Moir Stakes

The Moir Stakes is a Group 1 sprint taking place under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late September each Spring Racing Carnival.

2019 AJ Moir Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #15 Miss Leonidas
  • 3rd: #11 Sunlight



The A.J. Moir Stakes, previously known as the Schweppes Stakes, is a 1000m sprint event worth $1 million in prize money. The Group 1 short-distance feature is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival under the lights on a special Friday night feature. The weight-for-age event attracts a good group of horses suited to the tight track, many heading towards the Group 1 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) back at the track on Cox Plate Eve.

The best lead-up race is the 1000m Schillaci Stakes held two weeks prior. The Schillaci Stakes – Moir Stakes betting double is popular with punters and was last achieved by Black Caviar (2010 & 2011).

The Moir Stakes shares a race program with the Group 2 Stutt Stakes, Group 2 Stocks Stakes, Group 3 JRA Cup and Group 3 Scarborough Stakes.

The AJ Moir Stakes also now serves as a potential lead-up for sprinters heading towards a run in the world’s richest turf race, Sydney’s $14 million The Everest (1200m) held the following month at Randwick.

The 2019 Moir Stakes ran on Friday September 27, 2019 and was won by the Chris Waller-trained favourite Nature Strip. 

A.J. Moir Stakes
Date: Friday September 27, 2019
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,00,000

2019 Moir Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #15 Miss Leonidas
  • 3rd: #11 Sunlight

The official Moir Stakes 2019 results saw the Chris Waller-trained favourite Nature Strip ($3.30) hold off the fast-finishing outsider Miss Leonidas ($31) and gun mare Sunlight ($6) to salute for the punters thanks to a great tactical ride by jockey James McDonald. The race is now on for the Moir Stakes winner Nature Strip to secure a slot in Sydney’s $14 million The Everest on October 19.

Read more on the narrow 2019 Moir Stakes win by The Everest hopeful Nature Strip.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5kg $3.30F
2 15 MISS LEONIDAS Shaun Dwyer Stephen Baster 0.2L 7 56.5kg $31
3 11 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 0.4L 10 56.5kg $6
4 4 FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 0.5L 15 58.5kg $31
5 8 BONS AWAY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 0.6L 9 58.5kg $15
6 14 MERYL Lee Curtis Dean Yendall 1.35L 6 56.5kg $101
7 9 EDUARDO Sarah Zschoke Brian Park 1.45L 2 58.5kg $15
8 2 TREKKING James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1.65L 11 58.5kg $6.50
9 3 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Damian Lane 2.15L 13 58.5kg $13
10 12 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Oliver 2.9L 4 56.5kg $18
11 6 VIRIDINE James Cummings Ben Melham 3.1L 5 58.5kg $19
12 7 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3.6L 8 58.5kg $31
13 13 WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Tommy Berry 4.35L 12 56.5kg $51
14 10 ASSERTIVE APPROACH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10.35L 14 58.5kg $26
15 1 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 14.35L 3 58.5kg $20

2019 Moir Stakes Betting

The season’s best Moir Stakes 2019 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below once released. Proven sprinters at the tight Moonee Valley track and any Group winners resuming with a nice first-up record usually sit top of the Moir Stakes odds each spring.

2019 Moir Stakes Field

The Moir Stakes field is a key early spring feature for short-distance specialists that could target upcoming Group 1 features including Flemington’s Darley Classic (1200m) run down the straight during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Lots of horses run first-up in the Moir Stakes field, while the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes has provided the most Moir Stakes winners than any other lead-up race over the past 20 years.

The official 2019 Moir Stakes field and barrier draw will be released the Wednesday leading-up to Moir Stakes Night and will be available below once announced.

The AJ Moir Stakes 2019 Final Field is now out featuring 15 top class sprinters led in betting by the rails-drawn Nature Strip for Chris Waller. Godolphin galloper Trekking returns to racing from a wide barrier 11 draw, while star mare Sunlight is drawn one closer (10) for her The Everest lead-up.

Read more on the 2019 Moir Stakes Field & Odds led by Nature Strip. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x1101x19x3 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 3 58.5kg 111
2 194x41131x TREKKING James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 11 58.5kg 112
3 17525x110x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Damian Lane 13 58.5kg 114
4 66481320×1 FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 15 58.5kg 106
5 118x1014x4 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5kg 113
6 x0x304146x VIRIDINE James Cummings Ben Melham 5 58.5kg 105
7 4261x2650x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 8 58.5kg 103
8 2x14025x22 BONS AWAY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 9 58.5kg 102
9 x221x303x3 EDUARDO Sarah Zschoke Brian Park 2 58.5kg 101
10 1×1121 ASSERTIVE APPROACH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 14 58.5kg 98
11 171x3113x5 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 10 56.5kg 115
12 282x19x0x8 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Oliver 4 56.5kg 109
13 110x13430x WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Tommy Berry 12 56.5kg 106
14 x672133x04 MERYL Lee Curtis Dean Yendall 6 56.5kg 90
15 x36x2132x7 MISS LEONIDAS Shaun Dwyer Stephen Baster 7 56.5kg 96

2019 Moir Stakes Nominations

The Moir Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published below in full as soon as announced.

