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The Schillaci Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival each October. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Schillaci Stakes was won by Alpha Miss from Cashed with Lankan Rupee third.
From 1970 to 1999 the race was known as the ‘Chirnside Stakes’ and from 2000 onwards the ‘Schillaci Stakes’, named after former outstanding sprinter Schillaci. The race takes place on the first day of the three-day Caulfield spring carnival alongside three Group 1 races, including the Caulfield Guineas, Toorak Handicap and Caulfield Stakes.
The Schillaci Stakes is a good horse's race run over the sprint distance of 1100 metres under weight-for-age conditions and is a race that always attracts quality sprinters who often go on to be stars of the spring.
A number of outstanding sprinters have won the Schillaci Stakes in recent times including topliners such as Buffering (2012), Black Caviar (2010-11), Gold Edition (2007), Miss Andretti (2006), Falvelon (2000) and Mahogany (1997).
Races such as the Gr1 AJ Moir Stakes are handy lead-up races to this event and horses contesting this race may go on to the Gr1 Manikato Stakes on Cox Plate eve at Moonee Valley or the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.
Alpha Miss (2015) resumed from a lengthy spell to score an upset victory in this event and recent Schillaci Stakes winners include Rubick (2014) and Unpretentious (2013).
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The Schillaci Stakes has provided winners and placegetters in a number of spring group races of late and champion mare Black Caviar (2010-11) won this race in consecutive years along with the AJ Moir Stakes.
Apache Cat (2nd in 2009) went on to run second in the AJ Moir Stakes on Cox Plate day while Wanted (3rd in 2009) then ran second in the VRC Sprint Classic.
Lucky Secret (2nd 2008) went on to win the AJ Moir Stakes on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley and Gold Edition (2007) went on to run 2nd in the AJ Moir Stakes and then the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic on Emirates day.
Royal Asscher (2nd in 2007) won the Gr3 Red Anchor Stakes on WS Cox Plate day and Let Go Thommo (3rd in 2007) then ran 3rd in both the AJ Moir Stakes and Gr2 Caulfield Sprint.
Quality mare Miss Andretti (2006) won both the AJ Moir Stakes and the VRC Sprint Classic.
2015 Schillaci Stakes result
1. $7.50 Alpha Miss 56.5 Craig Williams
2. $61.00 Cashed 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
3. $1.55 Lankan Rupee 58.5 Craig Newitt
4. $31.00 The Monstar 58.5 Richard Bensley
5. $16.00 I Love It 56.5 Stephen Baster
6. $5.50 Shiraz 58.5 Hugh Bowman
Margins: 0.75L, 0.75L Time: 1:03.55
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