The 2017 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 sprinting challenge for the strongest three year old sprinters 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 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 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 Carlyon Cup (1600m)
- Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m)
- Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m)
The Autumn Stakes 2017 will run on Saturday February 11.
|2017 Autumn Stakes|
|Date:||February 11, 2017|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights + Penalties|
2017 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 2017 Autumn Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as available on Wednesday February 8, 2017.
2017 Autumn Stakes Nominations
The Autumn Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria each autumn on the Monday before the race.
The 2017 Autumn Stakes nominations close on Monday February 6, 2017 and will be published in full below.
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|