The HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 event for three-year-olds raced under set weight and penalty conditions at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne each August during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 HDF McNeil Stakes was won by Native Soldier from The August with Seabrook third.
|Date:||Saturday 31st August 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Native Soldier|
The HDF McNeil Stakes is an above average three-year-old race for this early in the spring and the race itself generally attracts a wide variety of three-year-olds who may go on to the bigger sprint or distance races later in the spring against their own age.
A race such as the Gr3 Vain Stakes for three-year-old colts & geldings on PB Lawrence Stakes day at Caulfield provides the ideal lead up to this event and Gold Symphony (2015) was the galloper to win the Vain Stakes and HDF McNeil Stakes double.
This McNeil Stakes can often produce winners who go on to become outstanding racehorses. Classy gallopers Merchant Navy (2017), Starspangledbanner (2009), Scenic Blast (2007), Miss Finland (2006), Bel Esprit (2002), Theatre (1998), Gold Ace (1995) and Sequalo (1993) have all won this race over the years.
Most of the time HDF McNeil Stakes winner is just a more than handy galloper who will go on to be more than competitive in stronger or similar type events.
Native Soldier (2018) ran third in the Vain Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield before trouncing his rivals in this event. The impressive Sepoy colt was primed to the minute by leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir.
Recent HDF McNeil Stakes winners include Merchant Navy (2017) and Defcon (2016).
The HDF McNeil Stakes has proven to be an interesting form guide to future spring events over the past few years. Brilliant galloper Merchant Navy (2017) managed to win the Gr1 Coolmore Stakes at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week before eventually heading to the UK where he captured the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Revoling Door (5th in 2016) and Wazzenme (3rd in 2016) went on to run second and third respetively in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude at their next start.
Thermal Current (3rd in 2013) managed to win the Gr3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley on WS Cox Plate day after running third here.
The 2012 edition of the HDF McNeil Stakes proved significant with Lady Of Harrods (2012) going on to win the Gr3 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield and Kabayan (2nd in 2012) claiming the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill in Sydney. Shampexpress (3rd in 2012) finished third in the Gr1 Coolmore Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day before returning the following autumn to win the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap down the Flemington straight.
Satin Shoes (8th in 2011) ran third behind classy colt Sepoy in the Coolmore Stakes at Flemington and Sistine Angel (2010) ran second in the Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield before taking out the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington.
Both Yosei (4th in 2010) and Shamrocker (7th in 2010) went on to Group 1 success, with Yosei winning the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield later that spring, while the following autumn Shamrocker won the Australian Guineas at Flemington and the ATC Oaks at Randwick.
Starspangledbanner (2009) claimed the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas later in the spring, while Scenic Blast (2007) went on to have a great spring of that year with a second in the Danehill Stakes before a top third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
The HDF McNeil Stakes is certainly a race that can often unearth a classy three-year-old.
1. $15.00 Native Soldier 56.0 Dean Yendall
2. $11.00 The August 56.0 Noel Callow
3. $7.00 Seabrook 56.5 Damien Oliver
4. $14.00 Thorondor 56.0 Ben Thompson
5. $21.00 Encryption 58.5 Craig Williams
6. $7.50 Aylmerton 58.5 Mark Zahra
7. $26.00 Vassilator 57.5 Beau Mertens
8. $10.00 Granny Red Shoes 55.5 Ryan Maloney
9. $26.00 Rock Hard 56.0 Regan Bayliss
10. $15.00 Sanctimonious 56.0 Luke Currie
11. $31.00 Not A Single Cent 58.5 Ben Melham
12. $5.00 Tony Nicconi 58.0 Luke Nolen
13. $201.00 Power Of Attorney 56.0 Glyn Schofield
14. $101.00 Ollivander 56.0 Damien Thornton
15. $6.00 Bondi 56.0 Damian Lane
Margins: 2.75 len, 1 len
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|2018||Native Soldier||The August||Seabrook||1:09.7|
|2015||Gold Symphony||Ready For Victory||Demonstrate||1:10.5|
|2014||Chivalry||Nordic Empire||Awesome Rock||1:10.2|
|2013||Fast 'n' Rocking||Prince Harada||Thermal Current||1:10.8|
|2012||Lady Of Harrods||Kabayan||Shamexpress||1:10.2|
|2011||Golden Archer||Cross Of Gold||Vatican||1:09.0|
|2008||Sugar Babe||Whogotbeyou||Cardinal Virtue||1:10.4|
|2007||Scenic Blast||Pins On Parade||Marching||1:10.6|
|2006||Miss Finland||Haradasun||Due Sasco||1:10.6|
|2002||Bel Esprit||Yell||Before Too Long||1:01.9|
|2001||Tully Dane||Raja Lane||King of Prussia||1:05.6|
|2000||Rapid Man||Little Dozer||Homewrecker||1:06.1|
|1999||Honour Thy Name||Fappianos Son||Miss Pennymoney||1:06.1|
|1995||Gold Ace||Sykes||Street Talk||1:03.6|
|1993||Sequalo||Lady Jakeo||King Kora||1:05.2|
|1992||Snippet's Girl||Simonstad||Forever Intrigue||1:07.1|
|1989||Goold Old Ted||Street Ruffian||Parotime||1:06.9|