BJ McLachlan Stakes

The BJ McLachlan Stakes is a Group 3 race held towards the end of December in Brisbane as a lead-up to the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January.

2017 B.J. McLachlan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Meryl
  • 2nd: #1 Hopes Eternal
  • 3rd: #7 Witherspoon



The 2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes is a Group 3 sprint run at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane over the summer in late December on Vo Rogue Plate Day.

Held under set weights conditions, the BJ McLachlan Stakes is restricted to two year old runners. Horses race over 1200m seeking a share of $200,000 prize money making it one of the most lucrative Brisbane Summer Racing features.

The BJ McLachlan Stakes shares a race program with a host of other Black-Type races including the: Listed $300,000 Bernborough Handicap (1600m) for milers and the Group 3 $200,000 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) for three-year-olds.

Many of the young horses use the BJ McLachlan Stakes as preparation for the Magic Millions Carnival in January at the Gold Coast Racecourse about a week later where they run in the lucrative $2 million Restricted Listed Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).

The 2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes ran on Saturday December 30, 2017 and was won by well-bred Epaulette filly Meryl.

BJ McLachlan Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday December 30, 2017
Track: Doomben Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Meryl
  • 2nd: #1 Hopes Eternal
  • 3rd: #7 Witherspoon

See below for the official BJ McLachlan Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the sprint won by the Lee Curtis-trained filly Meryl who has firmed in early 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting for the Gold Coast on January 13. Meryl, the first stakes winner for her sire Epaulette, beat home Hopes Eternal and Witherspoon, while the Chris Waller-trained favourite Orcein had to settle for fourth just under two lengths beaten.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 13 MERYL Lee Curtis Christian Reith 1 55kg $8
2 1 HOPES ETERNAL John Zielke Luke Dittman 0.75L 3 57kg $10
3 7 WITHERSPOON Brad Widdup Corey Brown 1.05L 9 55kg $7
4 4 ORCEIN Chris Waller Michael Cahill 1.8L 2 57kg $4EF
5 12 VERANES Kelso Wood & Patricia Gesler Matthew McGillivray 3.05L 8 55kg $26
6 8 SIZZLING ACE Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 3.25L 10 55kg $6.50
7 5 CROCKETT Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 4.75L 5 57kg $4EF
8 9 VICTORY LINER Kelly Schweida Jim Byrne 13.75L 4 55kg $41
9 6 PONY POWER Chris Munce Ron Stewart 15.25L 6 55kg $61
10 10 MISCHIEVOUSMARILYN Kelly Schweida Michael Walker 17.25L 7 55kg $31
11 11 YAMAZAKI Chris Anderson Damian Lane 17.45L 11 55kg $21
3 FULLAZABOOT Stuart Kendrick Larry Cassidy 0
2 LEGISLATION Peter & Paul Snowden 0

2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #5 Crockett
  • 2nd: #8 Sizzling Ace
  • 3rd: #1 Hopes Eternal

Read our full BJ McLachlan Stakes 2017 Tips & Betting Preview.

2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes Betting Odds

The latest BJ McLachlan Stakes odds 2017 will be published below with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your BJ McLachlan Stakes betting tips on the two-years-old summer showdown at the right price.

2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes Field

The BJ McLachlan Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of promising young two-year-old summer sprinters and has a capacity of 16 starters. The juveniles in the BJ McLachlan Stakes field often come off a lead-up run at the Doomben track earlier in the summer including eh Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1100m) for the fillies and the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1100m) for the colts & geldings.

The BJ McLachlan Stakes entries draw horses largely from Queensland stables, but some more talented types from interstate might make the journey. Quite a few horses enter the BJ McLachlan Stakes field in an endeavour to get a last black-type start prior to heading to the paddock or lining up for the Magic Millions.

The 2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes field will be provided below the week of the race once announced by Racing Queensland.

The official BJ McLachlan Stakes 2017 field attracted 13 two-year-olds before the early scratching of the widely-drawn Legislation (13). Among the key contenders are Phelan Ready Stakes runner-up Crockett and the untapped Chris Waller-trained Orcein from Sydney.

Read more on the 2017 BJ McLachlan Stakes Field & Betting Favourites.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 114 HOPES ETERNAL John Zielke Luke Dittman 3 57kg
2 1x LEGISLATION Peter & Paul Snowden 13 57kg
3 12 FULLAZABOOT Stuart Kendrick Larry Cassidy 11 57kg
4 32 ORCEIN Chris Waller Michael Cahill 2 57kg
5 1×2 CROCKETT Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 5 57kg
6 1×0 PONY POWER Chris Munce Ron Stewart 6 55kg
7 8×3 WITHERSPOON Brad Widdup Corey Brown 9 55kg
8 4 SIZZLING ACE Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 10 55kg
9 2 VICTORY LINER Kelly Schweida Jim Byrne 4 55kg
10 8 MISCHIEVOUSMARILYN Kelly Schweida Michael Walker 7 55kg
11 3 YAMAZAKI Chris Anderson Damian Lane 12 55kg
12 35 VERANES Kelso Wood & Patricia Gesler Matthew McGillivray 8 55kg
13 6x MERYL Lee Curtis Christian Reith 1 55kg

BJ McLachlan Stakes History

The BJ McLachlan Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status in 2011. It was previously a listed event. Over the years, the BJ McLachlan Stakes has attracted some top horses and trainers, such as Gai Waterhouse and Driefontein.

Usually held at Doomben or Eagle Farm Racecourse, the 2014 BJ McLachlan Stakes was held at the Gold Coast Racecourse due to renovations at the Brisbane tracks.

Notable recent BJ McLachlan Stakes winners include Shovoff (2000), Snitzel (2004), Military Rose (2009) and Driefontein (2011). BJ McLachlan Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

BJ McLachlan Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Meryl 1 minute 10.08 seconds
2nd Hopes Eternal
3rd Witherspoon
2016
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Ours To Keep 1 minute 10.82 seconds
2nd Goodfella
3rd Coorg
2015
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Zelady’s Night Out 1 minute 9.94 seconds
2nd Slumber Party
3rd Nikitas
2014
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Mishani Honcho 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Wicked Intent
3rd Star Of Night
2013
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Unencumbered 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Stroak
3rd Sagatona
2012
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Missy Longstocking 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Sweet Idea
3rd Architect
2011
BJ McLachlan Plate
1st Driefontein 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Sizzling
3rd Snipzu
2010
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Military Grace 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd Wonderful You
3rd Merryanna
2009
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Military Rose 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Marking Time
3rd Startsmeup
2008 (December)
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Paprika 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Carlton Forward
3rd Moonlight Hussey
2008 (March)
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st She’s Meaner 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Astatus
3rd Privileged Class
2006
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Miss Watagan 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Sashenka
3rd Rock Idol
2005
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Master Archie 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Cole Trickle
3rd Mel
2004
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Snitzel 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Street Smart
3rd Blizzardly
2003
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Oratorio 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Star Shiraz
3rd Fine Silver
2002
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st How Funny 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Dorky
3rd Sir Success
2001
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Sunday Joy 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Sir Breakfast
3rd Obsession
2000
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Shovoff 1 minute 13.8 seconds
2nd Strategic Image
3rd Tellson

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