The Herbert Power Stakes is a Group 2 open handicap race held at Caulfield racecourse each year during the 2010 Melbourne spring racing carnival each October. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Herbert Power Stakes was won by Lord Fandango from Wall Of Fire with Gallic Chieftain third.
This race has been run as the 'Presentation Stakes' in recent years and takes place on the first day of the three-day Caulfield racing carnival alongside the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, Group 1 Toorak Handicap and Gr1 Caulfield Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 14th October 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2017 Winner:||Lord Fandango|
The Herbert Power Stakes is a handicap event over a distance of 2400 metres and should be the ideal lead up to the Gr1 Caulfield Cup, which takes place a week later over the same track and distance and is run under much the same conditions, however in recent times that has not been the case, except for 2007 when Master O'Reilly won this race and then went on to win the Caulfield Cup a week later.
The race tends to attract capable staying types rather than the upper echelon and is typically won by a more than handy galloper. There are however exceptions, Shocking (2nd in 2009) ran second in this race before going on to a magnificent Flemington carnival with wins in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes on Derby day and the Melbourne Cup the following Tuesday.
Lord Fandango (2017) snared the Benalla Cup over 2046m at benalla before heading to the big smoke to defeat the big boys and recent Herbert Power Stakes winners include Assign (2016) and Amralah (2015).
This race hasn't been an an overly strong guide to who might win the Caulfield Cup, although Boom Time (4th in 2017) managed to score at big odds the following week. Only Master O'Reilly (2007) has managed to win both races in recent times. Placegetters don't fare much better either with only Grey Song (2nd in 2004) managing to run a place in consecutive years in the 2003-04 Caulfield Cup.
This race has provided two Melbourne Cup winners in recent times with the Bart Cumming's trained Rogan Josh (1999) scoring the Herbert Power Stakes & Melbourne Cup double in 1999 and Shocking (2009) winning the 2009 Melbourne Cup.
The Gr3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley has provided two winners in recent years with Alcopop (2009) winning the JRA Cup on his way to victory in this event while Linton (2010) ran third in the JRA Cup before tasting success in this race at his next start. Linton also ran second in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington.
Excess Knowledge (2015) won the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes following his second place finish in the Herbert Power Stakes.
Exceptionally (3rd in 2012) was competitive in later spring staying races finishing third in the The Lexus Stakes at Flemington, second in the Gr2 Sandown Classic at Sandown and third in the listed Ballarat Cup at Ballarat.
1. $12.00 Lord Fandango 53.0 Ben Allen
2. $9.00 Wall Of Fire 58.0 Mark Zahra
3. $4.60 Gallic Chieftain 53.0 Dean Yendall
4. $8.50 Boom Time 56.5 Cory Parish
5. $51.00 Annus Mirabilis 55.5 Luke Currie
6. $31.00 Fanatic 53.0 Beau Mertens
7. $20.00 Harlow Gold 53.0 Chris Parnham
8. $7.00 Kidmenever 55.5 Glyn Schofield
9. $4.20 Aloft 55.5 Ben Melham
10. $7.50 Foundry 56.0 Michael Dee
Margins: 1 len, 0.4 len
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|2017||Lord Fandango||Wall Of Fire||Gallic Chieftain||2:13.8|
|2015||Amralah||Excess Knowledge||Bohemian Lily||2:27.7|
|2014||Big Memory||Signoff||Let's Make A Deal||2:26.6|
|2013||Sea Moon||Oasis Bloom||Simenon||2:29.9|
|2008||Dolphin Jo||The Wolverine||Cefalu||2:30.2|
|2005||Leica Falcon||Sarrera||Hugs Dancer (Fr)||2:29.5|
|2002||The Secondmortgage||Requiem||Thong Classic||2:29.8|
|2001||Freemason||The Secondmortgage||Rain Gauge||2:30.7|
|1999||Rogan Josh||The Hind||Our Position||2:27.6|
|1997||Bonsai Pipeline||Bright Spot||Crying Game||2:28.9|
|1995||Unsolved||Few Are Chosen||Zero Limit||2:28.7|
|1993||Great Vintage||In The Event||Frontier Boy||2:28.2|
|1990||Just A Dancer||Frontier Boy||Ali Boy||2:31.0|
|1989||Nayrizi||Apollo Run||Non Aligned||2:29.5|