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 prize money. The 2019 Begonia Belle Stakes was won by Tofane from Pippie with Miss Iano 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 Furphy Sprint', after being run as the 'Skip Sprint' and 'GH Mumm Stakes' in recent years.
|Date:||Saturday 31st October 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
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.
Divine Quality (2018) resumed from a spell to score an upset victory in this event for Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and recent Begonia Belle Stakes winners include Lyuba (2017) and Sheidel (2016).
1. $6.00 Tofane 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $6.50 Pippie 57.0 Damien Oliver
3. $16.00 Miss Iano 55.0 Brian Park
4. $5.00 Manicure 57.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $41.00 Too Good Too Hard 55.0 Luke Nolen
6. $11.00 Humma Humma 56.0 Jamie Mott
7. $6.50 Gift Of Power 56.0 Mark Zahra
8. $17.00 Spirit's Choice 55.0 Matthew McGillivray
9. $21.00 Resin 57.0 Brad Rawiller
10. $11.00 Demerara 56.0 Craig Williams
11. $41.00 Everyday Lady 56.0 Jamie Kah
12. $151.00 Power O'hata 55.0 Jye McNeil
13. $11.00 Prophet's Thumb 56.0 Tim Clark
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.75 len
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|2018||Divine Quality||Booker||I Am Excited||1:02.8|
|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|