The Stutt Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds that takes place held on a Friday night at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Stutt Stakes was won by Hey Doc from Land Of Plenty with Kaching third.
One of four group races at the Moonee Valley night meeting on AFL Grand Final eve, the Stutt Stakes is held alongside the weight-for-age Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes over 1200 metres.
|Date:||Friday 29th September 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Open - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2016 Winner:||Hey Doc|
The Stutt Stakes is the first 1600 metre group race of the spring specifically for three-year-olds and is held almost two weeks before one of the bigger 3yo races of the spring, the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield over the same distance.
The race is not always contested by the best three-year-olds going around and generally lacks a top class performer as such, but over the years some quality horses have saluted including the likes of Pierro (2012), Whobegotyou (2008), Encosta De Lago (1996), Canny Lad (1990), Zabeel (1989) and Almurtajaz (1988).
The winner of the Stutt Stakes is more often than not a handy or above average three-year-old who is more than competitive in 3yo events run under similar conditions without really going on to do anything significant in the major spring races to come. Occasionally there are exceptions and the race is taken out by a quality galloper such as outstanding Gai Waterhouse trained galloprt Pierro.
Hey Doc (2016) took out a three-year-old Handicap race over 1514m at Moonee Valley before socrching over the turf to win this event and recent Stutt Stakes winners have been Sovereign Nation (2015) and Almalad (2014).
Pierro (2012) went on to finish second in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas at Caulifled after his easy victory in this event. He then finished third behind Ocean Park in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Miss Stellabelle (2011) finished runner-up behind Karuta Queen in the Gr3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day after winng this race, while runner-up Platelet (2nd in 2011) went on to claim the Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield.
Hollowlea (2010) went on to run third in the Gr2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day, while Run For Levi (2nd in 2010) finished runner-up in the Caulfield Guineas.
Carrara (2009) ran second in the Caufield Guineas at his next start, while Extra Zero (2nd in 2008) went on to finish runner-up in the Gr1 AAMI Victoria Derby.
1. $4.00 Hey Doc 57.0 Luke Currie
2. $31.00 Land Of Plenty 57.0 Craig Newitt
3. $7.50 Kaching 57.0 Nicholas Hall
4. $5.50 Inference 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
5. $4.60 Detective 57.0 Blake Shinn
6. $13.00 Mandalay Bay 57.0 Ben Melham
7. $7.00 Tessera 57.0 Craig Williams
8. $81.00 Pyx Chamber 57.0 Michael Dee
9. $151.00 The Rich Fisher 57.0 Dylan Dunn
10. $101.00 Back To The Bowler 57.0 Mark Zahra
11. $12.00 Manhattan Street 57.0 Jonathan Riddell
Margins: 1.5 len, 1.5 len
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|2016||Hey Doc||Land Of Plenty||Kaching||1:37.4|
|2015||Sovereign Nation||Get The Picture||Gredington||1:36.1|
|2013||Divine Calling||Shamus Award||Cluster||1:37.2|
|2011||Chase The Rainbow||Cute Emily||Sabrage||1:38.3|
|2010||Hollowlea||Run For Levi||Bullbars||1:37.2|
|2009||Carrara||Extra Hero||Miss With Attitude||1:39.5|
|2006||Churchill Downs||Magic Jet||Ankh Morpork||1:36.7|
|2005||Red Dazzler||Stratum||Maybe Better||1:38.0|
|2004||Mr Martini||Under Command||Danaurum||1:37.8|
|2003||Casual Pass||Special Harmony||Face Value||1:37.2|
|2002||Helenus||Aint Here||Half Hennessy||1:39.6|
|2001||Viscount||Dash For Cash||Amalfi||1:38.1|
|2000||Sarson Trail||Keeper||Make Me A Miracle||1:38.7|
|1998||St Clemens Belle||Spectacular Gold||Helm||1:36.8|
|1996||Encosta De Lago||My Duke||Mustang Ranch||1:38.7|
|1993||Pearl Prince||Kendel Star||Battle Hawk||1:38.6|
|1992||Bundy Lad||Palace Symphony||Redding||1:40.6|
|1991||Ready To Explode||Tierce||Our Bold Cruiser||1:36.5|
|1988||Almurtajaz||Big Grey Roo||Star Watch||1:34.7|