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.
|Date:||Saturday 22nd June 2019|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
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).
1. $8.50 Spright 55.0 Michael Cahill
2. $4.00 Tumbler 54.0 Jamie Kah
3. $17.00 Havasay 54.0 Matthew McGillivray
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
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|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|
|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|
|2003||Super Elegant||Cariboo||Super Impressive||1:09.6|
|2002||Jar Jar Binks||Pembleton||Treviscay||1:10.4|
|2000||El Mirada||King Lotto||Normal Practise||1:09.2|
|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|
|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.