The National Stakes is a Group 3 race for two-year-olds that takes place each year in May at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. In 2019 The National Stakes was won by Li'l Kontra from Absolute Flirt with Xilong third.
|Date:||Saturday 18th May 2019|
|Track:||Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
|2019 Winner:||Li'l Kontra|
The National Stakes is a sprint race for two-year-olds and tends to attract mainly above average local gallopers who may have previously contested a race like the Gr3 SA Breeders Stakes earlier in the carnival.
Now and then the race can throw up an emerging type and Majestic Music (2009) went on to win the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes the following spring at the Flemington carnival as a three-year-old before running second in the Gr2 Sandown Guineas at Sandown.
The listed Dequetteville Stakes run over 1100m at the same track earlier in the carnival has proven a good guide to the National Stakes in recent years with Dinkum Diamond (2012) and Vivi Veloce (2013) both winning this race after running second and fifth respectively in the Delequette Stakes.
Li'l Kontra (2019) ran third in the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes over 1050m at Morphettville before winning this event in impressive fashion for the Ryan Balfour stable.
Recent National Stakes winners include Marcel From Madrid (2018) and I'll Have A Bit (2017).
1. $7.50 Li'l Kontra 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
2. $2.30 Absolute Flirt 55.5 Damien Oliver
3. $26.00 Xilong 55.5 Todd Pannell
4. $2.80 Balaabel 55.5 Barend Vorster
5. $20.00 Splendoronthegrass 55.5 Jamie Kah
6. $21.00 Shush 55.5 Luke Currie
7. $101.00 Cleary Adonis 57.5 Caitlin Jones
8. $8.50 Ginny Ann 55.5 Andrew Mallyon
Margins: 0.30 len, 0.89 len
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|2019||Li'l Kontra||Absolute Flirt||Xilong||1:09.9|
|2018||Marcel From Madrid||Aristia||Tequila Time||1:10.6|
|2017||I'll Have A Bit||Booker||It's A Myth||1:10.4|
|2016||I Am A Star||Bangs||One Blink||1:11.3|
|2015||Prince Of Brooklyn||Badajoz||Counter Pulse||1:10.2|
|2014||Moonovermanhattan||Not A Happy Camper||Sweet And Speedy||1:13.0|
|2013||Vivi Veloce||Iconic||The Huntress||1:10.4|
|2012||Dinkum Diamond||Beau Jez||Stella Lante||1:11.2|
|2011||Triple Asset||Win For Wilson||Gone Skiing||1:10.1|
|2010||Toorak Toff||Stirling Grove||Bedrah||1:10.1|
|2009||Majestic Music||Baby Corn||Miss Belezza||1:10.4|
|2006||Lectrice||Glory Be||Not At Allordinary||1:12.7|
|2005||Tonz More Fun||Paternity||Get To Work||1:10.0|
|2003||Great Is Great||Rinky Dink||Barabba Road||1:12.0|
|2000||Super Elegant||Shelbourne Lass||Undertone||1:16.3|
|1998||Gold Crystal||St Clemens Belle||Lord Of The Pines||1:10.4|
|1997||La Baraka||Morphett Road||Requests||1:12.6|
|1996||Will Fly||Lake Villa||Magic Ribbon||1:10.2|
|1995||Embargo||Pacific Power||Big Twister||1:13.2|
|1993||Harkaway||Star Of Maple||Subastral||1:11.4|
|1992||Mookta||Let Him Ride||Petas Portion||1:13.1|
|1990||Sushi Rocket||Berberia||The Guida||1:10.3|
|1989||Dancers Choice||Sculptured Arch||Mouth Watering||1:11.2|
|1988||Pride Of Ingenue||Queen Regent||Natural Charm||1:11.8|