HDF McNeil Stakes

The 2019 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.

2019 HDF McNeil Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Super Seth
  • 2nd: #3 King Of Hastings
  • 3rd: #2 Sebrakate



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 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas races at Caulfield later in the spring.

The HDF McNeil Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday August 31, 2019 and was won by the Anthony Freedman-trained Super Seth.

2019 HDF McNeil Stakes
Date: Saturday August 31, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 McNeil Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Super Seth
  • 2nd: #3 King Of Hastings
  • 3rd: #2 Sebrakate

The HDF McNeil Stakes 2019 Results were dominated by trainer Anthony Freedman who prepared the quinella, race favourite Super Seth defeating his stablemate King Of Hastings by 1.25 lengths in a potential lead-up to November’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Read more on the 2019 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes win by Super Seth now.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 SUPER SETH Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 6 57kg $3.60F
2 3 KING OF HASTINGS Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 1.25L 4 57kg $3.90
3 2 SEBRAKATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 1.35L 5 57kg $9
4 8 BARCALI Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 1.45L 8 57kg $31
5 9 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 1.95L 2 56kg $5.50
6 5 PEIDRA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 2.15L 7 57kg $5.50
7 7 SHOTMAKER Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dwayne Dunn 2.45L 3 57kg $10
8 6 OUTLANDOS Tony McEvoy James Winks 6.2L 1 57kg $61
1 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 0

2019 McNeil Stakes Odds

The best HDF McNeil Stakes 2019 betting odds will be provided right here with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2019 McNeil Stakes Field

The 2019 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 official HDF McNeil Stakes 2019 field attracted just nine runners including the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Group 2 winning son of Not A Single Doubt, Dubious, drawn the rails. The line-up includes two undefeated runners with Team Snowden’s Black-Type winning filly Missile Mantra (3) and the Lindsay Park-trained son of Pierro, Peidra (8), both after a third career win.

Update: The 2019 HDF McNeil Stakes field is down to 8 after the scratching of the Ciaron Maher-trained Dubious (1) who also came out from Sydney’s San Domencio Stakes field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x123015x4 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 58.5kg 84
2 112429x1x2 SEBRAKATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 6 57kg 76
3 121x KING OF HASTINGS Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 5 57kg 70
4 113x SUPER SETH Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 7 57kg 70
5 11 PEIDRA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 8 57kg 68
6 25125×7 OUTLANDOS Tony McEvoy James Winks 2 57kg 63
7 20x SHOTMAKER Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dwayne Dunn 4 57kg 67
8 613x BARCALI Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 9 57kg 65
9 11x MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 3 56kg 72

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) and Merchant Navy (2017). McNeil Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

HDF McNeil Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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