The WH Stocks Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race for mares that takes place each year in Melbourne at Moonee Valley racecourse in September during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 WH Stocks Stakes was won by Don't Doubt Mamma from Kaniana with Miss Rose De Lago third.
Held on Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes in early September in recent years, the WH Stocks Stakes was moved to Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes night from the 2014/2015 racing season which is AFL Grand Final eve.
|Date:||Friday 29th September 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||4yo+ Mares Weight-for-age|
|2016 Winner:||Don't Doubt Mamma|
The WH Stocks Stakes is a nice little mares race that provides a good lead-up to races such as the Gr2 Blazer Stakes metres on Turnbull Stakes day at Flemington or the Gr3 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup day. The Gr1 Myer Classic at Flemington on Derby day might also be on the agenda for the better quality mares in this race.
Generally attracting more than handy mares, some classy females have saluted in the WH Stocks Stakes over the years including Atlantic Jewel (2013), King's Rose (2011), Zarita (2009), Tuesday Joy (2008) and She's Archie (2004).
Mares only races like the Gr2 Let's Elope Stakes at Flemington provide the ideal lead-up and Don't Doubt Mamma (2016) was the last mare to claim the Let's Elope Stakes & WH Stocks Stakes double.
Peter Moody mare King's Rose (2011) won the Gr1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield prior to winning this event, as did the Mark Kavanagh's Atlantic Jewel (2013) two years later.
Don't Doubt Mamma (2016) won the Let's Elope Stakes over 1400m at Flemington before storming home to win this event and recent WH Stocks Stakes winners have been Fenway (2015) and Dear Demi (2014).
Atlantic Jewel (2013) went on to run second in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield before winning the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes at the same track. Oasis Bloom (2nd in 2013) managed to finish runner-up Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield.
King's Rose (2011) ran second in both the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield and the Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington, while Pinker Pinker (2nd in 2011) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick in Sydney before winning the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
The WH Stocks Stakes can quite often unearth a potential star mare of the spring.
1. $3.50 Don't Doubt Mamma 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
2. $21.00 Kaniana 57.0 Brad Rawiller
3. $5.00 Miss Rose De Lago 57.0 Damien Oliver
=4. $15.00 C'est Beau La Vie 56.5 Luke Nolen
=4. $3.50 Rising Romance 57.0 Damian Lane
6. $12.00 Jessy Belle 57.0 Chris Symons
7. $16.00 Iggimacool 57.0 Chris Parnham
8. $61.00 Baby Don't Cry 57.0 Harry Coffey
9. $10.00 Clemency 57.0 Craig Williams
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.75 len
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|2016||Don't Doubt Mamma||Kaniana||Miss Rose De Lago||1:38.7|
|2015||Fenway||May's Dream||Scratchy Bottom||1:34.9|
|2014||Dear Demi||Solicit||Commanding Jewel||1:37.8|
|2013||Atlantic Jewel||Oasis Bloom||Oriental Ruby||1:36.8|
|2012||Oasis Bloom||Spirit Song||Chateau Margaux||1:36.9|
|2011||King's Rose||Pinker Pinker||Lady Lynette||1:37.0|
|2009||Zarita||Cats Whisker||Soul Diva||1:37.0|
|2008||Tuesday Joy||Devil Moon||Bird of Fire||1:36.3|
|2007||Devil Moon||Brom Felinity||Hidden Strings||1:36.4|
|2006||Astrodame||Brockman's Lass||Belle Bizaare||1:36.1|
|2004||She's Archie||Annie La Vie||Zumanity||1:41.9|
|2003||Sunday Joy||Liberty Rose||Monde Special||1:36.8|
|2001||Lady Marion||Tickle My||Tyrolean||1:38.7|
|2000||Hula Wonder||Camarena||Mrs Bentley||1:38.4|