McEwen Stakes

The McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in early September as a lead-up to the Moir Stakes the following month.

2020 McEwen Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Bella Vella
  • 2nd: #2 Ashlor
  • 3rd: #7 Brooklyn Hustle



The McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held during early September at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Raced over 1000 metres under weight for age conditions, the McEwen Stakes pays $200,000 in total prize-money.

The McEwen Stakes is held on Feehan Stakes Day – also known as the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Qualifier Day – and shares its race program with the Group 2  John F. Feehan Stakes (1600m).

Most of the sprinters that contest the McEwen Stakes are kicking off their spring campaigns. Success in the McEwen Stakes is often followed by an attempt at the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m)  and or the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) both held back at The Valley over the spring.

In recent years the 2016 McEwen Stakes winner Wild Rain went on to run third in the Moir Stakes, while the year before the great grey Chautauqua (2015) completed the McEwen Stakes – Manikato Stakes double.

The McEwen Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday September 5, 2020 and was won by returning Robert Sangster heroine Bella Vella. 

2020 McEwen Stakes
Date: Saturday September 5, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight For Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 McEwen Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Bella Vella
  • 2nd: #2 Ashlor
  • 3rd: #7 Brooklyn Hustle

The Will Clarken-trained Robert Sangster Stakes winning mare Bella Vella ($4) returned for a gutsy first-up victory over roughie hope Ashlor ($31) in the McEwen Stakes 2020 results ahead of the Group 1 Moir Stakes back at the track.

Click here to read more on the first-up 2020 McEwen Stakes win by Bella Vella.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Jamie Kah 8 56.5kg $4
2 2 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 0.1L 4 58.5kg $31
3 7 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Ben Melham 0.85L 2 56.5kg $3.80EF
4 8 HANSEATIC Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 1.05L 9 52kg $3.80EF
5 4 FINE DANE John Moloney Patrick Moloney 1.55L 1 58.5kg $31
6 9 RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 2.05L 3 52kg $12
7 1 DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 2.35L 6 58.5kg $31
8 3 BONS AWAY Wendy Kelly Craig Newitt 5.35L 7 58.5kg $8
9 6 WITHERSPOON Kris Lees Damien Oliver 6.1L 5 56.5kg $14

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 McEwen Stakes Betting

The season’s best Mitty’s McEwen Stakes 2020 betting odds will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

2020 McEwen Stakes Field

The official McEwen Stakes 2020 Final Field & Barriers are released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to Feehan Stakes Day, the line-up of sprinters to be published in full below.

Returning Street Boss colt Hanseatic, runner-up in the Blue Diamond during the autumn, debuts as a three-year-old in the 2020 McEwen Stakes field as the hot favourite carrying just 52kg first-up against only eight rivals.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 LADBROKES FEEHAN STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x4509x60x DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6 58.5kg 105
2 4132494146 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 4 58.5kg 96
3 x2255x497x BONS AWAY Wendy Kelly Craig Newitt 7 58.5kg 101
4 219x60230x FINE DANE John Moloney Patrick Moloney 1 58.5kg 87
5 10152x111x BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Jamie Kah 8 56.5kg 105
6 2×16203113 WITHERSPOON Kris Lees Damien Oliver 5 56.5kg 88
7 1x55x535x1 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Dwayne Dunn 2 56.5kg 84
8 1x1120x HANSEATIC Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 9 52kg 92
9 1284×33 RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 3 52kg 75

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 McEwen Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Mitty’s McEwen Stakes in 2020 are taken on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Just 11 hopefuls make-up the early 2020 McEwen Stakes nominations – extended until Tuesday morning – led in futures markets by resuming Group 1 Blue Diamond runner-up Hanseatic.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 4132494146 ASHLOR G 7 Dan McCarthy 96
2 10152x111x BELLA VELLA M 6 Will Clarken 105
3 x2255x497x BONS AWAY G 7 Wendy Kelly 101
4 1x55x535x1 BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 4 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 84
5 0x4509x60x DESPATCH G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 105
6 41x548111x DIRTY WORK H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94
7 219x60230x FINE DANE G 5 John Moloney 87
8 1x1120x HANSEATIC C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
9 x1330D0517 JUNGLE EDGE G 10 Mick Bell 107
10 1284×33 RULERSHIP C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 75
11 2×16203113 WITHERSPOON M 5 Kris Lees 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

McEwen Stakes History

Registered as the Ian McEwen Trophy, the McEwen Stakes was inaugurated in 1995, making it a relatively young race. The McEwen Stakes was named in honour of Ian McEwen, a former secretary for the Moonee Valley Racing Club. For the very first year it ran, the race was referred to as the Anniversary Trophy.

