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Alister Clark Stakes

The Alister Clark Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-old colts and geldings that takes place annually each March at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run under set weights & penalty conditions over a distance of 2040 metres and is worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Alister Clark Stakes was taken out by Hardham from Ruthven with Farson third.

From 1973-1986, the Alister Clark Stakes was run over 1600 metres, while from 1987 to 1997 it was run over the Cox Plate distance of 2040 metres. The distance then reverted back to 1600m up until 2010, before changing back to 2040m from then onwards. It is now run over the same distance as the Moonee Valley Racing Club's major race, the Gr1 WS Cox Plate.

2018 Alister Clark Stakes info

Date: Friday 16th March 2018
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2040 metres
Race Type: 3yo C&G - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2017 Winner: Hardham

The Alister Clark Stakes is a good quality three-year-old race for colts & geldings held on a Friday night under lights during the Moonee Valley autumn racing carnival, one week before the Gr1 William Reid Stakes at the same track.

Over the years the Alister Clark Stakes has unearthed a number of potential stars, with horses such as Titanic Jack (2003), Blevic (1995), Naturalism (1992), Durbridge (1991) and Zabeel (1990) all winning this race.

The Gr2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield and the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington are good lead up races to this event and Tally (2016) was the last horse to win the Autumn Classic & Alister Clark Stakes double, with Spinney (2006) before that, while Lieutenant (2005) was the most recent winner of the CS Hayes Stakes & Alister Clark Stakes double.

Above average three-year-olds contesting this event might consider heading over to the Adelaide autumn racing carnival for easier black type races and October Date (4th in 2015) managed to win the Gr3 SA Chairmans Stakes at Morphettville after running fourth in the Alister Clark Stakes.

The 2012 Alister Clark Stakes provided the winner of the Gr1 ATC Australian Derby at Randwick when Ethiopia (2nd in 2012) travelled to Sydney the following month to take out the feature three-year-old event for young stayers. Phillippi (2nd in 2013) also tasted feature race sucess in Sydney after running second in this race, winning the Gr2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day.

Peter Gelagotis trained 3yo Hvasstan was first past the post in the 2013 Alister Clark Stakes but lost the race due to a positive swab to ibuprofen, which the Racing Appeals and Discplinary Board agreed was accidental. The race was awarded to second placegetter Philippi.

Hardham (2017) ran unplaced in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas over 1600m at Randwick in Sydney before heading to Melbourne to score an impressive victory in this event and recent Alister Clark Stakes winners include Tally (2016) and Chill Party (2015).

2017 Alister Clark Stakes result

1. $12.00 Hardham 57.0 Luke Nolen
2. $2.80 Ruthven 57.0 Mark Zahra
3. $2.70 Farson 57.0 Stephen Baster

then followed
4. $26.00 Arctic Flow 57.0 Brad Rawiller
5. $21.00 Captain Rhett 57.0 Rhys McLeod
6. $19.00 Miss Strathallan 55.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $101.00 Lynch Mob 57.0 Luke Currie
8. $16.00 Parthesia 55.0 Damian Lane
9. $101.00 Manning Road 55.0 Chris Symons
10. $51.00 Electric Charlie 57.0 Dean Yendall
11. $11.00 Sunday Pray 57.0 Patrick Moloney

Margins: 0.75 len, 0.2 len
Time: 2:05.78

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Alister Clark Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Hardham Ruthven Farson 2:05.7
2016 Tally Palentino Hardern 2:08.3
2015 Chill Party Stratum Star Maastricht 2:06.1
2014 Pheidon Cadillac Mountain Surge Ahead 2:06.6
2013 Philippi Sheer Talent Gerontius 2:05.6
2012 Highly Recommended Ethiopia Sangster 2:08.6
2011 Domesky Coldens Choice Folding Gear 2:06.6
2010 Linton Take The Rap Offhanded 1:39.4
2009 Pre Eminence Eagle Falls Definitive 1:37.1
2008 Sound Journey Playwright Schilling 1:35.8
2007 Casino Prince Furio Ambitious General 1:36.3
2006 Spinney Langarza Bonny Laird 1:36.7
2005 Lieutenant Volitant Renewable 1:38.9
2004 Speedy King Confectioner Strafed 1:37.8
2003 Titanic Jack Tycoon Ruler Regicide 1:37.7
2002 Royal Code Ebony Night Mr Trickster 1:38.2
2001 Mr Murphy Diamond Dane Fubu 1:31.0
2000 Pins Diatribe Oval Office 1:36.2
1999 Dignity Dancer Mossman Paris Dream 1:36.6
1998 Zonda El Mirada Schubert 1:36.4
1997 Flak Jacket Maximal Captain Moonlight 2:13.4
1996 Scenic Royale Saleous Hurricane Storm 2:06.8
1995 Blevic Baryshnikov Ramleigh 2:02.7
1994 Tristalove Sari Club Galaxy Fair 2:04.8
1993 Sarason Our Pompeii Pine Rad 2:03.1
1992 Naturalism Captain Cook Dark Ksar 2:06.3
1991 Durbridge Triscay Big Dermott 2:03.5
1990 Zabeel Stylish Century Grayden Gambler 2:01.5
1989 Bar Landy King's High Blazing Sword 2:04.5
1988 Flotilla Mr Danamite Imposera 2:03.5