The Sandown Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap that takes place at Sandown racecourse each November in Melbourne towards the end of the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Sandown Stakes was won by Fifty Stars from Holy Snow with Fastnet Tempest third.
Held on the Melbourne Racing Club's major meeting of the year at Sandown, the Sandown Stakes is held alongside the Group 2 Sandown Classic, Group 3 Sandown Guineas and Gr3 Eclipse Stakes, one week after the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.
|Date:||Saturday 17th November 2018|
|Track:||Sandown racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Fifty Stars|
The Sandown Stakes is the last quality sprint race of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and usually attracts good class sprinter/milers looking to get a group race on their resume, especially those that conetested the recent Flemington spring carnival.
Some good gallopers have been successful over the years such as Titanic Jack (2005), Chong Tong (2003), Mamzelle Pedrille (1995) and Wrap Around (1991).
Horses who can run a strong mile are suited by the long Sandown straight with its tough uphill run home. Weak horses can often be found out in the run to the line and those gallopers who possess a big finish have plenty of time in the straight to find the line.
The Sandown Stakes suits solid handicappers who race best over 1400m to 1600m and if they can run a strong mile and have an affinity with Sandown then that augers well for their chances.
It's worth noting that Charmed Harmony (2015) and Pornichet (2014) both ran fourth in the Gr3 Chatham Stakes at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival before tasting success in the Sandown Stakes.
Fifty Stars (2018) took out a 4&%YO BM90 race over 1400m at Flemington before proving too classy in this event for leading trainer Darren Weir.
Recent Sandown Stakes winners include Dollar For Dollar (2017) and Redkirk Warrior (2016).
1. $1.70 Fifty Stars 54.0 Ben Allen
2. $7.50 Holy Snow 55.0 John Allen
3. $12.00 Fastnet Tempest 58.0 Mark Zahra
4. $31.00 Liapari 54.5 Brian Park
5. $8.00 Dollar For Dollar 59.0 Luke Currie
6. $16.00 Man Of His Word 54.0 Craig Williams
7. $10.00 Fox Hall 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $101.00 Jemadar 54.0 Noel Callow
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.5 len
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|2018||Fifty Stars||Holy Snow||Fastnet Tempest||1:31.0|
|2017||Dollar For Dollar||Hellova Street||Moss 'n' Dale||1:29.9|
|2016||Redkirk Warrior||Stratum Star||Un De Sceaux||1:30.6|
|2015||Charmed Harmony||Tashbeeh||Burning Front||1:29.4|
|2013||Mahisara||Go The Knuckle||Galah||1:23.5|
|2011||Under The Eiffel||Sistine Angel||Orbit Express||1:32.4|
|2010||Larry's Never Late||Demerit||Rockpecker||1:33.2|
|2009||Nine Tales||Jungle Ruler||Itsamonty||1:30.6|
|2007||Gotta Have Heart||Royal Ida||Great Is Great||1:24.9|
|2004||Amtrak||Smart And Mighty||Shadowmaker||1:27.8|
|2003||Chong Tong||Lord Volksraad||Green Pick||1:23.5|
|2002||Salgado||Mr Magoo||Lord Erin||1:22.7|
|2001||Little Dozer||Le Zagaletta||Dynamic Love||1:23.2|
|2000||Normal Practice||Ab Initio||Cellar||1:21.4|
|1999||Buster Jones||Royal Voyage||Evocative||1:21.9|
|1998||Any Rhythm||Oliver Twist||Major Victory||1:25.9|
|1997||Cut Up Rough||Hes Regal||Coaltar||1:26.0|
|1996||Wavertree||Royal Discard||Nick On The Run||1:22.5|
|1994||Another Victor||Rouslan||Blue Boss||1:21.3|
|1991||Wrap Around||Welcome Knight||Steineck||1:23.4|
|1990||Procol Harum||Grey Man||Marwong||1:23.4|
|1989||Marabous Phantom||Black Blaze||Heavenly View||1:24.6|
Note: The 2013 Sandown Stakes was held at Caulfield over 1400m due to the upgrades taking place at Sandown that year.