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 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.
|Date:||Saturday 21st October 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||4yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty|
|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).
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.
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
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
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|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|