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Autumn Stakes

The Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 set weights & penalty race for three-year-olds that takes place each February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and has prizemoney of $200,000. The 2018 Autumn Stakes was won by Holy Snow from Mr So And So with Astoria third.

Held on Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes day, which is the Melbourne Racing Club's second biggest day of the autumn carnival behind Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes day, the Autumn Stakes was run as the 'Hyland Race Colours' during the 2014/2015 racing season.

Autumn Stakes info

Date: Saturday 9th February 2019
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2018 Winner: Holy Snow

The Autumn Stakes is a good quality three-year-old race in the autumn and serves as a good lead up event to the Gr1 Australian Guineas on Super Saturday at Flemington the following month. Heart Of Dreams (3rd in 2009) went on to win the Guineas after placing in this event.

A number of quality gallopers have won this race over the years including Denman (2010), Apache Cat (2006), Special Harmony (2004), Titanic Jack (2003), Dignity Dancer (1999) and St Covet (1995).

The set weight plus penalty conditions of the Autumn Stakes gives an advantage to the classier three-year-olds engaged and more often than not the best horse in the race will typically make his presence felt and prove a tough nut to crack.

Holy Snow (2018) finished strongly to win this event first-up from a spell and recent Autumn Stakes winners include Oak Door (2017) and Mahuta (2016).

2018 Autumn Stakes result

1. $16.00 Holy Snow 56.0 Michael Dee
2. $21.00 Mr So And So 56.0 Craig Williams
3. $11.00 Astoria 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy

then followed
4. $7.00 Prevailing Winds 56.0 Damian Lane
5. $6.00 Levendi 58.0 Damien Oliver
6. $7.50 Black Sail 56.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $4.40 Villermont 58.0 Luke Nolen
8. $51.00 Muraahib 56.0 Jamie Kah
9. $41.00 Weapon 56.0 Stephen Baster
10. $15.00 Andaz 56.0 Michael Walker
11. $19.00 Illumicon 56.0 Luke Currie

Margins: 1.25 len, 1.25 len
Time: 1:24.89

Other group races held on Orr Stakes day include the Gr3 Rubiton Stakes, Gr3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G), Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) and Gr3 Carlyon Cup.

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Autumn Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Holy Snow Mr So And So Astoria 1:24.8
2017 Oak Door Attention Knowable 1:23.5
2016 Mahuta Sailing By Snoopy 1:23.4
2015 San Nicasio Zebulon Firehouse Rock 1:23.6
2014 Thunder Fantasy Rock Hero Late Charge 1:23.8
2013 Mulaazem Fiveandahalfstar Super Cool 1:23.6
2012 Pied A Terre Proliferate Adamantium 1:24.7
2011 Dusty Star Under The Eiffel Eclair Mystic 1:37.2
2010 Denman Guru Bob Most Immediate 1:23.3
2009 Fravashi Nicconi Heart Of Dreams 1:22.8
2008 Light Fantastic Vivacious Spirit Viatorian 1:23.2
2007 Catechuchu Haradasun Eclair Passion 1:24.7
2006 Apache Cat God's Own Empress Lily 1:24.7
2005 Shinzig Not A Single Doubt Danehill Express 1:23.4
2004 Special Harmony Youth Dane Fever 1:23.5
2003 Titanic Jack Storm Prince Step Ahead 1:25.1
2002 Dash For Cash Barkada Zonked 1:24.1
2001 Desert Sky Desert Eagle Crop 1:25.1
2000 Sudurka Skymaker Noble Sensation 1:24.0
1999 Dignity Dancer Destruction Point Paris Dream 1:23.0
1998 Blaze The Turf Pleasure Giver Dodge 1:22.7
1997 Tampir Lane King Ivor Catainer 1:23.2
1996 Nick On The Run Tuscany Flyer Zoffcoast 1:24.8
1995 St Covet Dry Humour Baryshnikov 1:21.7
1994 Royal Rubiton Star Of Maple Voting 1:23.8
1993 Just Juan Air Seattle Palace Reign 1:22.9
1992 Laranto Jolly Old Mac Dapper's Hope 1:22.4
1991 Canny Lad Vain Rancher Meg's Ego 1:23.6
1990 The Oval Zaparri Tango Master 1:23.1
1989 King's High Aforesaid Blazing Sword 1:23.7
1988 Havelock's Pride Kaapstad Lygon Armns 1:25.6