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 $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Moonga Stakes was won by Sircconi from Dreamforce with Perast 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.
|Date:||Saturday 20th October 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||4yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty|
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.
Sircconi (2018) ran third in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before taking out this event in impressive fashion for trainer john Sadler.
Recent Moonga Stakes winners include Ulmann (2017) and Voodoo Lad (2016).
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 Flemington carnival, while Hurtle Myrtle (5th in 2011) won the Gr1 Myer Classic on the first day.
Gathering (5th in 2010) travelled to Perth the following month to win the Gr1 Railway Stakes over 1600m at Ascot racecourse.
1. $7.50 Sircconi 56.0 Ms Linda Meech
2. $6.00 Dreamforce 56.5 Damian Lane
3. $9.50 Perast 57.5 Tim Clark
4. $4.40 Tom Melbourne 56.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $7.00 Peaceful State 56.5 John Allen
6. $101.00 Loyalty Man 56.0 Patrick Moloney
7. $4.80 Mr Sneaky 56.0 James McDonald
8. $17.00 Crack Me Up 58.5 Regan Bayliss
9. $51.00 Burning Front 56.5 Dean Yendall
10. $12.00 Music Magnate 56.5 Zac Purton
Margins: 1.75 len, 0.5 len
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|2017||Ulmann||Burning Front||Echo Effect||1:23.4|
|2015||Vashka||Under The Louvre||Coronation Shallan||1:23.2|
|2014||Lucky Hussler||Under The Louvre||Generalife||1:23.4|
|2011||Love Conquers All||Albert The Fat||Pinwheel||1:21.9|
|2010||Rothera||Sniper's Bullet||Jungle Ruler||1:25.8|
|2007||Lord Of The Dance||Polish Clown||Solar Secret||1:22.6|
|2006||Perfectly Ready||Live In Vain||Caprizzi Strip||1:22.3|
|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|
|1999||Another Neptune||Strident||Weasel Will||1:23.5|
|1998||Buster Jones||Blazing Steel||Bezeal Bay||1:24.3|
|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|
|1992||Rough Habit||Rare Chance||Black Rouge||1:30.0|
|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|