PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakes is a Group 2 event held at Caulfield Racecourse in August.

2019 PB Lawrence Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Mystic Journey
  • 2nd: #4 Cliff's Edge
  • 3rd: #1 Hartnell



The PB Lawrence Stakes is the first Group 2 race during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Held at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-August, the 1400m event is held on the same day as the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) for colts and geldings and the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) for the fillies. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the weight-for-age race is open to all horses aged three years and over.

Formerly known as the JJ Liston Stakes, the race name was changed to the P.B. Lawrence Stakes in 2010.

The PB Lawrence Stakes is a nice lead up race to the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) held a fortnight later at Caulfield, which marks the start of elite level racing for the new season in Melbourne. The only horse to manage the P.B. Lawrence Stakes/Memsie Stakes double in the past 30 years is Regal Roller (2004).

The PB Lawrence Stakes generally attracts an above average group of gallopers many eyeing a tougher run in something like October’s Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley later in the season.

The 2019 PB Lawrence Stakes ran on Saturday August 17, 2019 and saw the brilliant Tasmanian-trained Mystic Journey kick off her Cox Plate campaign with a win.

PB Lawrence Stakes
Date: Saturday August 17, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2019 PB Lawrence Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Mystic Journey
  • 2nd: #4 Cliff’s Edge
  • 3rd: #1 Hartnell

She had eased out from odds-on territory to $2.15 by the jump, but returning Australian Guineas / All-Star Mile double winning filly Mystic Journey was back to her best first-up dominating the 2019 PB Lawrence Stakes results and kicking off her Cox Plate bid in fine style.

Read more on the PB Lawrence Stakes 2019 winner and Ladbrokes Cox Plate favourite Mystic Journey now.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 11 MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Anthony Darmanin 2 56.5kg $2.15F
2 4 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 0.75L 9 59kg $9
3 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.15L 5 59kg $4
4 6 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 2.4L 1 59kg $21
5 8 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 4.9L 7 59kg $71
6 5 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen 5.65L 8 59kg $8
7 9 KENEDNA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6.4L 6 57kg $18
8 7 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 7.4L 11 59kg $31
9 3 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean Damian Lane 7.7L 3 59kg $31
10 10 SEMARI (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 8.95L 4 57kg $151
11 2 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 9.35L 10 59kg $81

2019 PB Lawrence Stakes Odds

Betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au offering the top PB Lawrence Stakes 2019 odds this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

2019 PB Lawrence Stakes Field

The official PB Lawrence Stakes 2019 field and barriers featuring a host of Group 1 bound gallopers will be announced by Racing Victoria the Wednesday leading-up to the race and detailed below.

The 2019 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Field features a star-studded line-up of 11 hopefuls including the much awaited return of Australian Guineas – All-Star Mile winning filly Mystic Journey who chases her seventh straight win first-up in barrier two.

Read more on the Mystic Journey led PB Lawrence Stakes Field & Odds now. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 120x53233x HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5 59kg 116
2 0069x4719x HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 10 59kg 110
3 5216x5233x TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean Damian Lane 3 59kg 110
4 8x071516x3 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 9 59kg 105
5 211x60110x FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen 8 59kg 109
6 435x42170x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 1 59kg 103
7 612112x30x NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 11 59kg 106
8 611x2x0410 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 7 59kg 102
9 01x931911x KENEDNA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 57kg 110
10 18x611130x SEMARI (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 4 57kg 99
11 1511x1111x MYSTIC JOURNEY Adam Trinder Anthony Darmanin 2 56.5kg 115

PB Lawrence Nominations

PB Lawrence Stakes 2019 nominations close the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be published here once announced.

The official 2019 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Nominations attracted 15 early hopefuls including the 2017 champion Hartnell who also ran second in the event last year and superstar filly Mystic Journey who is favourite in early Cox Plate betting this spring.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 120x53233x HARTNELL (GB) G 9 James Cummings 1 59kg 116
2 84x817333x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 59kg 116
3 1511x1111x MYSTIC JOURNEY M 4 Adam Trinder 3 56.5kg 115
4 0069x4719x HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 59kg 110
5 01x931911x KENEDNA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57kg 110
6 5216x5233x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 6 Jarrod McLean 6 59kg 110
7 8x071516x3 CLIFF’S EDGE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 59kg 105
8 211x60110x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 59kg 109
9 28863x226x SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 59kg 108
10 612112x30x NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 59kg 106
11 435x42170x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 11 59kg 103
12 611x2x0410 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 12 59kg 102
13 18x611130x SEMARI (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 57kg 99
14 59x315314x SILENT ROAR M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 57kg 76
15 21x41x332 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) H 5 Jim Conlan 15 59kg 90

PB Lawrence Stakes History

First won by One Up in 1949, the JJ Liston Stakes was a 10 furlong race until 1968 when it became a 7 furlong race until 1972. After it became a 1400m race, it was quickly elevated to Group Two status. Since its inauguration, Tauto has been the only horse to successfully win two races in 1971 and 1972. The 2007 winner Apache Cat ran a successful campaign after his PB Lawrence Stakes win as he ran second in the Makybe Diva Stakes and then won several Group 1 races. Apache Cat also holds the race’s fastest winning time record with 1 minute 22.1 seconds.

Plenty of classy horses have won the PB Lawrence Stakes in recent years including five-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out who went on to win dual editions of Sydney’s Chipping Norton Stakes and Cox Plate / Melbourne Cup placegetter Hartnell.

Recent PB Lawrence Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
 
2019
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Mystic Journey 1 minute 24.46 seconds
2nd Cliff’s Edge
3rd Hartnell
 
2018
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Showtime 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Widgee Turf
 
2017
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Hartnell 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Charmed Harmony
3rd Black Heart Bart
 
2016
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Miss Rose De Lago 1 minute 24.8 seconds
2nd Jacquinot Bay
3rd Entirely Platinum
 
2015
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 23.54 seconds
2nd The Cleaner
3rd Dibayani
 
2014
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Star Rolling 1 minute 24.37 seconds
2nd Spillway
3rd Gig
 
2013
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Puissance De Lune 1 minute 24.26 seconds
2nd Ajeeb
3rd Second Effort
 
2012
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Second Effort 1 minute 27.67 seconds
2nd Zamorar
3rd Ready To Rip
 
2011
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Whobegotyou 1 minute 23.9 seconds
2nd Lights Of Heaven
3rd Prince Obama
 
2010
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 27.28 seconds
2nd Predatory Pricer
3rd Heart Of Dreams
 
2009
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Predatory Pricer 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Typhoon Tracy
 
2008
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Light Fantastic 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Weekend Hussler
3rd Maldivian
 
2007
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 22.1 seconds
2nd Marasco
3rd Maldivian
 
2006
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Pompeii Ruler 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Red Dazzler
3rd Our Smoking Joe
 
2005
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Lad Of The Manor 1 minute 27.9 seconds
2nd Our Smoking Joe
3rd Super Elegant
 
2004
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Regal Roller 1 minute 26.3 seconds
2nd Amtrak
3rd Le Zagaletta
 
2003
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Vocabulary
3rd Walk On Air
 
2002
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Sports 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Tully Thunder
 
2001
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 25.5 seconds
2nd Inaflury
3rd Umrum
 
2000
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Skoozi Please 1 minute 25.2 seconds
2nd Go Flash Go
3rd Ad Alta

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