WH Stocks Stakes

The WH Stocks Stakes is a Group 2 event hosted at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Moir Stakes Night.

2017 Stocks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 I Am A Star
  • 2nd: #6 Flying Jess
  • 3rd: #1 Hell Or Highwater

WH Stocks Stakes News

I Am A Star Wins Stocks Stakes on Way to Myer Classic 2017

I Am A Star Wins Stocks Stakes on Way to Myer Classic 2017

Shane Nichols’ smart mare I Am A Star returned to winning form at Moonee Valley on Friday night taking out the 2017 Stocks Stakes for the punters on way to likely Myer Classic title defence in November. The bookies were taking no chances on the four-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible under the lights on…

The Group 2 WH Stocks Stakes is early on during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Taking place in late September at Moonee Valley on Moir Stakes Night, the WH Stocks is a 1600m middle distance event. Worth $200,000 in prize money it is for mares aged four-years-old and above, and is run under weight-for-age conditions.

Other races solely for mares held earlier in the carnival are the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Lets Elope Stakes (1400m), and a few runners may have previously contested these shorter distanced events.

The Stocks Stakes is an excellent lead up to events like the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington and the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup day in October. The race usually attracts a field of handy mares and quality winners include Tuesday Joy (2008), Atlantic Jewel (2013) who ran second in that year’s Underwood Stakes before success in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and Dear Demi (2014).

The WH Stocks Stakes 2017 took place under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday September 29, 2017.

2017 Stocks Stakes
Date: Friday September 29, 2017
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 4YO & Up Mares – Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1973

2017 Stocks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 I Am A Star
  • 2nd: #6 Flying Jess
  • 3rd: #1 Hell Or Highwater

Check out the official Stocks Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the comeback win by race favourite I Am A Star who is now on way to a Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) title defence during Flemington’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Ben Melham 7 56.5kg $3.50F
2 6 FLYING JESS John Moloney Tye Angland 0.4L 8 56.5kg $18
3 1 HELL OR HIGHWATER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dean Yendall 0.9L 9 57kg $4.20
4 11 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Jamie Mott 2.4L 11 56.5kg $18
5 5 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent Beau Mertens (a) 2.7L 10 57kg $41
6 3 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 2.8L 1 57kg $7
7 9 JENNIFER LYNN Darren Weir Blake Shinn 3.1L 4 56.5kg $11
8 10 EXOCET Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 3.2L 6 56.5kg $20
9 4 HAPPY HANNAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 5.2L 2 57kg $26
10 8 MONTOYA’S SECRET Leon & Troy Corstens Joao Moreira 5.7L 12 56.5kg $12
11 12 HEAVENLY DESCENT Mick Price Jake Noonan 5.8L 5 56.5kg $17
12 2 RISQUE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7.05L 3 57kg $51

2017 Stocks Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #3 Lizzie L’Amour
  • 2nd: #11 Smart As You Think
  • 3rd: #7 I Am A Star

Happy to forgive and forget the first-up run from Kiwi Group 1 winner Lizzie L’Amour who had health issues. She’ll be better second-up after recovering and returns to her own kind in this. Gets the rails run and Hugh Bowman aboard are two other plusses for the mare who has class and is out to atone. Out wider is So You Think four-year-old Smart As You Think and it is a generous price on offer for the proven Moonee Valley performer. The Group 2 Let’s Elope fifth was brave and she was only two lengths beaten as a $31 roughie. Will relish getting up to a mile and has form around some nice types. I Am A Star is a Group 1 mile winner from last Cup Carnival, comes off back-to-back sevenths but will be the improver over this distance from the gate at weight-for-age after carrying 59kg last time out to finish three lengths off the Let’s Elope winner.

W.H. Stocks Stakes Betting

The updated W.H. Stocks Stakes odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au are detailed below, so follow the links on your Stocks Stakes tips now.

2017 Stocks Stakes Field

The WH Stocks Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of mares each spring that may have had a lead-up in a race like the Let’s Elope Stakes, the double achieved in 2016 by Don’t Doubt Mamma. In 2013 Atlantic Jewel won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) before her success in the Stocks Stakes, a feat also achieved in 2011 by King’s Rose.

