Grand Prix Stakes

The Grand Prix Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Kingsford Smith Cup Day each Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival as a Queensland Derby lead-up.

2019 Grand Prix Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Fun Fact
  • 2nd: #13 Angel Of Heaven
  • 3rd: #11 Home Made



The Grand Prix Stakes is a Group 3 race held annually at Eagle Farm Racecourse, from 2017 having previous been run at Doomben, as part of the new-look Kingsford-Smith Cup Day card. Traditionally one of the more popular races on the day, the Grand Prix Stakes pays $150,000 total prize money and is open to 3 year olds. Run under set weight conditions, the Grand Prix Stakes is raced over 2200m and provides a reasonably accurate indication of the horses’ staying abilities across middle distances.

Previously a Group 2 race, the Grand Prix Stakes still retains some of its former glory (if not the purse) and manages to attract quality horses each year. Many trainers use the Grand Prix Stakes as a leadup race to the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) run back at the Eagle Farm track a fortnight later on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

The latest horses to complete the Grand Prix Stakes – Queensland Derby double are Brambles (2012) and Hawkspur (2013), while in 2016 Eagle Way won the Queensland Derby on the back of a Grand Prix second.

The 2019 Grand Prix Stakes ran on Saturday May 25, 2019 and was won in an upset by all-the-way leader Fun Fact. 

Grand Prix Stakes Info:

Date:
Saturday May 25, 2019
Track:
Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance:
2200m
Race Type:
3YOs – Set Weights
Status:
Group 3
Prizemoney:
$150,000

2019 Grand Prix Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Fun Fact
  • 2nd: #13 Angel Of Heaven
  • 3rd: #11 Home Made

The Grand Prix Stakes 2019 Result saw an upset win by Fun Fact who hit the front early and without anything chasing, managed to beat home a field of Queensland Derby fancies without a worry. The filly Angel Of Heaven finished second, while Home Made ran on for third.

Read more on the 2019 Grand Prix Stakes win by Fun Fact now.

Finish # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Michael Cahill 8 57kg $19
2 13 ANGEL OF HEAVEN Kris Lees Tommy Berry 1L 1 55kg $10
3 11 HOME MADE John Sargent Jamie Kah 1.2L 2 57kg $71
4 3 TRUSTY LAD (NZ) Matt Kropp James Orman 1.6L 5 57kg $21
5 2 A MAN TO MATCH Tony Gollan Larry Cassidy 5.85L 11 57kg $7.50
6 4 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Brad Rawiller 6.05L 7 57kg $10
7 7 BORAZON Chris Waller Robbie Fradd 6.8L 13 57kg $61
8 9 BOBBY DEE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Blake Shinn 7L 3 57kg $6
9 6 NAPOLEON SOLO Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7.3L 12 57kg $14
10 8 LORD ARTHUR Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman James McDonald 9.55L 4 57kg $3.40F
11 12 PARTNERSHIP (NZ) Ethan Ensby Jason Taylor 9.65L 10 57kg $151
12 1 GRINZINGER STAR (NZ) Danny O’Brien Corey Brown 10.4L 9 57kg $5.50
13 10 FUJI FURY Kris Lees Jeff Lloyd 27.4L 6 57kg $31

2019 Grand Prix Stakes Odds

The season’s top Grand Prix Stakes 2019 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Queensland Derby lead-up will be provided below the week of the race.

2019 Grand Prix Stakes Field

The Grand Prix Stakes field attracts a gun field of three-year-old winter stayers heading towards the Queensland Derby a fortnight later, many of which come off a lead-up run in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben two weeks earlier.

The Grand Prix Stakes 2019 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on Wednesday May 22 and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Queensland.

