The Lee Steere Classic is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds held each December at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia during the Perth summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Lee Steere Classic was won by War Room from Gaulois with Reykjavik third.
Held on the same day as the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic, the Lee Steere Classic is named after former Western Australian Turf Club chairman, Ernest Henry Lee-Steere. The race was downgraded from Group 3 to Listed class for the 2017/2018 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 9th December 2017|
|Track:||Ascot racecourse, Perth|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||War Room|
The Lee Steere Classic is a set weights race for three-year-olds that suits the better performed gallopers due to the level weighted conditions. Mostly local horses contest this race and the field usually attracts those gallopers who may have contested the WA Guineas earlier in the carnival. The shorter trip of this race suits any horses who found the 1600m distance of the Guineas too far.
The last horse to win the WA Guineas & Lee Steere Classic double was Classy Dresser (1993), while Stormy Nova (2004), Changing Lanes (2003) and Dexian (2001) all ran placings in the WA Guineas before winning this race.
Another race that offers a good guide to the Lee Steere Classic is the listed Placid Ark Stakes and Liberty's Gem was the last galloper to claim the Lee Steere Classic & Placid Ark Stakes double. Both Hard Ball Get (2012) and Night War (2011) ran placings in the Placid Ark Stakes on their way to winning this event.
War Room (2017) took out a Class 1 race over 1280m at Bunbury before jumping to listed class to win this event and recent Lee Steere Classic winners include Lusaha (2016) and Lite'n In My Veins (2015).
1. $7.00 War Room 55.0 Lee Newman
2. $2.10 Gaulois 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
3. $11.00 Reykjavik 55.0 Douglas Whyte
4. $3.30 Truly Belong 54.0 William Pike
5. $19.00 In Love With Paris 55.0 Daniel Staeck
6. $61.00 Haya 53.0 Shaun O'Donnell
7. $101.00 Turbo Power 56.0 Steven Parnham
8. $41.00 Portalian 55.0 Michael Walker
Margins: 0.25 len, 2 len
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|2015||Lite'n In My Veins||Yoshi Noxious||Pushin' Shapes||1:27.1|
|2014||Liberty's Gem||Outlaw Pete||Hobart Jones||1:23.9|
|2013||Petrol Power||Shades Of Rio||Moet Me||1:23.5|
|2012||Hard Ball Get||Fuddle Dee Duddle||Passion Cantata||1:25.8|
|2011||Night War||Watermans Bay||Born To Excel||1:23.7|
|2010||Playcidium Mint||Black Felix||Veracious||1:23.1|
|2009||Dino Mak||Impressive Jeuney||The Corporation||1:22.2|
|2007||Yuro||Belle Of Kenmare||Black In Time||1:23.1|
|2006||Mansion House||Cash In The Bank||Clarecastle||1:23.1|
|2005||(Jan) Stormy Nova||Moet Magic||My Leo||1:22.4|
|2005||(Dec) Secret Monarch||Homme||Narrnoo||1:22.4|
|2003||Changing Lanes||Hartley's Dream||Chaumont||1:25.0|
|2002||Early Express||Very Auspicious||Zoometric||1:23.3|
|2001||Dexian||Kame's Hope||Shamrock Son||1:23.6|
|2000||Master Park||Old Comrade||The Tin Man||1:25.7|
|1999||Fly My Kite||Highwood||Victory Trump||1:23.1|
|1997||Wolf Pack||Walken||Imperial Act||1:24.1|
|1996||The Medic||Victory Dash||Play Dice||1:22.6|
|1995||Ned's Brother||Cash In The Bank||Journalette||1:24.5|
|1994||Mobile Link||Jacks Or Better||Don Pasquuale||1:23.1|
|1993||Classy Dresser||Top Lunch||Asian Incline||1:23.5|
|1992||Mount Angelo||Ranshow||Evil Lad||1:23.1|
|1991||Paklani||Hall The Chief||Blonde Jev||1:23.7|
|1990||Stray Bullet||Pago Escort||Strip The Moon||1:25.8|
|1989||Lady Of Battle||Magic Message||Sheer Ice||1:22.4|
|1988||Edge Of Darkness||Muros Nymph||Harare Lad||1:23.3|