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 2018 St George Stakes was won by Gailo Chop from Single Gaze with Hartnell 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|
|2018 Winner:||Gailo Chop|
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.
Gailo Chop (2018) captured the Gr3 Carlyon Cup over 1600m at Caulfield before leading all the way to score an easy victory in this event and recent St George Stakes winners include Stratum Star (2017) and Bow Creek (2016).
1. $2.40 Gailo Chop 59.0 Mark Zahra
2. $5.50 Single Gaze 57.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
3. $4.20 Hartnell 59.0 Craig Williams
4. $41.00 Ventura Storm 59.0 Regan Bayliss
5. $9.50 Abbey Marie 57.0 Luke Nolen
6. $81.00 Jacquinot Bay 59.0 Cory Parish
7. $71.00 Spiritjim 59.0 Michael Walker
8. $10.00 Harlem 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $26.00 Lord Fandango 59.0 Jordan Childs
Margins: 1.25 len, 1.25 len
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|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|