HDF McNeil Stakes

The HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Melbourne's Caulfield Racecourse in August on Memsie Stakes Day for Coolmore Stud Stakes types.

2020 HDF McNeil Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Immortal Love
  • 2nd: #7 Flying Award
  • 3rd: #1 Tagaloa



The 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 $160,000 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. Merchant Navy (2017) was the last horse to do the HDF McNeil Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double.

The HDF McNeil Stakes also serves as a good lead-up race for three-year-olds looking to step-up in distance to a mile for the Thousand Guineas and Caulfield Guineas races at Caulfield later in the spring.

Super Seth (2019) was the last horse to complete the HDF McNeil Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double.

The HDF McNeil Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday August 29, 2020 and was won by the undefeated Immortal Love in a thrilling photo-finish.

2020 HDF McNeil Stakes
Date: Saturday August 29, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 McNeil Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Immortal Love
  • 2nd: #7 Flying Award
  • 3rd: #1 Tagaloa

The undefeated Snitzel gelding Immortal Love ($9.50) enjoyed a narrow first-up win over Flying Award ($10) and the returning Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa ($3.40F) in a three-way photo thriller in the HDF McNeil Stakes 2020 results ahead of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas in October.

Click here to read more about the exciting finish in the 2020 McNeil Stakes results on Memsie Stakes Day.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 IMMORTAL LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 4 57kg $9.50
2 7 FLYING AWARD Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0.1L 6 58kg $10
3 1 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 0.2L 8 59.5kg $3.40F
4 4 EXTRA TIME Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 0.4L 12 58.5kg $31
5 11 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Dwayne Dunn 0.8L 10 57kg $17
6 9 CROSSHAVEN Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 1L 2 57kg $8.50
7 8 KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 3.5L 7 57kg $18
8 6 RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3.8L 3 58kg $15
9 14 NATIONAL CHOICESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 4L 13 57kg $14
10 2 HARD LANDING Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 4.75L 11 58.5kg $31
11 13 THE LAST CHARGESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Kevin Corstens Beau Mertens 4.85L 9 57kg $101
12 16 LOCA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damian Lane 5.85L 1 57kg $51
13 5 LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Rodd 6.05L 5 58kg $51
14 3 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 7.05L 14 58.5kg $6.50
15 15 BRANDERS RULE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 7.35L 15 57kg $31
12 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 McNeil Stakes Odds

The best HDF McNeil Stakes 2020 betting odds will be provided right here with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 McNeil Stakes Field

The 2020 McNeil Stakes field of final acceptances will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to Memsie Stakes Day.

The HDF McNeil Stakes 2020 final field attracted a star-studded line-up of 16 three-year-olds including the returning Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa who targets the Caulfield Guineas – Cox Plate double this spring.

Update: #12 Albarado (12) – a stablemate to returning Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa – has been scratched from the HDF McNeil Stakes field.

Click here to read more on the Tagaloa-led 2020 HDF McNeil Stakes field and betting markets.

Click here for the official 2020 Memsie Stakes Day Scratchings & Caulfield Track Report. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 31x4124x TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 8 59.5kg 102
2 1x0x1 HARD LANDING Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 11 58.5kg 80
3 6x611x1 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 15 58.5kg 82
4 2x271x8 EXTRA TIME Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 13 58.5kg 72
5 23210×5 LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Rodd 5 58kg 79
6 7216370x RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3 58kg 73
7 221x FLYING AWARD Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6 58kg 72
8 9112x KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 7 57kg 72
9 11x CROSSHAVEN Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 2 57kg 69
10 11x IMMORTAL LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 4 57kg 70
11 23×2 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Dwayne Dunn 10 57kg 70
12 12x ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 12 57kg 65
13 6314x THE LAST CHARGESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Kevin Corstens Beau Mertens 9 57kg 65
14 13x NATIONAL CHOICESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 14 57kg 64
15 1×4 BRANDERS RULE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 16 57kg 64
16 1 LOCA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damian Lane 1 57kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 HDF McNeil Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the HDF McNeil Stakes 2020 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

A bumper 29 three-year-olds make-up the 2020 HDF McNeil Stakes nominations this season including Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa, Peter Moody’s highly-rated Glenfiddich last seen running second in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes and the in-form Our Playboy chasing a fourth win on the trot after success in the Group 3 Vain Stakes last time out.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2 AKAKA FALLSSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Lloyd Kennewell 61
2 12x ALBARADO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 65
3 2x BELLA ROYALESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Lloyd Kennewell 60
4 1×4 BRANDERS RULE C 3 Peter G Moody 64
5 11x CROSSHAVEN G 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
6 2123x CROWN MINT G 3 Gordon Richards 66
7 2x271x8 EXTRA TIME G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 72
8 221x FLYING AWARD C 3 Danny O’Brien 72
9 9x2502162x GLENFIDDICH C 3 Peter G Moody 88
10 GREY DETECTIVESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Lloyd Kennewell
11 1x0x1 HARD LANDING C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
12 11x IMMORTAL LOVE G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 70
13 2×1 INTO GLORY RIDESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Patrick Keane 62
14 9112x KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Matt Cumani 72
15 23210×5 LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 79
16 LEGAL AWARD G 3 Lloyd Kennewell
17 1 LOCA C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 63
18 13x NATIONAL CHOICESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 64
19 35×11 ON THE LEAD C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 67
20 2727x OSAMU C 3 Chris Waller 71
21 6x611x1 OUR PLAYBOY C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 82
22 22×31261 PEGGY SELENE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 68
23 23×2 RANTING (NZ) C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 70
24 7216370x RATHLIN C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 73
25 31x4124x TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 102
26 38 THE CRUISER C 3 Frankie Stockdale 63
27 6314x THE LAST CHARGESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Kevin Corstens 65
28 155x UNANIMOUS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 63
29 13379×4 UNSTOPPABELLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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), Starspangledbanner (2009), Merchant Navy (2017) and that year’s Caulfield Guineas champion Super Seth (2019). McNeil Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

HDF McNeil Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Immortal Love 1 minute 10.89 seconds
2nd Flying Award
3rd Tagaloa
2019
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Super Seth 1 minute 10.95 seconds
2nd King Of Hastings
3rd Sebrakate
2018
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Native Soldier 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd The August
3rd Seabrook
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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