The BMW

The The BMW 2017 is a weight-for-age Group 1 run over 2400 at Rosehill Gardens in March over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

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2017 The BMW Aim for Abbey Marie

2017 The BMW Aim for Abbey Marie

Undefeated and lightly-raced mare Abbey Marie is being aimed at big things during the upcoming autumn racing season including a possible shot at weight-for-age The BMW 2017.

Undefeated Group 1 winner Abbey Marie could head to Sydney for the 2017 The BMW this autumn racing carnival. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Her Cranbourne-based trainer Michael Kent spoke to Racing Victoria this ...

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
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Inaugurated: 1963

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.

Year Place Horse Time
2017
BMW Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2016
BMW Stakes
1st Preferment 2 minutes 28.6 seconds
2nd WhoShotTheBarman
3rd Grand Marshal
2015
BMW Stakes
1st Hartnell 2 minutes 29.5 seconds
2nd To The World
3rd Beaten Up
2014
BMW Stakes
1st Silent Achiever 2 minutes 34.29 seconds
2nd It’s A Dundeel
3rd Fiorente
2013
BMW Stakes
1st Fiveandahalfstar 2 minutes 33.79 seconds
2nd Silent Achiever
3rd Sangster
2012
BMW Stakes
1st Manighar 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd Americain
3rd Drunken Sailor
2011
BMW Stakes
1st Cedarberg 2 minutes 29.7 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Linton
2010
BMW Stakes
1st Littorio 2 minutes 29.38 seconds
2nd Zavite
3rd No Wine No Song
2009
BMW Stakes
1st Fiumicino 2 minutes 34.2 seconds
2nd Thesio
3rd Viewed
2008
BMW Stakes
1st Tuesday Joy 2 minutes 35.8 seconds
2nd Princess Coup
3rd Sirmoine
2007
BMW Stakes
1st Blutigeroo 2 minutes 26.5 seconds
2nd Railings
3rd Gorky Park
2006
BMW Stakes
1st Eremein 2 minutes 27 seconds
2nd Railings
3rd Our Smoking Joe
2005
BMW Stakes
1st Makybe Diva 2 minutes 26.9 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Vouvray
2004
BMW Stakes
1st Grand Zulu 2 minutes 25.7 seconds
2nd Mummify
3rd Makybe Diva
2003
BMW Stakes
1st Freemason 2 minutes 26.8 seconds
2nd Northerly
3rd Republic Lass
2002
BMW Stakes
1st Ethereal 2 minutes 29.3 seconds
2nd Universal Prince
3rd Rain Gauge
2001
BMW Stakes
1st Curata Storm 2 minutes 27.7 seconds
2nd Kaapstad Way
3rd Giovana
2000
BMW Stakes
1st Tie The Knot 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Arena
3rd Showella