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Matriarch Stakes

The Matriarch Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares held at Flemington racecourse annually during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in November. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Matriarch Stakes was won by Jessy Belle from Sort After with Happy Hannah third.

Run as the 'Momentum Energy Stakes' in recent years, the Matriarch Stakes is held on Emirates Stakes day on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Feature races include the Group 1 Emirates Stakes & Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic.

2017 Matriarch Stakes info

Date: Saturday 11th November 2017
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
2016 Winner: Jessy Belle

The Matriarch Stakes is a race for females only and attracts handy mares rather than the elite. The set weight & penalty conditions of the race favours the classier mares engaged and those gallopers with higher prizemoney and better strike rates are typically the ones to beat.

Typically speaking the race is not a great guide to anything in particular moving forward. Winners and placegetters may decide to go on to either the Gr2 Sandown Classic or Gr3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown the following week, if still racing after the Flemington carnival. Interestingly enough, Lucia Valentina (2015) came via the Gr1 Caulfield Cup to win this race.

Jessy Belle (2016) ran fourth in a Mares Handicap over 1700m at Flemington before winning this event and recent Matriarch Stakes winners include Lucia Valentina (2015) and Suavito (2014).

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2016 Matriarch Stakes result

1. $26.00 Jessy Belle 55.0 Craig Williams
2. $6.00 Sort After 55.0 Stephen Baster
3. $7.50 Happy Hannah 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy

then followed
4. $5.00 Denmagic 55.0 James McDonald
5. $21.00 Alaskan Rose 55.0 Patrick Moloney
6. $4.00 Lady Le Fay 55.0 Hugh Bowman
7. $26.00 Kaniana 57.5 Damian Lane
8. $21.00 Rising Romance 55.0 Chad Schofield
9. $71.00 Powderworks 55.0 Luke Nolen
10. $81.00 Cinnamon Carter 55.0 Damien Oliver
11. $101.00 Replique 55.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
12. $15.00 Manageress 55.0 Chris Parnham
13. $21.00 Rocket Commander 56.0 Blake Shinn
14. $13.00 Zanbagh 57.5 Mark Zahra
15. $61.00 Amarela 55.0 Dwayne Dunn

Margins: 0.5 len, 0.1 len
Time: 2:04.70

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Matriarch Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Jessy Belle Sort After Happy Hannah 2:04.7
2015 Lucia Valentina Manageress Casino Dancer 2:04.1
2014 Suavito Girl In Flight Amanpour 2:01.7
2013 Girl Gone Rockin' Queenstown Keep De Rose 2:04.7
2012 Midnight Martini Lake Sententia Crafty Irna 2:03.1
2011 Vintedge Stole Skyerush 2:01.2
2010 Well Rounded Purple Keep The Peace 2:02.5
2009 Purple Moment in Time Lady Lynette 2:00.1
2008 Bird of Fire Tan Tat De Lago El Daana 2:05.0
2007 Hidden Strings Sovereign Miss Danevade 2:03.9
2006 Brom Felinity Pin Up Purde 2:02.1
2005 Sutology Storm Alert Aqua D Amore 2:02.1
2004 Demerger Aint Seen Nothin Full Spec 2:04.8
2003 Sweet Corn Sylvaner Mrs Tendulkar 2:04.4
2002 Damaschino Little Miss Quick Terrenora 2:00.6
2001 Piper Star Umaline Tickle My 2:01.5
2000 Flushed Nova Clause Tickle My 2:02.6
1999 Sly Sandra Our Erin Nova Clause 2:03.3
1998 Laebeel Vestey Al Buraymi 2:02.0
1997 Battochi Burning Embers Star Cossack 2:01.7
1996 Gold City Palos Verdes Central Express 2:01.4
1995 Magical Storm Amuse Us Our Brigetta 2:03.0
1994 Sudden Wonder La Poundage Tristera 2:03.0
1993 Gilded Splendor Antwerp Dream About It 2:02.1
1992 Big Colony Tarare Late For Breakfasat 2:03.2
1991 Big Colony Rich Dreams Hermoso 2:00.5
1990 Bassies Pride Fun Is Racing Mrs Joe Gargery 2:03.8
1989 French Icing Lady Jess Imposing Bloom 2:02.7
1988 Concordance Conbituate Lady Papal Princess 2:05.9