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Matron Stakes

The Matron Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares held annually each March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and run under set weight & penalty conditions with prizemoney of $150,000. The 2019 Matron Stakes was won by Spanish Reef from Naantali with Pure Scot third.

Taking place on the Victoria Racing Club's Super Saturday of racing, the Matron Stakes is held alongside two $1,000,000 races, the Gr1 Australian Cup & Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, and known as the 'Schweppervescence Trophy' in recent years.

Matron Stakes info

Date: Saturday 7th March 2020
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2019 Winner: Spanish Reef

The Matron Stakes is a handy group race for mares over the mile that tends to attract improving types or emerging mares on the up, and the set weight & penalty conditions of the race suits the better females entered for the event.

Races such as the Gr3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield in February or the Gr3 Frances Tressady Stakes at Flemington earlier in the month are good lead up races to this event as they are both run under the same set weight and penalty conditions, except the Matron Stakes is raced over an extra 200 metres. Bonaria (2014) was the last mare to claim the Mannerism Stakes & Matron Stakes double.

Mares contesting this event may also tackle a race like the Gr2 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley on Gr1 William Reid Stakes night and both Text'n Hurley (2nd in 2014) Spirit Song (2nd in 2013) went on to win the Sunline Stakes after finishing runner-up in this race, while Bippo No Bungus (3rd in 2014) ran second behind Text'n Hurley in the Sunline Stakes. Spirit Song has an affinity with both these races as she also managed the Matron Stakes & Sunline Stakes double the previous year in 2012.

Interestingly enough, ill-fated mare Pinker Pinker (2011) won this race in the autumn before going on to win the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Caulfield the following spring. Fenway (4th in 2015) travelled to Sydney to win the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill after running fourth here.

Spanish Reef (2018-2019) ran fourth in the Mannerism Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before capturing this race for the second year in a row for the Ken Keys stable at Cranbourne.

Recent Matron Stakes winners include Circular (2017) and Felicienne (2016).

2019 Matron Stakes result

1. $5.50 Spanish Reef 58.5 Mark Zahra
2. $2.70 Naantali 54.0 Damian Lane
3. $12.00 Pure Scot 54.0 Craig Williams

then followed
4. $31.00 Futooh 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
5. $21.00 I'm A Princess 57.0 Luke Currie
6. $31.00 Supre 54.5 Corey Brown
7. $13.00 Think Bleue 57.0 John Allen
8. $6.50 Bring Me Roses 54.0 William Pike
9. $9.00 I Am A Star 58.5 Ben Melham
10. $26.00 Penny To Sell 54.0 Craig Robertson
11. $81.00 Sopressa 57.0 Harry Coffey
FF $21.00 Payroll 54.5 Damien Oliver

Margins: 0.2 len, 2.75 len
Time: 1:36.21

Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington also features the Gr2 Kewney Stakes and Gr2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes.

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Matron Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Spanish Reef Naantali Pure Scot 1:36.2
2018 Spanish Reef Samovare Jester Halo 1:35.7
2017 Circular Zasorceress Miss Rose De Lago 1:35.7
2016 Felicienne Metaphorical Alaskan Rose 1:35.9
2015 Noble Protector Marianne Set Square 1:34.7
2014 Bonaria Text'n Hurley Bippo No Bungus 1:36.1
2013 Bonaria Spirit Song Hi Belle 1:37.0
2012 Spirit Song Marveen Seduced 1:35.0
2011 Pinker Pinker Platinum Scissors Gail 1:36.4
2010 Response Delta Gee Midnight Wine 1:37.7
2009 Fifth Avenue Lady Divine Rebel Princess Marizza 1:39.2
2008 Translate Trick Of Light Like It Is 1:37.1
2007 Like It Is Danevade Brockman's Lass 1:38.2
2006 Umber Maxerelle Astrodame 1:36.2
2005 Uprize Songs Of Vienna Hidden Strings 1:36.3
2004 Ruling Eyes Star Of Grechen Sweet Corn 1:36.5
2003 Lady Knockout Class Eulogy Rose Archway 1:37.7
2002 La Zoffany Tyrolean Sylvaner 1:42.3