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WJ Healy Stakes

The WJ Healy Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap race held annually each June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $175,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 WJ Healy Stakes was won by Spright from Tumbler with Havasay third.

Generally held on the final day of the Eagle Farm racing carnival, the WJ Healy Stakes was held at Doomben for the 2017-18 season, alongside the Gr1 Winter Stakes and Gr3 Tattersall's Cup.

WJ Healy Stakes Stakes info

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2019
Track: Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $175,000
2018 Winner: Spright

The WJ Healy Stakes takes place on the final day of the winter carnival and suits improving types who may have got under the handicapper's guard. The race tends to assemble handy local gallopers rather than the upper echelon, although occasionally a quality type may take its place in the field.

Every now and then the WJ Healy Stakes can unearth a more than handy sprinter such as the very classy Hay List (2010) who led all the way to blitz his rivals by 5 lengths in an outstanding performance.

Earlier carnival sprint races run such as the Gr3 BRC Sprint at Doomben or the Gr2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm could be used as a lead-up race to the WJ Healy Stakes as they are both run under quality handicap conditions but are run over slightly longer distances than this race.

Spright (2018) ran sixth in the Gr2 Dane Ripper Quality over 1350m at Doomben before taking out this event and recent WJ Healy Stakes winners include Burning Passion (2017) and Into The Red (2016).

2018 WJ Healy Stakes result

1. $8.50 Spright 55.0 Michael Cahill
2. $4.00 Tumbler 54.0 Jamie Kah
3. $17.00 Havasay 54.0 Matthew McGillivray

then followed
4. $21.00 Sony Legend 54.0 Larry Cassidy
5. $18.00 O'Rachael 54.0 Ron Stewart
6. $21.00 Sylpheed 54.0 James Orman
7. $21.00 Gibraltar Girl 54.0 Corey Brown
8. $18.00 Stella Ombra 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $16.00 Snoopy 54.5 Mark Du Plessis
10. $9.00 Malvern Estate 54.0 Jim Byrne
11. $9.50 Gracida 54.5 Jeff Lloyd
12. $6.00 Bassett 56.0 Michael Dee
13. $31.00 Irish Constabulary 55.0 Micheal Hellyer
14. $31.00 Hieroglyphics 54.0 Andrew Adkins

Margins: 0.3 len, 0.4 len
Time: 1:09.03

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WJ Healy Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Spright Tumbler Havasay 1:09.0
2017 Burning Passion Irish Constabulary Too Good To Refuse 1:09.6
2016 Into The Red Saluter Mogador 1:12.5
2015 Dothraki Target In Sight Rocket To Glory 1:11.3
2014 Big Money Cape Kidnappers Seeking More 1:09.3
2013 Howmuchdoyouloveme River Lad Delago Bolt 1:11.4
2012 River Lad Excellantes Griffon 1:10.0
2011 Pinwheel Metallurgical Swiss Rose 1:09.5
2010 Hay List Pinwheel Ego's Dare 1:08.6
2009 News Alert Wasted Emotions Keano 1:09.3
2008 Nuclear Medicine Rapid Jacko Daunting Lad 1:11.3
2007 The Jackal Sectagonal Flying Alpha 1:09.5
2006 Natural Destiny Starlactic Black Ink 1:10.6
2005 Poetic Papal Takeover Target Lamond 1:09.4
2004 Lamond Sportsman Koochie 1:09.5
2003 Super Elegant Cariboo Super Impressive 1:09.6
2002 Jar Jar Binks Pembleton Treviscay 1:10.4
2001 Citichy Federal Agent Zariz 1:09.2
2000 El Mirada King Lotto Normal Practise 1:09.2
1999 Marstic City Fair Hockney 1:11.5
1998 Quality Kingdom City Fair Mulugwa 1:08.8
1997 Blazing Reality Chief De Beers Notoire 1:14.3
1996 Cangronde Masked Party All Our Mob 1:09.2
1995 Dancing Dynamite Drum Inside Edge 1:09.7
1994 Sublimate Gnusept Bondi 1:09.0
1993 Capestad Bucks Pride Blalocks Bull 1:09.6
1992 Blalocks Bull Baanya Boy Whale Of A Knight 1:10.1
1991 Tinys Finito Rechabite Miss Comanche 1:09.0
1990 McGintys Crown Potrero All Ashore 1:10.8
1989 Clay Hero Temple Front Boasting 1:10.3
1988 Lots Of Rule Rendoo Merry Ruler 1:10.8

The 2017 and 2018 editions of the WJ Healy Stakes were held at Doomben racecourse.