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.
|Date:||Saturday 25th May 2019|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights + Penalty|
|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).
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
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
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|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|
|2013||Hawkspur||Rhythm To Spare||Honorius||2:16.3|
|2011||Turnitup||Mr Light Blue||Alma's Fury||2:18.0|
|2009||Saint Minerva||Markus Maximus||The Grogoch||2:19.4|
|2008||Bell Academy||Teary Eyed||Petushki||2:14.9|
|2006||Ice Chariot||Kincharm||Just Grand||2:10.5|
|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|
|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|
|1989||Hidden Rhythm||Chill Factor||Easy Now||2:20.9|