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Grand Prix Stakes

The Grand Prix Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place late May or early June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 2200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Grand Prix Stakes was won by Heavenly Thought from Han Xin with Dark Dream third.

Held on the final day ofthe Doomben racing carnival on Group 1 Doomben 10,000 day, the Grand Prix Stakes is one of the better 3yo races during the Brisbane winter racing carnival.

Grand Prix Stakes info

Date: Saturday 25th May 2019
Track: Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 2200 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2018 Winner: Heavenly Thought

The Grand Prix Stakes was first run in 1974 and is the ideal lead up race for three-year-olds planning to contest the Queensland Derby over 2400m later in the carnival at Eagle Farm racecourse. The set weight & penalty conditions of this race favours the better horses entered for the event.

The most recent Grand Prix Stakes & Queensland Derby double winners have been Hawkspur (2013), Brambles (2012), Ice Chariot (2006) & Half Hennessy (2003), and this race generally attracts handy gallopers rather then the elite. Kutchinsky (2010) finished runner-up in the Queensland Derby after winning the Grand Prix Stakes.

Of late, the Gr3 Rough Habit Plate has been a pivotal guide to this race with both Mackintosh (2016), Hawkspur (2013) and Brambles (2012) all taking out the Rough Habit Plate & Grand Prix Stakes double, with both Hawkspur and Brambles going on to win the Queensland Derby at their next start.

Heavenly Thought (2018) took out a BM64 Handicap race over 1800m at Sandown in Melbourne before heading north to Brisbane to win this event in stylish fashion and recent Grand Prix Stakes winners include Order Again (2017) and Mackintosh (2016).

2018 Grand Prix Stakes result

1. $11.00 Heavenly Thought 57.0 Damian Lane
2. $26.00 Han Xin 57.0 Mark Zahra
3. $1.75 Dark Dream 57.0 Tim Clark

then followed
4. $21.00 So You Win 57.0 Tye Angland
5. $12.00 Mahamedeis 57.0 James Winks
6. $13.00 Time Lord 57.0 Damian Browne
7. $10.00 Omineca 57.0 Craig Williams
8. $81.00 Evolo 57.0 Jeff Lloyd
9. $101.00 Lucky Jackson 57.0 Ron Stewart
10. $201.00 Excelebration Gold 57.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
11. $151.00 Hang 57.0 Mr James Orman
12. $12.00 California Turbo 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
13. $31.00 Almighty Crown 57.0 Glyn Schofield
14. $151.00 Nothing Too Hard 57.0 Matthew McGillivray
15. $201.00 Delago Edition 57.0 Larry Cassidy

Margins: 0.2 len, 0.75 len
Time: 2:14.22

The Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes, Gr3 Lady Of The Turf Stakes and Gr3 Premiers Cup also take place on the same day as the Grand Prix Stakes.

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Grand Prix Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Heavenly Thought Han Xin Dark Dream 2:14.2
2017 Order Again Volatile Mix Violate 2:22.3
2016 Mackintosh Eagle Way Howard Be Thy Name 2:16.4
2015 Upham Redoutable Heart Master Of Arts 2:04.6
2014 Vilanova Pinstripe Lane Rudy 2:14.4
2013 Hawkspur Rhythm To Spare Honorius 2:16.3
2012 Brambles Vatuvei Red Shift 2:16.1
2011 Turnitup Mr Light Blue Alma's Fury 2:18.0
2010 Kutchinsky The Hombre Landlord 2:17.0
2009 Saint Minerva Markus Maximus The Grogoch 2:19.4
2008 Bell Academy Teary Eyed Petushki 2:14.9
2007 Sirmione My Centurion Currigee 2:10.3
2006 Ice Chariot Kincharm Just Grand 2:10.5
2005 Spuruson Willy Leica Atapi 2:07.6
2004 Reclaim Dodgem Russian Pearl 2:08.9
2003 Half Hennessy General Minolta Mahtoum 2:11.4
2002 Distinctly Secret Cassimir Arlington Road 2:11.7
2001 Reenact Air War Feed The Meter 2:14.6
2000 Make Mine Magic Freemason Fairway 2:14.6
1999 Conair Kugelhoph Camarena 2:21.3
1998 Meeting Abandoned
1997 Meeting Abandoned
1996 Faience Valance Super Slew 2:12.7
1995 Perfect Bound Danasinga Turridu 2:13.3
1994 Sky Watch Sapio Love Moves Me 2:14.4
1993 Air Seattle Palate Irish Rort 2:14.6
1992 In The Event Noteworthy Our Honfleur 2:21.7
1991 Dorset Downs Windy Morn Dr Glass 2:18.5
1990 Stargazer Rough Habit Anschluss 2:20.2
1989 Hidden Rhythm Chill Factor Easy Now 2:20.9