Peter Young Stakes

The Peter Young Stakes is a Group 2 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day race held at Caulfield in February as a lead-up to the Australian Cup.

2018 Peter Young Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Gailo Chop
  • 2nd: #9 Single Gaze
  • 3rd: #1 Hartnell



The Peter Young Stakes – formerly the St George Stakes – is a Group 2 thoroughbred race held mid-way through the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival on Blue Diamond Stakes Day in February at Caulfield.

The Peter Young Stakes is a middle distance race run over 1800m under weight-for-age conditions and is worth $200,000. It is the first weight-for-age race at the carnival run over a distance greater than 1400m and so attracts a quality field of runners seeking a bit more distance.

There are an incredible eight Group races held at the meeting including three Group 1 events, the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and the Futurity Stakes (1600m). The other Group 2 races on the day are the Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and the Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m). Finally there is one Group 3 race, the Mannerism Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m).

Horses running in the Peter Young Stakes may have previously contested the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes two weeks prior. The Peter Young Stakes is also an ideal lead-up to the premier weight-for-age race of the carnival, the  Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) held a fortnight later on Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing. Fiorente (2014) was the last horse to do the Peter Young Stakes – Australian Cup double.

The Peter Young Stakes has been a terrific guide to the Australian Cup over the years with many other champions of the Australian turf winning both races including Pompeii Ruler (2007), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2002 & 2003), Istidaad (1999), Dane Ripper (1998), Durbridge (1994 & 1995) and Let’s Elope (1992).

This season’s edition of the Peter Young Stakes 2018 ran on Saturday February 24, 2018 and was won by the Darren Weir-trained favourite Gailo Chop.

2018 Peter Young Stakes
Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1900

2018 Peter Young Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Gailo Chop
  • 2nd: #9 Single Gaze
  • 3rd: #1 Hartnell

Check out the full Peter Young Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on  the impressive win by the Darren Weir-trained favourite Gailo Chop who was far too good for his rivals heading towards the Australian Cup next start. Nick Olive’s Caulfield Cup second placed mare Single Gaze was solid again running second ahead of her last start conqueror, CF Orr Stakes winner Hartnell.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 2 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 8 59kg $2.40F
2 9 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 1.25L 6 57kg $5.50
3 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 3.5L 5 59kg $4.20
4 4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7.25L 4 59kg $41
5 10 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 7.75L 9 57kg $9.50
6 3 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 8.05L 2 59kg $81
7 7 SPIRITJIM (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 13.05L 3 59kg $71
8 6 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 15.05L 1 59kg $10
9 5 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 16.05L 7 59kg $26
8 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 0

2018 Peter Young Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #9 Single Gaze
  • 2nd: #1 Hartnell
  • 3rd: #5 Lord Fandango

2018 Peter Young Stakes Odds

The latest Peter Young Stakes 2018 betting odds will be provided below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.

2018 Peter Young Stakes Field

The Peter Young Stakes attracts a class line-up of staying types heading towards the Australian Cup field in a fortnight.

The official 2018 Peter Young Stakes field and barriers will be released below on Wednesday February 21, 2018.

The 2018 Peter Young Stakes Final Field attracted 10 hopefuls including the two best fancied in futures Australian Cup betting, CF Orr Stakes winner Hartnell and the Darren Weir-trained Gailo Chop also coming off a first-up win at Caulfield a fortnight back.

Read more on the 2018 Peter Young Stakes Field of Australian Cup-bound Horses.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 22x12290x1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 5 59kg 114
2 x0143150x1 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 8 59kg 113
3 4339332215 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 2 59kg 96
4 1x5x76200x VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 4 59kg 106
5 515x2114x3 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Jordan Childs 7 59kg 102
6 6x515867x2 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 1 59kg 104
7 204x77x52x SPIRITJIM (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 3 59kg 102
8 446925041x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 10 58.5kg 107
9 2x054420x2 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 57kg 109
10 00x72586x6 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 9 57kg 102

2018 Peter Young Stakes Nominations

The Peter Young Stakes nominations feature a host of autumn gallopers coming off lead-up runs in races like the Carlyon Cup and CF Orr Stakes and are released by Racing Victoria the Monday leading up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The official 2018 Peter Young Stakes Nominations drew a dozen stayers and have been extended until Tuesday morning. Of the early entries standouts include Darren Weir’s Australian Cup favourite Gailo Chop coming off a win in the TS Carlyon Cup and Godolphin star Hartnell who was impressive with a narrow first-up CF Orr Stakes success.

Peter Young Stakes / St George Stakes History

The St George Stakes is one of the older Australian thoroughbred races having first run in 1900 when Parthian claimed victory. It began as a Principal race run over nine furlongs and continued under the same status and distance right up until 1973 when Australia adopted the metric system and converted the race distance to 1800m. Through that time there was only one year when the St George Stakes was not held, 1921.

In 1979 the St George Stakes was elevated to Group 2 status and the race length was dramatically shortened to 1200m for one year. The following year in 1980 the distance reverted back to 1800m. In 1982 the distance decreased to 1600m, then in 1983 it was run over 1800m, in 1984 it shortened again to 1600m for four years until 1988 when it went back to the distance it remains today 1800m, except for one year in 1995 it was run over 2000m.

It has been known as the Peter Young Stakes since 2012.

Recent St George Stakes / Peter Young Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Peter Young Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Peter Young Stakes
1st Gailo Chop 1 minute 48.26 seconds
2nd Single Gaze
3rd Hartnell
2017
Peter Young Stakes
1st Stratum Star 1 minute 48.25 seconds
2nd Humidor
3rd The United States
2016
Peter Young Stakes
1st Bow Creek 1 minute 48.6 seconds
2nd Fenway
3rd Mourinho
2015
Peter Young Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 48.0 seconds
2nd Happy Trails
3rd Akzar
2014
Peter Young Stakes
1st Fiorente 1 minute 50.09 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Star Rolling
2013
Peter Young Stakes
1st Foreteller 1 minute 50.97 seconds
2nd Mr Moet
3rd Budriguez
2012
Peter Young Stakes
1st Lucas Cranach 1 minute 48.8 seconds
2nd Illo
3rd Manighar
2011
St George Stakes
1st Heart Of Dreams 1 minute 48.8 seconds
2nd Precedence
3rd Spacecraft
2010
St George Stakes
1st La Rocket 1 minute 49.04 seconds
2nd Heart Of Dreams
3rd Miss Maren
2009
St George Stakes
1st Theseo 1 minute 47.8 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Zarita
2008
St George Stakes
1st Princess Coup 1 minute 51 seconds
2nd Sirmione
3rd Douro Valley
2007
St George Stakes
1st Pompeii Ruler 1 minute 49.2 seconds
2nd Marasco
3rd Aqua D’Amore
2006
St George Stakes
1st Our Smoking Joe 1 minute 50.2 seconds
2nd Lad Of The Manor
3rd Vroom Vroom
2005
St George Stakes
1st Elvstroem 1 minute 49.5 seconds
2nd Makybe Diva
3rd Casual Pass
2004
St George Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 50.9 seconds
2nd Sound Journey
3rd Mummify
2003
St George Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 51.8 seconds
2nd Fields Of Omagh
3rd Mr Casanova
2002
St George Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 49.2 seconds
2nd Old Comrade
3rd Piper Star
2001
St George Stakes
1st Cent Home 1 minute 47.1 seconds
2nd Giovana
3rd Kaapstad Way
2000
St George Stakes
1st Royal Voyage 1 minute 49.1 seconds
2nd Oliver Twist
3rd Arena

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