The 2015 Chatham Stakes is held on Victoria Derby Day every year, just a few days before Melbourne Cup Day.
An open handicap, the Chatham Stakes is open to horses aged three years and older and is contested over 1400m. With $200,000 at stake, the Chatham Stakes is quite a lucrative Group 3 event.
The Chatham Stakes is held on Victoria Derby Day, which means it shares the race program with a number of major spring feature races. These are the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m), Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m).
The Chatham Stakes is often used as a lead up event to later races such as the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), or for the classier types, the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
There are few specific lead up events to the Chatham Stakes. Often, horses will come off a run in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) to contest this race.
The 2015 Chatham Stakes will be held on October 31st.
|Chatham Stakes 2015|
|Date:||October 31st, 2015|
2015 Chatham Stakes Field
The Chatham Stakes field usually attracts a fairly successful selection of horses. Most of the runners in the Chatham Stakes field are coming off the back of extensive spring campaigns and multiple runs in other races at similar distances. As a result, the Chatham Stakes field can get quite competitive, with current-season group winners lining up against a few sprinters keen to get their names in lights.
The 2015 Chatham Stakes field will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||6x5979x547||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ms Kathy O’Hara||16||59kg||107|
|2||x299x53834||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||4||58.5kg||106|
|3||122x24x122||DISPOSITION||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||11||57.5kg||104|
|4||6x5120x260||CHARLIE BOY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||10||57kg||103|
|5||265x10042x||KOOL KOMPANY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||57kg||103|
|6||27202×3646||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||12||57kg||103|
|7||8102311115||CHARMED HARMONY||John Sadler||Opie Bosson||14||56.5kg||102|
|8||3111x1180x||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||5||56kg||101|
|9||x555x34049||RICHIE’S VIBE||Paul Beshara||Dom Tourneur||3||54.5kg||98|
|10||7x171262x7||MR UTOPIA||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||6||54kg||97|
|11||x0787520x6||HOSTING||Greg Eurell||Damian Lane||7||54kg||94|
|12||x2417111x3||ARTLEE||Todd Willan||Mitchell Bell||2||54kg||92|
|13||11335528×5||GRACIOUS PROSPECT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||15||54kg||92|
|14||1x257x1231||GOOD PROJECT||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||13||54kg||90|
|15||8x137423x2||SAN DIEGO||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||54kg||90|
|16||9x03392x61||SADAQA||Mick Cerchi||Damien Thornton (a)||9||54kg||82|
2015 Chatham Stakes Nominations
Chatham Stakes nominations are characterised by their already extensive springs and by and large their ability to win at a variety of distances. Chatham Stakes nominations often hail from a variety of sources, with some coming from local stables and some from elsewhere in Australia, particularly Sydney stables.
The 2015 Chatham Stakes nominations will be below.
Chatham Stakes History
Inaugurated in 1986, the Chatham Stakes is fairly young in comparison to a lot of Flemington races.
The race is named after Chatham, Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee and renowned miler. Chatham had considerable pedigree, with a Melbourne Cup winner (Windbag) for a sire and the granddaughter of an English Triple Crown winner (Flying Fox) for a dam (Myosotis). Chatham won the 1932 and 1934 Cox Plate, as well as two Epsom Handicaps and a few Craven Plates, among other major wins.
The Chatham Stakes is one of those races that is often run under a sponsor name. Throughout the years, the Chatham Stakes has been known variously as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate, the AAMI International, the Yallambee Stud Stakes, the AAMI Business Insurance Stakes and the Tab.com.au Stakes.
In 1997, the Chatham Stakes was briefly run over 1417 metres.
Notable Chatham Stakes winners include Avannotto (1986), Bezeal Bay (1998), Scenic Park (2001) and Fawkner (2012). Chatham Stakes results, winners and winning times since 2000 are provided below.
Chatham Stakes Results
|1st||Disposition||1 minute 23.6 seconds|
|1st||Hucklebuck||1 minute 23.3 seconds|
|1st||Smokin’ Joey||1 minute 23.4 seconds|
|3rd||Strike The Stars|
|1st||Fawkner||1 minute 20.9 seconds|
|1st||Woorim||1 minute 23.5 seconds|
|1st||Poor Judge||1 minute 25.7 seconds|
|1st||Centennial Park||1 minute 22.3 seconds|
|3rd||Royal Ida/Sniper’s Bullet|
|1st||All Silent||1 minute 22.4 seconds|
|1st||Count To Zero||1 minute 23.7 seconds|
|1st||Malcolm||1 minute 22.9 seconds|
|3rd||Live In Vain|
|1st||Rockford Bay||1 minute 22.2 seconds|
|1st||Great Is Great||1 minute 22.7 seconds|
|1st||Scenic Park||1 minute 24.0 seconds|
|1st||To Be Fair||1 minute 22.3 seconds|
|1st||Scenic Park||1 minute 21.3 seconds|
|1st||Matter Of Honour||1 minute 23.8 seconds|