The Danehill Stakes is a Group 2 event for three-year-olds that takes place at Flemington racecourse each September during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Danehill Stakes was won by Saracino from Archives with Samara Dancer third.
The race has also been known as the 'Black Douglas', 'Hilton on the Park', 'Chivas Regal' and 'L'oreal Plate' and is held on the same day as the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 16th September 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights + Penalty|
The Danehill Stakes is a 3yo event run down the 1200 metres straight course at Flemington where previous track experience is a definite advantage. It's held under much the same conditions as the HDF McNeil Stakes held in August at Caulfield, except this race is down a straight track rather than around a turn.
Horses who can handle the straight track may back up from the McNeil Stakes and contest the Danehill Stakes, however the last horse to win both races in the same season was Gold Ace back in 1995.
The race is usually taken out by a more than handy three-year-old rather than a topliner, although some quality gallopers have won the race over the years including the brilliant Sepoy (2011), champion mare Black Caviar (2009), Fastnet Rock (2004), Falvelon (1999), Armidale (1996) and Gold Ace (1995).
Races like the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude for colts & geldings and Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude for fillies are likely next targets for three-year-olds contesting this event and other group races held on Danehill Stakes Day include the Gr2 Lets Elope Stakes and Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Quality.
Saracino (2016) won the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate over 1200m at Te Rapa in New Zealand before crossing the Tasman to win this event in stylish fashion and recent Danehill Stakes winners include Kinglike (2015) and Rich Enuff (2014).
Archives (2nd in 2016) took out the Gr3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley at his next start, while Wazzenme (4th in 2016) finished third in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield.
Rich Enuff (2014) won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield at his next start and Brazen Beau (5th in 2014) travelled to Sydney to win the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick.
Eclair Big Bang (3rd in 2013) went on to win the Caulfield Guineas Prelude at his next start while while Gregers (5th in 2013) managed to win the Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield at her next outing.
Smart galloper Snitzerland (2012) won the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill in Sydney on her way to scoring in this event. She then scored in the Gr2 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley and Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield.
The 2011 Danehill Stakes proved to be a great guide to future big race winners with Sepoy (2011) winning the Gr1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley, the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint at Caulfield, and the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
Hallowell Belle (2nd in 2011) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Flight Stakes at Randwick in Sydney on Epsom Day, and Mosheen (5th in 2011) won the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes the following month at Flemington before finishing runner-up to champion mare Atlantic Jewel in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. Mosheen then won the Gr1 VRC Oaks at Flemington.
Champion mare Black Caviar (2009) won this race as a 3yo before retiring in 2013 as one of Australia's greatest ever sprinters.
1. $6.00 Saracino 56.5 Damien Oliver
2. $6.50 Archives 56.5 Craig Williams
3. $11.00 Samara Dancer 55.5 Dom Tourneur
4. $12.00 Wazzenme 56.0 Luke Nolen
5. $12.00 Dam Ready 56.0 Luke Currie
6. $19.00 Valliano 56.0 Damian Lane
7. $19.00 Hardham 56.0 Craig Newitt
8. $3.20 Defcon 58.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $61.00 Trenchant 56.5 Michael Dee
10. $11.00 Highland Beat 56.0 Mark Zahra
11. $15.00 Dreams Aplenty 56.0 Bobby El-Issa
12. $51.00 Jaws Of Steel 56.0 Chris Parnham
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.75 len
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|2015||Kinglike||Raphael's Cat||Ready For Victory||1:09.0|
|2014||Rich Enuff||Looks Like The Cat||Ghibellines||1:08.1|
|2013||Charlie Boy||Kiss A Rose||Eclair Big Bang||1:10.0|
|2011||Sepoy||Hallowell Belle||Unique Quality||1:08.7|
|2007||Tan Tat de Lago||Scenic Blast||Purrealist||1:10.9|
|2005||Jet Spur||Queen of the Hill||Stratum||1:09.5|
|1994||Daring Hombre||Minyama DH 2||Verdetto DH 2||1:08.8|
|1991||Umatilla||Star Video||In The Bahamas||1:08.6|
|1990||Wrap Around||Final Card||Premier Copper||1:09.0|
|1989||Gin Rhythm||Impressionalism||Sir Fear||1:09.2|
|1988||Speeding Free||Leica Western||Scollata||1:11.6|