The 2016 Wakeful Stakes is an exciting Group 2 race that takes place towards the end of Australia’s most famous series of thoroughbred events, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Held the Saturday before the illustrious Melbourne Cup in late October or early November annually, the Wakeful Stakes is one of nine Group status races that fill the card on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington. Derby Day is one of the only race meets in Australia where every race has Group status. Great Group 1 events held on the day including the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m), $1 million Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
The Wakeful Stakes is a 2000m event for three-year-old fillies run under set weight conditions plus penalties. Worth $300,000 in total prize money it is an excellent lead-up race to the highly prestigious $1 million Crown Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies the following Thursday. The Wakeful Stakes have been a good indication for the Crown Oaks over the years, with 13 fillies taking out the double since 1983, including most recently Kirramosa (2013).
Victoria Derby Day on Saturday October 29, 2016 will feature the 2016 Wakeful Stakes.
|2016 Wakeful Stakes|
|Date:||October 29, 2016|
|Conditions:||3YO Fillies – Set Weights + Penalties|
|Prize Money:||$300 000|
2016 Wakeful Stakes Field & Odds
The Wakeful Stakes field attracts a host of three-year-old fillies looking to back-up the next Thursday into the Crown Oaks field.
The 2016 Wakeful Stakes field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday October 26 and will be published below complete with links to updated Wakeful Stakes betting markets from Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Wakeful Stakes Nominations
The Wakeful Stakes nominations tend to attract some very decent three year old fillies. As a 2000m event, the fillies who enter the Wakeful Stakes nominations usually have an eye on later staying events, especially the Crown Oaks.
The 2016 Wakeful Stakes nominations were released by Racing Victoria on Monday October 24 and feature 17 promising fillies led by the Darren Weir-trained Tiamo Grace.
See below for the full 2016 Wakeful Stakes Nominations and follow the link for a more detailed rundown on the early entries.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||52||ALMALITA||F||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||–|
|3||7513×5126||BELLA SORELLASTRA||F||3||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||70|
|4||36109||BETTYRAE RUBY||F||3||Tim Hughes||62|
|5||7×721||FLORIDA KEYS||F||3||Pat Carey||61|
|6||939227416||LAMMA HILTON||F||3||Anthony Cummings||–|
|8||7×571||MY GIRL CHILLY||F||3||Jarrod McLean||60|
|9||410×258||OUTBACK RAIN||F||3||David Brideoake||65|
|10||23||PENTHOUSE KITTEN (NZ)||F||3||Francis Finnegan||–|
|11||44×42113||PRETTY PUNK||F||3||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||74|
|12||732||QUEEN OF ZEALAND (NZ)||F||3||Michelle Payne||–|
|13||21×5565||SEBRING DREAM||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||–|
|14||3122||TIAMO GRACE||F||3||Darren Weir||70|
|15||944||TOFFEE NOSE||F||3||Danny O’Brien||–|
|16||32130||WATERLOO SUNSET||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||–|
Wakeful Stakes Lead Up Races
Fillies competing in the Wakeful Stakes may come via a number of earlier carnival races including the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day the week before, the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) or the prestigious Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).
Wakeful Stakes History
The Wakeful Stakes was first run in 1932 when Protea won the inaugural race. It started as a principal event run over ten furlongs and remained the same until 1973 when the distance was converted into 2000m with Australia’s adoption of the metric system. In 1979 the Wakeful Stakes was elevated to Group 2 status.
Many fine fillies have contested the race and high quality Wakeful Stakes winners include Zarita (2007) and Tuesday Joy (2006). Wakeful Stakes results, winners and placegetters since 2000 are listed below.
Wakeful Stakes Results
|1st||Ambience||2 minutes 4.7 seconds|
|1st||Thunder Lady||2 minutes 3.4 seconds|
|1st||Kirramosa||2 minutes 5.15 seconds|
|1st||Zydeco||2 minutes 2.8 seconds|
|1st||Atlantic Jewel||2 minutes 4.98 seconds|
|1st||Brazilian Pulse||2 minutes 4.27 seconds|
|1st||Faint Perfume||2 minutes 3.25 seconds|
|1st||Rocha||2 minutes 5.5 seconds|
|1st||Zarita||2 minutes 5.8 seconds|
|1st||Tuesday Joy||2 minutes 2.7 seconds|
|1st||Serenade Rose||2 minutes 2.5 seconds|
|1st||Hollow Bullet||2 minutes 2.1 seconds|
|1st||Timbourina||2 minutes 5.5 seconds|
|1st||Hierogram||2 minutes 2.9 seconds|
|2nd||Its Who Deanie|
|1st||Quays||2 minutes 1.2 seconds|
|3rd||Li Lo Lill|
|1st||Lolita Star||2 minutes 4.7 seconds|
|2nd||Lang Kwai Fong|