterbury Stakes 2020 results with a 1.3 length win over the beaten favourite Savatiano on way to the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on Slipper Day.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Nash Rawiller 1 59kg $7.50
2 5 SAVATIANO James Cummings James McDonald 1.3L 2 57kg $2.35F
3 1 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4.3L 4 59kg $31
4 6 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 6.7L 6 57kg $26
5 4 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 11.5L 7 57kg $5.50
6 7 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Tommy Berry 13.4L 5 56kg $3.80
7 3 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 15.7L 3 59kg $21

Canterbury Stakes Odds & Betting

Favourites in the Canterbury Stakes odds have dominated the race throughout history including 13 winning since 1996, most recently Happy Clapper ($4.60 in 2018).

The latest Canterbury Stakes favourite to salute prior to Happy Clapper (2018) was Cosmic Endeavour (2015). Because the race often attracts a small field the Canterbury Stakes barriers rarely affect the betting markets however the standout gate producing nine winners in the past 30 years is barrier nine.

Last start winners saluted in the race four times from 2011 – 2020 so those horses coming off a win often dominate the Canterbury Stakes betting markets.

2020 Canterbury Stakes Betting

The season’s best Canterbury Stakes 2020 odds will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best Randwick Guineas Day Group 1 racing markets.


Canterbury Stakes Field

The Canterbury Stakes field attracts a wide variety of weight-for-age gallopers that come via different lead-up races and are often targeting different next-up options.

Canterbury Stakes betting odds were short on the 2013 winner Pierro

Pierro (2013) is one of the shortest-priced favourites to salute in the Canterbury Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

Because of the ballot exemptions on offer to the winner many Canterbury Stakes winners go on to run in the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Mile over 1500m and 1600m respectively later in the autumn.

Rarely does the race attract its capacity number of runners and the Canterbury Stakes field often features small numbers including 2020 (7), (2019 (7), 2018 (9), 2017 (8), 2016 (7), 2015 (8), 2014 (10) and 2011 (5) when More Joyous defeated home just four rivals. There were also only five runners in the 2008 Canterbury Guineas field when Mentality won as a 4/1 shot.

Canterbury Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field and barrier draw out two days later.

2020 Canterbury Stakes Field

The Canterbury Stakes 2020 field and barrier draw will be published below once announced on the Wednesday leading up to Randwick Guineas Day so stay tuned to see what gun sprinters make the starting line-up.

Expressway Stakes winning colt Standout is tipped as the horse to beat again in a small seven starter 2020 Canterbury Stakes field on the weekend as he takes on last start winning Godolphin-raced mares Alizee and Savatiano.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1200x6101x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 59kg 111
2 x110x9358x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Nash Rawiller 1 59kg 110
3 111x161x77 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 3 59kg 107
4 06x1374x21 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 57kg 115
5 213x4101x1 SAVATIANO James Cummings James McDonald 2 57kg 112
6 x610190x32 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 57kg 107
7 1112×1 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Tommy Berry 5 56kg 104

2020 Canterbury Stakes Nominations

The Canterbury Stakes 2020 Nominations are open until the Monday of Randwick Guineas Day and will be available in full below.

Just 10 weight-for-age hopefuls make-up the 2020 Canterbury Stakes nominations including Apollo Stakes winning mare Alizee, the fellow Godolphin-raced mare Savatiano coming off a Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes win and Gerald Ryan’s first-up Expressway Stakes winning colt Standout.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 06x1374x21 ALIZEE M 5 James Cummings 1 57kg 115
2 213x4101x1 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 2 57kg 112
3 1200x6101x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 3 59kg 111
4 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 56kg 109
5 111x161x77 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER G 5 Daniel Bowman 5= 59kg 107
6 x610190x32 WHITE MOSS M 6 Jason Coyle 5= 57kg 107
7 1112×1 STANDOUT C 3 Gerald Ryan 7 56kg 104
8 x1151x211x SOMETHING FAST G 5 Anthony Cummings 8 59kg 86
9 x110x9358x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) G 5 Tony Pike 9 59kg 110
10 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 10 59kg 107

Canterbury Stakes Tips

The best Canterbury Stakes betting tip is to back the favourite as they have a stellar record in the weight-for-age feature, which is one of Australia’s youngest Group 1 races. From 2011 – 2020 five of the Canterbury Stakes favourites saluted for the punters.

