Victory Stakes

The Victory Stakes is a Group 2 sprint run during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival as a potential lead-up to the Doomben 10,000.

2020 Victory Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Victorem
  • 2nd: #9 Niccanova
  • 3rd: #11 Deep Image



The Group 2 Victory Stakes takes place in April during the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 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.

Prize money for the 2020 Victory Stakes was down to $175,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the race running as a set weights plus penalties event in May as part of a reduced Brisbane Winter Carnival.

The Victory Stakes is an excellent lead up to 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 2020 ran on Saturday May 23, 2020 as a set weights plus penalties event to serve as the key Stradbroke lead-up and was won in an upset by Victorem. 

2020 Victory Stakes
Date: Saturday May 23, 2020
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age (Set Weights + Penalties in 2020 due to COVID-19)
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000 ($175,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)
Inaugurated: 1980

2020 Victory Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Victorem
  • 2nd: #6 Niccanova
  • 3rd: #11 Deep Image

There was an upset in the Victory Stakes 2020 results this winter with the Jenny Graham-trained Victorem ($17), currently based at Eagle Farm with Barry Lockwood, driving through the middle in the closing stages to defeat a fast-finishing Niccanova ($21) with on-pace runner Deep Image ($9) third in a lucrative trifecta.

Victorem will race next-up in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap back at the track on June 6.

Click here to read more on the improved effort by the Victory Stakes 2020 winner Victorem.

Color Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Mark Du Plessis 3 56.5kg $17
2 6 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 1.3L 8 56.5kg $21
3 11 DEEP IMAGE Robert Heathcote Ms Stephanie Thornton 1.7L 10 56kg $9
4 15 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 1.9L 6 54.5kg $10
5 3 TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 2.2L 13 57kg $16
6 12 WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Brad Stewart 2.4L 9 55.5kg $5.50
7 4 TAMBO’S MATE Stuart Kendrick Matthew McGillivray 2.6L 5 57kg $13
8 1 KEMENTARI James Cummings Ryan Maloney 3L 11 58kg $5.50
9 8 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 3.2L 7 56.5kg $4.80F
10 13 FREDDIE FOX TROT Les Kelly Sean Cormack 4.2L 2 55kg $26
11 5 CHAPTER AND VERSE Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 4.4L 12 57kg $31
12 9 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Larry Cassidy 5.6L 4 56.5kg $41
13 2 SESAR Kacy Fogden Jag Guthmann-Chester 5.8L 1 58kg $61
16 FREE OF DEBT Chris Bieg Justin Huxtable (a)   0      
  10 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon   0      
  14 SOXAGON Mark Currie     0      

Table Credit: Racing Australia

2020 Victory Stakes Odds

The updated Victory Stakes 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Field & Barriers are set for release by Racing Queensland on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2020 Victory Stakes final field features 16 runners with the Godolphin-raced Group 1 winner Kementari drawn wide out in gate 13 carrying the equal 58kg topweight with the rails-drawn Sesar. The locally-trained favourite Vega One drew well midfield with gate nine.

Click here to read more on the key contenders in the Victory Stakes 2020 field and betting markets.

Updates:

#10 Miss Fabulass (3) has been scratched from the Victory Stakes field in Brisbane and instead runs in Sydney’s Octagonal Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

#14 Soxagon (8) and #16 Free Of Debt (15) are the other official Victory Stakes race scratchings.

Click here for the full Victory Stakes Day 2020 scratchings and Eagle Farm track report.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 439x27x335 KEMENTARI James Cummings Ryan Maloney 13 58kg 110
2 17x16300x9 SESAR Kacy Fogden Jag Guthmann-Chester 1 58kg 101
3 2x86436x77 TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 16 57kg 104
4 211213×421 TAMBO’S MATE Stuart Kendrick Matthew McGillivray 6 57kg 101
5 33x413494x CHAPTER AND VERSE Desleigh Forster Michael Cahill 14 57kg 96
6 022x81412x NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 10 56.5kg 106
7 3x2814x2x0 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Mark Du Plessis 4 56.5kg 105
8 91x8211x44 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 9 56.5kg 102
9 71x1515x08 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Larry Cassidy 5 56.5kg 97
10 8×77182624 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon 3 56kg 103
11 1213115×82 DEEP IMAGE Robert Heathcote Ms Stephanie Thornton 12 56kg 102
12 30x07x25x4 WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Brad Stewart 11 55.5kg 105
13 2×04146211 FREDDIE FOX TROT Les Kelly Sean Cormack 2 55kg 99
14 x211232x11 SOXAGON Mark Currie  TBA 8 55kg 88
15 700x1281x3 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 7 54.5kg 104
16 1130×2005 FREE OF DEBT Chris Bieg Justin Huxtable (a) 15 53.5kg 85

