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BJ McLachlan Stakes

The BJ McLachlan Stakes is a Group 3 race for two-year-olds held each December at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 BJ Mclachlan Stakes was won by Sun City from Rome with Krameric third.

Taking place on the same day as the Gr 3 Vo Rogue Plate for three-year-olds, the BJ McLachlan Stakes was elevated to Group 3 status for the 2011/2012 racing season. The race provides valuable race track experience for any two-year-olds heading to the rich Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival in early January at the Gold Coast.

BJ McLachlan Stakes info

Date: Saturday 28th December 2019
Track: Doomben racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 2yo Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2018 Winner: Sun City

The BJ McLachlan Stakes is the only two-year-old group race held during the summer period in Brisbane and tends to attract more than handy youngsters up to the challenge and provides a good opportunity for young gallopers to add a black type race to their resume.

The set weights conditions of the race lends itself to the better 2yo gallopers engaged and the classier types have a clear advantage over their rivals.

Any two-year-old gallopers tackling this race will most likely head towards the rich Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival in early January for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast. Smart sprinter Unemcumbered (2013) was the last galloper to win the BJ McLachlan Stakes and Magic Millions 2yo Classic double.

Sun City (2018) finished runner-up in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes over 1110m at Doomben before taking out this event in good style for the Tony McEvoy stable.

Recent BJ McLachlan Stakes winners include Meryly (2017) and Ours To Keep (2016).

2018 BJ McLachlan Stakes result

1. $6.50 Sun City 57.0 James McDonald
2. $2.70 Rome 57.0 Brett Prebble
3. $14.00 Krameric 57.0 Robbie Fradd

then followed
4. $41.00 Vinrose 55.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $21.00 Eleven Eleven 57.0 Jim Byrne
6. $2.60 Just Zerene 55.0 Luke Currie
7. $101.00 Wowsers 57.0 Ryan Wiggins
8. $71.00 Gala Miss 55.0 James Orman
9. $101.00 Courseshewill 55.0 Matthew McGillivray
10. $12.00 Mishani Spirit 55.0 Nozi Tomizawa

Margins: 0.3 len, 1.25 len
Time: 1:09.96

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BJ McLachlan Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Sun City Rome Krameric 1:09.9
2017 Meryl Hopes Eternal Witherspoon 1:10.0
2016 Ours To Keep Goodfella Coorg 1:10.8
2015 Zelady's Night Out Slumber Party Nikitas 1:09.9
2014 Mishani Honcho Wicked Intent Star Of Night 1:11.8
2013 Unencumbered Stroak Sagatona 1:10.1
2012 Missy Longstocking Sweet Idea Architect 1:10.2
2011 Driefontein Sizzling Snipzu 1:09.3
2010 Military Grace Wonderful You Merryanna 1:12.9