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The RA Lee Stakes is a Group 3 open race that takes place annually late April or early May at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight & penalty conditions and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 RA Lee Stakes was won by Burning Front from Hooked with Rhythm To Spare third.

Held on Goodwood Day, which is the premier race day of the Adelaide autumn racing carnival, the RA Lee Stakes is held alongside the Gr1 Goodwood, Gr3 SA Oaks & Gr3 National Stakes.

2017 RA Lee Stakes info
Date: Saturday 20th May 2017
Track: Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Open - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $250,000
2017 Winner: Burning Front

The RA Lee Stakes is an open race over 1600m and the set weights & penalty conditions suits the better performed gallopers in the race. It is a race predominantly tackled by local horses and generally assembles an average type field where more often than not the winner will go on to be simply a handy galloper, rather than anything special.

The long Morhpettville straight suits strong milers and the RA Lee Stakes will quite often attract any in-form Melbourne gallopers willing to make the trip over to Adelaide to take on the locals in this event.

After winning this race Linton (2013) travelled to Brisbane to win the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm during the Brisbane winter racing carnival in Queensland.

Burning Front (2017) won the VOBIS Gold Mile over 1600m at Caulfield in Melbourne before making his way to Adelaide to score an impressive victory in this event and recent RA Lee Stakes winners include Tonopah (2016) and The Bowler (2015).

2017 RA Lee Stakes result
1. $3.20 Burning Front 57.5 Brad Rawiller
2. $3.10 Hooked 57.5 Luke Nolen
3. $4.60 Rhythm To Spare 55.5 Mark Zahra

then followed
4. $18.00 Beluga Blue 53.5 Jason Holder
5. $17.00 Victory Downs 55.0 Ms Emily Finnegan
6. $8.00 Royal Rumble 55.5 Clare Lindop
7. $12.00 Kaniana 54.5 Damian Lane
8. $81.00 Dances On Stars 55.0 Ms Anna Jordsjo
9. $41.00 Kourkam 55.0 Damien Thornton
10. $41.00 Master Reset 55.0 Luke Currie

Margins: 0.7 len, 2.4 len
Time: 1:36.05

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RA Lee Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Burning Front Hooked Rhythm To Spare 1:36.0
2016 Tonopah Prince Of Penzance Rocket Commander 1:39.9
2015 The Bowler Excites Zelady Metaphorical 1:35.9
2014 Rhythm To Spare Starkiato Gig 1:39:0
2013 Linton Lucky Penny General Peekay 1:37.3
2012 Linton Hawks Bay Verco Road 1:38.4
2011 Budriguez Majestic Music Red Colossus 1:36.4
2010 Majestic Music Life To The Full Tagus 1:35.2
2009 Serious Speed Chasm Pinnacles 1:37.8
2008 Autumn Jeuney Goin To Jackson Peacemaker 1:38.2
2007 Brockmans Lass Red For Lou Lord Of The Dance 1:36.8
2006 Lifes A Bounty Smart And Mighty Tawqeet 1:38.9
2005 Sassbee Barabba Road Merlot Now 1:35.3
2004 Fly For Me Sylvaner Grundys Crossing 1:37.6
2003 Sylvaner None For The Road Circumnavigating 1:38.1
2002 Sylvaner Oliver Beer Market Price 1:39.1
2001 Typhoon Barney Gold Crystal Roralism 1:38.3
2000 More Action Burning Clay Our Guided Missile 1:41.8
1999 More Action Will Fly Celestial Body/Lithi 1:38.3
1998 Bens Rocket Kipling Shearer Claude 1:38.2
1997 Bacys Brother Penghulu Akebono 1:39.0
1996 Jadeva Belle Yelgun Dawn Akebono 1:35.5
1995 Ruling Knight Sockerano Hillview Lady 1:40.5
1994 Master Tambo Oh Brother From The Park 1:37.3
1993 Leggings Picnicker Black Ransom 1:36.4
1992 Pay The Kings Our Dawn Star Windward Bay 1:41.3
1991 Pacific Braashee Run Straight Run 1:36.9
1990 Neja Nouvelle Silver Dupion 1:36.8
1989 Blast The Glass Magic Konstev Triple Tristram 1:39.1
1988 Blast The Glass Water Boatman Classic Coup 1:40.8

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