The HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 event for three-year-olds raced under set weight and penalty conditions at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne each August during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 HDF McNeil Stakes was won by Fast 'n' Rocking from Prince Harada with Thermal Current third.
The HDF McNeil Stakes is held on Memsie Stakes day and is an above average 3yo event that attracts a wide variety of three-year-olds who may go on to the bigger sprint or distance races over the spring against their own age.
This McNeil Stakes can often produce winners who go on to become outstanding racehorses with horses such as Starspangledbanner (2009), Scenic Blast (2007), Miss Finland (2006), Bel Esprit (2002), Theatre (1998), Gold Ace (1995) and Sequalo (1993) all having won this race.
More often than not the winner is just a more than handy galloper who will go on to be more than competitive in stronger or similar type events.
Fast 'n' Rocking (2013) finished runner-up in the Gr3 Vain Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield on the way to comfortable victory in this event and recent HDF McNeil Stakes winners include Lady Of Harrods (2012) and Golden Archer (2011).
Spring Carnival Guide
The HDF McNeil Stakes has proven to be an interesting form guide to future spring events over the past few years. Satin Shoes (8th in 2011) ran third behind classy colt Sepoy in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington and Sistine Angel (2010) ran second in the Gr3 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield before taking out the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington.
Both Yosei (4th in 2010) and Shamrocker (7th in 2010) went on to Group 1 success, with Yosei winning the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield later that spring, while the following autumn Shamrocker won the Australian Guineas at Flemington and the ATC Oaks at Randwick.
Starspangledbanner (2009) claimed the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas later in the spring, while Scenic Blast (2007) went on to have a great spring of that year with a second in the Danehill Stakes before a top third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
2013 HDF McNeil Stakes result
1. $3.00 Fast 'n' Rocking 56.0 Brett Prebble
2. $4.60 Prince Harada 56.0 Steve Arnold
3. $7.00 Thermal Current 56.0 Luke Nolen
4. $2.60 Miracles Of Life 56.5 L Stojakovic
5. $18.00 Divine Calling 56.0 Nash Rawiller
6. $61.00 Orion 56.0 James Mcdonald
7. $21.00 Za Moulin Rouge 55.0 Michael Rodd
Margins: 2 len, 1/2 head Time: 1:10.80
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