Asian Beau Stakes

The Asian Beau Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth as a lead-up to the Group 1 races of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

2023 Asian Beau Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Marocchino
  • 2nd: #7 Alsephina
  • 3rd: #2 Last Of The Line



The 2023 Asian Beau Stakes is a 1400m sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth in either late October or early November on the same day Melbourne hosts its famous Victoria Derby Day program at Flemington.

Held under handicap conditions, the Asian Beau Stakes is open only to horses aged three years and older. With total prize money of $200,000 as of 2023, this is a fairly lucrative race considering its status.

The Asian Beau Stakes is one of the earlier races in the Perth Summer Racing Carnival. As a result, it tends to be a fairly popular target for resuming horses. Add to that the fact that it runs on the same day as the Victoria Derby in Melbourne, as the nation is building towards the Melbourne Cup, and it quickly becomes clear why the Asian Beau Stakes receives the local attention that it does.

There aren’t many lead up races to the Asian Beau Stakes, largely because there isn’t a lot of racing prior to it. The Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) held a couple of weeks earlier at the same track under the same conditions can act as a fairly effective preparatory race.

Following the Asian Beau Stakes, horses tend to follow fairly straightforward paths. The Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) and the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) are popular future targets, while the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) attracts some of the stronger runners.

Galaxy Star (2018) followed by Inspirational Girl (2020) and Western Empire (2021) are the latest gallopers to complete the Asian Beau Stakes – Railway Stakes double. Inspirational Girl also went on to run second in that summer’s Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) – now known as the Northerly Stakes – as did Western Empire the following year.

In 2022 the Asian Beau Stakes runner-up Startrade went on to run third in that year’s Railway Stakes trifecta, while the Asian Beau third place-getter Trix Of The Trade franked the form winning the Railway Stakes next start.

The 2023 Asian Beau Stakes was held on Saturday November 4, 2023 as a lead-up to the Group 1 Perth races over the summer and was won in a massive all-the-way upset by the Lou Luciani-trained Marocchino at 100/1! 

Asian Beau Stakes 2023
Date: Saturday November 4, 2023
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO+ Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $200,000

2023 Asian Beau Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Marocchino ($101)
  • 2nd: #7 Alsephina
  • 3rd: #2 Last Of The Line

Another shot at the Group 1 Railway Stakes this summer is on the cards for the Lou Lucinai-trained seven-year-old Marocchino with last year’s Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes winner leading from barrier to box in an impressive all-the-way upset at 100/1 to deny race favourite Alsephina in the 2023 Asian Beau Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MAROCCHINO Lou Luciani Troy Turner 1 61kg $101
2 7 ALSEPHINA Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 0.83L 2 54kg $2.10F
3 2 LAST OF THE LINE Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 1.74L 5 58.5kg $51
4 8 BLACK FANTASY Daniel & Ben Pearce Mrs Lucy Fiore 2.34L 4 54kg $12
5 9 RIVER RUBICON Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 2.63L 7 54kg $10
6 5 TITAN BLINDERS Chris & Michael Gangemi Laqdar Ramoly 2.66L 3 55kg $16
7 11 WEAPONSON Daniel Morton Peter Knuckey 2.86L 9 54kg $41
8 4 SEARCHIN’ ROC’S Jim Taylor Chris Parnham 3.16L 6 55kg $4.20
9 6 ADMIRATION EXPRESS Jason Miller Clint Johnston-Porter 3.91L 8 54kg $7.50
10 10 SENTIMENTAL HERO Michael Grantham Joseph Azzopardi 5.09L 10 54kg $21
3 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Jordan Turner 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Asian Beau Stakes Betting Odds

Betting on the Asian Beau Stakes 2023 is open following final acceptances the week of the race with markets available through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Inspirational Girl ($2.15 in 2020) was the last favourite in Asian Beau Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Treasured Star winning at Asian Beau Stakes odds of $12 and a complete boil-over in 2023 with Marocchino winning at $101!

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2023 Asian Beau Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Asian Beau Stakes Tips

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  • To Win: #8 Black Fantasy ($12 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Huge price on offer for the resuming Black Fantasy who chases a fourth win on the trot, but with over a year since his last start. The ultra-consistent Blackfriars five-year-old from the Pearce stable may be yet to win at the Ascot track (4:0-2-1) but he was going so good before this big break at Belmont. Won the Listed Aquanita Stakes – Belmont Classic double before an enormous romp home by over six lengths on Heavy going 15 months ago. Back-to-back trial wins ahead of his return. Barrier four for the Group 2 place-getter suggests he can pick up where he left off and surprise a few.

2023 Asian Beau Stakes Field

The Asian Beau Stakes field usually attracts a fairly decent selection of sprinters and middle distance runners. Trainers tend to be pretty flexible when deciding whether to accept for the Asian Beau Stakes field, so it can get quite varied.

It’s worth watching the Asian Beau Stakes field in order to get a decent gauge on the runners for the remainder of the summer carnival.

