The AJ Moir Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race that takes place in September each year at Moonee Valley during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1000 metres and worth $450,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 AJ Moir Stakes was won by Extreme Choice from Heatherly with Wild Rain third.
More recently known as the 'Schweppes Stakes' and run on Group 1 WS Cox Plate day in October, the AJ Moir Stakes has been run on AFL Grand Final eve in late September since the 2013/2014 racing season. It was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2013 after previously being a Group 2 race. In 2015, the AJ Moir Stakes was reduced from 1200m to 1000m providing the ideal lead-up to the Gr1 Manikato Stakes on Cox Plate eve.
|Date:||Friday 29th September 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|2016 Winner:||Extreme Choice|
The AJ Moir Stakes is one of the MVRC's major weight-for-age sprint events during the spring and while it does not quite have the status of races like the Manikato Stakes on Grand Final eve at the same track or the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington on Emirates Day, the race often attracts quality sprinters as history shows.
Over the years, top class gallopers such as Buffering (2012, 2014-15), Black Caviar (2010-2011), Apache Cat (2009), Miss Andretti (2007), Falvelon (2002), Schillaci (1992) and With Me (1990-91) have all won this race.
The AJ Moir Stakes is a race that suits good weight-for-age horses, especially those with an affinity for the tight Moonee Valley race track. The Gr2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield has generally been the best guide, although with the AJ Moir Stakes now taking place in September before the Schillaci Stakes in October, the AJ Moir Stakes may now prove to be the best guide to the Schillaci Stakes in years to come.
In the past three years Buffering (2012) & Black Caviar (2011-2010) have both taken out the AJ Moir Stakes & Schillaci Stakes double in the same year.
A race such as the Gr2 McEwen Stakes, run over 1000m at the same track a couple of weeks earlier, is likely to provide the best lead up to the AJ Moir Stakes, as it is raced under the same weight-for-age conditons and offers a natural progession in distance.
Extreme Choice (2016) was resuming from a spell before upsetting his older rivals to win this event and recent AJ Moir Stakes winners include Buffering (2014-15) and Samaready (2013).
Buffering (2012), Black Caviar (2010-11), Spinning Hill (2002), Mistegic (2001), Falvelon (2000), Magic Music (1999) and Show No Emotion (1998) have all taken out the AJ Moir Stakes & Schillaci Stakes double in recent times. Placegetters from the AJ Moir Stakes are ikely to go on and run well in the Schillaci Stakes.
Black Caviar (2010-11) went on the win the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival for the second successive year, while Hot Danish (2nd in 2010) finished third in the Gr1 Myer Classic on Derby Day at Flemington.
1. $5.00 Extreme Choice 52.0 Craig Newitt
2. $16.00 Heatherly 56.5 Damian Lane
3. $26.00 Wild Rain 56.5 Stephen Baster
4. $1.95 Chautauqua 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
5. $8.00 Buffering 58.5 Damian Browne
6. $21.00 Ball Of Muscle 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $12.00 Lucky Hussler 58.5 Brad Rawiller
8. $31.00 Redzel 58.5 Mark Zahra
9. $41.00 Chloe In Paris 56.5 Damien Oliver
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.10 len
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|2016||Extreme Choice||Heatherly||Wild Rain||0:58.7|
|2015||Buffering||Ball Of Muscle||Angelic Light||0:57.2|
|2014||Buffering||Lankan Rupee||Rebel Dane||1:10.9|
|2012||Buffering||Ready To Rip||Thankgodyou'rehere||1:10.9|
|2011||Black Caviar||Doubtful Jack||Here De Angels||1:10.1|
|2010||Black Caviar||Hot Danish||True Persuasion||1:11.0|
|2009||Apache Cat||Mic Mac||Bank Robber||1:10.0|
|2008||Lucky Secret||Bel Mer||Mr Baritone||1:09.9|
|2007||Miss Andretti||Gold Edition||Let Go Thommo||1:10.6|
|2006||California Dane||Let Go Thommo||Poets Voice||0:58.4|
|2005||Virage De Fortune||Miss Mooney Mooney||Imprisoned||0:59.1|
|2004||Bomber Bill||Regimental Gal||Dance The Waves||0:58.4|
|2003||Our Egyptian Raine||Spinning Hill||Dantana||0:57.7|
|2002||Spinning Hill||Bomber Bill||Mistegic||0:57.7|
|1998||Show No Emotion||Appoint||Dance Beat||0:58.0|
|1997||Al Mansour||Spartacus||Ossie Cossie||0:57.4|
|1996||Spartacus||Wry Hero||Apple Danish||0:58.3|
|1995||Quality Gold||Moss Rocket||Poetic King||0:58.3|
|1991||With Me||Joanne||Wrap Around||0:57.2|
|1990||With Me||Street Ruffian||Show County||0:56.3|
|1989||Clay Hero = 1||Good Old Ted =1||Prismatic Star||0:56.9|
|1988||Scarlet Bisque||Redelva||Rancho Ruler||0:58.6|