The official 2017 WH Stocks Stakes Final Field & Barriers will be available below once acceptances are taken the Wednesday of race week.

The WH Stocks Stakes 2017 Field drew a line-up of a dozen gallopers including a number among the 2017 Caulfield Cup first acceptances this week such as the Kiwi-trained Lizzie L’Amour who gets the rails run on Friday night from barrier one with regular rider of Winx, Hugh Bowman, booked for the ride.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 23×0653111 HELL OR HIGHWATER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dean Yendall 9 57kg 101
2 1x1380x000 RISQUE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 3 57kg 92
3 16151021×7 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 105
4 333x6759x0 HAPPY HANNAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 2 57kg 92
5 213x3116x CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent TBA 10 57kg 94
6 0471x67x20 FLYING JESS John Moloney Tye Angland 8 56.5kg 93
7 271183×477 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Ben Melham 7 56.5kg 107
8 35x2111x08 MONTOYA’S SECRET Leon & Troy Corstens Joao Moreira 12 56.5kg 98
9 113x256x68 JENNIFER LYNN Darren Weir Blake Shinn 4 56.5kg 77
10 49x30411x0 EXOCET Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 6 56.5kg 85
11 x577683x55 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Jamie Mott 11 56.5kg 80
12 3x6111x02 HEAVENLY DESCENT Mick Price Jake Noonan 5 56.5kg 74

2017 Stocks Stakes Nominations

The Stocks Stakes nominations are released on the Monday leading-up to Moir Stakes Night and the full list of early entries will be available here once announced.

WH Stocks Stakes History

The inaugural race in 1973 was won by Mellition. It began as a principal race run over 1600m and then became a listed event in 1979. Over a decade later it was elevated to Group 3 status before finally becoming a Group 2 event in 2005. For the first seven years, the race was known as the Dallas Handicap. Then from 1980 onwards it became the W H Stocks Stakes.

Notable winners of the Stocks Stakes include Mellition (1973), Digger’s Lass (1985), Gold Lottey (2002), Atlantic Jewel (2013) and I Am A Star (2017). Stocks Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Stocks Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
W H Stocks Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
W H Stocks Stakes
1st I Am A Star 1 minute 37.31 seconds
2nd Flying Jess
3rd Hell Or Highwater
2016
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Don’t Doubt Mamma 1 minute 38.74 seconds
2nd Kaniana
3rd Miss Rose De Lago
2015
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Fenway 1 minute 34.98 seconds
2nd May’s Dream
3rd Scratchy Bottom
2014
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Dear Demi 1 minute 37.82 seconds
2nd Solicit
3rd Commanding Jewel
2013
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Atlantic Jewel 1 minute 36.88 seconds
2nd Oasis Bloom
3rd Oriental Ruby
2012
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Oasis Bloom 1 minute 36.9 seconds
2nd Spirit Song
3rd Chateau Margaux
2011
W H Stocks Stakes
1st King’s Rose 1 minute 37.0 seconds
2nd Pinker Pinker
3rd Lady Lynette
2010
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Avienus 1 minute 38.3 seconds
2nd Belscenica
3rd Lady Lynette
2009
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Zarita 1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Cats Whisker
3rd Soul Diva
2008
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Tuesday Joy 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Devil Moon
3rd Bird Of Fire
2007
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Devil Moon 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Brom Felinity
3rd Hidden Strings
2006
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Astrodame 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Brockman’s Lass
3rd Belle Bizaare
2005
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Flowerdrum 1 minute 38.5 seconds
2nd Honest Politician
3rd Taken
2004
W H Stocks Stakes
1st She’s Archie 1 minute 41.9 seconds
2nd Annie La Vie
3rd Zumanity
2003
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Sunday Joy 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Liberty Rose
3rd Monde Special
2002
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Gold Lottey 1 minute 38.7 seconds
2nd Tyrolean
3rd Visage
2001
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Lady Marion 1 minute 38.7 seconds
2nd Tickle My
3rd Tyrolean
2000
W H Stocks Stakes
1st Hula Wonder 1 minute 38.4 seconds
2nd Camarena
3rd Mrs Bentley