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 2017 WH Stocks Stakes was won by I Am A Star from Flying Jess with Hell Or Highwater third.
This race has been held on Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes night since 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|
|2017 Winner:||I Am A Star|
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.
I Am A Star (2017) ran seventh in the Let's Elope Stakes over 1400m at Flemington before leading all the way in this event and recent WH Stocks Stakes winners include Don't Doubt Mamma (2016) Fenway (2015).
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 I Am A Star 56.5 Ben Melham
2. $18.00 Flying Jess 56.5 Tye Angland
3. $4.20 Hell Or Highwater 57.0 Dean Yendall
4. $18.00 Smart As You Think 56.5 Jamie Mott
5. $41.00 Consommateur 57.0 Beau Mertens
6. $7.00 Lizzie L’Amour 57.0 Hugh Bowman
7. $11.00 Jennifer Lynn 56.5 Blake Shinn
8. $20.00 Exocet 56.5 Mark Zahra
9. $26.00 Happy Hannah 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $12.00 Montoya’S Secret 56.5 Joao Moreira
11. $17.00 Heavenly Descent 56.5 Jake Noonan
12. $51.00 Risque 57.0 Regan Bayliss
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.5 len
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|2017||I Am A Star||Flying Jess||Hell Or Highwater||1:37.3|
|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|