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 prize money of $200,000. The 2020 Blamey Stakes was won by Fifty Stars from Secret Blaze with Admiral's Joker 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 29th February 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2020 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 Group 1 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 Group 1 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. Sertorious (2nd in 2015) managed to win the Group 3 Easter Cup at Caulfield at his next start.
Fifty Stars (2019-2020) ran fourth in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before finishing strongly to win this event for the second year in a row for the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig stable.
Recent Blamey Stakes winners include Humidor (2018) and Palentino (2017).
1. $2.60 Fifty Stars 58.0 Craig Williams
2. $21.00 Secret Blaze 57.0 Jamie Kah
3. $6.50 Admiral's Joker 58.0 Steven Vella
4. $12.00 So Si Bon 57.0 Luke Nolen
5. $12.00 Galaxy Raider 55.0 Teodore Nugent
6. $8.50 Ringerdingding 57.0 John Allen
7. $4.80 Night's Watch 55.0 Damien Oliver
8. $18.00 Guizot 55.0 Jordan Childs
9. $61.00 Gallic Chieftain 58.0 Damian Lane
Margins: 1.5 ken, 0.3 len
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|2020||Fifty Stars||Secret Blaze||Admiral's Joker||1:34.5|
|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|