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 prize money of $200,000. The 2020 Autumn Stakes was won by Microphone from Banquo with Adelaide Ace third.
Held on Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes day, which is the Melbourne Racing Club's second biggest day of the autumn carnival behind Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes day, the Autumn Stakes was run as the 'Hyland Race Colours' during the 2014/2015 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 8th February 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights + Penalty|
The Autumn Stakes is a good quality three-year-old race in the autumn and serves as a good lead up event to the Group 1 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 provides an advantage to the classier three-year-olds engaged. More often than not, the best horse in the race will make his presence felt and prove a tough nut to crack.
Microphone (2020) ran sixth in the Group 2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley before proving too classy for his rivals in this event for the James Cummings stable.
Recent Autumn Stakes winners include Hawkshot (2019) and Holy Snow (2018).
1. $2.60 Microphone 59.5 Damian Lane
2. $6.50 Banquo 58.0 Brett Prebble
3. $4.20 Adelaide Ace (Nz) 57.0 John Allen
4. $18.00 Lady Lupino 55.0 Craig Williams
5. $21.00 The Holy One (Nz) 58.5 Ms Linda Meech
6. $31.00 Legion Of Merit (Nz) 57.0 Jye McNeil
7. $18.00 Zero Doubt 57.0 Mark Zahra
8. $17.00 Wedgetail 57.0 Luke Currie
9. $7.00 Savvy Lad 57.0 Ben Melham
Margins: 0.20 len, 0.75 len
Other group races held on Orr Stakes day include the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes, Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G), Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) and Group 3 Carlyon Cup.
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|2018||Holy Snow||Mr So And So||Astoria||1:24.8|
|2015||San Nicasio||Zebulon||Firehouse Rock||1:23.6|
|2014||Thunder Fantasy||Rock Hero||Late Charge||1:23.8|
|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|
|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|
|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|