2023 Canterbury Stakes

Distance: 1300m | Conditions: WFA | Rail Position: True | Track Condition: Good 4

Randwick Racecourse plays host to the Canterbury Stakes this Saturday, with an 11 horse field accepted to contest for the $600,000 Group 1 over 1300m. Last year’s edition was won by Richard and Michael Freedman sprinter Forbidden Love, but this year there’s a foreigner looking to spoil the party. Let’s try find a winner!

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Doesn’t appear there’ll be a great deal of genuine tempo for this one. Lombardo looks as though he could take up the running or even Converge from the soft draw. We can expect to see Electric Girl push up from the inside draw with Golden Mile, Old Flame in behind and Imperatriz not too far off either. This will leave Cascadian, Artorious and Argentia to have last crack at them providing there’s any pace.


1.jockey silks Cascadian

A smart horse first-up and is coming off a solid Spring campaign which finished off with a 4th in a Northerly behind Amelia’s Jewel. We’ve seen his best over further and on a softer deck but is generally competitive at this level.

2.jockey silksArtorius

Resuming off a terrific European stint where he placed in both a Platinum Jubilee and July Cup. Fair first-up record, astute jockey aboard and could absolutely blitz these if pace is right and he’s at his best. No knock.

3.jockey silks Kirwan’s Lane

Ingham winner last prep and is looking for further than this. Looking to others.

4.jockey silks Lombardo

Resuming after a long break following going amiss in his only run over the spring. Won a Goodwood prior and has shown promise in his jumpouts but can’t see him winning this. Place chance.

5.jockey silks Converge

Simply hasn’t delivered despite some big expectations following his juvenile seasons. May see some improvements on a dry track but not expecting him to trouble these.

6.jockey silks Old Flame

The talented import resumes here but feel is just trying to dodge the weight penalty for the Doncaster. Good horse fresh and could be competitive but would save him for wider exotics.

7.jockey silks Quantico

Drawn the carpark and will get back. Nice horse but not WFA level.

8.jockey silks Imperatriz

Highly-touted Kiwi mare looking for four on the bounce and her fifth Group 1. Latest win came when she blew them off the track in the BCD Sprint in fast time. JMac aboard big tick but obvious query being untested on Australian ground. Is short enough.

9.jockey silks Electric Girl

Was far too good for them fresh in the Millie Fox. Drawn well and maps in her favour. This may be a little out of her class but could run a cheeky race.

10.jockey silks Argentia

Nice return in the Rubiton, closing off well behind the Oakleigh Plate quinella. Drawn poorly and is up against it here but not the worst. Thought she would go to the Wenona Girl instead so fact they’ve accepted for this suggests she’s going well.

11.jockey silks Golden Mile

Another Cummings runner who commands respect. Was a bold effort fresh in the Expressway behind a smart mare in Mariamia and has now been kept fresh for this. Stable is flying and is right amongst the chances here.

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Price: $7

Imperatriz deservedly on top, she’s just too short for mine

However, in a small field with plenty targeting races further down the track, Artorius looks the play here. His best smokes most of these if tempo is right so think he’s the value. Wary of Golden Mile.

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