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Guy Walter Stakes

The Guy Walter Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares only that generally takes place in late February or early March at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Sydney autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres under set weight & penalty conditions and has prize money of $200,000. The 2020 Guy Walter Stakes was won by Dawn Dawn from Sweet Deal with Pohutukawa third.

Upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season, and then to Group 2 for the 2015/2016 season, the Guy Walter Stakes is held on the same day as the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes and Group 2 Surround Stakes.

Formerly raced as the Wiggle Stakes, the race was renamed the Guy Walter Stakes in 2014 in honour of popular Sydney trainer Guy Walter, who passed away suddenly in May of that year.

Guy Walter Stakes info

Date: Saturday 29th February 2020
Track: Randwick racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
2020 Winner: Dawn Dawn

The Guy Walter Stakes is a mares only race that typically assembles a smart field of females with the classier types hard to beat due to the weighted conditions of the race. The Group 2 Breeders Classic is generally the best guide to this race and both Catkins (2014) &Steps In Time (2012-13) have taken out the Breeders Classic & Guy Walter Stakes double for the past three years.

Upcoming feature mares races like the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and Group 1 Queen of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill will more than likely be on the agenda for mares contesting this race, and Appearance (4th in 2013) managed to take out the Coolmore Classic & Queen Of The Turf Stakes double after running fourth in the Guy Walter Stakes beforehand.

Some classy types have won this race over the years including outstanding mare Hot Danish (2008-09), plus talented gallopers Doubting (2007) and Bonanova (1999). Talented sprinter Dixie Blossoms (2017-2018) scored back-to-back victories in this event..

Dawn Dawn (2020) ran fourth behind Sweet Deal in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes over 1200m at Randwick before socring a narrow victory in this event for the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes stable.

Recent Guy Walter Stakes winners include Alassio (2019) and Dixie Blossoms (2017-2018) .

2020 Guy Walter Stakes result

1. $13.00 Dawn Dawn 54.0 Tommy Berry
2. $2.50 Sweet Deal 55.5 Blake Shinn
3. $5.00 Pohutukawa 55.0 James McDonald

then followed
4. $17.00 Sweet Scandal 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $21.00 Noire 56.0 Glen Boss
6. $7.00 Con Te Partiro 55.0 Tim Clark
7. $9.00 Reelem In Ruby 56.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $15.00 Fiesta 56.0 Hugh Bowman
9. $21.00 Connemara 54.0 Ms Rachel King
10. $61.00 Helga 54.0 Andrew Adkins

Margins: 0.1 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:20.83

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Guy Walter Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Dawn Dawn Sweet Deal Pohutukawa 1:20.8
2019 Alassio Dixie Blossoms Manicure 1:22.2
2018 Dixie Blossoms Raiment Francaletta 1:22.6
2017 Dixie Blossoms Zanbagh Flippant 1:26.5
2016 Solicit Zanbagh Peeping 1:20.3
2015 Danesiri Cosmic Endeavour Mahara 1:22.2
2014 Catkins Sharnee Rose Dear Demi 1:23.4
2013 Steps In Time Streama Pear Tart 1:21.6
2012 Steps In Time Foxstar Ladys Angel 1:23.6
2011 Jersey Lily Graceful Anna Turnstiles 1:22.2