The 2023 Asian Beau Stakes field will be published below the week of the race.

The Asian Beau Stakes 2023 final field features a smart line-up of local summer carnival hopes led in betting by the returning Grant & Alana Williams-trained Star Turn mare Alsephina who won six straight at the Ascot track before a spell including a last start Group 3 win in the La Trice Classic way back on New Year’s Day.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 61011x10x0 MAROCCHINO Lou Luciani Troy Turner 1 61kg 108
2 45x845221x LAST OF THE LINE Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 5 58.5kg 103
3 945x31823x DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Jordan Turner 8 58kg 102
4 421x0180x1 SEARCHIN’ ROC’S Jim Taylor Chris Parnham 6 55kg 96
5 x573747x35 TITAN BLINDERS Chris & Michael Gangemi Laqdar Ramoly 3 55kg 96
6 3261x2133x ADMIRATION EXPRESS Jason Miller Clint Johnston-Porter 9 54kg 86
7 x12111111x ALSEPHINA Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 2 54kg 92
8 226333111x BLACK FANTASY Daniel & Ben Pearce Mrs Lucy Fiore 4 54kg 86
9 3215×23176 RIVER RUBICON Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 7 54kg 92
10 x0x313x133 SENTIMENTAL HERO Michael Grantham Joseph Azzopardi 11 54kg 79
11 122113×050 WEAPONSON Daniel Morton Peter Knuckey 10 54kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Asian Beau Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1982, the Asian Beau Stakes has grown into quite an important Western Australian race.

In the beginning, the Asian Beau Stakes was known as the Kankama Quality Stakes. It has gone through multiple name changes over the years, being known also as the Belmont Community Quality Stakes and Budget Quality Stakes.

The Asian Beau Stakes gained its current Group 3 status in 1999. It has always been run at Ascot Racecourse with the exception of one year in 2003, when it was run at Belmont Park.

The race is named after champion galloper Asian Beau. Asian Beau’s 1981 blitzing of the Group 1 Railway Stakes made him only the fourth horse to win as odds-on favourite since the race’s inception in 1887. Jockey Graeme Webster made the claim following the race that Asian Beau would “prove to be the best sprinter in Australia”. At the time, Tommy Berry’s offer of $450,000 seemed to reflect that. Although owner Joe Williams claimed he wanted $600,000 following the race.

Notable Asian Beau Stakes winners include Nitro Lad (1982), Pago Escort (1992), Idyllic Prince (2006), Luckygray (2011), Platinum Rocker (2013), next-up Railway Stakes champion Galaxy Star (2018) and Inspirational Girl (2020) who also went on to win that year’s Railway at the highest level.

Asian Beau Stakes results, placegetters and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Asian Beau Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Marocchino 1 minute 21.79 seconds
2nd Alsephina
3rd Last Of The Line
2022
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Treasured Star 1 minute 22.64 seconds
2nd Startrade
3rd Trix Of The Trade
2021
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Western Empire 1 minute 23.11 seconds
2nd Notorious One
3rd Luke’s Gold
2020
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Inspirational Girl 1 minute 25.73 seconds
2nd Too Close The Sun
3rd Red Can Man
2019
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Samizdat 1 minute 24.12 seconds
2nd Regal Power
3rd Perfect Jewel
2018
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Galaxy Star 1 minute 22.17 seconds
2nd Action
3rd War God
2017
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Pounamu 1 minute 22.90 seconds
2nd Variation
3rd Whispering Brook
2016
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Heart Starter 1 minute 24.12 seconds
2nd Great Shot
3rd Respondent
2015
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Real Love 1 minute 24.5 seconds
2nd My Sister Lil
3rd Hazzabeel
2014
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Balmont Girl 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd Respondent
2013
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Platinum Rocker 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Vermeer
3rd Rohan
2012
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Westriver Kevydonn 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Maschino
3rd Kerrific
2011
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Luckygray 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Mega Steel
3rd Tranquility
2010
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Colour Correct 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd God Has Spoken
3rd Inarticulate
2009
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Kasabian 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Elliotto
3rd Grand Nirvana
2008
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Gilded Venom 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Megatic
3rd Famous Roman
2007
Asian Beau Stakes
1st El Presidente 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Tarzi
3rd Wire Detonator
2006
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Idyllic Prince 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Kim Invader
3rd Ripped
2005
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Wild Target 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Wire Detonator
3rd Changing Lanes
2004
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Rock Of Cashel 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Dead Eye Dick
3rd Prince Of Vasac
2003
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Track Jester 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Kame’s Hope
3rd Dead Eye Dick
2002
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Suspicion 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Kensyl Bay
3rd Storm Shot
2001
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Old Fashion 1 minute 23.9 seconds
2nd Country Blazer
3rd Face Your Fears
2000
Asian Beau Stakes
1st Fair Alert 1 minute 23.0 seconds
2nd Great Beau
3rd Slideaway

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