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 2019 Sandown Stakes was won by Gold Fields from Mr Exclusive with Travimyfriend 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 16th November 2019|
|Track:||Sandown racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Gold Fields|
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. $4.80 Gold Fields 55.5 Stephen Baster
2. $13.00 Mr Exclusive 54.0 Beau Mertens
3. $21.00 Travimyfriend 54.0 Michael Dee
4. $4.40 William Thomas 54.0 Dean Yendall
5. $21.00 Vassilator 54.0 Jye McNeil
6. $2.60 Widgee Turf 59.0 Billy Egan
7. $6.50 Music Bay 54.0 Craig Williams
Margins: 0.1 len, 1.25 len
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|2019||Gold Fields||Mr Exclusive||Travimyfriend||1:30.2|
|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.