Victory Stakes

The Victory Stakes is a Group 2 sprint run in Brisbane in late April as a lead-up to the Doomben 10,000 and other Group 1 races during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

2018 Victory Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Impending
  • 2nd: #3 Most Important
  • 3rd: #9 I Am Excited



The Group 2 Victory Stakes is the first Group status race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival taking place in late April at Eagle Farm Racecourse or in more recent years Doomben Racecourse due to the ongoing track upgrade issues at Eagle Farm. Run over the sprint distance of 1200m it is a weight-for-age event worth $200, 000 and was previously known as the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes.

The Victory Stakes is an excellent lead up to Brisbane’s first Group 1 race of the season, the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m), another 1200m weight-for-age event run at Doomben. Quality runners may then progress onto both the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) in late May and Queensland’s richest race, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) in June.

The last horse to do the Victory Stakes – Stradbroke Handicap double in a single season was Srikandi (2015). In 2018 Impending won the Victory Stakes having taken on the previous year’s Stradbroke Handicap (2017).

The Victory Stakes 2018 ran on Saturday April 28, 2018 and was won by the Godolphin-raced favourite.

2018 Victory Stakes
Date: Saturday April 28, 2018
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben in 2018)
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1980

2018 Victory Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Impending
  • 2nd: #3 Most Important
  • 3rd: #9 I Am Excited

Check out the official Victory Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the quarter-length win by the Godolphin-raced favourite and reigning Stradbroke Handicap winner Impending ($2.50) who beat home the top local hope Most Important ($8.50).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 IMPENDING James Cummings Damian Browne 2 58.5kg $2.50F
2 3 MOST IMPORTANT Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 0.4L 6 58.5kg $8.50
3 9 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Michael Cahill 1.15L 7 54.5kg $6
4 4 MONSIEUR GUSTAVE Darryl Hansen Tiffani Brooker 1.9L 8 58.5kg $19
5 6 PRIVLAKA Robert Heathcote Matthew McGillivray 2.65L 4 58.5kg $61
6 5 SUPIDO Michael Kent Jeff Lloyd 2.85L 3 58.5kg $3.60
7 7 HAVASAY Liam Birchley Brad Stewart 3.85L 5 58.5kg $21
8 2 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 4.05L 1 58.5kg $13
8 MANAYA Michael Costa Scott Galloway 0

2018 Victory Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #3 Most Important
  • 2nd: #1 Impending
  • 3rd: #4 Monsieur Gustave

Read our full Victory Stakes 2018 Tips & Betting Update now.

2018 Victory Stakes Odds

The updated Victory Stakes 2018 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the potential Doomben 10,000-bound winter sprinters will be available below the week of the race.

2018 Victory Stakes Field

The Victory Stakes field attracts a class line-up of Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival hopes usually having their first Queensland run of the season. Horses that contested the race the season prior often return, while a host of interstate raiders dominate the Victory Stakes final acceptances including runners out of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney earlier in the month.

The official Victory Stakes 2018 Field & Barriers are set for release by Racing Queensland on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2018 Victory Stakes final field drew nine hopefuls before the early withdrawal of #8 Manaya (1). Last Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Impending is the odds-on favourite to salute first-up in this year’s Victory Stakes field.

Read more on the Impending-led Victory Stakes 2018 field & odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 643341x23x IMPENDING James Cummings Damian Browne 3 58.5kg 110
2 875113×200 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 2 58.5kg 108
3 00x641241x MOST IMPORTANT Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 7 58.5kg 106
4 x411x1170x MONSIEUR GUSTAVE Darryl Hansen Tiffani Brooker 9 58.5kg 104
5 930x15x454 SUPIDO Michael Kent Jeff Lloyd 4 58.5kg 105
6 8x721136x6 PRIVLAKA Robert Heathcote Matthew McGillivray 5 58.5kg 91
7 x1111x336x HAVASAY Liam Birchley Brad Stewart 6 58.5kg 88
8 3940x5132x MANAYA Michael Costa Scott Galloway 1 56.5kg 79
9 53772×1113 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Michael Cahill 8 54.5kg 95

2018 Victory Stakes Nominations

The Victory Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week and traditionally feature Doomben 10,000 bound sprinters kicking off their Brisbane campaigns for the winter.

