The Tristarc Stakes is a Group 2 event for mares raced under set weights and penalty conditions over a distance of 1400 metres each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres under set weight plus penalty conditions and worth $180,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Tristarc Stakes was won by First Seal from Tycoon Tara with Pearls third.
The race has been run as the 'Harrolds Stakes' in recent years and is held on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day racing carnival on the same day as the MRC's premier race, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
|Date:||Saturday 21st October 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||4yo Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2016 Winner:||First Seal|
The Tristarc Stakes is a mares only race over the middle sprint distance of 1400m and generally attracts above average females on their way to the Gr1 Myer Classic on AAMI Victoria Derby day or the Gr2 Matriarch Stakes on Emirates Stakes day, or any of the better quality mares races still to come.
The set weights conditions of the race means that the better mares in the race have a distinct advantage over their rivals and those females with higher average prizemoney and better race records are typically the ones to beat.
Generally taken out by a more than handy mare, in recent times outstanding mares More Joyous (2011) and Typhoon Tracy (2009) have both won this race.
First Seal (2016) ran fifth in the Gr2 Research Stakes over 1400m at Randwick in Sydney before making the trek to Melbourne to win this event in stylish fashion and recent Tristarc Stakes winners include La Passe (2015) and Sweet Idea (2014).
Mares from this race will most likely continue on to other set weight mares events or one of the major 1600m races such as the Myer Classic over the carnival period. Recent Tristarc Stakes placegetters have gone on to enjoy success during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.
Red Tracer (2013) took out the Myer Classic at Flemington after winning the Tristarc Stakes and Fire Up Fifi (4th in 2013) finished third in the same race before travelling to Perth to run third in the Gr1 Railway Stakes at Ascot.
Prior to that Typhoon Tracy (2009) went on to win the the Myer Classic on Derby day, while Mimi Lebrock (2008) ran run third in the Myer Classic later that spring with Absolutelyfabulous (3rd in 2008) finishing runner-up in the same race.
Tan Tat De Lago (2nd in 2008) ran second in the Matriarch Stakes on Emirates Stakes day.
1. $7.50 First Seal 58.5 Blake Shinn
2. $2.90 Tycoon Tara 57.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $16.00 Pearls 57.5 Brenton Avdulla
4. $9.00 Denmagic 55.0 Tommy Berry
5. $5.50 Danish Twist 56.5 Damien Oliver
6. $10.00 French Emotion 57.5 Hugh Bowman
7. $21.00 Jessy Belle 55.0 Chris Symons
8. $51.00 Satya 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $61.00 Catch A Fire 57.5 Damian Lane
10. $9.00 Shillelagh 55.0 Zac Purton
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.5 len
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|2016||First Seal||Tycoon Tara||Pearls||1:25.1|
|2015||La Passe||Solicit||Jessy Belle||1:23.7|
|2014||Sweet Idea||Girl Guide||Catkins||1:25.4|
|2013||Red Tracer||Koonoomoo||Ava's Delight||1:23.1|
|2012||Streama||Pear Tart||Red Tracer||1:24.7|
|2011||More Joyous||Sister Madly||Response||1:22.8|
|2009||Typhoon Tracy||Hot Danish||Glowlamp||1:22.8|
|2008||Mimi Lebrock||Tan Tat De Lago||Absolutely Fabulous||1.23.3|
|2007||Miss Fantabulous||Bellini Rose||Like It Is||1:23.0|
|2006||Nuclear Free||Belle Bizarre||Divine Madonna||1:23.0|
|2005||Infinite Grace||Candy Vale||Storm Alert||1:22.1|
|2004||Our Egyptian Raine||Infinite Grace||Skewiff||1:24.5|
|2003||Infinite Grace||Forum Floozie||Faith Hill||1:23.0|
|2000||Lady Marion||Pace Invader||Spice Doll||1:23.0|
|1998||Camino Rose||Cannyanna||Razor Blade||1:24.3|
|1997||Will Fly||Bionic Bess||Prefer An Angel||1:22.9|
|1996||Chlorophyll||Rose Of Portland||Courtly Qualms||1:24.2|
|1995||Bionic Bess||Country Lane||Mamzelle Pedrille||1:22.8|
|1993||Mingling Glances||Tarare||Lets Hurry||1:23.0|
|1992||Danjiki||Aunty Mary||Normandy River||1:27.7|
|1991||Reno Belle||Gamine||Grey Rose||1:24.7|
|1990||Ice Cream Sundae||Echo Lass||Hazy Pond/Kates Myth||1:26.5|
|1988||My Abbey||Concordance||Lady Marita||1:37.4|