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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 2016 Begonia Belle Stakes was won by Sheidel from Wild Rain with Private Secretary third.

Held on the same day as the Group 1 VRC Oaks, two days after the Gr1 Melbourne Cup, during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Begonia Belle Stakes has been run as the 'GH Mumm Stakes' in recent years and was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season.

2017 Begonia Belle Stakes info

Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000
2016 Winner: Sheidel

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.

Sheidel (2016) won the Gr3 Northwood Plume Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before proving too strong for her rivals in this event and recent Begonia Belle Stakes winners include Pittsburgh Flyer (2015) and Vain Queen (2014).

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2016 Begonia Belle Stakes result

1. $3.00 Sheidel 57.5 Joao Moreira
2. $9.00 Wild Rain 59.0 Damian Lane
3. $21.00 Private Secretary 55.0 Chad Schofield

then followed
4. $13.00 Super Cash 55.5 Craig Williams
5. $26.00 Aegean Sea 55.0 Blake Shinn
6. $9.00 Viddora 55.5 Joe Bowditch
7. $51.00 I Love It 57.5 Stephen Baster
8. $26.00 Almighty Girl 57.5 Glen Boss
9. $31.00 Palazzo Pubblico 56.5 Steven Arnold
10. $41.00 Estaminet 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
11. $81.00 Echo Gal 55.0 Zac Purton
12. $31.00 Alucinari 56.5 James McDonald
13. $26.00 Zara Bay 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
14. $91.00 Aunty Mo 55.0 Chris Symons
15. $31.00 Vezalay 55.5 Chris Parnham
16. $10.00 Rule The River 55.0 Hugh Bowman
17. $17.00 Chloe In Paris 55.5 Nicholas Hall
18. $61.00 Savoureux 57.5 Tommy Berry
19. $101.00 Take Pride 57.5 Darren Gauci
20. $26.00 Tempt Me Not 57.5 Glyn Schofield

Margins: 0.1 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:02.98

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Begonia Belle Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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