The MRC Chairman's Stakes is a Group 3 race for two-year-olds run under set weight & penalty conditions each year in February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and offers prizemoney of $150,000 for entrants. The 2018 MRC Chairman's Stakes was won by Ennis Hill from Encryption with Prairie Fire third.
Elevated from listed to Group 3 level for the 2013/2014 season, the MRC Chairman's Stakes is typically held at Caulfield racecourse but will be held at Sandown this season.
|Date:||Saturday 2nd February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Ennis Hill|
The MRC Chairman's Stakes is the first group race of the Melbourne autumn for two-year-old gallopers and the weighted conditions of the race favour the classier youngsters going around. Recent history suggests that the winner of this race will most likely be a more than handy type who will be competitive in similar events during the autumn carnival.
Any of the better 2yo sprinters contesting this event may consider tackling upcoming two-year-old races such as the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) or Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies), which also take place at Caulfield, while the classier ones might take on the elite in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes held later in the month at the same track. Classy Mick Price trained galloper Extreme Choice was the last galloper to claim the MRC Chairman's Stakes and Blue Diamond Stakes double.
Ennis Hill (2017) finished fourth in a 2YO SWP race over 1100m at Caulfield before leading all the way to win this event and recent MRC Chairman's Stakes winners include Formality (2017) and Extreme Choice (2016).
1. $5.50 Ennis Hill 54.0 Stephen Baster
2. $3.20 Encryption 56.0 Damian Lane
3. $19.00 Prairie Fire 56.0 Mark Zahra
4. $4.20 Logan River 56.0 Jamie Kah
5. $5.50 Sunset Watch 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
6. $7.50 Of Importance 54.5 Damien Oliver
7. $21.00 No Time Like Now 54.0 Michael Dee
Margins: 1.5 len, 1.25 len
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|2018||Ennis Hill||Encryption||Prairie Fire||0:57.0|
|2016||Extreme Choice||Highland Beat||Gratwick||0:57.0|
|2013||Metastasio||Kona Breeze||Shamus Award||1.04.3|