The WH Stocks Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race for mares that takes place each September at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 WH Stocks Stakes was won by I Am A Star from Mrs Gardenia with Samovare third.
This race is held alongside the Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes night on AFL Grand Final eve and complements a great card on a huge weekend of racing.
|Date:||Friday 28th September 2018|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||4yo+ Mares Weight-for-age|
|2018 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 both I Am A Star (2018) and Don't Doubt Mamma (2016) are the most recent Let's Elope Stakes & WH Stocks Stakes double winners.
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 (2017-18) took out 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).
I Am A Star (2017-18) won the Gr3 Ladies Day Vase at Caulfield at her next start.
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. $1.65 I Am A Star 57.0 Ben Melham
2. $7.50 Mrs Gardenia 57.0 Ben Allen
3. $11.00 Samovare 57.0 Damien Oliver
4. $16.00 Kenedna 57.0 Damian Lane
5. $26.00 Seductive Miss 56.5 Stephen Baster
6. $5.00 Sheezdashing 56.5 Damien Thornton
7. $101.00 Special Alert 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
Margins: 1.25 len, 1.75 len
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|2018||I Am A Star||Mrs Gardenia||Samovare||1:37.3|
|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|