Canterbury Stakes 2022

Saturday March 5, 2022

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 edition of the Canterbury Stakes took place on Saturday March 5, 2022 and saw the favourite Forbidden Love ($2.20) lead all-the-way on a quick back-up to salute for the punters. 

Canterbury Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1929

2022 Canterbury Stakes Results

The official Canterbury Stakes results 2022 and finishing order will be announced below on Saturday March 5, 2022.

  • 1st: #9 Forbidden Love ($2.20F)
  • 2nd: #10 Lighthouse
  • 3rd: #3 Private Eye

Backing-up from her Group 2 Guy Walter win in the wet the Saturday prior, the Richard & Michael Freedman-trained Forbidden Love ($2.20F) handled the short turnaround and another Heavy Randwick track to dominate the Canterbury Stakes 2022 results from the front.

Canterbury Stakes Betting

Favourites in the Canterbury Stakes odds have dominated the race throughout history including 14 winning since 1996, most recently Happy Clapper ($4.60 in 2018) and Forbidden Love ($2.20 in 2022).

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 six times from 2011 – 2022 so those horses coming off a win often dominate the Canterbury Stakes betting markets – the latest being Savatiano (2021) coming off a Group 2 Expressway Stakes victory and Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes winner the Saturday prior Forbidden Love in 2022. 

2022 Canterbury Stakes Odds

The season’s best Canterbury Stakes 2022 odds will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best Randwick Guineas Day Group 1 racing markets.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Canterbury Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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 2022 (9), 2021 (9), 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.

2022 Canterbury Stakes Field

The Canterbury Stakes 2022 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.

The 2022 Canterbury Stakes final field features a quality line-up of middle-distance gallopers including last weekend’s Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes winner in the wet Forbidden Love and fellow mare Lighthouse coming off a Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes second in Melbourne.

Scratched: #1 Zaaki (1) – the returning Mackinnon Stakes champion has been scratched due to the Heavy (10) track and will instead run first-up at Flemington in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m).

2022 Canterbury Stakes Nominations

The Canterbury Stakes 2022 Nominations are open until the Monday of Randwick Guineas Day and will be available in full below.

Annabel Neasham’s returning Mackinnon Stakes champion Zaaki headlines the 2022 Canterbury Stakes nominations in Sydney for this weekend, the gun galloper also entered for Melbourne’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes at Flemington on the same day.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 D111x1131x ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 1 59kg 117
2 11x84421x1 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 2 59kg 116
3 2501x599x0 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 3 59kg 113
4 7x47830x21 FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 4 57kg 109
5 2183x1321x COUNT DE RUPEE G 4 Robert & Luke Price 5= 59kg 108
6 21x174185x PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride 5= 59kg 108
7 733x08360x DALASAN H 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 7= 59kg 107
8 048x37664x SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller 7= 57kg 107
9 09×9881213 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees 9= 59kg 106
10 x54518x5x5 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) H 4 Annabel Neasham 9= 58.5kg 106
11 x55x111122 LIGHTHOUSE (USA) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9= 57kg 106
12 194x42446x NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 9= 57kg 106
13 1910x20x79 WILD PLANET G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13= 59kg 104
14 x11339x211 SNAPDANCER M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13= 57kg 104
15 x320x4x68x ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15= 59kg 103
16 349x1541x3 ELECTRIC GIRL M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15= 57kg 103
17 x8752208x0 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 17 59kg 102
18 11143x200x DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan 18 59kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 – 2022 six 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.

2022 Canterbury Stakes Tips

Bookmark this page for our insider Ladbrokes’ Canterbury Stakes tips 2022 with exotic betting selections to make on the Randwick Guineas Day support act this autumn.

  • To Win: #9 Forbidden Love ($3 at time of publish) 

Open and intriguing edition of the Canterbury Stakes with Zaaki out and a Heavy (10) track. She’s on the quick back-up but think the Richard & Michael Freedman-trained All Too Hard four-year-old Forbidden Love will be hard to beat again. She best handled the Heavy (10) track to win the Guy Walter Stakes against her own kind and now steps-up in grade. Over three lengths between her and the next best in the Guy Walter and tipping a similar effort on another bottomless track if racing goes ahead.

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 Forbidden Love the seventh in 13 years to win.

The Canterbury Stakes form often stacks-up in other Group 1 autumn and spring races later in the year. In 2021 the Canterbury Stakes winner Savatiano ran second next-up in the All Aged Stakes, while the third placed Masked Crusader took out Melbourne’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

Canterbury Stakes Form Facts

  • From 2011-22 six last start winners saluted including Appearance (2014) who completed the Apollo Stakes – Canterbury Stakes double, Le Romain (2017) who came off a Southern Cross Stakes win at the track, Expressway Stakes winning mare Savatiano (2021) and Forbidden Love (2022) on the short turnaround after winning the previous Saturday’s Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes
  • From  2006 – 2022 seven favourites in Canterbury Stakes betting saluted for the punters
  • Mares have a strong recent record in Canterbury Stakes results with six saluting from 2011 – 2022

2022 Canterbury Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Canterbury Stakes 2022 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
2022 Forbidden Love Lighthouse Private Eye 1:19.29
2021 Savatiano Mizzy Masked Crusader 1:14.41
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