Canonbury Stakes Winners, Past Results & Latest News

Canonbury Stakes run at the Warwick Farm Racecourse. Winners and past results of the Canonbury Stakes

The Group 3 Canonbury Stakes is a sprint race, currently 1100 metres, for two-year-old colts and geldings that is currently run in late January or early February under the auspices of the Australian Turf Club. 

It was run at Randwick in 2020 and is supposedly going to go to Rosehill in 2021 and beyond. 

It offers $160,000 in prize money and is run under set weight plus penalty conditions.

It is run alongside the Widden Stakes, which is the same race except restricted to fillies. 

That same Rosehill meeting also offers the Group 2 Expressway Stakes.

History of the Canonbury Stakes

The race was first run in 1930. The name is derived from a house built in 1911 in nearby Darling Point. The Australian Jockey Club bought the property in 1919 and put it to use as a convalescent facility for Australian servicemen returning from the First World War

From its first running in 1930 until 2007, the race was open to horses of either gender, but it was not held in 2007 due to the equine influenza outbreak that sorely influenced Sydney Thoroughbred racing. 

The Canonbury Stakes also skipped the year 1942 due to World War II.

It was run in divisions in 1958 and1974.

The Canonbury Stakes has shifted trips several times over the course of its history, but only by 100 metres, or as they would have said back before metrification, half a furlong.

It was 1000 metres from 1973 through 2003, went to 1100 metres for three editions from 2004 – 2006, went back to 1000 m for 2008 and has been 1100 metres from 2009.

The race was originally classified as a Principal race, moved to Listed status in 1979 and was lifted to Group 3 in 2015.

Race Venue for the Canonbury Stakes

It would appear that the event has found a permanent home at Rosehill, which is located about 20 kilometres northwest of Sydney CBD, in an area often referred to as Greater Western Sydney.

One nifty feature of Rosehill is the non-symmetrically shaped oval that features both broad, sweeping turns, and tighter turns. 

Racing History of the Canonbury Stakes

The Canonbury Stakes serves as a lead up for the more prestigious juvenile events that come later in the season. 

Few of the winners, however, accomplished much beyond winning the race. 

The 2020 winner was Prague. Prague won his first race at Canterbury Racecourse in January of 2020 and immediately backed with the Canonbury win. After finishing sixth in the Group 2 Skyline, he won the Group 3 Pago Pago, and then made a strong case for his future with a second to Farnan in the Group 1 Sires Produce at Randwick. He has not won since. 

Vancouver won the race in 2015, and then went on to win the Golden Slipper Stakes. 

The first significant horse we see in the winners’ circle was Sebring in 2008. Sebring won the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes and came within a nose of winning the Group 1 Champagne Stakes that went to Samantha Miss. His true potential was never known, as he died sometime after a Randwick trial in 2009.

Not A Single Doubt was the 2003 winner. He was retired in 2005 after winning the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes. He stood at Arrowfield Stud up until 2020, when he was retired due to pulmonary disease. His biggest contribution was as a stallion that sired 70 stakes winners, including 14 Group 1 race victories. Some of his notable progeny include Farnan, Shout The Bar, Extreme Choice, Single Gaze and Scales Of Justice. 

Shogun Lodge won in 1998 in his very first race. He would win 12 more times. His first Group 1 win was the 1999 George Main Stakes, and then the Group 1 Epson Handicap in 2000. His biggest win might have been the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

From Shogun Lodge, we travel back all the way to find Fine And Dandy winning in 1958. He filled the Canonbury/Golden Slipper double and won 13 other races and he placed 14 times from 45 starts. 

Far and away the most notable winner was 1956’s Tulloch. Among a slew of major races, he won the Cox Plate in 1960 and the Caulfield Cup in 1957, during a year when, judging by the number of big races he won, he must have been two, possibly three horses. 

Tulloch’s 1960 Cox Plate win came after missing almost two years of racing due to a near-fatal stomach virus. He ran second in that year’s Sydney Cup and managed a seventh in the Melbourne Cup. 

Conclusion

Juvenile races are always a challenge for everyone, from horse, to jockey, to strapper, to trainer and especially to bookies and punters. 

The Canonbury Stakes is important in that it give everyone a good glance at the new crop of colts, some of which enjoy great racing careers and some of which show enough promise to be taken from the track and put to work in the sheds.

Year Canonbury Stakes Winners
2021 Zethus
2020 Prague
2019 Mclaren
2018 Performer
2017 Pariah
2016 Tessera
2015 Vancouver
2014 Fighting Sun
2013 Never Can Tell
2012 Raceway
2011 Diamond To Pegasus
2010 Hinchinbrook
2009 Tickets
2008 Sebring
2007 not held
2006 Danehill Smile
2005 Diego Garcia
2004 Bradbury's Luck (AUS) 2002
2003 Not A Single Doubt
2002 Hammerbeam
2001 Snowland
2000 Excellerator
1999 Kootoomootoo
1998 Shogun Lodge
1997 Brilliance
1996 Hockney
1995

The Oscars

1994 Strategic
1993 Dapper Magic
1992 Jetball
1991 Knight's Tale
1990 Trooping
1989 White Crest
1988 Silver Appeal
1987 Iga Ninja
1986 Mardi Gras
1985 The Barossa
1984 Asarka
1983 Kingston Jamaica
1982 Been There
1981 Golconda D'Or
1980 Young Willie
1979 Massacre
1978 Mersing
1977 Just A Steal
1976 Flirting Prince
1975 Timurkhan
1974 Dizzy Spell
Ortillo
1973 Suggest
1972 Jolly Peter
1971 Radameson
1970 Campanello
1969 Prince O'Jazz
1968 Star Rise
1967 Slippery
1966 Constellation
1965 Later On
1964 Cassius
1963 Son Of Tod
1962 Time And Tide
1961 Bogan Road
1960 Pan Shah
1959 Hydrell
1958 Fine And Dandy
1957 Gabonia
Meerut
1956 Tulloch
1955 My Kingdom
1954 Aboukir
1953 Indian Empire
1952 Grand Vite
1951 Royal Eagle
1950 Fengari
1949 Navigate
1948 Aqua Regis
1947 Heliofly
1946 Deep Sea
1945 Vigaro
1944 Tactician
1943 Majesty
1942 not held
1941 Baroda
1940 Mannerheim
1939 Victorine
1938 Rival Chief
1937 Homily
1936 Theolos
1935 Law King
1934 Golden Promise
Buller
1933 Pasha
1932 Burlesque
1931 Apparel
1930 Lightning March

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