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Begonia Belle Stakes

The Begonia Belle Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares that takes place each November at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during Melbourne Cup week. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres under set weights & penalties and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Begonia Belle Stakes was won by Lyuba from Savanna Amour with Concealer third.

Held on the same day as the Group 1 Victoria Derby, three days before the Group 1 Melbourne Cup during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Begonia Belle Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season. The latest edition of the race was named the 'Skip Sprint' after being run as the 'GH Mumm Stakes' in more recent years.

2018 Begonia Belle Stakes info

Date: Saturday 3rd November 2018
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000
2017 Winner: Lyuba

The Begonia Belle Stakes is run down the Flemington 'straight course' and is a sprint event for mares only that typically assembles a big field of more than handy types, to make it a tough race for punters doing the form.

Mares races can be unpredictable at the best of times but racing down the long Flemington straight during Melbourne Cup week means better horses, bigger fields, and bigger crowds, which can often throw up a good priced winner for those willing to look for value.

Any gallopers with proven straight track form, especially at the trip, are ones to keep an eye on in the Begonia Belle Stakes, as Horse Racing Info know from first hand experience, that not all horses appreciate racing down the straight after running around turns.

Lyuba (2017) ran second in the Listed Alinghi Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield before winning this event in narrow fashion and recent Begonia Belle Stakes winners include Sheidel (2016) and Pittsburgh Flyer (2015).

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2017 Begonia Belle Stakes result

1. $7.00 Lyuba 55.0 Damian Lane
2. $12.00 Savanna Amour 59.0 Ben Melham
3. $12.00 Concealer 55.0 Ms Jamie Kah

then followed
4. $6.50 Nieta 55.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $7.00 Crystal Fountain 55.0 Mark Zahra
6. $26.00 Conchita 55.0 Beau Mertens
7. $10.00 Desert Lashes 55.5 Craig Williams
8. $19.00 Written Era 55.0 Luke Nolen
9. $7.00 Sheidel 59.0 Blake Shinn
10. $12.00 Zestful 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
11. $8.50 Lake Como 55.0 Stephen Baster

Margins: 0.1 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:03.29

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Begonia Belle Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Lyuba Savanna Amour Concealer 1:03.2
2016 Sheidel Wild Rain Private Secretary 1:02.9
2015 Pittsburgh Flyer Dublin Lass Brook Road 1:04.4
2014 Vain Queen Bounding Lilliburlero/S Wind 1:02.7
2013 Dystopia Shamal Wind She Can Skate 1:03.7
2012 Honey Flower Dystopia Anise 1:03.2
2011 Ortensia Balmont Miss Octopussy 1:03.2