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 2017 St George Stakes was won by Stratum Star from Humidor with The United States 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 24th February 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|2017 Winner:||Stratum Star|
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.
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.
Stratum Star (2017) took out the Magic Millions Trophy over 2200m on the Gold Coast in Queensland before returning to Melbourne to win this event. Recent St George Stakes winners include Bow Creek (2016) and Mourinho (2015).
1. $6.00 Stratum Star 59.0 Mark Zahra
2. $5.00 Humidor 59.0 Damian Lane
3. $8.50 The United States 59.0 Ben Melham
4. $3.60 Jameka 57.0 Luke Nolen
5. $26.00 Real Love 57.0 Brad Rawiller
6. $21.00 Exospheric 59.0 Damien Oliver
7. $18.00 Tally 59.0 Craig Williams
8. $71.00 Mourinho 59.0 Anthony Darmanin
9. $7.50 Tom Melbourne 59.0 Joao Moreira
10. $11.00 Awesome Rock 59.0 Stephen Baster
11. $61.00 Almoonqith 59.0 Ryan Moore
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.4 len
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|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|