Canterbury Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Canterbury Stakes. The Canterbury Stakes will be run on Saturday 5th March at Royal Randwick racecourse.


Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 BACHMAN G 4 Gerald Ryan
2 CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
3 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse
4 FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson
5 HAPPY CLAPPER G 5 Patrick Webster
6 HOLLER C 3 John O’Shea
7 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
8 OUR BOY MALACHI G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes



Another Valley and Ever So Natural have booked their tickets to the $400,000 Country Championship at Randwick by running one-two in the Taree heat of the series.

Prepared by veteran trainer Bob Milligan and ridden by Grant Buckley, Another Valley ($12) wore down the leaders to claim Ever So Natural ($7) by 1-1/2 lengths in Sunday’s qualifier.

Ever So Natural’s trainer Cliff Bashford also had the $2.20 race favourite Ocean Grand who beat just one runner home.

Milligan’s son Glenn said Another Valley had earned a chance at the final.

“If we got beaten today she was going to the paddock but you’ve got to have a crack when the money’s there,” Milligan told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“I was a bit worried when she was tardy away but she’s just getting better and better.

“She is only a baby being a three-year-old.”

The Taree qualifiers join Saturday’s Wagga winner Steakandbearnaise and runner-up Mitchell Road.

Steakandbearnaise is trained by Brett Cavanough at Albury while Mitchell Road is from Chris Heywood’s Wagga stable.

The final is at Randwick on April 2.

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