The 2017 The BMW is one of Australia’s richest weight-for-age events that is run as part of the esteemed Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Taking place the week before “The Championships” at Royal Randwick Racecourse over the first two Saturdays in April, The BMW is one of two Group 1 races held on the day. The other Group 1 event is the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for three-year-old fillies.
In 2017, The BMW will be run on Saturday March 25.
|The BMW Stakes|
|Date:||March 25, 2017|
The BMW Stakes is a staying event run over a distance of 2400m and is worth $1.5 million in prize money. Runners in the race may have previously contested other Melbourne & Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival events including the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) in March at the same track, which has been a good guide to the BMW in recent years. Horses to take out the Ranvet Stakes – BMW Stakes double include Silent Achiever (2014), Manighar (2012), Tuesday Joy (2008), Eremein (2006) and Tie The Knot (2000). The BMW attracts the finest competitors locally, interstate and from overseas as well with New Zealand raiders often having a strong presence in the race.
Another possible lead-up into The BMW field is held at Flemington in Melbourne – the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m). That double was recently achieved by Preferment (2016) who won the first leg on protest over Awesome Rock.
Quality horses who perform well in The BMW often continue on to compete in some of the high status races held later in the year in spring both at the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals. Caulfield and Melbourne Cup runs can be on the agenda for the highest echelon stayers. Many elite gallopers have claimed victory in this race including Makybe Diva (2005), Ethereal (2002), Tie The Knot (1999 & 2000), Might And Power (1998), Octagonal (1996 & 1997) and Our Poetic Prince (1989).
2017 The BMW Betting
The BMW is one of the most popular betting races during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival because favourites have an excellent record in the Group 1 event. The BMW Stakes generally draws some of the best horses Australia and the honour roll for the Group 1 event includes equine superstars Hyperno (1978), Kingston Town (1980), Bonecrusher (1986), Octagonal (1996 and 1997), Might And Power (1998), Tie The Knot (1999 and 2000), Makybe Diva (2005) and Tuesday Joy (2008) – all of whom won the race at short odds in an excellent result for punters.
Futures The BMW odds are often available at Ladbrokes.com.au pre-nominations. The latest 2017 The BMW betting odds will be provided below as available.
2017 The BMW Field
The 2017 The BMW field has a capacity of 14 horses plus 4 emergency runners and is released by Racing NSW the Wednesday before the race.
The 2017 The BMW Final Field & Barriers will be published below as soon as available on Wednesday March 22, 2017.
2017 The BMW Nominations
The 2017 The BMW nominations are announced on the Monday before the race and can feature around 20 or more early weight-for-age hopefuls.
The 2017 The BMW nominations will be available below as soon as released on Monday March 20, 2017.
The BMW Stakes History
First run in 1963, the inaugural BMW Stakes race was won by Maidenhead. The event was originally a principal race run over 12 furlongs. For one year in 1964 the race was held over 10 furlongs, before reverting back to 12 furlongs the following year. In 1973 the distance was converted to 2400m and then in 1980 the BMW Stakes reached Group 1 status. This event has been known under a number of different names. It was previously called the H E Tancred Stakes, The Tancred Cup and the Mercedes Classic.
|The BMW Records|
|Time Record:||2:25.78 set by Grand Zulu in 2004|
|Most Successful Jockey:||R.S. Dye won five times with Dr. Grace (1991), Stony Bay (1995), Octagonal (1997) and Tie The Knot (1999 & 2000).|
|Multiple Winners:||Tie The Knot (1999 & 2000), Octagonal (1996 & 1997).|
|Most Heavily Weighted Winner (since 1970):||Blutigeroo (2007) with 59kg.|
|Lightest Weighted Winner (since 1970):||Major Battle (1976) with 48kg.|
Recent The BMW Winners
The BMW Stakes winners and The BMW results dating back to 2000 are listed in the table below.
|1st||Preferment||2 minutes 28.6 seconds|
|1st||Hartnell||2 minutes 29.5 seconds|
|2nd||To The World|
|1st||Silent Achiever||2 minutes 34.29 seconds|
|2nd||It’s A Dundeel|
|1st||Fiveandahalfstar||2 minutes 33.79 seconds|
|1st||Manighar||2 minutes 28.3 seconds|
|1st||Cedarberg||2 minutes 29.7 seconds|
|1st||Littorio||2 minutes 29.38 seconds|
|3rd||No Wine No Song|
|1st||Fiumicino||2 minutes 34.2 seconds|
|1st||Tuesday Joy||2 minutes 35.8 seconds|
|1st||Blutigeroo||2 minutes 26.5 seconds|
|1st||Eremein||2 minutes 27 seconds|
|3rd||Our Smoking Joe|
|1st||Makybe Diva||2 minutes 26.9 seconds|
|1st||Grand Zulu||2 minutes 25.7 seconds|
|1st||Freemason||2 minutes 26.8 seconds|
|1st||Ethereal||2 minutes 29.3 seconds|
|1st||Curata Storm||2 minutes 27.7 seconds|
|1st||Tie The Knot||2 minutes 30.8 seconds|