The Rose of Kingston Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares held annually each October at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres under set weight + penalty conditions and is worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Rose Of Kingston Stakes was won by Now Or Later from Merriest with Payroll third.
Taking place on Group 1 Turnbull Stakes day, the race has had a number of name changes over the years and has previously been known as the 'Honda Prelude', 'Hardy Brothers Prelude', and 'Jayco Stakes'. The race is currently being run as the 'Blazer Stakes'.
|Date:||Saturday 7th October 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2017 Winner:||Now Or Later|
The Rose of Kingston Stakes is a mares event over a distance of 1400 metres and the set weights and penalty conditions make it a race where typically the best mare will salute most of the time. The race itself is a handy mares event that has been won by some nice types over the years with Divine Madonna (2006), Will Fly (1997) and Excited Angel (1993) all winning the race.
Females contesting this event will more than likely go on to races like the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day at Caulfield or the Gr1 Myer Classic on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington which are both races for mares only.
Now Or Later (2017) ran sixth in the Gr3 How Now Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before her fast-finishing victory in this event and recent Rose of Kingston Stakes winners include French Emotion (2016) and La Passe (2015).
La Passe (2015) headed to the Caulfield Cup carnival at her next start to capture the Tristarc Stakes with Jessy Belle (3rd in 2015) finishing third behind her once again.
Lady Lynette (2011) ran third in the Gr2 Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley following her victory in this event and Dysphonia (3rd in 2011) managed to run third in the Myer Classic at Flemington.
The previous year Lady Lynette (4th in 2010) went on to win the Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day and the previous year she finished unplaced (6th in 2009) in this race before going on to run second behind Typhoon Tracy in the Myer Classic on Derby Day at Flemington.
Cats Whisker (2009) won the Gr2 Let's Elope Stakes at Flemington on her way to winning this race while Gold Water (2nd in 2009) had a most consistent autumn of 2010 running placings in multiple group races during the Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane carnivals.
1. $10.00 Now Or Later 55.0 Ryan Maloney
2. $7.00 Merriest 55.5 Damien Oliver
3. $41.00 Payroll 55.5 Jamie Mott
4. $5.50 Petition 55.0 Luke Currie
5. $16.00 Euro Angel 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
6. $11.00 Sword Of Light 58.0 Damian Lane
7. $13.00 Eckstein 57.0 Corey Brown
8. $31.00 French Emotion 58.0 Brad Rawiller
9. $6.50 Missrock 55.5 Ben Melham
10. $61.00 Written Era 55.0 Regan Bayliss
11. $8.00 Prompt Response 58.0 Stephen Baster
12. $11.00 Ellicazoom 55.5 Steven Parnham
13. $51.00 Give Us A Go 55.0 Anthony Darmanin
14. $41.00 Schism 55.0 Beau Mertens
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.75 len
Margins: 0.4 len, 1 len
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|2017||Now Or Later||Merriest||Payroll||1:24.2|
|2016||French Emotion||Pure Pride||Vibrant Rouge||1:24.3|
|2015||La Passe||Manageress||Lucky Lago/Jessy Belle||1:22.9|
|2014||Forever Loved||Enquare||May's Dream||1:24.8|
|2013||Fire Up Fifi||Peron||Catkins||1:23.8|
|2010||Palacio De Cristal||No Evidence Needed||Strawberry Field||1:23.9|
|2009||Cats Whisker||Gold Water||Dane Julia||1:22.4|
|2008||Bellini Rose||Absolute Glam||Viking Turf Belle||1:24.1|
|2007||Vormista||Bellini Rose||El Pauji||1:23.9|
|2006||Divine Madonna||Imana||Open Cut||1:23.3|
|2004||Skewiff||Infinite Grace||Light Sweeper||1:22.4|
|2002||Hosannah||Gentle Genius||Purple Groove||1:23.8|
|2001||Tickle My||Hula Wonder||Calm Smytzer||1:25.7|
|1998||Our Dynamic Lady||Cannyanna||Misomai||1:25.7|
|1997||Will Fly||Bionic Bess||Prefer An Angel||1:24.1|
|1996||Chlorophyll||Kahuna Queen||Central Express||1:29.1|
|1995||Tolanda||Nobellotto||Love Of Mary||1:24.1|
|1994||Sedately||Spanish Mix||Bourverie Mist||1:23.6|
|1993||Excited Angel||Mana Girl||Ambala||1:25.4|
|1992||Danjiki||Knights Contessa||Excited Angel||1:23.8|
|1991||Holiday Lover||Take The Prize||Shevano Miss||1:23.7|
|1990||Piper's Belle||Luck Alive||Benbara Queen||1:23.7|
|1989||Lady Jess||Memphis Blues||Whistling||1:24.4|