Phar Lap Stakes

The Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) is a Group 2 race held at Rosehill in March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Funstar
  • 2nd: #5 Probabeel
  • 3rd: #3 Quick Thinker



The Phar Lap Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in early – mid March. Open to three year old horses, the 1500m middle distance event is a set weights race which means that all colts and geldings must carry 56.5kg while fillies have a 2kg allowance of 54.5kg. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the Phar Lap Stakes is held on the Coolmore Classic Day which offers several Group 1 and 2 races.

The biggest race on the day is the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares.

Along with the Phar Lap Stakes the other major support acts on the card include the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) – the latter lead-ups into the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Three-year-olds many come into the Phar Lap Stakes off a run in the previous weekend’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) or a non-Black Type lead up during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Many of the horses out of the Phar Lap Stakes field will continue onto the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) back at Rosehill at the end of March before targeting a Royal Randwick win during ‘The Championships’ in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) or the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) for the fillies. Unforgotten (2018) and Verry Elleegant (2019) both completed the Phar Lap Stakes – Australian Oaks double for Chris Waller.

Waller took his record in the Phar Lap Stakes up to five wins in six years with Funstar in 2020.

The Phar Lap Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday March 14, 2020 and saw the Chris Waller-trained odds-on favourite Funstar salute for the punters in the wet. 

2020 Phar Lap Stakes
Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: 3YO Open Set Weights C&G 56.5kg F 54.5kg
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Funstar
  • 2nd: #5 Probabeel
  • 3rd: #3 Quick Thinker

Funstar ($1.55) became the fifth filly in six years to dominate the Phar Lap Stakes 2020 results for trainer Chris Waller, the Flight Stakes winner turning the tables on class Kiwi Probabeel ($3.20) after the duo ran one-two in reverse order fresh in the Group 1 Surround Stakes.

Click here to read more on the Vinery Stud Stakes-bound 2020 Phar Lap Stakes winner Funstar.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 6 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 6 54.5kg $1.55F
2 5 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 1.3L 4 54.5kg $3.20
3 3 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 2.8L 1 56.5kg $15
4 10 ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 10.4L 5 54.5kg $41
5 1 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 12.7L 3 56.5kg $20
6 4 TRUST THE PROCESS Bryce Heys Michael Walker 12.9L 2 56.5kg $51
9 NUDGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 0
7 AKARI Brad Widdup 0
2 SPEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 0
8 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Phar Lap Stakes 2020 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Field

The final field and barrier draw for the Phar Lap Stakes 2020 will be published here once it has been announced on Wednesday March 11, 2020.

Ten three-year-olds make-up the 2020 Phar Lap Stakes field including the Team Hawkes-trained Spend looking nice value after a lead-up win fresh at Flemington. The fillies dominate the markets however with an odds-on quote for Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Funstar out in gate 10, while the Kiwi Probabeel is flying chasing her fourth win on the trot this prep following the lead-up Surround Stakes triumph over the locals.

Click here to read more on the Funstar-dominated 2020 Phar Lap Stakes field and betting market.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 112x4501x8 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 56.5kg 90
2 1×431 SPEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 6 56.5kg 78
3 21x1356x42 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 1 56.5kg 77
4 6211×3 TRUST THE PROCESS Bryce Heys Michael Walker 3 56.5kg 61
5 65x422x111 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 5 54.5kg 105
6 11x211x2 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 10 54.5kg 103
7 23x2111x77 AKARI Brad Widdup TBA 2 54.5kg 81
8 1x2160x12 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 54.5kg 78
9 7x61231x5 NUDGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 9 54.5kg 76
10 76x22917x0 ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 7 54.5kg 64

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations

The Phar Lap Stakes nominations close the Monday before Coolmore Classic Day and feature a host of potential Australian Derby runners later in the autumn.

The official 2020 Phar Lap Stakes nominations will be published below once released by Racing NSW on the Monday before the race.

