The WA Champion Fillies Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-old fillies held annually each November at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight conditions and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 WA Champion Fillies Stakes was won by Art Series from Private Dancer with Mikimoto third.
In 2007, a change of race programming saw the race moved from December to February to be held alongside the Magic Millions Perth 2yo Classic and Magic Millions Perth 3yo Trophy, but the race was moved back to November for the 2011/2012 racing season, meaning the race was held twice in 2011. The autumn edition of the 2011 WA Champion Fillies Stakes was won by Dreamaway from Moonlight Bay and Miss Vinnoire.
|Date:||Saturday 18th November 2017|
|Track:||Ascot racecourse, Perth|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||Art Series|
The WA Champion Fillies Stakes is a well regarded set weight race for three-year-old fillies in Western Australia and is only exceeded in prizemoney by the Gr3 WA Oaks held during the autumn in March. Most of the time the winner will be just a more than handy local galloper who will not go on to be anything special and will simply be competitive in similar type races.
Occasionally a star filly may come along such as Perfect Reflection (2015) who will go on to bigger and better things. The Grant Williams trained filly took out the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic at her next start after winning this race in impressive fashion.
The Listed Burgess Queen Stakes, named after the brilliant Frank Maynard trained galloper, Burgess Queen, provides the ideal lead-up to this race and Miss Rose De Lago (2013) is the last filly to win the Burgess Queen Stakes & WA Champion Fillies Stakes double.
Typically, this race is the logical lead up to the WA Oaks for those fillies with staying potential. Winners or placegetters in this race may go on and tackle the feature three-year-old staying event for fillies in March. In recent times, Dreamaway (2011) and Impressive Jeuney (2nd in 2010) have gone on to win the WA Oaks, while Superior Star (2002) also managed to take out the premier fillies race.
Art Series (2017) finished runner-up in the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes over 1400m at Ascot before winning this event and recent WA Champion Fillies Stakes winners include Perfect Reflection (2015) and Delicacy (2014).
1. $8.00 Art Series 55.5 Joseph Azzopardi
2. $41.00 Private Dancer 55.5 Brad Parnham
3. $1.65 Mikimoto 55.5 William Pike
4. $21.00 Special Alert 55.5 Jarrad Noske
5. $101.00 Love Always 55.5 Ms Lucy Warwick
6. $19.00 Necklet 55.5 Daniel Staeck
7. $101.00 Racy Ava 55.5 Aaron Mitchell
8. $26.00 Showcase 55.5 Peter Hall
9. $31.00 Lucy Mae 55.5 Shaun Mc Gruddy
10. $201.00 Rossana 55.5 Ryan Hill
11. $151.00 Kiss Bang Love 55.5 Steven Parnham
12. $101.00 Massagi 55.5 Matthieu Autier
13. $201.00 Frequenter 55.5 Lucas Camilleri
Margins: 0.05 len, 0.45 len
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|2017||Art Series||Private Dancer||Mikimoto||1:38.1|
|2016||Samovare||Ellicazoom||I Am Boudica||1:35.8|
|2015||Perfect Reflection||Arcadia Dream||Blackwood||1:36.5|
|2014||Delicacy||Dancing Express||Ideal Image||1:35.4|
|2013||Miss Rose De Lago||Via Laurentina||Blamont Girl||1:35.2|
|2012||Fuddle Dee Duddle||Bippo No Bungus||Antique Belle||1:36.0|
|2011||Eight Till Late||Red Hot Sax||Almachino||1:36.9|
|2011||Dreamaway||Moonlight Bay||Miss Vinnoire||1:36.0|
|2010||Le Plunge||Impressive Jeuney||For Your Eyes Only||1:35.3|
|2009||Danebeela||All Class||Flight Path||1.34:6|
|2008||Spirited One||Hifalutin||Xaar Boom||1:35.0|
|2005||Hi On Love||Danish Sea||Wave Rock||1:35.8|
|2004||Stormy Nova||Moet Magic||Holy Bounty||1:36.3|
|2002||Superior Star||Miss Belhus||Trimagic||1:37.0|
|2001||Miss Precisely||Fortune Streak||Honor Lap||1:38.8|
|2000||Ellendale||Uma Princess||Gwalia Girl||1:38.1|
|1999||Kim Angel||Tutulia Bay||Society Miss||1:35.4|
|1998||Calophylia||All Whiskey||Ballet Girl||1:37.2|
|1997||Duendee||Shades Of Savile||Lunar Halo||1:37.3|
|1996||Mercurial Madam||Eastern Zone||Our Big Bonnie||1:35.6|
|1995||Dance Hi||Lostralia||Secret Weapon||1:36.5|
|1994||Zabanella||Just Hopeful||Oh Sister||1:36.4|
|1993||Prime Again||Diamonds Of Spring||Rainbow Alley||1:36.3|
|1992||Chancery Star||Chevega||Zara Magic||1:36.1|
|1991||Oh Pretty Woman||Tasteful Lady||Future Edition||1:35.9|
|1990||Strip The Moon||Stray Bullet||Vegas Vixen||1:34.4|
|1989||Lady Of Battle||Yuleda||Port Princess||1:35.4|
|1988||Surfside Lady||Cheridge||Tropical Touch||1:35.7|