The Festival Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap event for 3yo & upward gallopers and takes place in December at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Festival Stakes was won by My Nordic Hero from Goodfella with Chamois Road third.
A listed race over 1400 metres up until 2015, the Festival Stakes was awarded Group 3 status for the 2016-2017 racing season and increased to 1500 metres.
|Date:||Saturday 1st December 2018|
|Track:||Rosehill racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||My Nordic Hero|
The Festival Stakes is raced under handicap conditions and provides the perfect lead up to the Gr2 Villiers Stakes at Randwick. The last galloper to achieve the Festival Stakes & Villiers Stakes double was Monton (2011), with Utson (2006) and Ike's Dream (2004) prior to that.
A more than handy field will generally assemble for this race with winners and placegetters likely to figure in similar type races over the Christmas period.
It's worth noting that recent winners Mighty Lucky (2015) and I'm Imposing (2014) both went on to win the Gr3 Summer Cup on Boxing Day at Randwick after running fifth and second respectively in the Villiers Stakes beforehand.
My Nordic Hero (2018) ran second in the November Hcp over 1400m at Rosehill before scoring a stylish victory in this event for the Chris Waller stable.
Recent Festival Stakes winners include Testashadow (2017), who incidentally finished unplaced in the November Hcp before winning here, and Sweet Redemption (2016).
1. $3.70 My Nordic Hero 56.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $6.50 Goodfella 53.0 Ms Rachel King
3. $13.00 Chamois Road 59.0 Tim Clark
4. $12.00 Spectroscope 57.5 Glyn Schofield
5. $4.80 Pecans 58.0 Corey Brown
6. $10.00 Duca Valentinois 59.0 James McDonald
7. $26.00 Grande Rosso 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $16.00 New Tipperary 57.5 Brenton Avdulla
9. $9.00 Monsieur Sisu 53.5 Jason Collett
10. $15.00 Kingsguard 57.5 Jay Ford
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.8 len
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|2018||My Nordic Hero||Goodfella||Chamois Road||1:29.1|
|2017||Testashadow||Mister Sea Wolf||Red Excitement||1:31.6|
|2016||Sweet Redemption||Hazzabeel||Red Excitement||1:29.6|
|2015||Mighty Lucky||It's Somewhat||Peace Force||1:29.4|
|2014||I'm Imposing||Estonian Princess||Strawberry Boy||1:28.5|
|2013||White Sage||Terravista||Alma's Fury||1:30.0|