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 2016 Linlithgow Stakes was won by Illustrious Lad from Counterattack with Southern Legend 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.
It takes place on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington, alongside four Group 1 races including the AAMI Victoria Derby, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Cantala Stakes and Myer Classic.
|Date:||Saturday 4th November 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Illustrious Lad|
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.
Illustrious Lad (2016) won a listed event over 1200m at Caulfield before smashing his rivals in this event and recent Linlithgow Stakes winners include Eclair Choice (2015) and Deep Field (2014).
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.
1. $14.00 Illustrious Lad 54.5 Anthony Darmanin
2. $7.00 Counterattack 55.0 Hugh Bowman
3. $3.70 Southern Legend 54.5 Tim Clark
4. $5.00 Keen Array 56.5 Joao Moreira
5. $15.00 Ball Of Muscle 57.5 Kerrin McEvoy
6. $16.00 Dothraki 57.0 Blake Shinn
7. $19.00 Durendal 54.5 Damian Lane
8. $9.50 We’Ve Got This 54.5 Chad Schofield
9. $21.00 Dibayani 58.0 Mark Zahra
10. $31.00 Generalife 57.0 James McDonald
11. $13.00 Ocean Embers 54.5 Craig Williams
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.20 len
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|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|
|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|
|2000||Easy Rocking||Umrum||Tilt The Scales||1:10.0|
|1996||Gold Ace||Seika||Masked Party||1:07.5|
|1995||Brawny Spirit||Sword||Racers Edge||1:08.4|
|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|