The Wakeful Stakes is a Group 2 race for 3yo fillies held at Flemington racecourse each year during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in late October or early November. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Wakeful Stakes was won by Aristia from Qafila with El Dorado Dreaming third.
Held on Derby day which is the first day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Wakeful Stakes takes place alongside four Group 1 races. These are the AAMI Victoria Derby, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Cantala Stakes, and Myer Classic.
|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty|
The Wakeful Stakes is one of the key distance races of the carnival for three-year-old fillies on their way to the Gr1 VRC Oaks over 2500m the following Thursday. The Wakeful Stakes is over 2000m and provides a wonderful lead up to the premier fillies event of the spring. Kirramosa (2013) is the last filly to complete the Wakeful Stakes & VRC Oaks double.
Quality fillies generally assemble for the Wakeful Stakes and most of the field typically come via the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington or the Gr1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield and use the Wakeful as their final lead up race to the Oaks.
In recent times Atlantic Jewel (2011) won the Caulfield Guineas & Wakeful Stakes double, while Brazilian Pulse (2010) ran second in the Edward Manifold Stakes and then third in the Thousand Guineas before winning this race on her way to claiming the VRC Oaks.
Some talented fillies such as Zarita (2007), Tuesday Joy (2006), Grand Archway (1989) and Research (1988) have all won this race over the years. They all continued on to become top mares of the Australian turf.
Aristia (2018) ran second in the Gr3 Ethereal Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield before being ridden a treat to win this event for the mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra stable.
Recent Wakeful Stakes winners include Luvaluva (2017) and Tiamo Grace (2016).
The Wakeful Stakes has been a great guide to the VRC Oaks in recent times providing numerous winners and placegetters over the years. The most recent fillies to complete the Wakeful Stakes & VRC Oaks double have been Kirramosa (2013), Brazilian Pulse (2010), Faint Perfume (2009), Serenade Rose (2005) and Hollow Bullet (2004).
Winners & placegetters in this event tend to run very well in the VRC Oaks the following Thursday and the Wakeful Stakes has always been the best guide over the years.
1. $6.50 Aristia 55.0 Damian Lane
2. $9.00 Qafila 55.5 Jim Crowley
3. $5.00 El Dorado Dreaming 58.5 Damien Oliver
4. $11.00 Sizzleme 55.0 Ben Melham
5. $2.40 Verry Elleegant 56.0 John Allen
6. $91.00 Sealed 55.0 Jordan Childs
7. $81.00 Skyway Star 55.0 Craig Williams
8. $31.00 Tysonic 55.0 Ben Allen
9. $26.00 Yulong Meteor 55.0 Michael Walker
10. $21.00 Maui Girl 55.0 Luke Currie
11. $101.00 Exclusively Ours 55.0 Ben Thompson
Margins: 0.75 len, 0.30 len
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|2018||Aristia||Qafila||El Dorado Dreaming||2:01.3|
|2016||Tiamo Grace||Sebring Dream||Missrock||2:04.4|
|2011||Atlantic Jewel||Rahveel||Dowager Queen||2:04.9|
|2009||Faint Perfume||Silent Surround||Melito||2:03.2|
|2007||Zarita||Riva San||Katherine Gold||2:05.8|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||Storm Alert||Mango Daiquiri||2:02.1|
|2003||Timbourina||Special Harmony||Dane Beltar||2:05.5|
|2002||Hierogram||Its Who Deanie||Lashed||2:02.9|
|2001||Quays||Gold Lottery||Li Lo Lill||2:01.2|
|2000||Lolita Star||Lang Kwai Fong||Tanith||2:04.7|
|1999||My Sienna||Forest Express||Danglissa||2:01.3|
|1998||Grand Archway||Rose O War||Confer||2:02.2|
|1997||Kensington Palace||Marine Spirit||Kilmore Quay||2:04.3|
|1996||Danendri||Superb Lady||Calm Abiding||2:01.9|
|1995||Saleous||Not On Friday||Pontal Lass||2:01.5|
|1994||Dream Of The Dance||Captiva||Euphoria||2:05.1|
|1992||Love Comes To Town||Tempest Command||Azzurro||2:03.9|
|1991||Richfield Lady||Yodells||Dancefloor Doll||2:02.6|
|1989||Tristanagh||A Little Kiss||La Tristia||2:02.5|