Wakeful Stakes

The Wakeful Stakes (2000m) is a Group 2 event hosted at Flemington Racecourse on Derby Day as a lead-up to the VRC Oaks.

2020 Wakeful Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Victoria Quay
  • 2nd: #1 Personal
  • 3rd: #10 Tyche Goddess



The Wakeful Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-old fillies contested at Flemington Racecourse.

Held the Saturday before the illustrious Melbourne Cup in late October or early November annually, the Wakeful Stakes is one of 9 Group status races that fill the card on Victoria Derby Day. VRC Derby Day is one of the only race meets in Australia where every race has Group status. There are four Group 1 races on the card: the Victoria Derby (2500m), Kennedy Cantala (1600m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Empire Rose Stakes (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 VRC Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies the following Thursday.

The Wakeful Stakes results have been a good indication for the VRC Oaks over the years, with 14 fillies taking out the double since 1983, including most recently Kirramosa (2013), Aristia (2018) and Miami Bound (2019).

Victoria Derby Day on Saturday October 31, 2020 featured the 2020 Wakeful Stakes won by Victoria Quay. 

2020 Wakeful Stakes
Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1932

2020 Wakeful Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Victoria Quay
  • 2nd: #1 Personal
  • 3rd: #10 Tyche Goddess

The progressive Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Victoria Quay ($7) was eye-catching late in a fighting finish down the outside with the filly ridden to a narrow win over the favourite Personal ($3F) thanks to a gun ride by Jamie Kah. She will bypass the Kennedy Oaks and be saved for the Group 1 SA Oaks back home next winter.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Wakeful Stakes win by Victoria Quay. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 VICTORIA QUAYSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 11 55kg $7
2 1 PERSONAL Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 0.3L 8 55kg $3F
3 10 TYCHE GODDESSSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 1.8L 9 55kg $51
4 8 MIRAVALLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mark Newnham Craig Williams 3.55L 13 55kg $6
5 6 SALTO ANGEL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 5.8L 14 55kg $12
6 2 STARELLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Danny O’Brien James McDonald 6.55L 6 55kg $10
7 3 SUCCEED INDEED Leon & Troy Corstens Mark Zahra 6.65L 4 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $9.50
8 5 SILHOUETTE James Cummings John Allen 9.15L 3 55kg $31
9 4 AGREEABLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 11.65L 1 55kg $8
10 12 BLAZING LACESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Dan O’Sullivan Michael Poy (a) 16.15L 2 55kg $301
11 7 PENSATOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme James Cummings William Pike 16.25L 5 55kg $26
12 14 MRS MURPHY (NZ) Paul Rocke Jake Noonan 21.25L 10 55kg $301
13 11 LADY DEVEREAUXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Clinton McDonald Jordan Childs 24.25L 12 55kg $301
14 13 PROUD MARY Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 30.25L 7 55kg $201

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Wakeful Stakes Betting Odds

The top Wakeful Stakes 2020 odds and market links to the betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au on the VRC Oaks lead-up race will be provided below the week of the race.

2020 Wakeful Stakes Field

The Wakeful Stakes field attracts a host of three-year-old fillies looking to back-up the next Thursday into the VRC Oaks field. Fillies competing in the Wakeful Stakes field 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).

The official Wakeful Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday before the race and will be provided in full below.

Thousand Guineas runner-up Personal heads the 2020 Wakeful Stakes field of fillies on Derby Day stepping-up in distance in the potential VRC Oaks lead-up.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2130×522 PERSONAL Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 8 55kg 94
2 2×5528 STARELLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Danny O’Brien James McDonald 6 55kg 73
3 3×3146 SUCCEED INDEED Leon & Troy Corstens Mark Zahra 4 55kg 70
4 1×4465 AGREEABLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 1 55kg 65
5 4313×755 SILHOUETTE James Cummings John Allen 3 55kg 64
6 8222 SALTO ANGEL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 14 55kg 72
7 5x4x2314 PENSATOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme James Cummings William Pike 5 55kg 66
8 0x1766 MIRAVALLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mark Newnham Craig Williams 13 55kg 64
9 412 VICTORIA QUAYSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 11 55kg 64
10 1033 TYCHE GODDESSSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 9 55kg 62
11 816 LADY DEVEREAUXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Clinton McDonald Jordan Childs 12 55kg 62
12 08×4317990 BLAZING LACESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Dan O’Sullivan Michael Poy (a) 2 55kg 60
13 405 PROUD MARY Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 7 55kg 56
14 649 MRS MURPHY (NZ) Paul Rocke Jake Noonan 10 55kg 58

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 Miami Bound (2019), Aristia (2018), Zarita (2007) and Tuesday Joy (2006). Wakeful Stakes results, winners and placegetters since 2000 are listed below.

Wakeful Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Wakeful Stakes
1st Victoria Quay 2 minutes 1.96 seconds
2nd Personal
3rd Tyche Goddess
2019
Wakeful Stakes
1st Miami Bound 2 minutes 4.48 seconds
2nd Vegas Jewel
3rd Palumbo
2018
Wakeful Stakes
1st Aristia 2 minutes 1.36 seconds
2nd Qafila
3rd El Dorado Dreaming
2017
Wakeful Stakes
1st Luvaluva 2 minutes 3.99 seconds
2nd Glam Guru
3rd Rimraam
2016
Wakeful Stakes
1st Tiamo Grace 2 minutes 4.44 seconds
2nd Sebring Dream
3rd Missrock
2015
Wakeful Stakes
1st Ambience 2 minutes 4.7 seconds
2nd Beluga Blue
3rd Muzyka
2014
Wakeful Stakes
1st Thunder Lady 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Abduction
3rd Fenway
2013
Wakeful Stakes
1st Kirramosa 2 minutes 5.15 seconds
2nd May’s Dream
3rd Solicit
2012
Wakeful Stakes
1st Zydeco 2 minutes 2.8 seconds
2nd Maraatib
3rd Transonic
2011
Wakeful Stakes
1st Atlantic Jewel 2 minutes 4.98 seconds
2nd Rahveel
3rd Dowager Queen
2010
Wakeful Stakes
1st Brazilian Pulse 2 minutes 4.27 seconds
2nd Placement
3rd Heartsareforlove
2009
Wakeful Stakes
1st Faint Perfume 2 minutes 3.25 seconds
2nd Silent Surround
3rd Melito
2008
Wakeful Stakes
1st Rocha 2 minutes 5.5 seconds
2nd Miss Scarlatti
3rd Estee
2007
Wakeful Stakes
1st Zarita 2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd Riva San
3rd Katherine Gold
2006
Wakeful Stakes
1st Tuesday Joy 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd J’adane
3rd Anamato
2005
Wakeful Stakes
1st Serenade Rose 2 minutes 2.5 seconds
2nd Astronomia
3rd Zenarta
2004
Wakeful Stakes
1st Hollow Bullet 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Storm Alert
3rd Mango Daiquiri
2003
Wakeful Stakes
1st Timbourina 2 minutes 5.5 seconds
2nd Special Harmony
3rd Dane Beltar
2002
Wakeful Stakes
1st Hierogram 2 minutes 2.9 seconds
2nd Its Who Deanie
3rd Lashed
2001
Wakeful Stakes
1st Quays 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
2nd Gold Lottery
3rd Li Lo Lill
2000
Wakeful Stakes
1st Lolita Star 2 minutes 4.7 seconds
2nd Lang Kwai Fong
3rd Tanith

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