Between 1995 and 1997 the race ran as an unlisted event. Following an upgrade in 1997, the race was listed until 2005. In 2006, a further upgrade saw the McEwen Stakes run as a Group 3 event for six years. From 2013 onwards, the McEwen Stakes is Group 2 event.

The McEwen Stakes has always been run over 1000m (excepting the year 2000 when it was run over 1200m) and has always been held at Moonee Valley (with the exception of the inaugural edition, when it was held at Caulfield).

Plenty of impressive horses have ran in the race throughout the years. Notable McEwen Stakes winners include Sequalo (1995), Testa Rossa (2000), Mistegic (2002), Miss Andretti (2006), Buffering (2011) and the ‘Grey Flash’ Chautauqua (2015).

In 2018 the McEwen Stakes winner Nature Strip set a new record winning in a slick 56.95 seconds.

McEwen Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

McEwen Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
McEwen Stakes
1st Bella Vella 0 minutes 58.02 seconds
2nd Ashlor
3rd Brooklyn Hustle
2019
McEwen Stakes
1st Faatinah 0 minutes 58.40 seconds
2nd Bons Away
3rd Eduardo
2018
McEwen Stakes
1st Nature Strip 0 minutes 56.95 seconds (R)
2nd Houtzen
3rd Shoals
2017
McEwen Stakes
1st Russian Revolution 0 minutes 58.14 seconds
2nd Heatherly
3rd Houtzen
2016
McEwen Stakes
1st Wild Rain 0 minutes 58.8 seconds
2nd Furnaces
3rd Heatherly
2015
McEwen Stakes
1st Chautauqua 0 minutes 58.2 seconds
2nd Flamberge
3rd Furnaces
2014
Ajax Stakes
1st Angelic Light 0 minutes 57.5 seconds
2nd Lankan Rupee
3rd Eloping
2013
McEwen Stakes
1st Kuroshio 0 minutes 57.8 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd General Truce
2012
McEwen Stakes
1st Bel Sprinter 0 minutes 57.3 seconds
2nd Platelet
3rd Snitzem
2011
McEwen Stakes
1st Buffering 0 minutes 58.5 seconds
2nd Crystal Lily
3rd Atomic Force
2010
McEwen Stakes
1st Hay List 0 minute 59.6 seconds
2nd Catapulted
3rd Reward For Effort
2009
McEwen Stakes
1st Nicconi 0 minute 57.4 seconds
2nd Morgan Dollar
3rd Secret Flyer
2008
McEwen Stakes
1st Kaphero 0 minute 59.4 seconds
2nd Morgan Dollar
3rd Lucky Secret
2007
McEwen Stakes
1st Here De Angels 0 minute 57.4 seconds
2nd Gold Edition
3rd Dr Nipandtuck
2006
McEwen Stakes
1st Miss Andretti 0 minute 58.8 seconds
2nd Sassbee
3rd Cargo Cult
2005
McEwen Stakes
1st Strikeline 0 minute 59.8 seconds
2nd Truly Wicked
3rd Titanic Jack
2004
McEwen Stakes
1st Edgeton 1 minute 01.8 seconds
2nd Reactive
3rd Mistegic
2003
McEwen Stakes
1st Yell 0 minute 59.6 seconds
2nd The Big Chill
3rd Dantana
2002
McEwen Stakes
1st Mistegic 1 minute 0.2 seconds
2nd Shaye Spice
3rd Aragonce
2001
McEwen Stakes
1st Strategic Image 0 minute 58.4 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Ateates
2000
McEwen Stakes
1st Testa Rossa 1 minute 13.4 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Chattanooga

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