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Stutt Stakes

The Stutt Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds that takes place 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 $300,000 in prize money. The 2020 Stutt Stakes was won by Glenfiddich from Cherry Tortoni with Holyfield third.

One of a number of 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.

Stutt Stakes info

Date: Friday 24th September 2021
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo Open - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2020 Winner: Glenfiddich

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 Group 1 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. These include 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.

The Holy One (2019) ran fourth in a 3YO Handicap race over 1500m at Moonee Valley before leading alll the way to score an impressive win in this event for Cranbourne training duo Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

Rrecent Stutt Stakes winners include Leonardo Da Hinchi (2018) and Showtime (2017).

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Mighty Boss (4th in 2017) took out the Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield at triple figure odds after running fourth in this race.

Pierro (2012) went on to finish second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas at Caulifled after his easy victory in this event. He then finished third behind Ocean Park in the Group 1 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 Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby.

2020 Stutt Stakes result

1. $2.50 Glenfiddich 57.0 Luke Nolen
2. $4.20 Cherry Tortoni 57.0 Billy Egan
3. $4.20 Holyfield 57.0 Ben Melham

then followed
4. $15.00 Lunar Fox 57.0 Brett Prebble
5. $11.00 Crown Mint 57.0 Craig Williams
6. $21.00 Ironedge 57.0 Mark Zahra
7. $21.00 Alcyone 57.0 John Allen

Margins: 2 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:37.61

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Stutt Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Glenfiddich Cherry Tortoni Holyfield 1:37.6
2019 The Holy One Vegas Knight Conqueror 1:37.3
2018 Leonardo Da Hinchi Muswellbrook Mark The Horse 1:37.5
2017 Showtime Salsamor Holy Snow 1:37.1
2016 Hey Doc Land Of Plenty Kaching 1:37.4
2015 Sovereign Nation Get The Picture Gredington 1:36.1
2014 Almalad Moonovermanhattan Kumaon 1:38.8
2013 Divine Calling Shamus Award Cluster 1:37.2
2012 Pierro Carringbush Jack Jimando 1:36.3
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
2008 Whobegotyou All American Carnero 1:36.3
2007 Barbaricus Davcon Cecconi 1:36.0
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
1999 Diatribe Align Mr Endurance 1:36.9
1998 St Clemens Belle Spectacular Gold Helm 1:36.8
1997 Schubert Bonfires Kalastaire 1:37.0
1996 Encosta De Lago My Duke Mustang Ranch 1:38.7
1995 Burrito Donar Aerosmith 1:39.1
1994 Blevic St Covet Punctual 1:35.9
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
1990 Canny Lad Bureaucracy Storaia 1:35.3
1989 Zabeel Dr Grace Courtza 1:35.2
1988 Almurtajaz Big Grey Roo Star Watch 1:34.7