The St George Stakes is a Group 2 Weight-for-age race held each February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1800 metres and is worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 St George Stakes was won by Avilius from Trap For Fools with Ace High third.
Taking place on Blue Diamond Stakes day, the Melbourne Racing Club's major race day of the autumn, the St George Stakes is held alongside feature races including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Gr1 Futurity Stakes & Gr1 Oakleigh Plate.
The race has been run as the 'Peter Young Stakes' since the 2011/2012 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 23rd February 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
The St George Stakes is generally a good quality weight-for-age event that provides the ideal lead up race to the premier weight-for-age distance event of the Melbourne autumn, the Gr1 Australian Cup, which takes place on Super Saturday at Flemington in early March. The imported galloper Manighar (3rd in 2012) went on to win the Australian Cup at his next start.
Horses contesting this race may come via the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes held earlier in the carnival, with Elvstroem (2005) being the last horse to win both races.
Another more than handy lead up race is the Gr3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield. Avilius (2019) and Gailo Chop (2018) have both taken out the Carlyon Cup & St George Stakes double in recent years.
The honour roll of winners for this race sees many a top class galloper's name etched upon it, including horses such as Fiorente (2014), Pompeii Ruler (2007), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2002-03), Istidaad (1999), Dane Ripper (1998), Durbridge (1994-95), Let's Elope (1992), Vo Rogue (1988-89) and all of them went on to win the Australian Cup.
Avilius (2019) captured the Carlyon Cup over 1600m at Caulfield before scoring an easy victory in this event for the James Cummings stable.
Recent St George Stakes winners include Gailo Chop (2018) and Stratum Star (2017).
1. $1.95 Avilius 59.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $15.00 Trap For Fools 59.0 John Allen
3. $31.00 Ace High 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $6.00 Night's Watch 59.0 Damian Lane
5. $61.00 Ventura Storm 59.0 Mark Zahra
6. $21.00 Shillelagh 57.0 Damien Oliver
7. $31.00 Harlem 59.0 Michael Walker
8. $9.00 The Taj Mahal 59.0 Ben Melham
9. $41.00 Ambitious 59.0 Craig Williams
10. $31.00 Hiyaam 57.0 Michael Dee
11. $8.00 D'argento 59.0 Luke Nolen
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.4 len
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|2019||Avilius||Trap For Fools||Ace High||1:49.1|
|2018||Gailo Chop||Single Gaze||Hartnell||1:48.2|
|2017||Stratum Star||Humidor||The United States||1:48.2|
|2011||Heart Of Dreams||Precedence||Spacecraft||1:48.8|
|2010||La Rocket||Heart Of Dreams||Miss Maren||1:49.0|
|2008||Princess Coup||Sirmione||Douro Valley||1:51.0|
|2007||Pompeii Ruler||Marasco||Aqua D'Amore||1:49.2|
|2006||Our Smoking Joe||Lad Of The Manor||Vroom Vroom||1:50.2|
|2005||Elvstroem||Makybe Diva||Casual Pass||1:49.5|
|2003||Northerly||Fields Of Omagh||Mr Casanova||1:51.8|
|2002||Northerly||Old Comrade||Piper Star||1:49.2|
|2001||Cent Home||Giovana||Kaapstad Way||1:47.1|
|2000||Royal Voyage||Oliver Twist||Arena||1:49.1|
|1998||Dane Ripper||Might And Power||Rustic Dream||1:48.4|
|1997||Istidaad||Perfect Bound||Gold City||1:49.8|
|1996||Racer's Edge||Toil||Paris Lane||1:50.7|
|1994||Durbridge||Excited Angel||Our Pompeii||1:47.5|
|1993||Star Of The Realm||Fraar||Subzero||1:49.4|
|1992||Let's Elope||Dr Grace||Shavano Miss||1:48.5|
|1991||Sydeston||Savage Toss||Kingston Rule||1:48.3|
|1990||King's High||Vo Rogue||Marwong||1:48.3|
|1989||Vo Rogue||Super Impose||Ideal Centremen||1:48.0|
|1988||Vo Rogue||Cossack Warrior||King Of Brooklyn||1:47.3|