The Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes is a Group 3 race for Fillies & Mares only 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 1200 metres under set weights & penalty conditions and offers prizemoney of $150,000. The 2019 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes was won by Princess Of Queens from Fuhryk with I Am A Star third.
Previously a listed race until promoted to Group 3 status in 2007, the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes is held on Gr1 CF Orr Stakes day, the second biggest race day of the Melbourne Racing Club's autumn carnival, after Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes day.
|Date:||Saturday 9th February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2019 Winner:||Princess Of Queens|
The Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes is a race for females only and the set weight & penalty conditions of the race advantages the better performed mares involved. Mares contesting this event may consider going on to similar mares races during the autumn, including the Gr3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield later in the month. Tycoon Tara (2015) is the last mare to win the Bellmaine Stakes & Mannerism Stakes double while Bonaria (3rd in 2014) won the Manneriism Stakes after finishing third in this race.
Generally not a race for superstars, the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes typically assembles a more than handy field of mares, where the winner is simply a more than handy type, rather than anything special. Griante (4th in 2015) travelled to Sydney the following month to win the Gr3 Wenona Girl Handicap at Randwick during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.
Princess Of Queens (2019) ran fourth in the Gr2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley for the Mick Price stable before proving too classy for her rivals in this event.
Recent Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes winners include Prussian Vixen (2017-2018) and Tuscan Sling (2016).
1. $4.40 Princess Of Queens 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $9.50 Fuhryk 55.0 Craig Williams
3. $4.60 I Am A Star 59.0 Ben Melham
4. $14.00 Spanish Reef 59.0 Mark Zahra
5. $4.80 Just Hifalutin 55.0 Luke Currie
6. $5.00 Teleplay 58.0 Michael Dee
7. $21.00 Queen Annabel 55.0 Beau Mertens
8. $17.00 Bellaria 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $21.00 Prussian Vixen 58.0 Jake Noonan
Margins: 0.20 len, 0.75 len
A number of group races are held on CF Orr Stakes Day alongside the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, including the Gr2 Autumn Stakes, Gr3 Rubiton Stakes, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G), Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F), Gr3 Carlyon Cup & Gr3 Boronia Stakes.
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|2019||Princess Of Queens||Fuhryk||I Am A Star||1:10.5|
|2017||Prussian Vixen||Silent Sedition||Ameristralia||1:09.5|
|2014||A Time For Julia||Danestroem||Bonaria||1:09.8|
|2013||There's Only One||Loveyamadly||Koonoomoo||1:10.1|
|2012||Psychologist||Slow The Flow||Let's Be Happy||1:10.4|
|2011||Beaded||Varenna Miss||Das Machen||1:08.9|
|2008||Lucky Diva||Bella Cassani||Star Rose||1:09.9|
|2007||Coniston Gem||Hanna Rossa||Lucky Diva||1:09.0|
|2006||Beautiful Gem||Truly Wicked||Umber||1:09.6|
|2004||Given||Royal Sash||Size Her Up||1:09.5|
|2003||Skewiff||Special Grange||Card Queen||1:09.4|
|2001||Rose Archway||Harping||White Hart Lane||1:36.4|