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Blamey Stakes

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.

Blamey Stakes info

Date: Saturday 29th February 2020
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Open - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
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).

2020 Blamey Stakes result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:34.54

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Blamey Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2017 Palentino Tosen Stardom Harlem 1:35.4
2016 He Or She The United States Stratum Star 1:34.9
2015 Suavito Sertorius Kourkam 1:36.9
2014 Lidari Foundry Sertorius 1:38.1
2013 =1 Budriguez =1 Puissance De Lune Wall Street 1:36.3
2012 Green Moon Pied A Terre Wall Street 1:35.8
2011 Whobegotyou Dao Dao Fanjura 1:36.5
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
1999 Thackeray Prime Address Zuccherino 1:35.3
1998 Willoughby Rustic Dream Royal Blue 1:36.4
1997 Zuccherino Saleous Istidaad 1:35.9
1996 Racer's Edge Starstruck Paris Lane 1:35.7
1995 Durbridge Station Hand Starstruck 1:34.2
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