Kennedy Cantala Stakes


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The Kennedy Cantala Stakes is a 1600m Group 1 race held at the home of racing in Australia, Flemington Racecourse. It is run as a quality handicap and has a total prize pool of $2 million. In 2020, it will be run on Saturday, October 31, which is Derby day.

Craig Williams rode Fierce Impact to victory in the 2019 edition of the Kennedy Cantala Stakes. Fifty Stars ran third, with the James Cummings-trained Cascadian placing third.  Fierce Impact took no further part in the spring and in 2020 placed in both the C.F. Orr Stakes and the Chipping Norton Stakes.

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Courtenay won the first edition of the Kennedy Cantala Stakes, which was way back in 1881. Back then, it was named the Coburg Stakes and was run over 1800m. A number of top horses have since crossed the line first in the Kennedy Cantala Stakes, including Prince Cortauld, Better Loosen Up and Divine Madonna.

Chris Waller has had great success in the race over recent years, winning it three times between 2011 and 2017. Jockey Craig Williams has also performed well in the Kennedy Cantala Stakes, having won it in both 2018 and 2019.

The fastest time in the race over the last 20 years belongs to Best Of Days, who saluted in 2018 in a time of 1:33.65. Fierce Impact clocked 1:38.21 to win the 2019 Kennedy Cantala Stakes.

Kennedy Cantala Stakes Field

As a $2 million Group 1, the Kennedy Cantala Stake is a super-strong field that normally features a number of top horses. Recent history shows that overseas horses have also had great success in the race, so there is often a decent international presence.

2020 Kennedy Cantala Stakes Field, Barriers, and Odds

1Fifty Stars (15)J: John Allen 58kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$10.00$3.30
2Mr Quickie (16)J: Jamie Kah 58kg T: P Stokes$4.60$1.90
3Olmedo (20)J: James Mcdonald 56kg T: C J Waller$21.00$6.00
4Wild Planet (8)J: William Pike 55kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$16.00$4.80
5Yulong Prince (14)J: Damian Lane 55kg T: C J Waller$11.00$3.50
6Best Of Days (13)J: Ben Melham 54.5kg T: James Cummings$18.00$5.50
7Cascadian (18)J: Damien Oliver 54.5kg T: James Cummings$16.00$4.80
8I Am Superman (1)J: Jye Mcneil 54kg T: P & P Snowden$18.00$5.50
9Rock (2)J: Michael Poy 54kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$11.00$3.50
10Streets Of Avalon (11)J: Zac Spain 54kg T: S P Nichols$67.00$18.00
11The Velvet King (4)J: Luke Nolen 53.5kg T: P G Moody$41.00$10.00
12Age Of Chivalry (19)J: Daniel Moor 53kg T: M Ellerton & S Zahra$18.00$5.50
13Buffalo River (9)J: Craig Williams 53kg T: M D Moroney$6.50$2.40
14Chief Ironside (3)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 53kg T: K A Lees$21.00$6.00
15Nonconformist (10)J: Jordan Childs 53kg T: G M Begg$12.00$3.80
16King’s Legacy (6)J: Glen Boss 51kg T: P & P Snowden$19.00$5.50
17Reykjavik (12)J: Dean Yendall 53kg T: L Smith$51.00$14.00
18Junipal (17)J: Jye Mcneil 53kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$18.00$5.50
19Harbour Views (7)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 53kg T: M J Williams$17.00$5.00
20Reloaded (5)J: Michael Dee 53kg T: C J Waller$51.00$14.00


Kennedy Cantala Stakes Betting

The Kennedy Cantala Stakes has a mixed betting history, with each of the last five winners having a starting price between $5 and $15. The size and quality of the field makes it tough to find a winner but if you can there is value to had.

Kennedy Cantala Stakes Results

1Fierce ImpactMatthew SmithCraig Williams$8
2Fifty StarsDavid HayesMark Zahra$10
3CascadianJames CummingsDean Yendall$12
4So Si BonDavid HayesLuke Nolen$31
5Best Of DaysJames CummingsJames Doyle$26
6Night’s WatchChris WallerDamien Oliver$7
7Life Less OrdinaryChris WallerHugh Bowman$21
8Streets Of AvalonShane NicholsZac Spain$61
9Star Of The SeasChris WallerMichael Walker$7
10SikandarabadDavid HayesJye McNeil$21
11MahamedeisNick RyanBrett Prebble$21
12RockMichael, Wayne & John HawkesTim Clark$10
13Land Of PlentyPeter & Paul SnowdenBen Allen$41
14Cliff’s EdgeCiaron Maher & David EustaceJohn Allen$21
15Chief IronsideDavid MenuisierStephen Baster$14
16Royal MeetingSaeed Bin SuroorDwayne Dunn$12


2019 – Fierce Impact (1:38.21)
2018 – Best Of Days (1:33.65)
2017 – Shillelagh (1:35.01)
2015 – Turn Me Loose (1:36.26)
2014 – Hucklebuck (1:34.63)
2013 – Boban (1:36.58)
2012 – Happy Trails (1:35.99)
2011 – Albert The Fat (1:36.05)
2010 – Wall Street (1:36.73)