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Canterbury Stakes 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Canterbury Stakes is one of two Group One features on the March 6 program from Randwick
  • Godolphin star Bivouac heads the betting
  • Preview and Tips below
Canterbury Stakes Tips
The Canterbury Stakes is one of two Group One events at Randwick this Saturday. (Getty)
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Given group one status in 2013 in a year which saw the champion Pierro celebrate in style by denying More Joyous a hat-trick of wins in this race, the Canterbury Stakes has a fine honor roll since first being run in 1929.

Along with popular recent winners in Trapeze Artist and Happy Clapper, this race has seen the likes of Sky High, Manikato and Placid Ark salute over its history, all elite gallopers in their time.

The Canterbury Stakes is a $500,000 feature run over 1300 metres at Royal Randwick and in 2021, it sees Godolphin four-year-old Bivouac the current $2.90 favourite with bookmaker.com.au.

Canterbury Stakes 2021 Odds

1BivouacJames CummingsGlen Boss8
2DreamforceJohn ThompsonNash Rawiller5
3SamadoubtBjorn BakerJoshua Parr6
4KementariJames CummingsRachel King9
5VictoremJenny GrahamKerrin McEvoy11
6Dawn PassageGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark7
7Masked Crusader
Michael, Wayne & John HawkesTommy Berry2
8SavatianoJames CummingsHugh Bowman3
9Madam RougeChris WallerJames McDonald4
10MizzyAnthony CummingsRegan Bayliss1
11PragueAnnabel NeashamTom Marquand10

Odds courtesy of bookmaker.com.au & correct at 8.30pm on 03/03/2021.

2021 Canterbury Stakes Tips

2021 Canterbury Stakes Best Bet - Bivouac

What do we make of the first-up flop as favourite in the Lightning Stakes? On face value, he was quite disappointing but off just the one trial leading into a 1000m assignment, a trip that is a little sharp for him, he gets another chance stripping fitter now second-up and stepping up in trip.

Straight from 1000m to 1300m is a shade unconventional for Bivouac, a galloper that likely comes back to the 1200m later in the autumn for the T.J Smith Stakes but perhaps as an older galloper now, it may be an advantage and he is a 1400m winner, so there's some positives in that regard.

As a three-time Group One winner and rated as the best sprinter in Australia following a big win in the 2020 VRC Sprint Classic, he's entitled to be a little shorter in a weight-for-age contest where his main rivals in the market don't have close to the same resume as this son of Exceed and Excel.

2021 Canterbury Stakes Value Bet - Dawn Passage

This Waterhouse & Bott-trained colt is a little underrated and via his last fresh run in a small Silver Eagle field, was eased back under jockey Tim Clark and spotting race fitness to all his opposition, attempted a wide run from the rear with his 33.75 last 600m only just being shaded by Flit's.

That saw Dawn Passage open up at a silly price in the 2020 Golden Eagle, a feature he arguably wins on firmer footing and/or from a better gate, having only been reeled in by Colette and Icebath, two elite heavy track performers.

He took big leaps last year where following a winning hat-trick, was a well supported Stradbroke favourite but had come to the end of his campaign then and as an entire who does need a Group One on his resume, at what is arguably his pet trip, this may be his best chance off two trials that have been faultless.

Canterbury Stakes 2021 FAQ

When is the 2021 Canterbury Stakes?

The 2021 Canterbury Stakes is scheduled at 5.05pm (AEDT) on Saturday, March 6.

It will run as Race 8 on the Randwick program.

How to bet on the 2021 Canterbury Stakes?

To place a bet on the 2021 Canterbury Stakes, you'll need to be signed up with an online bookmaker.

Corporate bookies provide betting markets on the Canterbury Stakes well in advance of the race date and provide best tote and fixed odds markets in the week leading into the race.

How much is the Canterbury Stakes worth?

The Group One Canterbury Stakes is worth $500,000 overall.

$287,000 of that goes to the winner.

Who won the 2020 Canterbury Stakes?

Thr Bostonian won the 2020 Canterbury Stakes.

What distance is the Canterbury Stakes?

The Canterbury Stakes is run over a distance of 1300 metres.

From 1973 to 2003, it was a 1200 metre race.



Bivouac deserves a chance to bounce back in the Canterbury Stakes this Saturday.

Dawn Passage can be in the mix at a double figure quote.

Best Bet: Bivouac To Win $2.90 at Winnersbet - 4 Units
Value Bet: Dawn Passage Each Way $12.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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