Alister Clark Stakes

The Alister Clark Stakes is a Group 2 race run over 2040m at Moonee Valley on a Friday night in March for three-year-old autumn staying types.

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Nonconformist
  • 2nd: #1 Adelaide Ace
  • 3rd: #5 Diasonic



The Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes is a 2040m race for three-year-old runners and is open to both fillies and colts & geldings.

Raced at Moonee Valley during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in March, the Alister Clark Stakes is a set weights and penalties event worth $200,000 in prize money. Alister Clark Stakes night takes place under the lights at The Valley on the Friday evening before Melbourne’s $5 million The All-Star Mile race.

The Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1200m) held in February at Flemington and the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on Blue Diamond Stakes Day are good lead-up races into the Alister Clark Stakes. The CS Hayes – Alister Clark Stakes double was last achieved by Cliff’s Edge (2018), while Global Exchange (2019) did the Autumn Classic – Alister Clark double.

Alternatively, three-year-olds may come into the Alister Clark Stakes field via a Sydney lead-up run in the previous Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) that produced the 2017 winner Hardman (7th). Hardham also went on to run third next-up at Randwick during ‘The Championships’ in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m). Ethiopia (2012) was the last ATC Derby winner to come off a run in Melbourne’s Alister Clark Stakes improving on his lead-up second.

The Alister Clark Stakes 2020 ran under lights on Friday March 13, 2020 and saw Nonconformist fly home for a 3.25 length victory. 

2020 Alister Clark Stakes
Date: Friday March 13, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2040m
Race Type: 3YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Nonconformist
  • 2nd: #1 Adelaide Ace
  • 3rd: #5 Diasonic

The Alister Clark Stakes 2020 results saw the Grahame Begg-trained Rebel Raider gelding Nonconformist ($3.90) turn the tables on his last start conqueror in the Autumn Classic, flying past the odds-on favourite Adelaide Ace ($1.85) to score a brilliant 3.25 length win ahead of a break in the paddock ahead of the spring.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1 57kg $3.90
2 1 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 3.25L 3 57kg $1.85F
3 5 DIASONIC Richard Laming Jamie Kah 5L 6 57kg $13
4 8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6L 4 55kg $6
5 4 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 6.3L 2 57kg $14
6 7 LIAM’S THE BOSS Brad Widdup Ms Linda Meech 6.5L 5 57kg $41
3 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 0
6 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 0

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Odds

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2020 betting odds on the Moonee Valley night feature will be available below the week of the race.

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Field

The Alister Clark Stakes field attracts a smart line-up of in-form three-year-old autumn gallopers. Many may be heading towards longer-distance races in Sydney later in the autumn such as the ATC Oaks or ATC Derby run at Randwick in April over 2400m.

The 2020 Alister Clark Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 11, 2020 and will be announced below.

Impressive Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace will face just seven rivals in the Alister Clark Stakes 2020 field at The Valley on Friday night, Lindsey Smith’s in-form favourite chasing a third win from four starts this prep and looking the goods in gate three with the tight circuit to suit.

Update: The field is down to just six runners after the early withdrawal of the Danny O’Brien-trained Skiddaw (6) and the Mitchell Freedman-trained Legion Of Merit (8).

Click here to read more on the Adelaide Ace-dominated 2020 Alister Clark Stakes field and odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2115×131 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 3 57kg 87
2 33112 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1 57kg 75
3 x1947319x2 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 6 57kg 70
4 51×2115 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 2 57kg 73
5 155×42 DIASONIC Richard Laming Jamie Kah 7 57kg 63
6 31×63 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 8 57kg 66
7 26724×42 LIAM’S THE BOSS Brad Widdup Ms Linda Meech 5 57kg 62
8 3x113411x8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 55kg 103

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2020 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published below as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

The 2020 Alister Clark Stakes nominations attracted 15 hopefuls including VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound and last start Autumn Classic champ Adelaide Ace.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x113411x8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 1 55kg 103
2 53x25110x7 THOUGHT OF THAT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 57kg 81
3 2115×131 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 3 Lindsey Smith 3 57kg 87
4 33112 NONCONFORMIST G 3 Grahame Begg 4 57kg 75
5 x1947319x2 SKIDDAW C 3 Danny O’Brien 5 57kg 70
6 77119 VISCOSITY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 57kg 68
7 51×2115 THINK ’N’ FLY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 57kg 73
8 90×3212 LOOK SHARPISH (NZ) F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 8 55kg 65
9 5414×234 INFLUENTIAL JACK G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 9 57kg 64
10 718229 MOUNT MADEIRA (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 57kg 64
11 4×191 ZOULAH F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 11 55kg 67
12 155×42 DIASONIC G 3 Richard Laming 12 57kg 63
13 31×63 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman 13 57kg 66
14 26724×42 LIAM’S THE BOSS G 3 Brad Widdup 14 57kg 62
15 5×13 ROYAL CROWNSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Robbie Griffiths 15 57kg 63

Alister Clark Stakes History

First won by Amiable in 1939, the Alister Clark Stakes was a Principal race up until 1977. The race was named after the foundation chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club and master of Oaklands Hunt Club from 1901 to 1908, Mr Alister Clark.

The CS Hayes Stakes and Alister Clark Stakes double was recently achieved by Cliff’s Edge (2018).

Recent Alister Clark Stakes

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Nonconformist  2 minutes 06.13 seconds
2nd Adelaide Ace
3rd Diasonic
2019
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Global Exchange 2 minutes 7.26 seconds
2nd Declarationofheart
3rd Cossetot
2018
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Cliff’s Edge 2 minutes 6.23 seconds
2nd Levendi
3rd Belfast
2017
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Hardham 2 minutes 5.78 seconds
2nd Ruthven
3rd Farson
2016
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Tally 2 minutes 8.37 seconds
2nd Palentino
3rd Hardern
2015
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Chill Party 2 minutes 6.1 seconds
2nd Stratum Star
3rd Maastricht
2014
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Pheidon 2 minutes 06.7 seconds
2nd Cadillac Mountain
3rd Surge Ahead
2013
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Philippi 2 minutes 05.6 seconds
2nd Sheer Talent
3rd Gerontius
2012
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Highly Recommended 2 minutes 08.6 seconds
2nd Ethiopia
3rd Sangster
2011
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Domesky 2 minutes 06.6 seconds
2nd Coldens Choice
3rd Folding Gear
2010
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Linton 1 minute 39.43 seconds
2nd Take The Rap
3rd Offhanded
2009
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Pre Eminence 1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Eagle Falls
3rd Definitive
2008
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Sound Journey 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Playwright
3rd Schilling
2007
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Casino Prince 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Furio
3rd Ambitious General
2006
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Spinney 1 minute 36.7 seconds
2nd Langarza
3rd Bonny Laird
2005
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Lieutenant 1 minute 38.9 seconds
2nd Volitant
3rd Renewable
2004
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Speedy King 1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Confectioner
3rd Strafed
2003
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Titanic Jack 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Tycoon Ruler
3rd Regicide
2002
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Royal Code 1 minute 38.2 seconds
2nd Ebony Night
3rd Mr Trickster
2001
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Mr Murphy 1 minute 31 seconds
2nd Diamond Dane
3rd Fubu
2000
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Pins 1 minute 36.2 seconds
2nd Diatribe
3rd Oval Office

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