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.

2020 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Microphone
  • 2nd: #3 Banquo
  • 3rd: #6 Adelaide Ace



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. Light Fantastic (2008) was the last three-year-old to complete the Autumn Stakes – Australian Guineas double.

The Autumn Stakes also now serves as an early lead-up into the Special Conditions $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) held at various racetracks around Melbourne in March.

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

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

  • Group 1 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 2020 ran on Saturday February 8, 2020 and saw Group 1 winner Microphone returning to winning form. 

2020 Autumn Stakes
Date: Saturday February 8, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Microphone 
  • 2nd: #3 Banquo
  • 3rd: #6 Adelaide Ace

Godolphin’s Group 1 winner Microphone was too good late for his rivals in the 2020 Autumn Stakes results winning the race second-up ahead of a host of potential Group 1 autumn targets.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Autumn Stakes win by Microphone.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 2 59.5kg $2.60F
2 3 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 0.2L 5 58kg $6.50
3 6 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 0.95L 3 57kg $4.20
4 10 LADY LUPINO Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 3.2L 4 55kg $18
5 2 THE HOLY ONE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 3.3L 6 58.5kg $21
6 9 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jye McNeil 3.4L 1 57kg $31
7 4 ZERO DOUBT Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 4.65L 7 57kg $18
8 5 WEDGETAIL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 7.4L 9 57kg $17
9 8 SAVVY LAD (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 9.4L 8 57kg $7
7 WILMOT PASS Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 0

2020 Autumn Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Autumn Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned.

2020 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 2020 Autumn Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as available on Wednesday February 5, 2020.

A talented 10-horse field of three-year-olds faces off in the 2020 Autumn Stakes with a tight market currently led in betting by Godolphin-raced Group 1 winner Microphone who is drawn well (2) but carries the topweight (59.5kg).

Update: Just nine runners remain in the Autumn Stakes 2020 field following the early scratching of #7 Wilmot Pass (10) who had the outside barrier

Click here to read more on the Microphone-led Autumn Stakes 2020 field 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 121121x3x6 MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 2 59.5kg 105
2 01141x THE HOLY ONE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 6 58.5kg 82
3 75x2114x3 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5 58kg 73
4 77×2311 ZERO DOUBT Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Noel Callow 7 57kg 68
5 55x22x2122 WEDGETAIL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 9 57kg 66
6 2115×1 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 3 57kg 73
7 14x5x313 WILMOT PASS Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 10 57kg 68
8 2211x SAVVY LAD (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 8 57kg 70
9 31x LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jye McNeil 1 57kg 62
10 x5913x70x8 LADY LUPINO Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 4 55kg 75

2020 Autumn Stakes Nominations

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

The 2020 Autumn Stakes attracted 17 three-year-olds including the up-and-coming Alabama Express who also holds a Group 1 CF Orr Stakes entry. Victoria Derby winner Warning is nominated to make his return in the Autumn Stakes, while Godolphin could saddle-up fellow Group 1 winner Microphone.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 2115×1 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 3 Lindsey Smith 73
2 1x2517x1 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 81
3 75x2114x3 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 73
4 002121 DIODE G 3 Michael Kent 66
5 3×26 DYNAMIC DUO C 3 Tony Noonan 60
6 1×1 FRONDEUR (NZ) F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 67
7 4x1333x6 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 81
8 x5913x70x8 LADY LUPINO F 3 Danny O’Brien 75
9 31x LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman 62
10 121121x3x6 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 105
11 2112×11 RUBISAKI F 3 Patrick Payne 81
12 2211x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 70
13 01141x THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 82
14 74x34121x WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman 107
15 55x22x2122 WEDGETAIL G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 66
16 14x5x313 WILMOT PASS G 3 Anthony Freedman 68
17 77×2311 ZERO DOUBT G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 68

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, Light Fantastic (2008) was the last Autumn Stakes winner to back-up and win the Group 1. The Autumn Stakes has also produced other recent Australian Guineas winners including Heart Of Dreams (2009). In 2019 the Autumn Stakes winner Hawkshot went on to run second next-up in the Australian Guineas results.

Notable Autumn Stakes winners include Blaze The Turf (1998), Apache Cat (2006), Light Fantastic (2008), Pied A Terre (2012) and Microphone (2020). Autumn Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Autumn Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Autumn Stakes
1st Microphone 1 minute 22.88 seconds
2nd Banquo
3rd Adelaide Ace
2019
Autumn Stakes
1st Hawkshot 1 minute 23.47 seconds
2nd Dealmaker
3rd Ringerdingding
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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