The 2016 Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 event worth over $200,000 hosted each year in February at Caulfield Racecourse.
Open to three year olds only and run under set weight conditions, the Autumn Stakes presents an exciting sprinting challenge for the strongest three year old sprinters.
Forming a central part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the Autumn Stakes is held on CF Orr Stakes Day and draws considerable numbers of spectators and punting volumes. The Autumn Stakes has been known as the D’Urban Stakes in the past.
The Autumn Stakes shares its race card with seven other black type races. These races include:
- Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m)
- Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m)
- Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m)
- Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (1100m)
- Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (1100m)
- Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m)
- Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m)
The Autumn Stake is a great leadup race to later events such as the Group 1 Australian Guineas almost a month later. With the calibre of entrants improving steadily over the years, the Autumn Stakes will continue to be an important race for gauging form. The Autumn Stakes falls at a point in the calendar where some horses may be using it as a first up return, while some are incorporating it into their preparation for later races.
2016 Autumn Stakes Field
The 2016 Autumn Stakes field is published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2411111||MAHUTA||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||1||59kg||97|
|2||5x2462111x||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||4||59kg||105|
|3||311731x||TARZINO (NZ)||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||8||58kg||107|
|4||x3x38221x1||HOLLER||John O’Shea||Damien Oliver||9||58kg||106|
|5||783x15167x||DEVIL HAWK||Chris Waller||Douglas Whyte||5||57kg||76|
|6||05x110010x||EXTRA CHOICE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Ben Melham||6||57kg||73|
|7||2x510x||CELTIC TIGER (NZ)||Mick Price||Glen Boss||10||57kg||73|
|8||22x41435x0||RAGEESE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James Winks||11||56kg||80|
|9||1x11940x1||SNOOPY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||12||56kg||78|
|10||5×2125431||HARDERN||David Brideoake||Luke Currie||3||56kg||68|
|11||312||SOLAR IMPULSE||Patrick Payne||–||7||56kg||64|
|12||3x31324x||SAILING BY||Mick Price||Nicholas Hall||2||54kg||68|
The Autumn Stakes 2016 will run on Saturday February 13.
|2016 Autumn Stakes|
|Date:||February 13, 2016|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
2016 Autumn Stakes Nominations
Autumn Stakes History
The Autumn Stakes was first inaugurated in 1968, with Anvil taking out the first edition. In 1980, the race was granted Group 3 status, but was later downgraded to listed status in 1991. In 2005, the Autumn Stakes was again elevated to Group 3, and then to Group 2 in 2008. It has been known variously as the Schweppes Cup, Schweppervescence Cup and D’Urban Stakes.
Considered a good form guide for the Australian Guineas, in 2009 Heart of Dreams won the Australian Guineas after taking out third in the Autumn Stakes. The track record over 1400m is held by Exceed and Excel, who posted a time of 1 minute 21.2 seconds in the 2003 Dubai Cup.
Notable Autumn Stakes winners include Blaze The Turf (1998), Apache Cat (2006), Light Fantastic (2008) and Pied A Terre (2012). Autumn Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.
Autumn Stakes Results
|1st||Mahuta||1 minute 23.4 seconds|
|1st||Nicasio||1 minute 23.6 seconds|
|1st||Thunder Fantasy||1 minute 23.8 seconds|
|1st||Mulaazem||1 minute 23.7 seconds|
|1st||Pied A Terre||1 minute 24.7 seconds|
|1st||Dusty Star||1 minute 22.5 seconds|
|2nd||Under The Eiffel|
|1st||Denman||1 minute 23.3 seconds|
|1st||Fravashi||1 minute 22.8 seconds|
|3rd||Heart Of Dreams|
|1st||Light Fantastic||1 minute 23.2 seconds|
|1st||Catechuchu||1 minute 24.7 seconds|
|1st||Apache Cat||1 minute 24.7 seconds|
|1st||Shinzig||1 minute 23.4 seconds|
|2nd||Not A Single Doubt|
|1st||Special Harmony||1 minute 23.5 seconds|
|1st||Titanic Jack||1 minute 25.1 seconds|
|1st||Dash For Cash||1 minute 24.1 seconds|
|1st||Desert Sky||1 minute 25.1 seconds|
|1st||Sudurka||1 minute 24.0 seconds|