The Phar Lap Stakes 2020 nominations drew 16 three-year-olds led by Chris Waller’s Flight Stakes winner Funstar coming off a first-up second in the Group 1 Surround Stakes to the gun Kiwi, the Jamie Richards-trained Probabeel who is also in the mix heading towards the Australian Oaks next month.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 65x422x111 PROBABEEL (NZ) F 3 Jamie Richards 1 54.5kg 105
2 112x4501x8 KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller 2 56.5kg 90
3 11x211x2 FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller 3 54.5kg 103
4 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 4 56.5kg 80
5 23x2111x77 AKARI F 3 Brad Widdup 5 54.5kg 81
6 17104×18 BONVICINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 54.5kg 87
7 21x1356x42 QUICK THINKER C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 7 56.5kg 77
8 1×431 SPEND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 56.5kg 78
9 1x2160x12 SUBPOENAED (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 9 54.5kg 78
10 7x61231x5 NUDGE F 3 Chris Waller 10 54.5kg 76
11 76x22917x0 ASPECT RATIO F 3 John Sargent 11 54.5kg 64
12 472×138413 DESIGNATED G 3 Kristen Buchanan 12 56.5kg 71
13 1x17x414 KNICKPOINT C 3 James Cummings 13 56.5kg 72
14 1139×7 BOTTEGA C 3 Gerald Ryan 14 56.5kg 73
15 146×416 SAVOURY (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 15 56.5kg 68
16 6211×3 TRUST THE PROCESS G 3 Bryce Heys 16 56.5kg 61

Phar Lap Stakes History

The Phar Lap Stakes is named after legendary horse Phar Lap who dominated Australian Racing during his time on the track that included the 1930 Melbourne Cup win.

For one year in 2008 the Group 2 race was held at Canterbury and raced over 1550m.

Phar Lap Stakes Winners

Plenty of star three-year-olds have dominated the Phar Lap Stakes results in recent years including Apache Cat (2006) and Winx (2015) who would go on to etch her name in the history books with a stunning succession of Group 1 wins including two victories in the Cox Plate.

From 2015 – 2020 trainer Chris Waller prepared vie fillies to beat home the boys in the Phar Lap Stakes results: Winx (2015), Foxplay (2017), Unforgotten (2018), Verry Ellegant (2019) and Funstar (2020).

See below for the full list of Phar Lap Stakes winners going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Funstar 1 minute 35.26 seconds
2nd Probabeel
3rd Quick Thinker
2019
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Verry Elleegant  1 minute 32.32 seconds
2nd Seabrook
3rd Aristia
2018
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Unforgotten 1 minute 29.12 seconds
2nd Holy Snow
3rd Hiyaam
2017
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Foxplay 1 minute 30.57 seconds
2nd Zenalicious
3rd Cosmic Set
2016
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Hattori Hanzo 1 minute 29.9 seconds
2nd Man Of Choice
3rd Believe
2015
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 30.26 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd Supara
2014
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Traitor 1 minute 29.47 seconds
2nd Define
3rd Guelph
2013
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Toydini 1 minute 28.98 seconds
2nd Ninth Legion
3rd Force Command
2012
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Colorado Claire 1 minute 32.29 seconds
2nd Rekindled Alliance
3rd Wild And Proud
2011
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Blackie 1 minute 30.0 seconds
2nd Fast Clip
3rd Sworn To Secrecy
2010
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Tickets 1 minute 29.68 seconds
2nd Al Dhafra
3rd Descarado
2009
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Heart Of Dreams 1 minute 29.95 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Predatory Pricer
2008
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Acey Ducey 1 minute 32.12 seconds
2nd Voice Commander
3rd Our Mosstique
2007
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Just Mambo 1 minute 31.69 seconds
2nd Raheeb
3rd Amory Lane
2006
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 30.64 seconds
2nd Racing To Win
3rd Wasp
2005
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Shania Dane 1 minute 32.12 seconds
2nd Al Maher
3rd Svenska
2004
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Only Words 1 minute 28.49 seconds
2nd Kingside
3rd Skittles
2003
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Thorn Park 1 minute 28.6 seconds
2nd Sportsman
3rd Bumptious
2002
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Arlington Road 1 minute 30.45 seconds
2nd Ugachaka
3rd Gordo
2001
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Maitland Gold 1 minute 27.86 seconds
2nd Star Satire
3rd Glenrowan
2000
Phar Lap Stakes
1st Lord Essex 1 minute 28.82 seconds
2nd Dangerous
3rd Over

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