Peter Young Stakes

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

2020 Peter Young Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Miss Siska
  • 2nd: #4 Kings Will Dream
  • 3rd: #6 Mirage Dancer



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).

More recently the 2019 Peter Young Stakes winner Avilius went on to complete the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes – Tancred Stakes double in Sydney.

This season’s edition of the Peter Young Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday February 22, 2020 and was won by in-form mare Miss Siska. 

2020 Peter Young Stakes
Date: Saturday February 22, 2020
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1900

2020 Peter Young Stakes Results

    • 1st: #9 Miss Siska
    • 2nd: #4 Kings Will Dream
    • 3rd: #6 Mirage Dancer

The Peter Young Stakes 2020 results proved you should never bet against an in-form mare with Grahame Begg’s impressive last start TS Carlyon Cup winner Miss Siska making it two-from-two this prep with a narrow victory over the beaten favourite Kings Will Dream.

Click here to read more on the impressive Peter Young Stakes winner Miss Siska.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 9 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Damian Lane 7 57kg $4.20
2 4 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 0.2L 1 59kg $3.10F
3 6 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 0.95L 6 59kg $31
4 5 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1.05L 5 59kg $3.90
5 2 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 1.25L 3 59kg $16
6 7 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Craig Williams 1.35L 9 59kg $12
7 1 SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) Mitsuru Hashida Michael Dee 4.35L 4 59kg $41
8 3 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Beau Mertens 6.85L 8 59kg $51
9 8 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 7.35L 2 58.5kg $9.50

2020 Peter Young Stakes Odds

The latest Peter Young Stakes 2020 betting odds will be provided below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.

2020 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 2020 Peter Young Stakes field and barriers will be released below on Wednesday February 19, 2020.

The Peter Young Stakes 2020 final field features just the nine hopefuls for the card closer on Blue Diamond Day with updated markets led by Chris Waller’s first-up CF Orr Stakes third placegetter Kings Will Dream drawn the rails. WA raider Regal Power looks the danger in barrier five with the ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike over for the ride on the returning Railway Stakes champion.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Peter Young Stakes Field & Odds for the Australian Cup lead-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 80x10x870x SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) Mitsuru Hashida Michael Dee 4 59kg 103
2 9x006380x4 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 3 59kg 108
3 x50211x8x5 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Beau Mertens 8 59kg 107
4 6Px58166x3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 1 59kg 110
5 1211x2161x REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 5 59kg 110
6 x1322x30x0 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 6 59kg 110
7 4424×52142 ODEON (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Craig Williams 9 59kg 99
8 1x2122240x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 2 58.5kg 109
9 7x278822x1 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Damian Lane 7 57kg 102

2020 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 2020 Peter Young Stakes nominations drew 12 weight-for-age hopefuls including Kings Will Dream coming off a first-up third in the CF Orr Stakes and the flying Miss Siska who couldn’t have been more impressive winning the Group 3 TS Carlyon Cup last start at the track.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 80x10x870x SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) H 9 Mitsuru Hashida 1 59kg 103
2 9x006380x4 HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 59kg 108
3 x50211x8x5 LEVENDI H 5 Peter Gelagotis 3 59kg 107
4 6Px58166x3 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 4 59kg 110
5 1211x2161x REGAL POWER G 4 Grant & Alana Williams 5 59kg 110
6 x1322x30x0 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 59kg 110
7 7x278822x1 MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 7 57kg 102
8 1x2122240x CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 58.5kg 109
9 4424×52142 ODEON (NZ) G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 9 59kg 99
10 22114×9654 NO COMMITMENT (NZ) G 6 Colin Little 10 59kg 76
11 430×225012 MUSHAIREB (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 11 59kg 85
12 41x33240x7 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) G 5 Jim Conlan 12 59kg 90

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
2020
Peter Young Stakes
1st Miss Siska 1 minute 49.64 seconds
2nd Kings Will Dream
3rd Mirage Dancer
2019
Peter Young Stakes
1st Avilius 1 minute 49.16 seconds
2nd Trap for Fools
3rd Ace High
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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