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Linlithgow Stakes

The Linlithgow Stakes is a Group 2 open handicap race held at Flemington racecourse annually during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in late October or early November. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres down the straight course and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Linlithgow Stakes was won by Osborne Bulls from Bons Away with Runson third.

Run as the 'Salinger Stakes' in recent years, this event was previously raced at weight-for-age before being renamed the Linlithgow Stakes in 2007 and moved to Derby Day to be run as a handicap. The most recent edition was run as the 'TAB Multiplier Stakes'.

This race is takes place on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington, alongside four Group 1 races. These are the AAMI Victoria Derby, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Cantala Stakes and Myer Classic.

Linlithgow Stakes info

Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
2018 Winner: Osborne Bulls

The Linlithgow Stakes is a good horse's race and tends to attract quality sprinters who may have previously tackled races like the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint at Caulfield or the Gr1 AJ Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Run down the Flemington 1200m 'Straight Six' course, this race suits those horses who can handle the straight track as opposed to racing around a turn. It's generally a sustained pressure event and winners need to be able run a strong 1200m.

Quality types to salute in the Linlithgow Stakes include TakeoverTarget (2004), Flavour (1998), Gold Ace (1996), Hareeba (1994) and Special (1988). Horses contesting this event may head towards the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic on the final day of the Flemington carnival which is run over the same course & distance but at weight-for-age.

Osborne Bulls (2018) ran third in the Sydney Sweepstakes race over 1200m at Randwick before heading to Melbourne to win this event for the James Cummings stable.

Recent Linlithgow Stakes winners include Rich Charm (2017) and Illustrious Lad (2016).

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Spring Carnival Guide

Any gallopers with solid straight track form at Flemington or those horses who possess a big finish at the end of 1200m are suited in a race like this. A large field of quality sprinters generally contest the race and it's no place for the feint hearted.

Spirit Of Boom (2nd in 2012) headed west to contest the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot following his second place finish in the Linlithgow Stakes, as did Rarified (2nd in 2011) the previous year, but he went one better, finishing second in the Perth feature sprint. Both horses returned to finish second & third in the 2013 edition of this race.

In recent times Turffontein (2nd in 2009) and Sunburnt Land (3rd in 2008) have managed to place in the Linlithgow Stakes & VRC Sprint Classic, while Glamour Puss (2005) and Pharien (1999) are the last two horses to go on and take out the VRC Sprint Classic after winning this event.

2018 Linlithgow Stakes result

1. $2.90 Osborne Bulls 59.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $12.00 Bons Away 54.0 Michael Walker
3. $4.80 Runson 53.0 Stephen Baster

then followed
4. $41.00 The Monstar 56.0 Jamie Mott
5. $21.00 Lanciato 56.0 Ms Rachel King
6. $20.00 Savanna Amour 54.5 Ben Melham
7. $13.00 Missrock 55.5 Ben Thompson
=8. $31.00 So Si Bon 53.0 Regan Bayliss
=8. $41.00 Le Cordon Bleu 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $14.00 Havasay 53.0 Craig Williams
11. $101.00 Lope De Capio 53.0 Dom Tourneur
12. $8.00 Winter Bride 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
13. $26.00 Casino Wizard 56.0 Noel Callow

Margins: 0.75 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:09.88

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Linlithgow Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Osborne Bulls Bons Away Runson 1:09.8
2017 Rich Charm Missrock The Monstar 1:08.9
2016 Illustrious Lad Counterattack Southern Legend 1:08.3
2015 Eclair Choice Hot Snitzel Dothraki 1:09.3
2014 Deep Field Driefontein In Cahoots 1:11.0
2013 Fontelina Spirit Of Boom Rarefied 1:09.0
2012 Fontelina Spirit Of Boom Tiger Tees 1:08.8
2011 Sister Madly Rarefied Temple Of Boom 1:10.4
2010 Whitefriars Beaded Chasm 1:11.1
2009 Eagle Falls Turffontein Absolutelyfabulous 1:08.9
2008 Hot Danish Fighting Fund Sunburnt Land 1:10.1
2007 Swick Great is Great Typhoon Zed 1:08.9
2006 Dance Hero Shadoways Miss Andretti 1:08.6
2005 Glamour Puss Barely A Moment Cape Of Good Hope 1:08.9
2004 Takeover Target Recurring St Basil 1:08.2
2003 Ancient Song Into The Night Blessum 1:11.0
2002 Rubitano Intelligent Star Cosmic Strike 1:07.1
2001 Sudurka Hire Camena 1:08.4
2000 Easy Rocking Umrum Tilt The Scales 1:10.0
1999 Pharein Toledo Cannyanna 1:07.9
1998 Flavour Scandinavia Towkay 1:09.5
1997 Notoire Rock You Flavour 1:11.1
1996 Gold Ace Seika Masked Party 1:07.5
1995 Brawny Spirit Sword Racers Edge 1:08.4
1994 Hareeba Khaptingly Royal Discard 1:09.2
1993 Alishan Keltrice Primacy 1:08.6
1992 Unspoken Word Tanjian Prince Ghost Story 1:10.6
1991 Final Card Barrosa Boy Mr Tiz 1:07.8
1990 Planet Ruler Redelva Gypsy Rogue 1:08.1
1989 Planet Ruler Heavenly View Glenview 1:08.3
1988 Special Prismatic Star Our Westminster 1:09.9