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The Vanity Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-old fillies that takes place in February each year at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run under set weights and penalty conditions over a distance of 1400 metres with $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Vanity Stakes was won by Kenedna from Extra Olives with Harlow Gold third.
Held on Group 1 Lightning Stakes day, the Vanity Stakes is the female equivalent of the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes for colts & geldings which is held on the same day.
The Vanity Stakes attracts good quality fillies who go on to be competitive in similar type races for the same sex. The set weights & penalty conditions of the race favours the better performed females engaged and most of the time the more talented gallopers will figure in the finish due to the wieghted conditions of the race.
Classier fillies contesting the Vanity Stakes will most likely consider tackling the Gr2 Kewney Stakes on Super Saturday of racing at Flemington in March for the good prizemoney on offer and Solicit (2014) is the most recent filly to take out the Vanity Stakes & Kewney Stakes double. Do Ra Mi (2nd in 2011) won the Kewney Stakes later in the carnival after running second in this event.
In recent times The Vanity Stakes has produced multiple Group 1 winners, including Southern Speed (2011), who went on to win the Gr1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield in the spring, while Shamrocker (4th in 2011) and Mosheen (2nd in 2012), both took out the Australian Guineas against the males at Flemington. Absolutely (6th in 2011) travelled to Sydney to win the Gr1 ATC Australian Oaks at Randwick in April.
Kenedna (2017) finished third in a 3YOF BM78 race over 1400m at Caulfield before winning this event and recent Vanity Stakes winners include Don't Doubt Mamma (2016) and Sweet And Speedy (2015).
2017 Vanity Stakes result
1. $11.00 Kenedna 55.0 Damian Lane
2. $4.80 Extra Olives 55.0 Craig Williams
3. $4.20 Harlow Gold 55.0 Regan Bayliss
4. $26.00 Florida Keys 55.0 Luke Nolen
5. $3.10 Legless Veuve 58.5 Mark Zahra
6. $26.00 Princess Of Queens 55.0 Damien Oliver
7. $8.00 Nurse Kitchen 57.5 Hugh Bowman
8. $19.00 Cassadee 55.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
9. $201.00 Stryking Miss 55.0 Beau Mertens
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.75 len Time: 1:23.38
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