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.
|Date:||January 27 2017|
|Track:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
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
|1st||Holler||1 minute 10.96 seconds|
|1st||Mourinho||1 minute 9.9 seconds|
|2nd||It Is Written|
|1st||Richie’s Vibe||1 minute 10.96 seconds|
|2nd||Moment Of Change|
|3rd||It Is Written|
|1st||Sea Lord||1 minute 10.5 seconds|
|1st||Black Caviar||1 minute 09.4 seconds|
|1st||Whitefriars||1 minute 09.6 seconds|
|1st||Black Caviar||1 minute 10.1 seconds|
|2nd||Here De Angels|
|1st||Lucky Secret||1 minute 11.2 seconds|
|3rd||Von Costa De Hero|
|1st||Let Go Thommo||1 minute 10.8 seconds|
|1st||El Segundo||1 minute 11.2 seconds|
|1st||California Dane||1 minute 9.8 seconds|
|2nd||Virage De Fortune|
|1st||Super Elegant||1 minute 10.5 seconds|
|1st||Vocabulary||1 minute 11.5 seconds|
|1st||Yell||1 minute 10.3 seconds|
|1st||Royal Code||1 minute 11 seconds|
|1st||Piavonic||1 minute 11.8 seconds|
|1st||Slavonic||1 minute 12.1 seconds|