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 2018 Begonia Belle Stakes was won by Divine Quality from Booker with I Am Excited 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.
|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Divine Quality|
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. $26.00 Divine Quality 55.0 Beau Mertens
2. $13.00 Booker 59.0 Damien Oliver
3. $5.00 I Am Excited 57.5 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $10.00 Quilista 57.5 Damian Lane
5. $101.00 Showpero 55.0 Dom Tourneur
6. $81.00 Za Zi Ba 55.0 Ben Melham
7. $14.00 She Knows 55.0 Corey Brown
8. $201.00 Mazurek 55.0 Ms Linda Meech
9. $81.00 True Excelsior 55.0 Stephen Baster
10. $4.20 Resin 56.5 James McDonald
11. $10.00 Snitty Kitty 57.5 Mark Zahra
12. $9.00 Petrelle 55.0 Jordan Childs
13. $51.00 Egyptian Bullet 55.5 Jamie Mott
14. $41.00 Jorda 57.5 Craig Williams
15. $101.00 Carnival 55.5 Regan Bayliss
16. $8.00 From Within 55.5 Hugh Bowman
Margins: 3.25 len, 0.4 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|