Autumn Stakes

The Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 event hosted at Caulfield Racecourse on CF Orr Stakes Day during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival for Australian Guineas types.

2018 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Holy Snow
  • 2nd: #13 Mr So And So
  • 3rd: #3 Astoria



The 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 weights plus penalties conditions, the Autumn Stakes presents an exciting early autumn challenge for the strongest three year old gallopers heading towards races like the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) the following month.

Forming a central part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the Autumn Stakes is held on Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes Day and is one of eight Group status races on the Caulfield card at the meeting.

The other key CF Orr Stakes Day feature races are the:

  • Group 1 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes (1400m)
  • Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m)
  • Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (1100m)
  • Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (1100m)
  • Group 3 TS Carlyon Cup (1600m)
  • Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m)

The Autumn Stakes 2018 ran on Saturday February 10, 2018 and was won by the returning Mick Price-trained col Holy Snow.

2018 Autumn Stakes
Date: Saturday February 10, 2018
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Holy Snow
  • 2nd: #13 Mr So And So
  • 3rd: #3 Astoria

See below for the official Autumn Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order, the race won impressively by Holy Snow ahead of the $21 roughie hope Mr So And So. In third rounding out the lucrative Autumn Stakes trifecta 2.5 lengths off the winner was then James Cummings’ returning VRC Derby placegetter Astoria. The Aaron Purcell-trained favourite Villermont meanwhile only managed to run seventh.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 12 HOLY SNOW Mick Price Michael Dee 10 56kg $16
2 13 MR SO AND SO Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 1.25L 9 56kg $21
3 3 ASTORIA James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2.5L 6 57kg $11
4 5 PREVAILING WINDS Darren Weir Damian Lane 3L 11 56kg $7
5 1 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Damien Oliver 3.1L 8 58kg $6
6 7 BLACK SAIL (NZ) Aaron Purcell Regan Bayliss 3.3L 3 56kg $7.50
7 2 VILLERMONT Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 4.55L 7 58kg $4.40F
8 6 MURAAHIB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 4.65L 5 56kg $51
9 11 WEAPON Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Stephen Baster 5.9L 4 56kg $41
10 9 ANDAZ Chris Waller Michael Walker 6.1L 2 56kg $15
11 14 ILLUMICON Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 7.35L 1 56kg $19
SB 10 SCARECROW Tony McEvoy Jason Holder 0 56kg
4 CAO CAO Mick Price Mark Zahra 0
8 ISLAND MISSILE Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 0

2018 Autumn Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Autumn Stakes 2018 odds and betting market links will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned.

2018 Autumn Stakes Field

The Autumn Stakes field is released each year on the Wednesday before the race along with all the other final CF Orr Stakes Day acceptances.

The Autumn Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as available on Wednesday February 7, 2018.

The official Autumn Stakes 2018 field has attracted a quality line-up of 14 three-year-olds including early race favourite Levendi who won the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes on VRC Derby Day last November, Villermont who is also first-up after taking out the Sandown Guineas last start and the Darren Weir-trained recent Moonee Valley winner Prevailing Winds in the outside barrier.

Read more on the 2018 Autumn Stakes Final Field & Favourites.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x1661x LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Damien Oliver 9 58kg 82
2 3141x VILLERMONT Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 8 58kg 81
3 20x315533x ASTORIA James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 7 57kg 86
4 x60x30x651 CAO CAO Mick Price Mark Zahra 11 56kg 74
5 3146×21271 PREVAILING WINDS Darren Weir Damian Lane 14 56kg 74
6 638x309x56 MURAAHIB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 5 56kg 67
7 48x142223x BLACK SAIL (NZ) Aaron Purcell Regan Bayliss 3 56kg 70
8 2114×422 ISLAND MISSILE Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 6 56kg 72
9 11x5387x6 ANDAZ Chris Waller Michael Walker 2 56kg 69
10 2×11 SCARECROW Tony McEvoy Jason Holder 10 56kg 68
11 4x3x11 WEAPON Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Stephen Baster 4 56kg 67
12 42139x HOLY SNOW Mick Price Michael Dee 13 56kg 67
13 66x214x4 MR SO AND SO Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 12 56kg 64
14 41×7 ILLUMICON Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1 56kg 63

Autumn Stakes Nominations

The Autumn Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria each autumn on the Monday before the race.

The official 2018 Autumn Stakes Nominations drew a bumper 22 three-year-olds including Godolphin’s returning Victoria Derby third placegetter Astoria, the Aaron Purcell-trained Sandown Guineas winner Villermont and Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss who also holds a CF Orr Stakes nomination.

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.

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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Autumn Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Autumn Stakes
1st Holy Snow 1 minute 24.89 seconds
2nd Mr So And So
3rd Astoria
2017
Autumn Stakes
1st Oak Door 1 minute 23.54 seconds
2nd Attention
3rd Knowable
2016
Autumn Stakes
1st Mahuta 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Sailing By
3rd Snoopy
2015
Autumn Stakes
1st Nicasio 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Zebulon
3rd Firehouse Rock
2014
Autumn Stakes
1st Thunder Fantasy 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Rock Hero
3rd Late Charge
2013
Autumn Stakes
1st Mulaazem 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Fiveandahalfstar
3rd Super Cool
2012
Autumn Stakes
1st Pied A Terre 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Proliferate
3rd Adamantium
2011
Autumn Stakes
1st Dusty Star 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Under The Eiffel
3rd Eclair Mystic
2010
Autumn Stakes
1st Denman 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Guru Bob
3rd Most Immediate
2009
Autumn Stakes
1st Fravashi 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Nicconi
3rd Heart Of Dreams
2008
Autumn Stakes
1st Light Fantastic 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Vivacious
3rd Viatorian
2007
Autumn Stakes
1st Catechuchu 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Eclair Passion
2006
Autumn Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd God’s Own
3rd Empress Lily
2005
Autumn Stakes
1st Shinzig 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Not A Single Doubt
3rd Danehill Express
2004
Autumn Stakes
1st Special Harmony 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Youth
3rd Dane Fever
2003
Autumn Stakes
1st Titanic Jack 1 minute 25.1 seconds
2nd Storm Prince
3rd Step Ahead
2002
Autumn Stakes
1st Dash For Cash 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Barkada
3rd Zonked
2001
Autumn Stakes
1st Desert Sky 1 minute 25.1 seconds
2nd Desert Eagle
3rd Crop
2000
Autumn Stakes
1st Sudurka 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Skymaker
3rd Noble Sensation

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