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Moonga Stakes

The Moonga Stakes is a Group 3 event for open horses raced held each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres under set weight plus penalty conditions and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Moonga Stakes was won by Voodoo Lad from Takedown with Turnitaround third.

Taking place on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day racing carnival, the Monnga Stakes is held alongside the MRC's most prestigious race, the Caulfield Cup.

2017 Moonga Stakes info

Date: Saturday 21st October 2017
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: 4yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $125,000
2016 Winner: Voodoo Lad

The Moonga Stakes is a set weights and penalty race for 4yo and upwards horses and has been won by some quality types over the years including Assertive Lad (2002), Flavour (2001), Rough Habit (1992) and the mighty frontrunner Vo Rogue (1988).

Suiting horses who might go on to similar or stronger races from 1400m to 1600m during the carnival period, the Moonga Stakes typically attracts more than handy gallopers who might go on and pick up a major race every now and then.

Voodoo Lad (2016) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before producing a classy victory in this event and recent Moonga Stakes winners include Vashka (2015) and Lucky Hussler (2014).

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Spring Carnival Guide

Winners and placegetters of this race might tackle the major races from 1200m to 1600m during the spring carnival and be very competitive without winning too many.

In recent times the Moonga Stakes has provided multiple Gr1 Emirates Stakes winners with Boban (2013) and Albert The Fat (2nd in 2011) taking out the feature mile race on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, while Hurtle Myrtle (5th in 2011) took out the Gr1 Myer Classic on the first day of the carnival.

Gathering (5th in 2010) headed to Perth the following month to win the Gr1 Railway Stakes over 1600m at Ascot racecourse.

2016 Moonga Stakes result

1. $2.50 Voodoo Lad 56.5 Brad Rawiller
2. $4.00 Takedown 58.5 Blake Shinn
3. $151.00 Turnitaround 56.0 Dean Yendall

then followed
4. $21.00 Good Project 59.5 Hugh Bowman
5. $18.00 Stratum Star 59.5 Luke Nolen
6. $10.00 Fast 'n' Rocking 57.5 Stephen Baster
7. $301.00 Adirondack 56.0 Ms Jackie Beriman
8. $12.00 Durendal 57.5 Damian Lane
9. $201.00 Dane Thunder 56.0 Ben Allen
10. $201.00 Sertorius 57.5 Noel Callow
11. $12.00 Hopfgarten 56.5 Craig Williams
12. $20.00 Mabeel 57.5 Dwayne Dunn
13. $61.00 Dan Zephyr 56.0 Rhys McLeod
14. $41.00 Famous Seamus 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
15. $101.00 Smokin’ Joey 57.5 Chris Symons

Margins: 1.5 len, 0.3 len
Time: 1:24.54

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Moonga Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Voodoo Lad Takedown Turnitaround 1:24.5
2015 Vashka Under The Louvre Coronation Shallan 1:23.2
2014 Lucky Hussler Under The Louvre Generalife 1:23.4
2013 Boban Strawberry Boy Galah 1:23.8
2012 Whateverwhenever King's Rose Mcclintock 1:23.7
2011 Love Conquers All Albert The Fat Pinwheel 1:21.9
2010 Rothera Sniper's Bullet Jungle Ruler 1:25.8
2009 McClintock Rightfully Yours Kiloton 1:22.7
2008 Royal Discretion Turffontein Stickpin 1.23.6
2007 Lord Of The Dance Polish Clown Solar Secret 1:22.6
2006 Perfectly Ready Live In Vain Caprizzi Strip 1:22.3
2005 Volitant Yell Shadow 1:21.3
2004 Amtrak Pink Fit Monahan Tweed 1:24.6
2003 Thorn Park Lord Volksraad Regal Roller 1:22.5
2002 Assertive Lad El Nino Prince Rubiton 1:22.9
2001 Flavour Inspire Make Mine Magic 1:24.8
2000 Cellar Hire Weasel Will 1:21.8
1999 Another Neptune Strident Weasel Will 1:23.5
1998 Buster Jones Blazing Steel Bezeal Bay 1:24.3
1997 Monets Cove Delsole Confiscate 1:22.6
1996 Mamzelle Pedrille Hero Wind Hunza Court 1:24.6
1995 Royal Blue Taos Social Rule 1:24.2
1994 Star Dancer Chemin De Fer Sportsbeat 1:23.2
1993 Cogitate Cocky Beau Unequalled 1:22.7
1992 Rough Habit Rare Chance Black Rouge 1:30.0
1991 Steineck Pontormo Prince Ormenium 1:23.8
1990 Royal Pay Sioux Chief Procol Harum 1:27.3
1989 Heavenly View Better Loosen Up Acid Print 1:23.2
1988 Vo Rogue Prismatic Star Jet Fighter 1:23.1