Begonia Belle Stakes

The Begonia Belle Stakes is a Group 3 1100m sprint held at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day each Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2019 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Tofane
  • 2nd: #4 Pippie
  • 3rd: #10 Miss Iano



The 2019 Begonia Belle Stakes – known as the Furphy Sprint in 2019 for sponsorship purposes – is a Group 3 race held on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne named in honour of the 1969 Newmarket Handicap winner.

Raced over 1100m, the Begonia Belle Stakes is a mares-only event run under set weights plus penalties conditions. With $200,000 prize money on offer, the Begonia Belle Stakes is quite a lucrative race for the better class of mares.

The Begonia Belle Stakes was previously held on VRC Oaks Day on the Thursday following the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.  From 2016 it was moved to the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Victoria Derby Day.

It now runs as part of an all-Group race card at the meeting including four Group 1 races: the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

Mares typically target the Begonia Belle Stakes following a range of other starts. Some mares step well down in distance to content the Begonia Belle Stakes. The Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in Sydney has in recent years provided a moderate guide to the horses who do well in the Begonia Belle Stakes. Look also to the Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m), the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) or the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield. Tofane (2019) was the last mare to complete the Northwood Plume Stakes – Begonia Belle Stakes double when the latter ran as the Furphy Sprint.

The 2019 Begonia Belle Stakes was held on Saturday November 2, 2019 as the Furphy Sprint and won by the Michael Moroney-trained local Tofane. 

Begonia Belle Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: Mares – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $200,000

2019 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Tofane
  • 2nd: #4 Pippie
  • 3rd: #10 Miss Iano

The official Begonia Belle Stakes 2019 Results (Furphy Sprint results) saw the Michael Moroney-trained Ocean Park mare Tofane frank the form out of the Northwood Plume Stakes completing the double with a strong win over Pippie and Miss Iano.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 9 57kg $6
2 4 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Damien Oliver 1.25L 12 57kg $6.50
3 10 MISS IANO Mark C Webb Brian Park 2L 13 55kg $16
4 1 MANICURE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2.2L 6 57kg $5F
5 14 TOO GOOD TOO HARD Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 2.7L 11 55kg $41
6 5 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Jamie Mott 4.45L 2 56kg $11
7 7 GIFT OF POWER (NZ) Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 4.55L 3 56kg $6.50
8 12 SPIRIT’S CHOICE Matt Kropp Matthew McGillivray 4.75L 10 55kg $17
9 3 RESIN James Cummings Brad Rawiller 6L 1 57kg $21
10 6 DEMERARA James Cummings Craig Williams 6.2L 8 56kg $11
11 9 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Jamie Kah 7.2L 5 56kg $41
12 13 POWER O’HATA (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 9.2L 7 55kg $151
13 8 PROPHET’S THUMB David Pfieffer Tim Clark 9.95L 4 56kg $11
11 SWEET SCANDAL Chris Waller Michael Walker 0

2019 Begonia Belle Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Begonia Belle Stakes 2019 betting odds will be listed below on the hopeful sprinting mares below with links for you to back your Begonia Belle Stakes Tips at the right price this Victoria Derby Day.

2019 Begonia Belle Stakes Field

The Begonia Belle Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of short-distance mares coming out of lead-up runs in events like Caulfield’s Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) or the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) held on Caulfield Cup Day.

The best mares out of the Begonia Belle Stakes field may return to the Flemington track a week later and line-up in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m), or return in the autumn for the sprints like the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) that the 2016 Begonia Belle Stakes winner Sheidel won the following year.

The official 2019 Begonia Belle Stakes Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday leading-up to Derby Day and will be published in full below.

The Begonia Belle Stakes 2019 Final Field features 14 hopefuls including the widely-drawn favourite Pippie (13) looking to atone for her How Now Stakes flop last start. Humma Humma looks a danger drawn ideally in barrier two chasing a third win on the trot.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x122303x12 MANICURE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 57kg 102
2 2152×4101 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 10 57kg 98
3 06x3268x74 RESIN James Cummings Brad Rawiller 1 57kg 99
4 127×1110 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Damien Oliver 13 57kg 95
5 1541466×11 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Jamie Mott 2 56kg 99
6 0x124x1x62 DEMERARA James Cummings Craig Williams 9 56kg 95
7 1106142×25 GIFT OF POWER (NZ) Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 3 56kg 97
8 316835×913 PROPHET’S THUMB David Pfieffer Tim Clark 4 56kg 90
9 131740×665 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Jamie Kah 5 56kg 92
10 2845141286 MISS IANO Mark C Webb Brian Park 14 55kg 89
11 5115448×13 SWEET SCANDAL Chris Waller Michael Walker 6 55kg 95
12 81112361×1 SPIRIT’S CHOICE Matt Kropp Matthew McGillivray 11 55kg 89
13 630x59236x POWER O’HATA (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 8 55kg 75
14 1×2411 TOO GOOD TOO HARD Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 12 55kg 73

Begonia Belle Stakes History

The Begonia Belle Stakes was previously known as the GH Mumm Stakes, but was renamed prior to the 2014 edition. For two years until 2011, it was known as the Crown Promenade Stakes. The Begonia Belle Stakes did not exist under any name prior to 2009.

Once a listed race, the Begonia Belle Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status prior to running in 2013.

Although it hasn’t been running for a particularly long time, the Begonia Belle Stakes has rapidly amassed a decent following due to top quality racing. It has developed a reputation for producing winners, rather than being contested by them. However, the improved status and prize money will no doubt continue to draw in top flight horses.

Notable Begonia Belle Stakes winners include Ortensia (2011), Vain Queen (2014) and subsequent Group 1 winner Sheidel (2016). Begonia Belle Stakes results and winning times for the race now run as the Furphy Sprint going back to 2009 are listed below.

Begonia Belle Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Tofane 1 minute 4.21 seconds
2nd Pippie
3rd Miss Iano
2018
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Divine Quality 1 minute 2.82 seconds
2nd Booker
3rd I Am Excited
2017
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Lyuba 1 minute 3.29 seconds
2nd Savanna Amour
3rd Concealer
2016
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Sheidel 1 minute 2.98
2nd Wild Rain
3rd Private Secretary
2015
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Pittsburgh Flyer 1 minute 4.4 seconds
2nd Dublin Lass
3rd Brook Road
2014
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Vain Queen 1 minute 2.7 seconds
2nd Bounding
3rd Lilliburlero
2013
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Dystopia 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Shamal Wind
3rd She Can Skate
2012
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Honey Flower 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Dystopia
3rd Anise
2011
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Ortensia 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Balmont Miss
3rd Octopussy
2010
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Status Symbol 1 minute 4.9 seconds
2nd Jerezana
3rd Zingaling
2009
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Very Discreet 1 minute 3.6 seconds
2nd Seeking Attention
3rd Serenissima

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