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.

2017 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Lyuba
  • 2nd: #2 Savanna Amour
  • 3rd: #10 Concealer

Begonia Belle Stakes News

Victoria Derby Day 2017 Tips: Flemington Betting Selections

Victoria Derby Day 2017 Tips: Flemington Betting Selections

2017 Victoria Derby Day kicks off the four-meeting Melbourne Cup Carnival today as the countdown to the Melbourne Cup field release reaches peak and below are the Races.com.au team’s exclusive tips across the card. A day for racing purists, it is an all-Group race program at Flemington Racecourse for VRC Derby Day with the first…

The 2017 Begonia Belle Stakes – known as the Skip Sprint in 2017 for sponsorship purposes – is a Group 3 race held on Vicotira Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

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 Crown 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 $1.5 million Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Mile (1600m), Group 1 $1 million Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 $500,000 Myer Classic (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.

The 2017 Begonia Belle Stakes was held on Saturday November 4, 2017 and run as the Skip Sprint.

Begonia Belle Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday November 4, 2017
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: Mares – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $200,000

2017 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Lyuba
  • 2nd: #2 Savanna Amour
  • 3rd: #10 Concealer

See below for the full Begonia Belle Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the race run as the 2017 Skip Sprint and won Lyuba who was given a well-timed ride by jockey Damian Lane.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 6 LYUBA Darren Weir Damian Lane 8 55kg $7
2 2 SAVANNA AMOUR Chris Meagher Ben Melham 0.1L 6 59kg $12
3 10 CONCEALER Tony McEvoy Ms Jamie Kah 0.2L 5 55kg $12
4 5 NIETA John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 0.5L 3 55kg $6.50F
5 12 CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN (NZ) Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 1.25L 11 55kg $7
6 8 CONCHITA Paul Perry Beau Mertens (a) 1.35L 10 55kg $26
7 4 DESERT LASHES Shayne Cahill Craig Williams 2.1L 4 55.5kg $10
8 11 WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 2.2L 7 55kg $19
9 1 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 3.7L 1 59kg $7
10 3 ZESTFUL Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 4.7L 2 56.5kg $12
11 7 LAKE COMO (NZ) Pat Hyland Stephen Baster 8.2L 9 55kg $8.50
9 MOTOWN LIL Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 0

2017 Begonia Belle Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #1 Sheidel
  • 2nd: #3 Zestful
  • 3rd: #12 Crystal Fountain

Read our full VRC Derby Day 2017 Betting Tips and complete 2017 Begonia Belle (Skip Sprint) Preview.

Begonia Belle Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Begonia Belle Stakes 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.

2017 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 Darley 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 2017 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 2017 Field, known as the 2017 Skip Sprint Field, features a quality line-up of a dozen mares including Sheidel in barrier one carrying equal 59kg top weight with recent Cockram Stakes – How Now Stakes double winner Savanna Amour. Nieta is better weighted with 55kg, drawn in barrier four with Hugh Bowman to ride the Nicconi mare who has form around The Everest winner Redzel this campaign.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2x1460x435 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 1 59kg 110
2 731x1x7119 SAVANNA AMOUR Chris Meagher Ben Melham 7 59kg 102
3 101350×772 ZESTFUL Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 2 56.5kg 98
4 1111x11x25 DESERT LASHES Shayne Cahill Craig Williams 5 55.5kg 87
5 12x14x3393 NIETA John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 4 55kg 99
6 22225×2082 LYUBA Darren Weir Damian Lane 9 55kg 89
7 09x161010x LAKE COMO (NZ) Pat Hyland Stephen Baster 10 55kg 92
8 x580205x24 CONCHITA Paul Perry Beau Mertens (a) 11 55kg 74
9 71162×1559 MOTOWN LIL Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 3 55kg 77
10 x296x0x2x6 CONCEALER Tony McEvoy Ms Jamie Kah 6 55kg 73
11 350×173006 WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 8 55kg 86
12 111x1x3 CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN (NZ) Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 12 55kg 78

2017 Begonia Belle Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Begonia Belle Stakes nominations are announced by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and the full list of entries will be published below once released.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2x1460x435 SHEIDEL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 1 59kg 110
2 410x21x781 FUHRYK M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 59kg 99
3 731x1x7119 SAVANNA AMOUR M 4 Chris Meagher 3 59kg 102
4 10x4810x95 SWEET SHERRY M 4 Brent Stanley 4 57.5kg 95
5 4x563530x9 SELENIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths 5 57.5kg 76
6 101350×772 ZESTFUL M 6 Kris Lees 6 56.5kg 98
7 0x10210x43 MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 55.5kg 95
8 1111x11x25 DESERT LASHES M 4 Shayne Cahill 8 55.5kg 87
9 x172035x25 HIGHLY GEARED M 8 Garry Kirkup 9 55kg 87
10 12x14x3393 NIETA M 5 John P Thompson 10 55kg 99
11 22225×2082 LYUBA M 5 Darren Weir 11 55kg 89
12 09x161010x LAKE COMO (NZ) M 5 Pat Hyland 12 55kg 92
13 x580205x24 CONCHITA M 4 Paul Perry 13 55kg 74
14 71162×1559 MOTOWN LIL M 4 Robert Smerdon 14 55kg 77
15 x296x0x2x6 CONCEALER M 4 Tony McEvoy 15 55kg 73
16 16232541×2 ESSENCE OF TERROR M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 16 55kg 76
17 350×173006 WRITTEN ERA M 6 Aaron Purcell 17 55kg 86
18 4711120x7L BALANCING ACT M 4 Brent Stanley 18 55kg 73
19 111x1x3 CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN (NZ) M 4 Anthony Freedman 19 55kg 78
20 16427182×2 MOONLOVER M 4 Matt Laurie 20 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 Sensis Stakes going back to 2009 are listed below.

Begonia Belle Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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