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 prize money. The 2019 Wakeful Stakes was won by Miami Bound from Vegas Jewel with Palumbo 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 Empire Rose Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 31st October 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2019 Winner:||Miami Bound|
|Wakeful Stakes odds|
The Wakeful Stakes is one of the key distance races of the carnival for three-year-old fillies on their way to the Group 1 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 Group 1 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. $8.00 Miami Bound 55.0 Damien Oliver
2. $3.70 Vegas Jewel 55.0 Jordan Childs
3. $26.00 Palumbo 55.0 Ms Linda Meech
4. $2.90 Flit 58.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $26.00 Foxborough 55.0 Michael Walker
6. $14.00 Silent Sovereign 55.0 Jamie Kah
7. $31.00 Magazine 55.0 John Allen
8. $26.00 Tisane 55.0 Craig Williams
9. $41.00 Song Brocade 55.5 Mark Zahra
10. $16.00 Walking Flying 55.0 Jye McNeil
11. $10.00 Oriental Lily 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
12. $61.00 Apicius 55.0 Stephen Baster
Margins: 0.3 len, 6 len
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|2019||Miami Bound||Vegas Jewel||Palumbo||2:04.4|
|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|