The Blamey Stakes is a Group 2 race held each year in March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight & penalty conditions with prizemoney of $200,000. The 2019 Blamey Stakes was won by Fifty Stars from So Si Bon with Cool Chap third.
Taking place alongside the Group 1 Australian Guineas for three-year-olds, the Blamey Stakes is held one week before two of the VRC's biggest races of the autumn, the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and Group 1 Australian Cup.
|Date:||Saturday 2nd March 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2019 Winner:||Fifty Stars|
The Blamey Stakes is a good quality race for open horses and the set weight plus penalties conditions of the race tends to favour the better gallopers assembled on the day. Every now and then a top class galloper may find his name on the Blamey Stakes winner's trophy and quality racehorses such as Apache Cat (2007), Durbridge (1994-95), Better Loosen Up (1990-91) and Vo Rogue (1988-89) have all won this race over the years.
Horses who tackled the Gr1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in February might find their way to the Blamey Stakes, or perhaps an emerging three-year-old galloper who may want to take on the older horses in a slightly weaker group race than the featured Group 1 races of the autumn. Talented mare Suavito (2015) is the most recent winner of the Futurity Stakes & Blamey Stakes double in the same year.
Classy stayer Green Moon (2012) won this race in the autumn before returning in the spring to win the Gr1 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. Sertorious (2nd in 2015) managed to win the Gr3 Easter Cup at Caulfield at his next start.
Humidor (2018) ran fourth in the Gr1 Futurity Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before scoring an exciting win in this event and recent Blamey Stakes winners include Palentino (2017) and He Or She (2016).
1. $9.50 Fifty Stars 57.0 Ben Allen
2. $26.00 So Si Bon 55.5 Luke Nolen
3. $31.00 Cool Chap 55.0 Jamie Kah
4. $4.40 Johannes Vermeer 55.0 Ben Melham
5. $101.00 Gallic Chieftain 58.0 Jordan Childs
6. $21.00 Mighty Boss 55.0 Damien Oliver
7. $26.00 Holbien 55.0 Dean Holland
8. $11.00 Manuel 58.0 Luke Currie
9. $16.00 Tom Melbourne 55.0 Michael Walker
10. $151.00 Tavago 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
11. $19.00 Bring Me Roses 53.0 Barend Vorster
12. $4.00 Material Man 58.0 Ms Lucy Warwick
13. $41.00 Main Stage 55.0 Craig Williams
14. $5.00 Theanswermyfriend 55.0 Damian Lane
Margins: 0.1 len, 1.75 len
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|2019||Fifty Stars||So Si Bon||Cool Chap||1:35.8|
|2018||Humidor||Cool Chap||Hellova Street||1:36.8|
|2016||He Or She||The United States||Stratum Star||1:34.9|
|2013||=1 Budriguez||=1 Puissance De Lune||Wall Street||1:36.3|
|2012||Green Moon||Pied A Terre||Wall Street||1:35.8|
|2010||Lord Tavistock||Vigor||Dao Dao||1:36.3|
|2009||Largo Lad||Playright||Just Look||1:38.1|
|2008||The Fuzz||Barlinnie||Orange County||1:36.9|
|2007||Apache Cat||Bon Hoffa||Molotov||1:37.7|
|2006||Rosden||Great Is Great||Roman Arch||1:33.8|
|2005||Grey Song||Roman Arch||Gallic||1:33.9|
|2004||Gold Wells||Lord Erin||Pretorius||1:36.2|
|2003||Walk On Air||Mr Murphy||Mr Magoo||1:35.1|
|2002||Tears Royal||Weasel Will||Consular||1:37.2|
|2001||Market Price||Emission||Second Coming||1:37.4|
|2000||Oliver Twist||Royal Voyage||Noircir||1:35.2|
|1998||Willoughby||Rustic Dream||Royal Blue||1:36.4|
|1996||Racer's Edge||Starstruck||Paris Lane||1:35.7|
|1994||Durbridge||Our Pompeii||Credit Account||1:34.9|
|1993||Prince Salieri||Jolly Old Mac||Mannerism||1:35.2|
|1992||Shiva's Revenge||Shavano Miss||Dr Grace||1:34.3|
|1991||Better Loosen Up||Vo Rogue||Kingston Rule||1:35.4|
|1990||Better Loosen Up||Super Impose||Vo Rogue||1:37.6|
|1989||Vo Rogue||Marwong||Apollo Run||1:35.9|
|1988||Vo Rogue||Bonhomie||Cossack Warrior||1:34.0|