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The AAMI Vase is a Group 2 event for three-year-old gallopers that takes place each year at Moonee Valley racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 2040 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 AAMI Vase was won by Sacred Elixir from Morvada with So Si Bon third.
The AAMI Vase is held on the same day as the Moonee Valley Racing Club's most prestigious race, the Group 1 WS Cox Plate.
Run over a distance of 2040m, the same distance as the WS Cox Plate, the AAMI Vase typically assembles three-year-olds that may have previously tackled the Gr2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley or the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield, both over 1600m, and sometimes the Gr3 Norman Robinson Stakes held the previous week at Flemington over 2000m.
Whobegotyou (2008), Helenus (2006), Diatribe (1999) and Blevic (1994) all won the Stutt Stakes before going on to win this event the same year.
Three-year-olds who perform well in this race will generally continue on to the Victoria Derby the following week and the AAMI Vase is the last staying test for 3yo gallopers before the Derby. Efficient (2006), Plastered (2004), Helenus (2002), Blevic (1994) and Raveneaux (1986) all won this race before going on to win the AAMI Victoria Derby. Any fillies capable of taking on the males may consider this race on their way to the Gr1 Crown Oaks and Jameka (2015) was the last filly to claim the AAMI Vase & Crown Oaks double.
Sacred Elixir (2016) ran eighth in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield before winning this event in dogged style and recent AAMI Vase winners include Jameka (2015) and Moonovermanhattan (2014).
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The Ciaron Maher trained Jameka (2015) took out the Crown Oaks in stylish fashion after winning this event while Tarzino (3rd in 2015) scored an outstanding victory in the AAMI Victoria Derby following his third placing in the AAMI Vase.
In recent times, Super Cool (2012) finished runner-up in the AAMI Victoria Derby while Lion Tamer (2nd in 2010) won the Derby after taking out this race. Rekindled Interest (2010) finished fifth in the Derby.
Extra Zero (5th in 2009) went on to run second in the Victoria Derby at his next start and Viking Legend (3rd in 2009) also ran third in the Derby.
Whobegotyou (2008) won both the Stutt Stakes and Caulfield Guineas before winning this race and he then ran second in the AAMI Victoria Derby the following week.
2016 AAMI Vase result
1. $4.60 Sacred Elixir 57.0 Damian Lane
2. $51.00 Morvada 57.0 Steven Arnold
3. $6.00 So Si Bon 57.0 Michael Dee
4. $11.00 Veladero 57.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $6.50 Prized Icon 57.0 Glyn Schofield
6. $6.50 Harlow Gold 55.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $10.00 Silvera 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $81.00 Sayonaramosa 57.0 Mark Zahra
9. $16.00 Retaliation 57.0 James McDonald
10. $101 Wimborne 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
Margins: 0.50 len, 1.25 len Time: 2:10.94
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