The Victory Stakes 2018 Nominations attracted a dozen early entries and were extended until Tuesday morning. Of the original nominees standouts include the gun David Pfieffer-trained filly I Am Excited and the Godolphin-raced Impending who hasn’t raced since a third to Redzel in last November’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 7x2095626x DENMAGIC M 5 David Pfieffer
2 x1111x336x HAVASAY G 5 Liam Birchley
3 53772×1113 I AM EXCITED F 3 David Pfieffer 95
4 643341x23x IMPENDING H 4 James Cummings 110
5 875113×200 JUNGLE EDGE G 7 Mick Bell 108
6 3940x5132x MANAYA M 4 Michael Costa 79
7 x411x1170x MONSIEUR GUSTAVE G 5 Darryl Hansen 104
8 00x641241x MOST IMPORTANT G 5 Tony Gollan 106
9 8x721136x6 PRIVLAKA G 5 Robert Heathcote 91
10 x290x2860x SPIETH (NZ) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
11 930x15x454 SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent 105
12 70600×8555 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry 97

Victory Stakes History

The first horse to win the race then called the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes was Golden Rhapsody in 1980 when the race was inaugurated. Beginning as a Listed race the following year in 1981 it reached Group 3 status before being installed as a Group 2 event in 1992. First run over 1810m, the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes has gone through a number of distance changes throughout its history but is now a 1200m sprint at the Eagle Farm Racecourse for gallopers heading towards the Group 1 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival features.

In recent years the Victory Stakes has been run at Doomben Racecourse (2016 & 2018) due to ongoing track issues at Eagle Farm.

Victory Stakes Distance:
1980 – 1983: 1810m
1984 – 1986: 2100m
1987: 2125m
1988: 1810m
1989: 2125m
1990 – 2005: 1400m
2006 onwards: 1200m

Victory Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Victory Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Victory Stakes
1st Impending 1 minute 10.06 seconds
2nd Most Important
3rd I Am Excited
2017
Victory Stakes
1st Music Magnate 1 minute 13.27 seconds
2nd Hopfgarten
3rd Miss Cover Girl
2016
Victory Stakes
1st Fell Swoop 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Didntcostalot
3rd Artlee
2015
Victory Stakes
1st Srikandi 1 minute 9.63 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Dances On Stars
2014
Victory Stakes
1st Temple Of Boom 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Snitzerland
2013
Victory Stakes
1st Buffering 1 minute 8.54 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Albrecht
2012
Victory Stakes
1st Meeting Abandoned
2nd
3rd
2011
Victory Stakes
1st Buffering 1 minute 13.0 seconds
2nd Atomic Force
3rd Azzaland
2010
Victory Stakes
1st Ghetto Blaster 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd The Jackal
3rd Albert The Fat
2009
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Swiss Ace 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Sniper?s Bullet
3rd Red Element
2008
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Swiss Ace 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Atapi
3rd Dance The Waves
2007
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Mitanni 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Anwaar
3rd Tellem
2006
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st All Bar One 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd Falaise
3rd Impaler
2005
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Wager 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Deuxieme
3rd Dezigna
2004
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Only Words 1 minute 25.8 seconds
2nd Our Egyptian Raine
3rd Defier
2003
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Tit For Taat 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Scenic Peak
3rd Mr Bureaucrat
2002
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Mr Bureaucrat 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Salgado
3rd Faiza
2001
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Make Mine Magic 1 minute 20.8 seconds
2nd Play Station
3rd Camarena
2000
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Cheiron 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Narwong
3rd City Fair

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