Autumn Stakes

The 2016 Autumn Stakes (1400m) is a Group 2 event hosted at Caulfield Racecourse under Set Weight conditions.

Autumn Stakes News

2016 Autumn Stakes Results: Mahuta Holds Off the Filly

2016 Autumn Stakes Results: Mahuta Holds Off the Filly

Darren Weir’s flying colt Mahuta posted his sixth win from as many starts to hold off Mick Price’s classy filly Sailing By in another gutsy all-the-way win in the Autumn Stakes 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse on CF Orr Stakes Day.

Darren Weir’s Autumn Stakes winner Mahuta is set to back up in the 2016 Australian Guineas at ...

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
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

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

Year Place Horse Time
Autumn Stakes
1st Mahuta 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Sailing By
3rd Snoopy
Autumn Stakes
1st Nicasio 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Zebulon
3rd Firehouse Rock
Autumn Stakes
1st Thunder Fantasy 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Rock Hero
3rd Late Charge
Autumn Stakes
1st Mulaazem 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Fiveandahalfstar
3rd Super Cool
Autumn Stakes
1st Pied A Terre 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Proliferate
3rd Adamantium
Autumn Stakes
1st Dusty Star 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Under The Eiffel
3rd Eclair Mystic
Autumn Stakes
1st Denman 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Guru Bob
3rd Most Immediate
Autumn Stakes
1st Fravashi 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Nicconi
3rd Heart Of Dreams
Autumn Stakes
1st Light Fantastic 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Vivacious
3rd Viatorian
Autumn Stakes
1st Catechuchu 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Eclair Passion
Autumn Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd God’s Own
3rd Empress Lily
Autumn Stakes
1st Shinzig 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Not A Single Doubt
3rd Danehill Express
Autumn Stakes
1st Special Harmony 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Youth
3rd Dane Fever
Autumn Stakes
1st Titanic Jack 1 minute 25.1 seconds
2nd Storm Prince
3rd Step Ahead
Autumn Stakes
1st Dash For Cash 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Barkada
3rd Zonked
Autumn Stakes
1st Desert Sky 1 minute 25.1 seconds
2nd Desert Eagle
3rd Crop
Autumn Stakes
1st Sudurka 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Skymaker
3rd Noble Sensation