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Maybe Mahal Stakes

The Maybe Mahal Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares held at Flemington racecourse each year in November during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run under set weight & penalty conditions over a distance of 1400 metres and offers $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Maybe Mahal Stakes was won by Artistry from Shillelagh with Silent Sedition third.

Previously a listed race, the Maybe Mahal Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2012/2013 season and takes place on Melbourne Cup day. The race is named in honour of classy galloper Maybe Mahal, a seven-time Group 1 winning mare for trainer Bart Cummings, and has been run as the 'Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes' in recent times.

2017 Maybe Mahal Stakes info

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000
2016 Winner: Artistry

The Maybe Mahal Stakes is a mares only event and the weighted conditions of the race lends itself to the classier females engaged. Any mares with higher prizemoney earnings and better race records are typically more suited to a race like this.

Most of the time a capacity field of mares will assemble to contest this race, making it a tough affair for punters to find a winner. There's always value to be had if you're prepared to do the form and find a mare ready to fire on the day at good odds.

Earlier carnival races such as the Gr2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes at Flemington or the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield are ideal lead up races to the Maybe Mahal Stakes as they are raced under the exact same conditions.

Many of the mares contesting this event will head off to the spelling paddock after this race, while others may head on to the Gr3 Summoned Stakes for mares during the upcoming Sandown carnival following Melbourne Cup week. Cabernet (2nd in 2012) finished runner-up in the Summoned Stakes following her second place finish in this event.

Artistry (2016) ran second in the Gr3 The Nivison over 1200m at Randwick in Sydney before heading to Melbourne to win this event in exciting style. Recent Maybe Mahal Stakes winners include Scarlet Billows (2015) and Mahara (2014).

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2016 Maybe Mahal Stakes result

1. $6.50 Artistry 56.5 Hugh Bowman
2. $9.00 Shillelagh 55.0 Joao Moreira
3. $3.40 Silent Sedition 57.5 Craig Williams

then followed
4. $15.00 A Lotta Love 55.0 Craig Newitt
5. $6.50 Egyptian Symbol 57.5 Blake Shinn
6. $31.00 Cavaloce 55.5 Ms Jamie Kah
7. $9.50 Rockolicious 55.5 Dean Yendall
8. $101.00 Countess Marinov 55.0 Glyn Schofield
9. $101.00 Swiss Kiss 55.0 Daniel Moor
10. $31.00 Vibrant Rouge 56.5 Luke Nolen
11. $21.00 Kimberley Star 55.0 James McDonald
12. $31.00 Onemorezeta 57.5 Damien Oliver
13. $71.00 Slightly Sweet 59.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
14. $18.00 Denpurr 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
15. $71.00 Khutulun 55.0 Ben Melham
16. $101.00 Just A Blur 55.0 Dwayne Dunn

Margins: 0.5 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:22.99

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Maybe Mahal Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Artistry Shillelagh Silent Sedition 1:22.9
2015 Scarlet Billows Wawail She's Clean 1:22.4
2014 Mahara Rose Of Choice Vibrant Rouge 1:23.3
2013 Plucky Belle Arinosa She's Clean 1:22.6
2012 Koonoomoo Cabernet Mid Summer Music 1:21.0
2011 Sophie's Spirit Little Surfer Girl Divorces 1:22.4
2010 Jersey Lily Happy Hippy Valentine Miss 1:23.4
2009 Strawberry Field Ortensia Rose Syrah 1:25.4