Australia Stakes

The 2017 Australia Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

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Australia Stakes the Autumn Launch Pad for Black Heart Bart

Australia Stakes the Autumn Launch Pad for Black Heart Bart

Darren Weir has revealed that star gelding Black Heart Bart is likely to be kept to distances of a mile or less when he returns to racing during the forthcoming 2017 Autumn Carnival.

Black Heart Bart will return to racing in the Group 2 Australia Stakes on January 27th. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

A former Perth galloper, Black Heart ...

The 2017 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.

The Australia Stakes 2017 will be run on January 27.

Australia Stakes
Date: January 27 2017
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2017 Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes field regularly features some top quality sprinters from around the country. It’s common for trainers to enter their horses into the Australia Stakes field as a means of preparation for the coming Autumn Racing Carnival.

The 2017 Australia Stakes field is due for release at 9:00am (AEDT) on January 25, 2017, and will be published in full below.

2017 Australia Stakes Nominations

Usually released on the Monday leading up to the race, Australia Stakes nominations contain a number of top quality horses with extensive sprinting backgrounds. When making your selections, keep an eye out for those horses among the Australia Stakes nominations that have had some access over 1200m at Moonee Valley.

The 2017 Australia Stakes nominations close at 12:00pm (AEDT) on Monday January 23 and will be published below when available.

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. Also known as the Stanley Wootton Stakes, the fastest winning time since 1988 was recorded by Hareeba in 1995 with 1 minute 8.8 seconds. The slowest winning time was 1 minute 12.8 seconds by All Our Mob in 1996.

Recent Australia Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
Australia Stakes
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Australia Stakes
1st Holler 1 minute 10.96 seconds
2nd Churchill Dancer
3rd Rebel Dane
Australia Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd It Is Written
3rd Dissident
Australia Stakes
1st Richie’s Vibe 1 minute 10.96 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd It Is Written
Australia Stakes
1st Sea Lord 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Outlandish Lad
Australia Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Zedi Knight
3rd Doubtful Jack
Australia Stakes
1st Whitefriars 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd Undeniably
3rd Typhoon Tracy
Australia Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Here De Angels
3rd La Rocket
Carlyon Stakes
1st Lucky Secret 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Light Fantastic
3rd Von Costa De Hero
Carlyon Stakes
1st Let Go Thommo 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Maldivian
3rd Casino Prince
Carlyon Stakes
1st El Segundo 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Cocinero
3rd Super Elegant
Carlyon Stakes
1st California Dane 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Virage De Fortune
3rd Casual Pass
Carlyon Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Strikeline
3rd Ruben
Carlyon Stakes
1st Vocabulary 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Super Elegant
3rd Confederate Kid
Carlyon Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Libidinious
3rd Pernod
Carlyon Stakes
1st Royal Code 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Intelligent Star
3rd Ustinov
Carlyon Stakes
1st Piavonic 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Ateates
3rd Le Zagaletta
Carlyon Stakes
1st Slavonic 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Le Zagaletta