The Coolmore Stud Stakes (formerly the Ascot Vale Stakes) is a Group 1 set weights event for three-year-olds held at Flemington racecourse in late October or early November each year during the Melbourne Spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres down the Flemington 'straight six' course and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Coolmore Stud Stakes was won by Merchant Navy from Invincible Star with Formality third.
This race takes place on Derby Day on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. The Coolmore Stud Stakes is held alongside the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby, Group 1 Cantala Stakes and Group 1 Myer Classic.
|Date:||Saturday 4th November 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||Merchant Navy|
The Coolmore Stud Stakes came about when the 'Ascot Vale Stakes' race date was moved in 2006 from early in the spring to be held on Derby Day as part of the Flemington four-day Melbourne Cup carnival where the best horses are found. The race was afforded Group 1 status and in 2007 the race was re-named the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
The new date and elite race status for the Coolmore Stud Stakes has changed the way some three-year-olds are now prepared for the premier three-year-old events of the Melbourne spring, with a number still tackling the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield but then being freshened up for the shorter 1200m distance of the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
In the tradition of the Ascot Vale Stakes, the Coolmore Stud Stakes attracts quality three-year-old sprinters to make this race an exciting spectacle on Derby Day.
Recent winners Brazen Beau (2014) and Zoustar (2013) both won the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick on their way to winning the Coomore Stud Stakes while Japonisme (2015) ran third in the Roman Consul Stakes before winning this event.
The winning honour role for this race includes many of Australia's finest sprinters, including Sepoy (2011), Weekend Hussler (2007), Gold Edition (2006), Our Maizcay (1995), Zeditave (1987), Rancher (1982), Manikato (1978), Surround (1976) and champion Vain (1969).
The winner and placegetters of the Coolmore Stud Stakes often go on to success in some of Australia's premier sprint races while those gallopers who finish behind the placegetters can also figure prominently is some of our better sprint races in the future.
Merchant Navy (2017) ran down the track in the Gr1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill in Sydney before returing to Melbourne to score a fast finishing victory in this event. Recent Coolmore Stud Stakes winners include Flying Artie (2016) and Japonisme (2015).
1. $19.00 Merchant Navy 57.0 Mark Zahra
2. $6.50 Invincible Star 55.0 Stephen Baster
3. $20.00 Formality 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $61.00 Limestone 55.0 Dean Yendall
5. $10.00 Viridine 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
6. $41.00 Dracarys 57.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $201.00 Malahat 57.0 Olivier Peslier
8. $51.00 Andaz 57.0 Ben Melham
9. $10.00 Houtzen 55.0 Jeff Lloyd
10. $17.00 Tulip 55.0 Jamie Spencer
11. $51.00 Lone Eagle 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
12. $17.00 Eptimum 57.0 Ryan Maloney
13. $31.00 Goodfella 57.0 Jason Collett
14. $26.00 Jukebox 57.0 Craig Williams
15. $6.50 Trapeze Artist 57.0 Tye Angland
16. $10.00 Kementari 57.0 Damian Lane
17. $201.00 Wassergeist 57.0 Glen Boss
18. $7.50 Catchy 55.0 Hugh Bowman
19. $41.00 Summer Passage 57.0 Blake Shinn
20. $201.00 The Mission 57.0 Noel Callow
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.1 len
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|2017||Merchant Navy||Invincible Star||Formality||1:09.1|
|2016||Flying Artie||Astern||Star Turn||1:08.9|
|2013||Zoustar||Not Listenin' To Me||Lion Of Belfort||1:09.2|
|2008||Northern Meteor||Fist of Fury||All American||1:10.5|
|2007||Weekend Hussler||Bel Mer||Scenic Blast||1:08.9|
|2006||Gold Edition||Splashing Out||Churchill Downs||1:09.6|
|2004||Alinghi||Barley A Moment||Tirade||1:10.5|
|2003||Scaredee Cat||Lago Delight||Dilly Dally||1:08.8|
|2002||Innovation Girl||Cool Trent||Titanic Jack||1:10.8|
|2001||North Boy||Ustinov||Malagra Miss||1:09.6|
|2000||So Gorgeous||Show A Heart||Sort It Out||1:12.9|
|1999||Spargo||Testa Rossa||Fappianos Son||1:11.0|
|1998||Theatre||City Kid||Major Fun||1:10.0|
|1997||Show No Emotion||Cornwall Queen||Schubert||1:09.7|
|1996||Encosta De Lago||Pimpala Prince||My Duke||1:10.3|
|1995||Our Maizcay||Gold Ace||Strategic||1:08.2|
|1994||Racers Edge||Blevic||Cannibal King||1:09.2|
|1993||Brawny Spirit||Bella Sereta||Star Of Maple||1:11.8|
|1991||Tierce||Noble Lancer||Diddy Do It||1:08.9|
|1989||Courtza||Prince Salieri||Tango Master||1:10.0|
|1988||Zeditave||Star Watch||Clay Hero||1:09.1|
|1987||Kaapstad||Lonely Dreamer||Rancho Ruler||1:10.6|
|1986||Zephyr Cross||Bounding Away||Daring Jon||1:11.6|
|1985||Campaign King||Rode Rouge||Jackson Square||1:11.8|
|1984||Royal Troubador||Lord Of Camelot||Spirit Of Kingston||1:10.4|
|1983||Top Post||Taminor||Sentimental Lady||1:14.4|
|1982||Rancher||Top Of The Pack||Covetous||1:11.2|
|1981||Rose Of Kingston||Copperama||Fire Thunder||1:11.0|
|1979||Tolhurst||Oenjay Star||Bold Diplomat||1:11.9|
|1977||Ballyred||Guns Away||King Of The Stars||1:11.3|
|1975||Toy Show||Lord Dudley||His Worship||1:13.2|