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 2018 Alister Clark Stakes was taken out by Cliff's Edge from Levendi with Belfast 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.
|Date:||Friday 16th March 2018|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo C&G - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Cliff's Edge|
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.
Cliff's Edge (2018) ran sixth in the Gr1 Australian Guineas over 1600m at Flemington before scoring an impressive victory in this event and recent Alister Clark Stakes winners include Hardham (2017) and Tally (2016).
1. $1.70 Cliff's Edge 57.0 Jamie Mott
2. $7.50 Levendi 57.0 Mark Zahra
3. $13.00 Belfast 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $5.00 Astoria 57.0 Craig Williams
5. $81.00 Pissaro 57.0 Dean Yendall
6. $51.00 Whoomph 57.0 Stephen Baster
7. $61.00 Castleton 57.0 Luke Nolen
8. $201.00 Arkamun 57.0 Michael Dee
9. $81.00 North Afrika 57.0 Rhys McLeod
10. $151.00 Bemboka Queen 55.0 Jye McNeil
11. $21.00 Think Positive 57.0 Luke Currie
Margins: 1.25 len, 2 len
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|2014||Pheidon||Cadillac Mountain||Surge Ahead||2:06.6|
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|1997||Flak Jacket||Maximal||Captain Moonlight||2:13.4|
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|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|
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