Canterbury Stakes: What You Need To Know

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CANTERBURY STAKES

Run at Randwick since 2014, 1300m, $500,000, weight-for-age.

HISTORY

* First run in 1929 when won by Amounis

* Elevated to Group One in 2013

* Run at Canterbury except for at Rosehill in 1973-75, 1980-81, 1997-98, 2004-07.

* Before 2004 run over 1200m. 2008 run over 1550m.

NOTABLE WINNERS

* Happy Clapper (2018); Le Romain (2017); Holler (2016); Cosmic Endeavour (2015); Appearance (2014); Pierro (2013); More Joyous (2011-12); Yell (2004); All Our Mob (1997); At Sea (1988-89); Manikato (1982); Baguette (1971); Sky High (1961-62); Holdfast (1930-31-32).

TALKING POINTS

* The unusual distance serves as a lead-in to the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two weeks later or a drop back in distance to the Galaxy (1100m).

WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING:

“He’s refreshed and bulked up nicely since his solid first-up effort at Caulfield. This is a beautiful second-up target and he should find this distance right in his comfort zone” – Kementari’s trainer James Cummings

“I wasn’t disappointed with him first-up and he has done extremely well since,” Trapeze Artist’s trainer Gerald Ryan

“Although it is very strong, it just seems a nice race to kick off her preparation and we know she runs well at Randwick. She’s in good order” – Anthony Freedman’s racing manager Brad Taylor on Shoals

“For some time we’ve been wanting to start him up over 1300, 1400 metres” – Fell Swoop’s trainer Matt Dale.

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