Other Canterbury Stakes tips include looking at horses coming off a last-start win as they have a strong showing in the winners’ list and checking for any Gai Waterhouse-trained starters. Waterhouse has saddled-up over 20 runners in the race over the past three decades for an incredible seven wins including four of the five champions from 2011 – 2015. She also more recently ran second with Global Glamour in 2018.

2020 Canterbury Stakes Tips

Bookmark this page for our insider Ladbrokes’ Canterbury Stakes tips 2020 with exotic betting selections to make on the Randwick Guineas Day support act this autumn.

Canterbury Stakes Form Guide

The Canterbury Stakes form guide shows runners in the race come off a mix of lead-up runs and there is no standout race line to follow into the event.

The only races to produce multiple Canterbury Stakes winners over the past decade are the Group 2 Apollo Stakes and the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes both held the previous month at Randwick.

Canterbury Stakes form also shows the barriers of all runners and while there is a fairly even spread one gate has produced more winners than any other, nine, but not since Empire (2002) and Defier (2003) went back-to-back. Mares also stand out in the Canterbury Stakes form guide with four winning from 2011 – 2015 with all but one prepared by Gai Waterhouse.

Canterbury Stakes Form Facts

  • From 2011-20 four last start winners saluted including Appearance (2014) who completed the Apollo Stakes – Canterbury Stakes double and Le Romain (2017) who came off a Southern Cross Stakes win at the track
  • From  2006 – 2020 six favourites in Canterbury Stakes betting saluted for the punters
  • Mares have a strong recent record in Canterbury Stakes results with four saluting from 2011 – 2020

2020 Canterbury Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Canterbury Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters the week of the race.

Canterbury Stakes Results

The Canterbury Stakes results and final finishing order of all runners in the field is released when the race event takes place on Randwick Guineas Day in early March each autumn.

The Canterbury Stakes winner, starting prices, successful margin and winning time are all listed in the results post-race. Notable recent Canterbury Stakes winners include Pierro (2013) and dual winner More Joyous (2011-12) both prepared by the race’s most successful trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Canterbury Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 The Bostonian Savatiano Mister Sea Wolf 1:16.21
2019 Trapeze Artist Shoals Prompt Response 1:14.19 (Record)
2018 Happy Clapper Global Glamour Invincible Gem 1:14.25
2017 Le Romain Chautauqua Hauraki 1:20.0
2016 Holler First Seal Kermadec 1:15.4
2015 Cosmic Endeavour Catkins Criterion 0:56.7
2014 Appearance Not Listenin’Tome Red Tracer 1:17.2
2013 Pierro More Joyous Solzhenitsyn 1:15.9
2012 More Joyous Monton Metal Bender 1:18.4
2011 More Joyous Love Conquers All Demerit 1:17.8
2010 Hot Danish Black Piranha Mr Baritone 1:16.4
2009 All Silent Forensics Royal Discretion 1:16.5
2008 Mentality Racing To Win Sniper’s Bullet 1:32.3
2007 Malcolm Cheeky Choice Kosi Bay 1:16.5
2006 Paratroopers Patezza Dance Hero 1:16.2
2005 Dance Hero Falkirk Ike’s Dream 1:17.0
2004 Yell Grand Armee True Glo 1:16.0
2003 Defier Cosmic Rays Gordo 1:09.1
2002 Empire Diamond Dane Shogun Lodge 1:10.3
2001 Shogun Lodge Assertive Lad El Mirada 1:10.0