The Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 weight-for-age race held each November at Sandown racecourse in Melbourne towards the end of the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1300 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes was won by Jungle Edge from Casino Wizard with Thronum third.
Upgraded to a Group 3 race for the 2013/2014 racing season, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes is held on the same day as the Group 2 Sandown Classic, one week after the Melbourne Cup Carnival ends at Flemington.
|Date:||Saturday 18th November 2017|
|Track:||Sandown racecourse, Melbourne|
|2017 Winner:||Jungle Edge|
The Kevin Heffernan Stakes is the final weight-for-age group race for sprinters for the Melbourne spring and usually attracts a good quality field, although most of the top class sprinters will have gone to the spelling paddock by now, or be making their way over to Perth to contest the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes later in the month at Ascot.
The weight-for-age conditions of the race favours the better class gallopers engaged and more often than not the best credentialled horse will come to the fore. Horse Racing Info recommends you look for horses with previous WFA experience when doing the form.
Some nice types have won this race over the years including Lankan Rupee (2013), Soul (2011), Avenue (2010), Lucky Secret (2009), Bomber Bill (2005) & Sports (2000).
Jungle Edge (2017) ran fifth in the Listed Sale Cup over 1600m at Sale before leading all the way to win this event and recent Kevin Heffernan Stakes winners include Lucky Hussler (2016) and Famous Seamus (2015).
1. $9.50 Jungle Edge 59.0 Kevin Forrester
2. $18.00 Casino Wizard 59.0 Noel Callow
3. $5.00 Thronum 59.0 Mark Zahra
4. $5.00 Ocean Embers 57.0 Ms Nikita Beriman
5. $8.00 Burning Front 59.0 Brad Rawiller
6. $8.00 Keen Array 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $4.00 Illustrious Lad 59.0 Ben Melham
8. $16.00 Bassett 59.0 Michael Dee
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.1 len
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|2017||Jungle Edge||Casino Wizard||Thronum||1:17.4|
|2016||Lucky Hussler||Illustrious Lad||Super Cash||1:16.4|
|2015||Famous Seamus||Generalife||Gracious Prospect||1:18.4|
|2014||Fast 'n' Rocking||Generalife||Flamberge||1:17.6|
|2013||Lankan Rupee||Hot Snitzel||Famous Seamus||1:09.7|
|2012||Mid Summer Music||Hot Snitzel||Unpretentious||1:17.1|
Note: The 2013 Kevin Heffernan Stakes was held at Caulfield over 1200m due to Sandown track upgrades taking place at the time.