The Australia Stakes is a Group 2 Weight-for-age race held annually each year in late January at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is a 1200 metres sprint event worth over $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Australia Stakes was won by Thronum from Mr Sneaky with Stellar Collision third.
Formerly known as the 'Carlyon Stakes', the MVRC changed the race name to the 'Australia Stakes' in 2010 to fall in line with Australia Day celebrations that take place the same week.
|Date:||Friday 26th January 2018|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
The Australia Stakes generally attracts quality sprinters who are usually on their way to the bigger races of the autumn carnival such as the Gr1 Lightning Stakes a couple of weeks later at Flemington or the Gr1 William Reid Stakes in late March at Moonee Valley.
The Gr3 Rubiton Stakes or CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield may also be on the agenda for horses contesting this event and winners & placegetters of this race have plenty of feature race options ahead during the upcoming autumn carnival. Dissident (3rd in 2015) went on to win the CF Orr Stakes at his next start after finishing third in this event.
Some quality gallopers have won the Australia Stakes over the years including Black Caviar (2012 & 2010), El Segundo (2007), Hareeba (1995), Schillaci (1993), Redelva (1990) and flying mare Special (1988).
The Wez Hunter trained Smokin' Joey took out the Gr2 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield following his fourth placing in the Australia Stakes.
Thronum (2018) resumed from a spring spell to score a comfortable victory in this event and recent Australia Stakes winners include Malaguerra (2017) and Holler (2016).
1. $6.50 Thronum 58.5 Mark Zahra
2. $4.20 Mr Sneaky 58.5 Damian Lane
3. $17.00 Stellar Collision 58.5 Dean Yendall
4. $12.00 Ken's Dream 58.5 Ben Allen
5. $2.20 Brave Smash 58.5 Chris Williams
6. $7.50 Flippant 56.5 Ben Melham
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.40 len
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|2018||Thronum||Mr Sneaky||Stellar Collision||1:10.4|
|2017||Malaguerra||Black Heart Bart||Sirbible||1:09.2|
|2016||Holler||Churchill Dancer||Rebel Dane||1:10.9|
|2015||Mourinho||It is Written||Dissident||1:09.9|
|2014||Richie's Vibe||Moment Of Change||It Is Written||1:10.9|
|2013||Sea Lord||Pinwheel||Outlandish Lad||1:10.5|
|2012||Black Caviar||Zedi Knight||Doubtful Jack||1:09.4|
|2010||Black Caviar||Here De Angels||La Rocket||1:10.1|
|2009||Lucky Secret||Light Fantastic||Von Costa De Hero||1:11.2|
|2008||Let Go Thommo||Maldivian||Casino Prince||1:10.8|
|2007||El Segundo||Cocinero||Super Elegant||1:11.2|
|2006||California Dane||Virage De Fortune||Casual Pass||1:09.8|
|2004||Vocabulary||Super Elegant||Confederate Kid||1:11.5|
|2002||Royal Code||Intelligent Star||Ustinov||1:11.0|
|1996||All Our Mob||Hero Wind||Street Talk||1:12.8|
|1992||Dapper's Hope||Street Ruffian||Grandiose||1:11.0|
|1991||Dark Beau||Show County||Paklani||1:09.1|
|1990||Redelva||Gallipoli Prince||Strawberry Ranch||1:09.6|