The official 2019 Moir Stakes nominations attracted 18 star sprinters including the Chris Waller-trained favourite Nature Strip and gun mare Sunlight who was scratched from last weekend’s Group 2 The Shorts on way to her The Everest 2019 run in Sydney.

Read more on the Moir Stakes 2019 nominations featuring The Everest horses.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 171x3113x5 SUNLIGHT M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 1 56.5kg 115
2 x1101x19x3 BALL OF MUSCLE G 9 Joseph Pride 2 58.5kg 111
3 5221120×11 EXHILARATES F 3 James Cummings 3 50kg 95
4 194x41131x TREKKING G 5 James Cummings 4 58.5kg 112
5 17525x110x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) G 5 Tony Pike 5 58.5kg 114
6 66481320×1 FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 58.5kg 106
7 118x1014x4 NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 7 58.5kg 113
8 282x19x0x8 BOOKER M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 8 56.5kg 109
9 x0x304146x VIRIDINE G 5 James Cummings 9 58.5kg 105
10 110x13430x WINTER BRIDE M 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds 10 56.5kg 106
11 x672133x04 MERYL M 4 Lee Curtis 11 56.5kg 90
12 x221x303x3 EDUARDO G 6 Sarah Zschoke 12 58.5kg 101
13 1x1000x45 CATCH ME F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 13 50kg 82
14 4261x2650x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 6 Kris Lees 14 58.5kg 103
15 1614174×45 ASHLOR G 6 Dan McCarthy 15 58.5kg 97
16 2x14025x22 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 58.5kg 102
17 x36x2132x7 MISS LEONIDAS M 5 Shaun Dwyer 17 56.5kg 96
18 1×1121 ASSERTIVE APPROACH G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 18 58.5kg 98

Moir Stakes History

Formerly known as the A.J. Moir Stakes, the principal race was a 1000m event until 2007 when it was increased to 1200m. Once the race was elevated to Group 2 status in 1979, it was won by With Me twice in 1990-91 and The Judge in 1978-79. Apart from the A.J. Moir Stakes, the event was also called the Schweppervescence Stakes for some time. The Moir Stakes is now run over 1000m.

In 2013 the Moir Stakes was elevated from Group 2 to Group 1 status and attracts better sprinters every year. The most notable Moir Stakes winners include Black Caviar (2010-11) and triple champion Buffering (2012, 2014 & 2015).

Recent Moir Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
 
2019 Moir Stakes 1st Nature Strip 57.78 seconds
2nd Miss Leonidas
3rd Sunlight
 
2018 Moir Stakes 1st Viddora 57.70 seconds
2nd Brave Smash
3rd Spright
 
2017 Moir Stakes 1st She Will Reign  58.30 seconds
2nd Viddora
3rd Sheidel
 
2016 Moir Stakes 1st Extreme Choice  58.74 seconds
2nd Heatherly
3rd Wild Rain
 
2015 Moir Stakes 1st Buffering 57.2 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Angelic Light
 
2014 Moir Stakes 1st Buffering 1 minute 10.91 seconds
2nd Lankan Rupee
3rd Rebel Dane
 
2013 Schweppes Stakes 1st Samaready 1 minute 11.25 seconds
2nd Buffering
3rd Le Bonsir
 
2012 Schweppes Stakes 1st Buffering 1 minute 10.97 seconds
2nd Ready To Rip
3rd Thankgodyou’rehere
 
2011 Schweppes Stakes 1st Black Caviar 1 minute 10.13 seconds
2nd Doubtful Jack
3rd Here De Angels
 
2010 Schweppes Stakes 1st Black Caviar 1 minute 11.01 seconds
2nd Hot Danish
3rd True Persuasion
 
2009 Schweppes Stakes 1st Apache Cat 1 minute 10.01 seconds
2nd Mic Mac
3rd Bank Robber
 
2008 Schweppes Stakes 1st Lucky Secret 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Bel Mer
3rd Mr Baritone
 
2007 Schweppes Stakes 1st Miss Andretti 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Gold Edition
3rd Lets Go Thommo
 
2006 Schweppes Stakes 1st California Dane 58.4 seconds
2nd Lets Go Thommo
3rd Poets Voice
 
2005 Schweppes Stakes 1st Virage De Fortune 59.1 seconds
2nd Miss Mooney Mooney
3rd Imprisoned
 
2004 Schweppes Stakes 1st Bomber Bill 58.4 seconds
2nd Regimental Gal
3rd Dance The Waves
 
2003 Schweppes Stakes 1st Our Egyptian Raine 57.7 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Dantana
 
2002 Schweppes Stakes 1st Spinning Hill 57.7 seconds
2nd Bomber Bill
3rd Mistegic
 
2001 Schweppes Stakes 1st Mistegic 58.7 seconds
2nd Regal Shot
3rd Appoint
 
2000 Schweppes Stakes 1st Falvelon 59.8 seconds
2nd Notoire
3rd Super Elegant

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