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 prize money. The 2020 Australia Stakes was won by Scales Of Justice from Hey Doc with Embrace Me 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 24th January 2020|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|2020 Winner:||Scales Of Justice|
|Australia Stakes odds|
The Australia Stakes generally attracts quality sprinters who are usually on their way to the bigger races of the autumn carnival such as the Group 1 Lightning Stakes a couple of weeks later at Flemington or the Group 1 William Reid Stakes in late March at Moonee Valley.
The Group 3 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 Group 2 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield following his fourth placing in the Australia Stakes.
Scales Of Justice (2019) resumed from a spell to win this event in impressive fashion for Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith.
Recent Australia Stakes winners include Whispering Brook (2019) and Thronum (2018).
1. $3.70 Scales Of Justice 58.5 Dean Yendall
2. $2.50 Hey Doc 58.5 Luke Currie
3. $18.00 Embrace Me 56.5 Damien Oliver
4. $21.00 Ringerdingding 58.5 John Allen
5. $91.00 Ashlor 58.5 Daniel Stackhouse
6. $4.80 Microphone 55.0 Damian Lane
7. $6.00 Begood Toya Mother 58.5 James Winks
FF $31.00 Manuel 58.5 Barend Vorster
Margins: 0.75 len, 0.20 len
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|2020||Scales Of Justice||Hey Doc||Embrace Me||1:09.7|
|2019||Whispering Brook||Fell Swoop||Land Of Plenty||1:09.8|
|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|