The 2016 Moonee Valley Vase is a highly regarded Group 2 race held towards the end of the coveted Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on WS Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley in late October. The feature race of the day is the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) but there are six other quality group races held at the meeting including the Moonee Valley Vase.
The 2016 Moonee Valley Vase is a staying race run over 2040m by three-year-olds at set weights and is worth $200,000 in total prize money. Runners may have previously contested some of the other set weights races for three-year-olds earlier in the carnival including the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day or Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley in late September.
The Moonee Valley Vase is commonly used as a final preparation race for horses moving on to one of the highlight events of the carnival, the prestigious Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) held the following week at Flemington. Some fillies that contested the Vase may instead choose to run in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes also on Derby Day because of its more suitable 2000m distance.
The 2016 Moonee Valley Vase will take place at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day – Saturday October 22nd.
|Moonee Valley Vase 2016|
|Date:||October 22nd, 2016|
|Track:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Conditions:||3YO – Set Weights|
2016 Moonee Valley Vase Betting Odds
2016 Moonee Valley Vase Field
The Moonee Valley Vase field tends to attract some of the better three year olds on the racing circuit. As a Group 2 event with fairly decent prize money, held at a renowned track on one of the biggest days of racing of the year, the Moonee Valley Vase field certainly attracts the cream of the crop.
The 2016 Moonee Valley Vase field was released on Wednesday October 19 by the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) and features a field of 11 hopefuls including Group 1 winners Prized Icon and Sacred Elixir as well as two fillies taking on the boys – Harlow Gold and Whispering Brook.
See below for the full 2016 Moonee Valley Vase Final Field & Barrier Draw, following the link for a detailed race preview.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||23211×4633||PRIZED ICON||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||2||57kg||95|
|2||216x161x18||SACRED ELIXIR (NZ)||Tony Pike||Damian Lane||6||57kg||99|
|3||634×1114||VELADERO||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||11||57kg||85|
|4||6x7431x223||MORVADA||Peter Jolly||Steven Arnold||1||57kg||72|
|5||112||SILVERA||Tony McEvoy||Kerrin McEvoy||9||57kg||73|
|6||26×165||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||Michael Dee (a)||4||57kg||72|
|7||1×1348||RETALIATION||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3||57kg||68|
|8||8×63160||WIMBORNE||Robbie Laing||Dwayne Dunn||8||57kg||62|
|9||0431||SAYONARAMOSA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||5||57kg||62|
|10||1x1111x273||WHISPERING BROOK||Simon A Miller||Nicholas Hall||7||55kg||92|
|11||3×6115||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss (a)||10||55kg||72|
2016 Moonee Valley Vase Nominations
The 2016 Moonee Valley Vase nominations were released on Monday October 17 and feature a bumper 24 three-year-olds including Thousand Guineas placegetter Whispering Brook, Group 1 winner Prized Icon and Caulfield Guineas runner-up Seaburge.
See below for the official 2016 Moonee Valley Vase nominations and follow the link for more info on the early entries.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x1111x273||WHISPERING BROOK||F||3||Simon A Miller||1||55kg||92|
|2||23211×4633||PRIZED ICON||C||3||James Cummings||2||57kg||88|
|3||216x161x18||SACRED ELIXIR (NZ)||G||3||Tony Pike||3||57kg||99|
|4||1216×4542||SEABURGE||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||4||57kg||102|
|8||44×4211||PRETTY PUNK||F||3||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||8||55kg||74|
|9||3×6115||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||9||55kg||72|
|11||26×165||SO SI BON||C||3||Robbie Laing||11||57kg||72|
|13||33×523||SMART AS YOU THINK||F||3||John McArdle||13||55kg||67|
|14||6135902||BACK TO THE BOWLER||G||3||Stuart Webb||14||57kg||63|
|18||0431||SAYONARAMOSA (NZ)||G||3||Ciaron Maher||18||57kg||62|
|20||43×54||NINA PEAK||F||3||Robbie Laing||20||55kg||59|
|23||7×44||NORTHERN CAPTAIN||G||3||Mick Price||23||57kg||55|
|24||0954||SHINE TAK STAR||G||3||John Sargent||24||57kg||52|
Moonee Valley Vase History
First run in 1983, the first Moonee Valley Vase winner was Centaine when it began as a Listed race run over 1600m. A few years later in 1986 the race distance increased dramatically to 2040m. Following that, in 1989 it was elevated to Group 3 status and then in 1997 the Moonee Valley Vase became a prestigious Group 2 event.
Horses that have taken out the Moonee Valley Vase – Victoria Derby double include Efficient (2006), Plastered (2004) and Helenus (2002).
Moonee Valley Vase results since 2000 can be found below.
Moonee Valley Vase Winners
|2016 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Sacred Elixir||2 minutes 10.94 seconds|
|3rd||So Si Bon|
|2015 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Jameka||2 minutes 6.4 seconds|
|2014 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Moonovermanhattan||2 minutes 6.4 seconds|
|3rd||Go Indy Go|
|2013 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Savvy Nature||2 minutes 5.8 seconds|
|2nd||All Rigged Up|
|2012 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Super Cool||2 minutes 8.25 seconds|
|2nd||It’s A Dundeel|
|2011 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Manawanui||2 minutes 7.14 seconds|
|2010 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Rekindled Interest||2 minutes 7.09 seconds|
|2009 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Hanks||2 minutes 6.2 seconds|
|2008 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Whobegotyou||2 minutes 5.3 seconds|
|2007 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Marching||2 minutes 6.5 seconds|
|2006 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Efficient||2 minutes 5.2 seconds|
|2005 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Duelled||2 minutes 14.1 seconds|
|2004 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Plastered||2 minutes 7.6 seconds|
|2003 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Kempinsky||2 minutes 7.1 seconds|
|3rd||Lifes A Bounty|
|2002The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Helenus||2 minutes 8 seconds|
|2001 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Ustinov||2 minutes 6.3 seconds|
|2000 The Moonee Valley Vase||1st||Skalato||2 minutes 9.2 seconds|
|3rd||Sale Of Century|