The Festival Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap event for 3yo & upward gallopers and takes place in December at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Festival Stakes was won by Testashadow from Mister Sea Wolf with Red Excitement 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|
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.
Testashadow (2017) ran seventh in the November Handicap over 1400m at Rosehill before winning this event and recent Festival Stakes winners include Sweet Redemption (2016) and Mighty Lucky (2015).
1. $20.00 Testashadow 57.0 Jason Collett
2. $4.60 Mister Sea Wolf 54.5 Tim Clark
3. $13.00 Red Excitement 59.5 Brenton Avdulla
4. $13.00 Mighty Lucky 57.0 Chris O'Brien
5. $26.00 Salsonic 53.0 Peter Wells
6. $5.00 Federal 55.5 Tye Angland
7. $13.00 Moher 56.0 Joshua Parr
8. $3.40 Cabeza De Vaca 57.0 Ms Rachel King
9. $15.00 Good Project 57.5 Blake Shinn
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.3 len
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|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|