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The Herbert Power Stakes is a Group 2 open handicap race held at Caulfield racecourse each year during the 2010 Melbourne spring racing carnival each October. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Herbert Power Stakes was won by Assign from Big Memory with Pemberley third.
The Herbert Power Stakes is a handicap event over a distance of 2400 metres and should be the ideal lead up to the Gr1 Caulfield Cup, which takes place a week later over the same track and distance and is run under much the same conditions, however in recent times that has not been the case, except for 2007 when Master O'Reilly won this race and then went on to win the Caulfield Cup a week later.
The race tends to attract handy staying types rather than the upper echelon and is typically won by a more than handy galloper. There are however exceptions, Shocking (2nd in 2009) ran second in this race before going on to a magnificent Flemington carnival with wins in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes on Derby day and the Melbourne Cup the following Tuesday.
Assign (2016) finnished runner-up to Almandin in the Listed Harry White Stakes over 2400m at Flemington before pulling out all stops to win this race in narrow fashion. Recent Herbert Power Stakes winners include Amralah (2015) and Big Memory (2014).
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The race does not provide an overly strong guide to who might win the Caulfield Cup as only Master O'Reilly (2007) has managed to win both races in the past twenty years. Placegetters don't fare much better either with only Grey Song (2nd in 2004) managing to run a place in consecutive years in the 2003-04 Caulfield Cup.
This race has provided two Melbourne Cup winners in recent times with the Bart Cumming's trained Rogan Josh (1999) scoring the Herbert Power Stakes & Melbourne Cup double in 1999 and Shocking (2009) winning the 2009 Melbourne Cup.
The Gr3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley has provided two winners in recent years with Alcopop (2009) winning the JRA Cup on his way to victory in this event while Linton (2010) ran third in the JRA Cup before tasting success in this race at his next start. Linton also ran second in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington.
Excess Knowledge (2015) won the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes following his second place finish in the Herbert Power Stakes.
Exceptionally (3rd in 2012) was competitive in later spring staying races finishing third in the The Lexus Stakes at Flemington, second in the Gr2 Sandown Classic at Sandown and third in the listed Ballarat Cup at Ballarat.
2016 Herbert Power Stakes result
1. $3.10 Assign 53.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
2. $5.50 Big Memory 53.0 Craig Williams
3. $6.00 Pemberley 53.0 Daniel Stackhouse
4. $12.00 Prince Of Penzance 60.0 John Allen
5. $3.60 Howard Be Thy Name 53.5 Damian Lane
6. $12.00 Dandy Gent 53.0 Ms Michelle Payne
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.3 len Time: 2:29.15
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