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Kevin Heffernan Stakes

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 2018 Kevin Heffernan Stakes was won by Cool Passion from First Among Equals with Savanna Amour 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.

Kevin Heffernan Stakes info

Date: Saturday 16th November 2019
Track: Sandown racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1300 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2018 Winner: Cool Passion

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).

Cool Passion (2018) captured the Gr3 Maybe Mahal Stakes over 1400m at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival before winning this event for the Tony McEvoy stable.

Recent Kevin Heffernan Stakes winners include Jungle Edge (2017) and Lucky Hussler (2016).

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2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes result

1. $4.20 Cool Passion 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $19.00 First Among Equals 59.0 Mark Zahra
3. $11.00 Savanna Amour 57.0 Ben Melham

then followed
4. $9.50 Chamois Road 59.0 Michael Dee
5. $26.00 Illustrious Lad 59.0 Anthony Darmanin
6. $21.00 Fuhryk 57.0 Craig Williams
7. $5.50 Quilista 57.0 John Allen
8. $17.00 Casino Wizard 59.0 Noel Callow
9. $10.00 Ellicazoom 57.0 Regan Bayliss
10. $11.00 Rich Charm 59.0 Patrick Moloney
11. $6.00 Missrock 57.0 James McDonald

Margins: 0.2 len, 2.25 len
Time: 1:16.59

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Kevin Heffernan Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Cool Passion First Among Equals Savanna Amour 1:16.5
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
2011 Soul Masthead Doubtful Jack 1:18.9

Note: The 2013 Kevin Heffernan Stakes was held at Caulfield over 1200m due to Sandown track upgrades taking place at the time.