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 prize money of $150,000 for entrants. The 2020 MRC Chairman's Stakes was won by Mildred from Aryaaf with Frederick The Dane 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 30th January 2021|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights + Penalty|
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 Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) or Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies), which also take place at Caulfield, while the classier ones might take on the elite in the Group 1 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.
Mildred (2020) resumed from a spring spell to score an impressive first-up victory in this event for trainer Grahame Begg.
Recent MRC Chairman's Stakes winners include Loving Gaby (2019) and Ennis Hill (2018).
1. $13.00 Mildred 57.0 Jordan Childs
2. $2.70 Aryaaf 57.0 Luke Nolen
3. $20.00 Frederick The Dane 57.0 Jye McNeil
4. $31.00 Sea Witness 57.0 Jamie Kah
5. $6.50 Ideas Man 59.0 Mark Zahra
6. $3.70 Rock Of Kryptonite 57.0 Ben Melham
7. $7.00 Castlecomer 57.0 Damian Lane
8. $16.00 Exporter 55.0 Damien Oliver
Margins: 1 len, 4.25 len
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|2020||Mildred||Aryaaf||Frederick The Dane||0:59.7|
|2019||Loving Gaby||Bella Rosa||Lanigera||0:57.6|
|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|