The Vain Stakes is a Group 3 set weights & penalties race for three-year-old colts & geldings held each August at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Vain Stakes was won by Tony Nicconi from Long Leaf with Native Soldier third.
Taking place on Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield, the Vain Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season and is the male equivalent of the Gr3 Quezette Stakes for fillies held on the same day.
|Date:||Saturday 18th August 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo C&G - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Tony Nicconi|
The Vain Stakes is the first group race of the new racing season for colts & geldings only and most of the time the assembled field is made up of returning stars on their way to bigger races, or fit, in-form winter gallopers testing themselves in stronger grade.
The better class three-year-olds may go on to a race like the Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield later in the month or perhaps step up to the Gr2 Danehill Stakes down the Flemington straight course in September. Fast 'n' Rocking (2nd in 2013) went on to win the HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield following his fast finishing second in this event.
Tony Nicconi (2018) captured a 2YO Handicap race over 1200m at Caulfield before returning to the same track to win this event in stirring fashion for the David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable.
Recent Vain Stakes winners include Jukebox (2017) and Russian Revolution (2016).
Safeguard (2013) claimed the Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield after winning this race, while Fast 'N' Rocking (2nd in 2013) took out the HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield after finishing runner-up.
Brilliant 3yo sprinter Sepoy (2011) had an oustanding spring after winning this race. He won the Gr2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington, the Gr1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley, the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint at Caulfield, before taking out the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Quality galloper Star Witness (3rd in 2011) continued on to Flemington in November during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival to win the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day before finishing runner-up to champion mare Black Caviar in the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic on the final day of the carnival.
Toorak Toff (2010) finished runner-up in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield while Soul (2nd in 2010) ran third in the Caulfield Sprint at the same track.
1. $2.30 Tony Nicconi 55.0 Luke Nolen
2. $6.00 Long Leaf 57.5 Mark Zahra
3. $13.00 Native Soldier 55.0 Ben Allen
4. $7.00 The August 55.0 Luke Currie
5. $11.00 High Ratio 55.0 Damien Oliver
6. $8.50 Rock Hard 55.0 Ben Melham
7. $15.00 Ollivander 55.0 Damian Lane
8. $41.00 Syd's Coin 55.0 Craig Williams
9. $61.00 Taxi 55.0 Regan Bayliss
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.5 len
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|2018||Tony Nicconi||Long Leaf||Native Soldier||1:04.8|
|2016||Russian Revolution||Highland Beat||Hardham||1:05.1|
|2015||Gold Symphony||Top Me Up||Star Planet||1:04.4|
|2014||Get The Nod||Stingray||Boomwaa||1:03.8|
|2013||Safeguard||Fast 'n' Rocking||Hill Spy||1:04.8|
|2012||Psychic Mick||Planet Voyage||Free Of Doubt||1:06.1|
|2011||Sepoy||Golden Archer||Grand Brittania||1:03.9|