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 2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes was won by Sunlight from Zousain with Lean Mean Machine 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 3rd November 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|Coolmore Stakes odds|
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.
Sunlight (2018) finished unplaced in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes over 1200m at Moonee valley before proving too strong for her young male rivals in this event.
Recent Coolmore Stud Stakes winners include Merchant Navy (2017) and Flying Artie (2016).
1. $5.50 Sunlight 55.0 Luke Currie
2. $3.40 Zousain 57.0 James McDonald
3. $10.00 Lean Mean Machine 57.0 Hugh Bowman
4. $4.00 Written By 57.0 Jordan Childs
5. $19.00 Encryption 57.0 Craig Williams
6. $31.00 Long Leaf 57.0 Mark Zahra
7. $12.00 Sesar 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $9.50 Diplomatico 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $101.00 Paquirri 57.0 Michael Walker
10. $61.00 Thorondor 57.0 Damien Oliver
Margins: 0.2 len, 1 len
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|2018||Sunlight||Zousain||Lean Mean Machine||1:08.7|
|2018||Sunlight||Zousain||Lean Mean Machine||1:08.7|
|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|