The VRC Sires Produce Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds held each year in March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres under set weight conditions and has prize money of $200,000. The 2020 VRC Sires Produce Stakes was won by Lunar Fox from Larimer Street with Ole Kirk third.
The VRC Sires Produce Stakes takes place on the Victoria Racing Club's premier race day of the autumn, Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington, headlined by the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and Group 1 Australian Cup.
|Date:||Saturday 7th March 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
|2020 Winner:||Lunar Fox|
The VRC Sires Produce Stakes is a classic event for two-year-olds that gives young horses their first test at greater than 1200m in a group race during the autumn. Youngsters who have previously contested the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield a couple of weeks earlier are best suited to tackle this event.
The race suits horses who run on strongly in the Blue Diamond Stakes which indicates the extra distance of this race may be of benefit. The VRC Sires Produce Stakes is typically won by an above average galloper and interestingly enough, Shamus Award (2nd in 2013) went on to win the Group 1 WS Cox Plate during the Melbourne spring racing carnival as a maiden three-year-old.
The Sydney autumn racing carnival can often be on the agenda for 2yo gallopers competing in this event and Von Costa De Hero (2008) managed to run second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in April after winning this race.
Classy gallopers Rostova (2009) & All Too Hard (2012) finished third & second respectively in the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick after taking out this race, while Yosei (3rd in 2010) managed to win the ATC Sires Produce Stakes after finishing third in this event. Willow Creek (2nd in 2010) won the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill after running second here.
Lunar Fox (2020) took out a 2YO Maiden race over 1200m at Ballarat before graduating to Group 2 success in this event for Stawell training duo Terry & Karina O'Sullivan.
Recent VRC Sires Produce Stakes winners include La Tene (2019) and Not A Single Cent (2018) .
1. $26.00 Lunar Fox 56.5 Brett Prebble
2. $4.80 Larimer Street 56.5 Craig Williams
3. $4.60 Ole Kirk 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
4. $13.00 Surooj 54.5 Jamie Kah
5. $41.00 Queen Of Rocks 54.5 Daniel Stackhouse
6. $13.00 Cloudbreaker 54.5 Damian Lane
7. $7.50 Maccabee 56.5 John Allen
8. $13.00 Albukhturi 56.5 Regan Bayliss
9. $5.00 Holyfield 56.5 Jye McNeil
10. $31.00 The Catch 56.5 Michael Dee
11. $12.00 The Watchman 56.5 Glen Boss
Margins: 0.75 len, 0.10 len
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|2020||Lunar Fox||Larimer Street||Ole Kirk||1:24.2|
|2018||Not A Single Cent||Seberate||Akkadian||1:23.4|
|2013||Twilight Royale||Shamus Award||Great Esteem||1:23.3|
|2012||All Too Hard||Pronto Pronto||Road Trippin||1:22.5|
|2011||Running Tall||Decircles||Grand Britannia||1:24.2|
|2008||Von Costa De Hero||Carnero||Burgeis||1:23.7|
|2006||De Lago Mist||Ulfah||Danever||1:22.4|
|2005||Danger Looms||Under The Floor||Ferocity||1:22.8|
|2004||Barely A Moment||Big Poppa Pump||Kylikwong||1:24.2|
|2002||Pillaging||Delago Brom||Tom Coureuse||1:22.2|
|2000||Preserve||Ponton Flyer||Happy Morning||1:23.5|
|1999||Testa Rossa||Dangerous||Downing Street||1:24.5|
|1998||Coup De Grace||Special Edition||Admired||1:26.1|
|1993||Price Of Rancho||Taps||Staff Sergeant||1:23.1|
|1992||King Marauding||Just Juan||Apopka||1:23.7|
|1991||Not Related||Diddy Do It||Umatilla||1:23.8|
|1990||Canny Lad||Century Pike||Draw Card||1:24.5|
|1988||Wonder Dancer||Vitalic||Glowing Tribute||1:23.7|