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Wakeful Stakes

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 2016 Wakeful Stakes was won by Tiamo Grace from Sebring Dream with Missrock 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 which are the AAMI Victoria Derby, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes, and Myer Classic.

2017 Wakeful Stakes info

Date: Saturday 4th November 2017
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
2016 Winner: Tiamo Grace

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.

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.

More recently, Kirramosa (2013) went on to win the VRC Oaks after winning this race.

Some talented fillies such as Zarita (2007), Tuesday Joy (2006), Grand Archway (1989) and Research (1988) have all won this race over the years and then continued on to become top mares of the Australian turf.

Tiamo Grace (2016) ran second in the Gr3 Ethereal Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield before scoring a tough victory in this event and recent Wakeful Stakes winners have been Ambience (2015) and Thunder Lady (2014).

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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.

2016 Wakeful Stakes result

1. $5.00 Tiamo Grace 55.0 Damian Lane
2. $4.40 Sebring Dream 55.0 James McDonald
3. $6.00 Missrock 56.0 Hugh Bowman

then followed
4. $101.00 Toffee Nose 55.0 Craig Williams
5. $5.00 Pretty Punk 55.5 Chad Schofield
6. $11.00 Alliterate 55.0 Blake Shinn
7. $18.00 Waterloo Sunset 55.0 Joao Moreira
8. $41.00 Almalita 55.0 Michael Walker
9. $91.00 Whyouask 55.0 Ben Melham
10. $20.00 Bella Sorellastra 55.0 Stephen Baster
11. $101.00 Lamma Hilton 55.0 Regan Bayliss (a)
12. $101.00 My Girl Chilly 55.0 Dean Yendall
13. $41.00 Outback Rain 55.0 Ryan Maloney
14. $201.00 Penthouse Kitten 55.0 Jake Bayliss
15. $201.00 Bettyrae Ruby 55.0 Zac Purton
16. $51.00 Queen Of Zealand 55.0 Ms Michelle Payne
17. $31.00 Florida Keys 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy

Margins: 1.25 len, 1.50 len
Time: 2:04.44

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Wakeful Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Tiamo Grace Sebring Dream Missrock 2:04.4
2015 Ambience Beluga Blue Muzyka 2:04.7
2014 Thunder Lady Abduction Fenway 2:03.3
2013 Kirramosa May's Dream Solicit 2:05.1
2012 Zydeco Maraatib Transonic 2:02.8
2011 Atlantic Jewel Rahveel Dowager Queen 2:04.9
2010 Brazilian Pulse Placement Heartsareforlove 2:04.2
2009 Faint Perfume Silent Surround Melito 2:03.2
2008 Rocha Miss Scarlatti Estee 2:05.5
2007 Zarita Riva San Katherine Gold 2:05.8
2006 Tuesday Joy J'adane Anamato 2:02.7
2005 Serenade Rose Astronomia Zenarta 2:02.5
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
1993 Arborea Alcove Fine Recipe 2:02.0
1992 Love Comes To Town Tempest Command Azzurro 2:03.9
1991 Richfield Lady Yodells Dancefloor Doll 2:02.6
1990 Beachside All Mine Triscay 2:03.6
1989 Tristanagh A Little Kiss La Tristia 2:02.5
1988 Research Salisopra Memphis Blues 2:02.5