Australia Stakes

The 2020 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.

2020 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Scales Of Justice
  • 2nd: #1 Hey Doc
  • 3rd: #8 Embrace Me



The 2020 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 2020 ran on Friday January 24, 2020 and was won by the Lindsay Smith-trained The Everest hopeful Scales Of Justice. 

2020 Australia Stakes
Date: Friday January 24, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Australia Stakes Results

    • 1st: #2 Scales Of Justice
    • 2nd: #1 Hey Doc
    • 3rd: #8 Embrace Me

The Australia Stakes 2020 results saw two-time Group 1 winner Scales Of Justice charge home late ahead of the beaten favourite Hey Doc with roughie mare Embrace Me rounding out the trifecta in third. The weight-for-age feature was marred by the fall of Manuel on the home straight, last year’s CF Orr Stakes winner sadly euthanised after breaking a shoulder. This autumn’s CF Orr Stakes, The All-Star Mile in March and The Everest in October are all targets for the Australia Stakes winner Scales Of Justice.

Read more on the well-timed 2020 Australia Stakes win by Scales Of Justice.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 2 58.5kg $3.70
2 1 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 0.75L 1 58.5kg $2.50F
3 8 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0.95L 7 56.5kg $18
4 6 RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman John Allen 1.25L 3 58.5kg $21
5 5 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 2.5L 6 58.5kg $91
6 9 MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 2.7L 5 55kg $4.80
7 4 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman James Winks 4.45L 8 58.5kg $6
FF 3 MANUEL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 4 58.5kg $31
7 CRADLE MOUNTAIN Clare Cunningham Jason Collett 0

2020 Australia Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Australia Stakes 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Australia Stakes field is due for release on January 22, 2020 and will be published in full below.

After attracting just nine final acceptors the Australia Stakes 2020 field is down to only eight runners after the scratching of Cradle Mountain with three-time Group 1 winner Hey Doc heading the markets after a gun barrier one draw.

Read more on the Hey Doc-led Australia Stakes field and betting markets for 2020. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 01x7x58x31 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 1 58.5kg 113
2 0x53x1215x SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 2 58.5kg 113
3 1x7158250x MANUEL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 4 58.5kg 109
4 11111x161x BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman James Winks 9 58.5kg 107
5 174x4560x6 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 6 58.5kg 94
6 3047100x6x RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman John Allen 3 58.5kg 98
7 12x85403x7 CRADLE MOUNTAIN Clare Cunningham Jason Collett 8 58.5kg 90
8 317x4498x3 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 56.5kg 88
9 121121x3x MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 5 55kg 105

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
2020
Australia Stakes
1st Scales Of Justice 1 minute 9.77 seconds
2nd Hey Doc
3rd Embrace Me
2019
Australia Stakes
1st Whispering Brook 1 minute 9.84 seconds
2nd Fell Swoop
3rd Land of Plenty
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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