The official 2019 Grand Prix Stakes field drew a final line-up of 13 three-year-old staying types including the Murray Baker-trained Kiwi raiders Lord Arthur and Bobby Dee both coming off a win across the Tasman.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 33130×2114 GRINZINGER STAR (NZ) Danny O’Brien Corey Brown 9 57kg 77.5
2 323313×762 A MAN TO MATCH Tony Gollan Larry Cassidy 11 57kg 75
3 1x3421x285 TRUSTY LAD (NZ) Matt Kropp James Orman 5 57kg 69
4 83211×36 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Brad Rawiller 7 57kg 74
5 36×7327871 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Michael Cahill 8 57kg 75
6 3x5211x646 NAPOLEON SOLO Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 12 57kg 73
7 2723136124 BORAZON Chris Waller Robbie Fradd 13 57kg 68
8 6×1853361 LORD ARTHUR Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman James McDonald 4 57kg 76.5
9 3106174631 BOBBY DEE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Blake Shinn 3 57kg 77.5
10 111×935 FUJI FURY Kris Lees Jeff Lloyd 6 57kg 67
11 0x57x51792 HOME MADE John Sargent Jamie Kah 2 57kg 65
12 311×026 PARTNERSHIP (NZ) Ethan Ensby Jason Taylor 10 57kg 65
13 11×3514 ANGEL OF HEAVEN Kris Lees Tommy Berry 1 55kg 68

2019 Grand Prix Stakes Nominations

The early Grand Prix Stakes nominations 2019 will be published below once entries for the Queensland Derby lead-up close the Monday of Kingsford Smith Cup Day week.

Grand Prix Stakes History

The Grand Prix Stakes was originally held at Eagle Farm before being shifted to Doomben Racecourse in 2010. From 2017 onwards the race returns to its inaugural home and joins the Kingsford Smith Cup Day card. Inaugurated in 1971 when Mode won, a number of renowned horses can be found among the Grand Prix Stakes results. These include Balmerino (1976), Surround (1977), Kingston Town (1980) and Sirmione (2007).

The Grand Prix Stakes race distance has changed multiple times, and has only retained its current distance of 2200 metres since 2009.

Grand Prix Stakes Race Distance

Period Distance
1971-72 1.5 miles
1973-74 2400m
1975-82 2200m
1983 2232m
1984-89 2200m
1990 2244m
1991 2225m
1992-2001 2200m
2002 2144m
2003 2140m
2004-09 2100m
2009-onwards 2200m

Once a Group 2 race (1979-2005) the Grand Prix Stakes lost its rating and since 2006 has been run as a Group 3 race. The current prize is significantly reduced from the $300,000 offered previously. In spite of its reduced status, the Grand Prix Stakes still attracts some very good horses from all around each year. Recent winners of the Grand Prix Stakes – Queensland Derby double include Brambles (2012) and Hawkspur (2013).

Grand Prix Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Grand Prix Stakes Results

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2020
Grand Prix Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2019
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Fun Fact 2:16.07
2nd Angel Of Heaven
3rd Home Made
2018
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Heavenly Thought 2:14.22
2nd Han Xin
3rd Dark Dream
2017
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Order Again 2:22.3
2nd Volatile Mix
3rd Violate
2016
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Mackintosh 2:16.4
2nd Eagle Way
3rd Howard Be Thy Name
2015
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Upham 2:04.6
2nd Redoutable Heart
3rd Master Of Arts
2014
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Vilanova 2:14.5
2nd Pinstripe Lane
3rd Rudy
2013
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Hawkspur 2:16.3
2nd Rhythm To Spare
3rd Honorius
2012
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Brambles 2:16.1
2nd Vatuvei
3rd Red Shift
2011
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Turnitup 2:18.0
2nd Mr Light Blue
3rd Alma’s Fury
2010
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Kutchinsky 2:17.0
2nd The Hombre
3rd Landlord
2009
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Saint Minerva 2:19.4
2nd Markus Maximus
3rd The Grogoch
2008
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Bell Academy 2:14.9
2nd Teary Eyed
3rd Petushki
2007
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Sirmione 2:10.3
2nd My Centurion
3rd Currigee
2006
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Ice Chariot 2:10.5
2nd Kincharm
3rd Just Grand
2005
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Spuruson 207.6
2nd Willy Leica
3rd Atapi
2004
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Reclaim 2:08.9
2nd Dodgem
3rd Russian Pearl
2003
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Half Hennessy 2:11.4
2nd General Minolta
3rd Mahtoum
2002
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Distinctly Secret 2:11.7
2nd Cassimir
3rd Arlington Road
2001
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Reenact 2:14.6
2nd Air War
3rd Feed The Meter
2000
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Make Mine Magic 2:14.6
2nd Freemason
3rd Fairway

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