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 prize money. The 2020 St George Stakes was won by Miss Siska from Kings Will Dream with Mirage Dancer 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 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Group 1 Futurity Stakes & Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.
The race has been run as the 'Peter Young Stakes' since the 2011/2012 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 22nd February 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|2020 Winner:||Miss Siska|
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 Group 1 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 Group 1 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 Group 3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield. Miss Siska (2020), Avilius (2019) and Gailo Chop (2018) have all 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.
Miss Siska (2020) captured the Group 3 Carlyon Cup over 1600m at Caulfield before scoring a classy on pace victory in this event for trainer Grahame Begg.
Recent St George Stakes winners include Avilius (2019) and Gailo Chop (2018).
1. $4.20 Miss Siska 57.0 Damian Lane
2. $3.10 Kings Will Dream 59.0 Mark Zahra
3. $31.00 Mirage Dancer 59.0 Ben Melham
4. $3.90 Regal Power 59.0 William Pike
5. $16.00 Harlem 59.0 Damien Oliver
6. $12.00 Odeon 59.0 Craig Williams
7. $41.00 Suzuka Devious 59.0 Michael Dee
8. $51.00 Levendi 59.0 Beau Mertens
9. $9.50 Constantinople 58.5 Glen Boss
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.75 len
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|2020||Miss Siska||Kings Will Dream||Mirage Dancer||1:49.6|
|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|