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The 2017 HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Melbourne's Caulfield Racecourse in August.



The 2017 HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 1200m sprint for three year old horses.

Run under set weights with penalties conditions, the HDF McNeil Stakes is worth a total of $150,000 prize money.

Hosted at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, the HDF McNeil Stakes forms an important part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held on Memsie Stakes Day, the McNeil Stakes shares its race program with a number of other black-type events. Other races held on the same day include:

  • Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m)
  • Group 3 The Heath 1100 (1100m)
  • Group 3 WW Cockram Stakes (1200m)

Scheduled at the outset of the Spring Racing Carnival, the McNeil Stakes play an important role in guiding form understanding for the remainder of the year. Quite a few handy three years olds run in the McNeil Stakes, and as it’s a very competitive race it is well worth watching that could lead to a run in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The HDF McNeil Stakes 2017 will be run on Saturday September 2nd.

2017 HDF McNeil Stakes
Date: September 2nd, 2017
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO SWP
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 McNeil Stakes Field

The 2017 McNeil Stakes field is now out, the full line-up of three-year-old final acceptors and jockeys listed below. All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 8x311x5 KOBAYASHI Leon & Troy Corstens Ben Thompson (a) 8 57.5kg 74
2 111x MERCHANT NAVY Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 4 57.5kg 73
3 1x20x3 TREKKING James Cummings Craig Williams 2 56kg 72
4 55x121x HUALALAI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 11 56kg 71
5 11638x MURAAHIB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 7 56kg 72
6 8×53239 EVIL CRY Robbie Laing Jake Noonan 9 56kg 63
7 1×3 KING’S AUTHORITY Mick Price Michael Dee 6 56kg 68
8 113 POSEIDON’S POOL Darren Weir Luke Currie 1 56kg 70
9 3×1 BEL SONIC Jason Warren Ben Melham 3 56kg 62
10 13×3 PLOVERSET David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5 55.5kg 73
11 12x BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 10 54kg 71

HDF McNeil Stakes History

The HDF McNeil Stakes was inaugurated in 1989 and has continued to provide excellent racing action ever since. Good Old Ted took out the first edition of the McNeil Stakes, and since then several renowned horses have seen success.

Originally called the HDF McNeil Quality, the race name was changed for the 2005 edition to its current form. Up to and including 2005 the McNeil Stakes was raced over 1100 metres. Since 2006 it has remained at its current distance of 1200 metres. The McNeil Stakes was granted listed status in 1991, which it held until being upgraded to Group 3 in 1999. The race has remained a Group 2 event since then.

Notable McNeil Stakes winners include Danzero (1994), Miss Finland (2006), Scenic Blast (2007) and Starspangledbanner (2009). McNeil Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

HDF McNeil Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2017
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Merchant Navy 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Booker
3rd Muraahib
2016
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Defcon 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Highland Beat
3rd Wazzenme
2015
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Gold Symphony 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Ready For Victory
3rd Demonstrate
2014
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Chivalry 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Nordic Empire
3rd Awesome Rock
2013
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Fast ‘N’ Rocking 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Prince Harada
3rd Thermal Current
2012
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Lady Of Harrods 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Kabayan
3rd Shamexpress
2011
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Golden Archer 1 minute 09.0 seconds
2nd Cross Of Gold
3rd Vatican
2010
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Sistine Angel 1 minute 113.4 seconds
2nd Servant
3rd Intencion
2009
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Starspangledbanner 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Tollesprit
3rd Eclair Fastpass
2008
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Sugar Babe 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2007
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Scenic Blast 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Pins On Parade
3rd Marching
2006
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Miss Finland 1 minute 16.18 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Due Sasso
2005
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Danerich 1 minute 06.7 seconds
2nd Line Account
3rd Izanami
2004
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Tahni Girl 1 minute 04.1 seconds
2nd Classiconi
3rd Oratorio
2003
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Cahula 1 minute 05.4 seconds
2nd Cross Current
3rd Abdullah
2002
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Bel Esprit 1 minute 01.9 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Before Too Long
2001
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Tully Dane 1 minute 05.6 seconds
2nd Raja Lane
3rd King Of Prussia
2000
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Rapid Man 1 minute 06.1 seconds
2nd Little Dozer
3rd Homewrecker

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