Coolmore Stud Stakes

The Coolmore Stud Stakes is a Group 1 sprint down the Flemington straight for three-year-olds held on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day as part of Victoria Derby Day

2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Sunlight
  • 2nd: #2 Zousain
  • 3rd: #4 Lean Mean Machine



The Coolmore Stud Stakes, formerly known as the Ascot Vale Stakes, is a Group 1 sprint race for three-year-old horses.

This 1200m set weights race has undergone plenty of changes in the past few years as it has elevated into the premier sprint race for the youngsters during the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival in late October or early November each year. Worth $1 million in prize money, the race attracts mainly colts looking to increase their stallion value at stud.

Run on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November, the Coolmore Stud Stakes was originally held earlier in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as a Group 2. When the name was changed in 2007, the Coolmore Stud Stakes became the first Group 1 sprint race under 1600m for three-year-olds. Raced down the straight at Flemington, many horses are first tested in the 1600m Caulfield Guineas before having to freshen up to return over a shorter 1200m in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

The Coolmore Stud Stakes shares a bumper race card with three other Group 1 events; the Victoria Derby (2500m), Kennedy Mile (1600m) and Myer Classic (1600m).

The 2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes was part of Victoria Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday November 3, 2018 .

Coolmore Stud Stakes 2018
Date: Saturday November 3, 2018
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million

2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes Results

    • 1st: #10 Sunlight
    • 2nd: #2 Zousain
    • 3rd: #4 Lean Mean Machine
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 10 SUNLIGHT Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 7 55kg
2 2 ZOUSAIN Chris Waller James McDonald 0.2L 4 57kg
3 4 LEAN MEAN MACHINE Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1.2L 3 57kg
4 1 WRITTEN BY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1.4L 6 57kg
5 3 ENCRYPTION James Cummings Craig Williams 2.4L 10 57kg
6 5 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3.9L 8 57kg
7 6 SESAR Steven O’Dea Kerrin McEvoy 4.9L 5 57kg
8 8 DIPLOMATICO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 5.9L 9 57kg
9 7 PAQUIRRI Gary Moore Michael Walker 6.9L 2 57kg
10 9 THORONDOR Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 9.9L 1 57kg

Coolmore Stud Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Coolmore Stud Stakes odds will be detailed below with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for your to back your Coolmore Stud Stakes betting tips on the hopeful three-year-olds at the right price.

2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes Field

The Coolmore Stud Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of three-year-old sprint sprinters every Melbourne Cup Carnival. Good lead-up races into the Coolmore Stud Stakes field include the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) held in mid-October at Caulfield, Sydney’s Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) that has produced a host of recent Coolmore Stud Stakes and the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) run over the mile around three weeks before.

The official Coolmore Stud Stakes 2018 Final Field & Barriers will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to Derby Day and published in full below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x1114x11 WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 6 57kg 104
2 146122×42 ZOUSAIN Chris Waller James McDonald 4 57kg 100
3 25166×8512 ENCRYPTION James Cummings Craig Williams 10 57kg 95
4 13310×15 LEAN MEAN MACHINE Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 96
5 x10649x283 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 8 57kg 82
6 72154×1 SESAR Steven O’Dea Kerrin McEvoy 5 57kg 92
7 323x81x80 PAQUIRRI Gary Moore Michael Walker 2 57kg 80
8 2×11 DIPLOMATICO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 9 57kg 79
9 1214267 THORONDOR Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 1 57kg 76
10 11113×2117 SUNLIGHT Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 7 55kg 100

2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes Nominations

The Coolmore Stud Stakes 2018 Nominations close the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries for the Group 1 sprint will be published in full below as soon as announced.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2×11 DIPLOMATICO C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 79
2 25166×8512 ENCRYPTION C 3 James Cummings 95
3 213×1223 GYTRASH G 3 Gordon Richards 71
4 13310×15 LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 3 Chris Waller 96
5 x4342x8662 LEGEND OF CONDOR C 3 Gerald Ryan 78
6 x10649x283 LONG LEAF C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 82
7 323x81x80 PAQUIRRI C 3 Gary Moore 80
8 6x225x435 REALLY SWISH C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 62
9 860×592183 RINGERDINGDING C 3 Darren Weir 73
10 72154×1 SESAR C 3 Steven O’Dea 92
11 11113×2117 SUNLIGHT F 3 Tony McEvoy 100
12 1214267 THORONDOR C 3 Robbie Laing 76
13 26×2151 VOILA F 3 Chris Waller 69
14 1x1114x11 WRITTEN BY C 3 Grahame Begg 104
15 146122×42 ZOUSAIN C 3 Chris Waller 99

Coolmore Stud Stakes History

The sprint race is held on the same day as the Victoria Derby, Mackinnon Stakes and Myer Classic. First held in 1933 when Shakuni won, the race has been claimed by some of the most famous sprinters in Australia. In 1978, Manikato added the Ascot Vale Stakes to his list of victories.

Prior to 1965 the Coolmore Stud Stakes was an Autumn Carnival event for two year olds.

Notable Coolmore Stud Stakes winners include High Caste (1939), Comic Court (1948), Vain (1969), Surround (1976), Manikato (1978), Rose Of Kingston (1981), Encosta De Lago (1996), Alinghi (2004) and Weekend Hussler (2007).

Coolmore Stud Stakes Results

In the table below you will find the top 3 place getters and Coolmore Stud Stakes winners from the year 2000 to present.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Sunlight 1 minute 8.72 seconds
2nd Zousain
3rd Lean Mean Machine
2017
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Merchant Navy 1 minute 9.10 seconds
2nd Invincible Star
3rd Formality
2016
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Flying Artie 1 minute 8.98 seconds
2nd Astern
3rd Star Turn
2015
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Japonisme 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Keen Array
3rd Counterattack
2014
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Brazen Beau 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Delectation
3rd Kuro
2013
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Zoustar 1 minute 9.23 seconds
2nd Not Listenin’tome
3rd Lion Of Belfort
2012
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Nechita 1 minute 8.59 seconds
2nd Jolie Bay
3rd Shamexpress
2011
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Sepoy 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Foxwedge
3rd Satin Shoes
2010
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Star Witness 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Curtana
3rd Shrapnel
2009
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Headway 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd King Pulse
3rd Shellscrape
2008
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Northern Meteor 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Fist of Fury
3rd All American
2007
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Weekend Hussler 1 minute 8.9 seconds
2nd Bel Mer
3rd Scenic Blast
2006
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Splashing Out
3rd Churchill Downs
2005
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Ferocity 1 minute 8.3 seconds
2nd Jadescent
3rd Undoubtedly
2004
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Alinghi 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Barley A Moment
3rd Tirade
2003
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Scaredee Cat 1 minute 8.8 seconds
2nd Lago Delight
3rd Dilly Dally
2002
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st Innovation Girl 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Cool Trent
3rd Titanic Jack
2001
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st North Boy 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Ustinov
3rd Malagra Miss
2000
Coolmore Stud Stakes
1st So Gorgeous 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd Show A Heart
3rd Sort It Out

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