The Ethereal Stakes is a Group 3 set weights & penalties race that takes place each year at Caulfield racecourse in October during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Ethereal Stakes was won by Verry Elleegant from Aristia with Sizzleme third.
Held on Caulfield Cup Day, on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day spring carnival, the Ethereal Stakes features alongside the Group 1 Caulfield Cup, Group 2 Caulfield Sprint and Group 3 Caulfield Classic.
|Date:||Saturday 20th October 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Verry Elleegant|
The Ethereal Stakes is a three-year-old fillies race that provides the perfect lead up to the longer feature races to come for females during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.
Races such as the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m and Gr1 VRC Oaks over 2500m at Flemington will be on the radar of any capable fillies running around in this race and Set Square (2015) was the last filly to claim the Ethereal Stakes & VRC Oaks double.
Verry Elleegant (2018) flashed home for third in the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600m at Flemington before proving too classy for her rivals in this event for leading trainer Darren Weir.
Recent Ethereal Stakes winners include Pinot (2017) and Eleonora (2016).
Aristia (2nd in 2018) went on to win the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Tiamo Grace (2nd in 2016) and Sebring (5th in 2016) finished first & second in the Wakeful Stakes.
Set Square (2014) headed to Flemington to score a good win in the VRC Oaks, while Solicit (2nd in 2013) finished runner-up in the Wakeful Stakes and third in the VRC Oaks. She returned the following autumn to win the Gr3 The Vanity Stakes.
Alzora (2012) who also won the Vanity Stakes in the autumn after taking out the Ethereal Stakes in the spring, while Summerbliss (3rd in 2012) ran third in the VRC Oaks.
Dowager Queen (2nd in 2011) managed to run third in the Wakeful Stakes and second in the VRC Oaks following her second placing in the Ethereal Stakes.
1. $2.35 Verry Elleegant 55.0 John Allen
2. $11.00 Aristia 55.0 Damian Lane
3. $21.00 Sizzleme 55.0 Ben Melham
4. $61.00 Collectable 55.0 Craig Williams
5. $15.00 Rubira 55.0 James McDonald
6. $31.00 Dark Confidant 55.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $4.20 Greysful Glamour 55.0 Tim Clark
8. $101.00 Oregon Dreamer 55.0 Luke Nolen
9. $21.00 Pressure 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $61.00 True Magic 55.0 Beau Mertens
11. $21.00 Futooh 56.5 Damien Oliver
12. $17.00 Yulong Meteor 55.0 Michael Walker
13. $151.00 Gregorian Chant 55.0 Jordan Childs
14. $26.00 Scenic Sight 55.0 Ben Allen
15. $151.00 Disenchanted 55.0 Noel Callow
16. $301.00 Peaceful Solution 55.0 Jack Martin
Margins: 0.5 len, 1.5 len
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|2014||Set Square||Maastricht||Imperial Lass||2:04.5|