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The 2018 Australia Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late January as a lead-up to the Group 1 races run over the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

2018 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Thronum
  • 2nd: #4 Mr Sneaky
  • 3rd: #3 Stellar Collision



The 2018 Australia Stakes is a Group 2 race held each year in late January at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. Run over 1200m under weight-for-age conditions on one of Moonee Valley’s night race meetings, this sprint race is worth $200,000 in prize money.

It is one of only a couple of Group races held in January anywhere in the country and signals the return of regular black type racing to Melbourne.

The Australia Stakes serves as a nice campaign kick-off for sprinters heading towards tougher races during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

It is a key lead-up race into the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) run at Caulfield in February and Black Caviar (2012) was the last to do the double.

The Australia Stakes 2018 ran on Australia Day, Friday January 26, 2018 .

2018 Australia Stakes
Date: Friday January 26, 2018
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Thronum
  • 2nd: #4 Mr Sneaky
  • 3rd: #3 Stellar Collision

See below for the full Australia Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the win by the untapped Lindsay Park-trained Snitzel four-year-old Thronum who could target the CF Orr Stakes 2018 or the Oakleigh Plate next month.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 58.5kg $6.50
2 4 MR SNEAKY Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 1.25L 4 58.5kg $4.20
3 3 STELLAR COLLISION Darren Weir Dean Yendall 1.65L 1 58.5kg $17
4 2 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 2.9L 5 58.5kg $12
5 1 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 3.4L 2 58.5kg $2.20F
6 6 FLIPPANT Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 4.15L 6 56.5kg $7.50

2018 Australia Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Australia Stakes 2018 odds and betting markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be published below as soon as available for you to back your Australia Stakes betting tips at the best prices.

2018 Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance sprinters that are usually kicking off their Melbourne Festival of Racing campaigns. The Australia Stakes field features top gallopers that are more often than not Group 1 performed.

The 2018 Australia Stakes field is due for release on January 24, 2018 and will be published in full below.

The official Australia Stakes 2018 Final Field attracted only six acceptors. Ace Victorian trainer Darren Weir saddles-up three led by his star Japanese import and The Everest placegetter Brave Smash.

Read more on the 2018 Australia Stakes Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x344x2123x BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 58.5kg 107
2 1275537×51 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 5 58.5kg 90
3 4110208×61 STELLAR COLLISION Darren Weir Dean Yendall 1 58.5kg 95
4 3311x1220x MR SNEAKY Anthony Freedman Brenton Avdulla 4 58.5kg 99
5 121306x13x THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 58.5kg 88
6 0533x536x2 FLIPPANT Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 6 56.5kg 101

2018 Australia Stakes Nominations

The Australia Stakes 2018 nominations close on January 22, 2018 and will be published below when available.

The official Australia Stakes 2018 Nominations attracted just nine sprinters, with early entries extended. Of the original hopefuls in the mix the likely favourite is Darren Weir’s Japanese import Brave Smash last seen running third in The Everest.

Read more on the 2018 Australia Stakes Nominations.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x344x2123x BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir
2 1122217232 CHAMOIS ROAD G 5 Patrick Payne 94
3 0533x536x2 FLIPPANT M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 101
4 1275537×51 KEN’S DREAM G 4 Darren Weir 90
5 3311x1220x MR SNEAKY G 4 Anthony Freedman 99
6 4110208×61 STELLAR COLLISION G 5 Darren Weir 95
7 121306x13x THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 88
8 8x591131x4 TSHAHITSI G 6 Chris Crook & Imogen Miller 102
9 0x6822063x WYNDSPELLE (NZ) H 4 Michael Kent 98

Australia Stakes History

Formerly called the Carlyon Stakes until 2010, the Moonee Valley Racing Club changed the race name to the Australia Stakes to celebrate Australia Day. This race is not to be confused with the Group 1 William Reid Stakes, which was previously called the Australia Stakes, and is now once again called the William Reid Stakes and runs in March.

Originally a Listed race and known as the Carlyon Stakes, this race earned Group 3 status in 1990 until 1994 when it was again elevated to Group 2 status. The Australia Stakes has been won by plenty of outstanding horses over the years including recent champions such as Black Caviar (2010 & 2012) and Malaguerra (2017).

Recent Australia Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Australia Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Australia Stakes
1st Thronum 1 minute 10.48 seconds
2nd Mr Sneaky
3rd Stellar Collision
2017
Australia Stakes
1st Malaguerra 1 minute 9.29 seconds (Equal Track Record)
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd Sirbible
2016
Australia Stakes
1st Holler 1 minute 10.96 seconds
2nd Churchill Dancer
3rd Rebel Dane
2015
Australia Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd It Is Written
3rd Dissident
2014
Australia Stakes
1st Richie’s Vibe 1 minute 10.96 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd It Is Written
2013
Australia Stakes
1st Sea Lord 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Outlandish Lad
2012
Australia Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Zedi Knight
3rd Doubtful Jack
2011
Australia Stakes
1st Whitefriars 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd Undeniably
3rd Typhoon Tracy
2010
Australia Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Here De Angels
3rd La Rocket
2009
Carlyon Stakes
1st Lucky Secret 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Light Fantastic
3rd Von Costa De Hero
2008
Carlyon Stakes
1st Let Go Thommo 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Maldivian
3rd Casino Prince
2007
Carlyon Stakes
1st El Segundo 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Cocinero
3rd Super Elegant
2006
Carlyon Stakes
1st California Dane 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Virage De Fortune
3rd Casual Pass
2005
Carlyon Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Strikeline
3rd Ruben
2004
Carlyon Stakes
1st Vocabulary 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Super Elegant
3rd Confederate Kid
2003
Carlyon Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Libidinious
3rd Pernod
2002
Carlyon Stakes
1st Royal Code 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Intelligent Star
3rd Ustinov
2001
Carlyon Stakes
1st Piavonic 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Ateates
3rd Le Zagaletta
2000
Carlyon Stakes
1st Slavonic 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Le Zagaletta

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