Ethereal Stakes

The Ethereal Stakes is a Group 3 race for VRC Oaks-bound fillies held on Caulfield Cup Day.

2019 Ethereal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Gamay
  • 2nd: #7 Vegas Jewel
  • 3rd: #2 Celestial Falls



The Ethereal Stakes is a Group 3 race held in October on Caulfield Cup Day for VRC Oaks-bound fillies during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Named in honour of the 2011 Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double winning mare Ethereal, the race is open only to three-year-old fillies and takes place at set weights plus penalties.

Offering $200,000 and contested over 2000m, the Ethereal Stakes is a traditional lead-up into the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) held the following month at Flemington during the coveted four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Pinot (2017) was the last filly to complete the Ethereal Stakes – VRC Oaks double, while the year before the Ethereal Stakes winner Eleonora (2016) ran third in the VRC Oaks (then Crown Oaks) next start.

The 2019 edition of the Ethereal Stakes ran on Saturday October 19, 2019 as part of a bumper Caulfield Cup Day program and was won by new Oaks’ favourite Gamay. 

Ethereal Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday October 19, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YOs Fillies – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2019 Ethereal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Gamay
  • 2nd: #7 Vegas Jewel
  • 3rd: #2 Celestial Falls

The Ethereal Stakes 2019 results saw Pierro filly Gamay dig deep late to hold off the race favourite Vegas Jewel for a narrow victory ahead of a run in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Read more on the gutsy VRC Oaks-bound Ethereal Stakes winner Gamay now.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 GAMAY Archie Alexander Declan Bates 7 55kg $7
2 7 VEGAS JEWEL (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Jordan Childs 0.2L 13 55kg $3.50F
3 2 CELESTIAL FALLS Mark Newnham Ben Melham 1.45L 10 55kg $4.80
4 11 OCEAN MISS David & Coral Feek Michael Walker 3.7L 11 55kg $31
5 9 SONG BROCADE John Sadler Jye McNeil 3.8L 5 55kg $41
6 1 ORIENTAL LILY Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 4.2L 14 55kg $12
7 14 CAPE LEOPARD Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 5.95L 8 55kg $15
8 6 PRESENTLY Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 7.2L 4 55kg $41
9 3 LEVEN LASS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 7.3L 2 55kg $21
10 12 FIORENTE’S GIRL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Mott 9.3L 1 55kg $21
11 4 SNAPDANCER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 10.3L 6 55kg $9.50
12 5 REALLY DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 10.4L 12 55kg $41
13 10 ATAME Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 10.9L 15 55kg $71
14 15 ISOLA COMACINA (NZ) Andrew Noblet Daniel Stackhouse 13.15L 3 55kg $151
15 13 CONTRITION (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 14.65L 9 55kg $14

2019 Ethereal Stakes Betting

Betting on the Ethereal Stakes 2019 opens the week of the race with all-in markets available at Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as the nominations are taken.

The latest Ethereal Stakes odds on the Oaks-bound fillies will be provided below as soon as released.

2019 Ethereal Stakes Field

The official Ethereal Stakes 2019 Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday leading-up to the Caulfield Cup. The day the Ethereal Stakes final acceptances close is also host to three Group status races at Caulfield for Blue Sapphire Stakes Day.

The 2019 Ethereal Stakes Final Field attracted 15 Oaks-type fillies led in betting by the flying Mark Newnham-trained Celestial Falls coming off a lead-up win at Flemington.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 566×221214 ORIENTAL LILY Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 14 55kg 67
2 521×21 CELESTIAL FALLS Mark Newnham Ben Melham 10 55kg 72
3 812×636 LEVEN LASS (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 2 55kg 65
4 2124 SNAPDANCER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 55kg 68
5 143×979 REALLY DISCREET Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 12 55kg 64
6 8x223x10 PRESENTLY Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 4 55kg 64
7 11 VEGAS JEWEL (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Jordan Childs 13 55kg 68
8 6×212 GAMAY Archie Alexander Declan Bates 7 55kg 64
9 68x6665x10 SONG BROCADE John Sadler Jye McNeil 5 55kg 60
10 0x51 ATAME Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 15 55kg 63
11 14 OCEAN MISS David & Coral Feek Michael Walker 11 55kg 63
12 366×41 FIORENTE’S GIRL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Mott 1 55kg 62
13 21 CONTRITION (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 9 55kg 63
14 73 CAPE LEOPARD Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 8 55kg 63
15 34 ISOLA COMACINA (NZ) Andrew Noblet Jamie Kah 3 55kg 59

Ethereal Stakes History

The Ethereal Stakes was first conducted in 2000 making it one of the newer editions to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The event has gone by many names due to sponsorship purposes including its inaugural title – the Foster’s Light Ice Handicap. Originally it was a handicap race, but it is now a set weights plus penalties feature.

The Ethereal Stakes became a key VRC Oaks lead-up when upgraded to Group 3 status in 2015. It has been won by many quality fillies including Set Square (2014), that year’s VRC Oaks winner Pinot (2017) and the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant (2018).

Ethereal Stakes results since the upgrade to Group 3 status are listed below.

Ethereal Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Ethereal Stakes
1st Gamay 2 minutes 04.42 seconds
2nd Vegas Jewel
3rd Celestial Falls
2018
Ethereal Stakes
1st Verry Ellegant 2 minutes 5.56 seconds
2nd Aristia
3rd Sizzleme
2017
Ethereal Stakes
1st Pinot 2 minutes 2.71 seconds
2nd Rimraam
3rd Hiyaam
2016
Ethereal Stakes
1st Eleonora 2 minutes 5.31 seconds
2nd Tiamo Grace
3rd Savvan
2015
Ethereal Stakes
1st Dawnie Perfect 2 minutes 2.79 seconds
2nd Honesta
3rd Ambience

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