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The BMW is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held annually in April at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. during the Sydney autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $1,500,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 The BMW was won by Jameka from Humidor with Exospheric third.
The BMW was previously known as the 'Tancred Stakes' and takes place on the final day of the three-day Golden Slipper Festival at Rosehill.
The BMW is the premier distance race of the Sydney autumn racing carnival over 2400m and the assembled field is generally of high quality, with New Zealand horses often making their presence felt. The race is run at weight-for-age and has grown into one of the most anticipated races on the Australian racing calendar each year in Sydney.
Many classy gallopers have won The BMW including outstanding mare Makybe Diva (2005), Ethereal (2002), Tie The Knot (1999-2000), Might And Power (1998), Octagonal (1996-97) and New Zealander Our Poetic Prince (1989).
In recent times the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes has been a reasonable guide to this race, with Silent Achiever (2014), Manighar (2012), Tuesday Joy (2008), Eremein (2006) and Tie The Knot (2000) all winning the Ranvet Stakes & BMW double in the same year.
It's worth noting that It's A Dundeel went on to win the Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick after finishing second in this event, while Niwot (4th in 2012) won the Gr1 Sydney Cup following his fourth placing finish here.
Jameka (2017) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Australian Cup over 2000m at Flemington in Melbourne before making the trek to Sydney to donkey lick them in this event and recent The BMW winners include Preferment (2016) and Hartnell (2015).
2017 The BMW result
1. $3.10 Jameka 56.5 Hugh Bowman
2. $3.70 Humidor 58.5 Damian Lane
3. $8.00 Exospheric 59.0 Damien Oliver
4. $18.00 Who Shot Thebarman 59.0 Tim Clark
5. $18.00 Lasqueti Spirit 52.0 Brenton Avdulla
6. $31.00 Libran 59.0 Glyn Schofield
7. $41.00 Grand Marshal 59.0 Jason Collett
8. $4.40 Tavago 58.5 Blake Shinn
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