2020 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 2020 Victory Stakes nominations feature 20 class sprinters including the Godolphin-raced Kementari coming off a close fifth in the BRC Sprint when heavily-weighted, Stuart Kendrick’s BRC Sprint winner Tambo’s Mate out to do the double and the Tony Gollan-trained Vega One who ran fourth in the same lead-up with improvement to come third-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 64466×6126 BANDIPUR G 5 Kelly Purdy
2 33x413494x CHAPTER AND VERSE G 5 Desleigh Forster
3 1213115×82 DEEP IMAGE G 6 Robert Heathcote
4 2×04146211 FREDDIE FOX TROT G 5 Les Kelly
5 1130×2005 FREE OF DEBT C 3 Chris Bieg
6 103x10x350 GREY SHADOW M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
7 439x27x335 KEMENTARI G 5 James Cummings
8 8×77182624 MISS FABULASS M 4 Kris Lees
9 022x81412x NICCANOVA G 6 Steve Tregea
10 3246988241 ORIENTAL RUNNER G 6 John Smerdon
11 700x1281x3 OUTBACK BARBIE M 4 Tony Gollan
12 x4600327x3 REDOUBLE G 6 Bjorn Baker
13 17x16300x9 SESAR H 4 Kacy Fogden
14 71x1515x08 SIGNORE FOX H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
15 x211232x11 SOXAGON G 4 Mark Currie
16 211213×421 TAMBO’S MATE G 4 Stuart Kendrick
17 2x86436x77 TYZONE G 6 Toby & Trent Edmonds
18 91x8211x44 VEGA ONE G 4 Tony Gollan
19 3x2814x2x0 VICTOREM G 5 Jenny Graham
20 30x07x25x4 WINTER BRIDE M 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds

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.

In 2020 the Victory Stakes took place in May as a set weights plus penalties event due to COVID-19 and was the key Stradbroke lead-up that year.

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
2020
Victory Stakes
1st Victorem 1 minute 10.60 seconds
2nd Niccanova
3rd Deep Image
2019
Victory Stakes
1st I Am Excited 1 minute 9.64 seconds
2nd Redzel
3rd Jonker
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

Spring Racing

Scratchings Ravage 2020 Missil...

Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 Fie...

Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 Field & Odds Update: Great Again Brave Favourite

Two sprinters are fighting for favouritism in 2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap...

Golden Rose Hopes Kick-Off In ...

Golden Rose Hopes Kick-Off In The Rosebud 2020: Field & Betting Update

A host of potential Group 1 Golden Rose hopefuls get their spring carnivals...

2020 Missile Stakes Odds Updat...

2020 Missile Stakes Odds Update: Eduardo Market Mover

The punters are taking on the 10-time Group 1 winning favourite Melody Belle...

2020 Thousand Guineas Nominati...

2020 Thousand Guineas Nominations: Three Fillies Lead Betting Top Spot

Three fillies are currently installed as the equal favourites in updated...

Horse Racing Today

Scratchings Ravage 2020 Missil...

Darwin Cup Betting Odds 2020: ...

Darwin Cup Betting Odds 2020: Race Day Market Moves

This afternoon Fannie Bay hosts the always-popular 2020 Darwin Cup up in the...

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Wi...

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Winner Solar Star Goes All-The-Way

The Tony Gollan-trained Solar Star came away with a valuable Black-Type win...

2020 Eye Liner Stakes Results:...

2020 Eye Liner Stakes Results: Bandipur Deserving Winner

It had been a Queensland Winter Racing Carnival of bad luck for the always...

Thousand Guineas Plans for Oak...

Thousand Guineas Plans for Oaklands Plate 2020 Winner Instant Celebrity

Trainer Phillip Stokes unearthed a genuine Group 1 Thousand Guineas hope in...

Race Results

2020 Darwin Cup Results: Ihtsahymn Goes Back-to-Back

Man Of Peace Puts Hand Up for 2020 The Kosciuszko

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Winner Solar Star Goes All-The-Way

2020 Eye Liner Stakes Results: Bandipur Deserving Winner

Thousand Guineas Plans for Oaklands Plate 2020 Winner Instant Celebrity

Race Previews

Scratchings Ravage 2020 Missile Stakes Field: Savatiano Out, Six Remain

Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 Field & Odds Update: Great Again Brave Favourite

Golden Rose Hopes Kick-Off In The Rosebud 2020: Field & Betting Update

2020 Missile Stakes Odds Update: Eduardo Market Mover

2020 Thousand Guineas Nominations: Three Fillies Lead Betting Top Spot

Fields & Form

Scratchings Ravage 2020 Missile Stakes Field: Savatiano Out, Six Remain

Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 Field & Odds Update: Great Again Brave Favourite

Golden Rose Hopes Kick-Off In The Rosebud 2020: Field & Betting Update

2020 Missile Stakes Odds Update: Eduardo Market Mover

2020 Thousand Guineas Nominations: Three Fillies Lead Betting Top Spot