Kevin Heffernan Stakes

The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Sandown's Ladbrokes Park in mid-November on Zipping Classic Day.

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The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Sandown Racecourse at the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Raced over 1300m, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes is held under weight-for-age conditions and pays $150,000 total prize money.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes is the last weight-for-age sprint in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and is held on the last day of black-type racing, Zipping Classic Day at Ladbrokes Park.

Other races on the same schedule include the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m), Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) and three listed events, including the Sandown Cup (3200m).

Those horses which target the Kevin Heffernan Stakes tend to do so following a fairly successful spring season contesting sprints over similar distances. Other weight-for-age events are also fairly common targets for the classier types that run in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes. Following this race, horses tend to take a variety of paths. The paddock is a reasonably popular destination, while the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) over in Perth might attract some classier types.

The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes will be run on Saturday November 18, 2017 .

Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday November 18, 2017
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Race Type: WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #3 Illustrious Lad
  • 2nd: #4 Jungle Edge
  • 3rd: #7 Thronum

Follow the link for our full Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2017 Tips & Betting Preview, the team tipping last year’s runner-up ILLUSTRIOUS LAD ($4.40) to go one better, suited to a likely genuine tempo on the weekend. Rain puts market mover JUNGLE EDGE ($9) into the mix to return to his best form finally getting conditions to suit. THRONUM ($5) had his first start as a four-year-old and blitzed a handicap at Bendigo, gets the chance to prove class at WFA second-up.

2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2017 odds will be listed below, market links to also provided so you can lock in our your Kevin Heffernan Stakes tips at the right price this spring.

2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Field

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes field usually attracts a pretty talented group of weight-for-age sprinters. In recent years, the quality of the Kevin Heffernan Stakes field has improved considerably, with more notable horses, often Group 1 winners, contesting the event.

Good lead-up races into the Kevin Heffernan Stakes field each spring include the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) two weeks earlier on Victoria Derby Day, the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at that same opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting and the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) on Crown Oaks Day.

The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes field is released the Wednesday before race day and will published below as soon as available.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2017 Final Field attracted only eight runners led by the Darren Weir-trained Burning Front in gate four and last year’s runner-up Illustrious Lad.

Read more on the official 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Field & Betting Odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 14119×0725 BURNING FRONT Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 4 59kg 104
2 78×0455129 KEEN ARRAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 7 59kg 104
3 2x50020x26 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 8 59kg 104
4 3512076875 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 3 59kg 105
5 17493×3920 CASINO WIZARD Lee Creek Noel Callow 2 59kg 98
6 11160×8458 BASSETT (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 6 59kg 98
7 1121306×1 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5 59kg 82
8 0x8180x781 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Ms Nikita Beriman 1 57kg 103

2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Nominations

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations attract sprinters from a variety of preparations. Plenty of horses are dually nominated for both the Kevin Heffernan Stakes and the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) on Zipping Classic Day.

The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2017 Nominations drew 19 early entries including Scott Brunton’s gun Tasmanian galloper Hellova Street coming off a Chatham Stakes win from VRC Oaks Day as well as a trio of Darren Weir-trained runners.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x75x3235 BLACK HEART BART G 7 Darren Weir 1 59kg 114
2 x705x60010 LUCKY HUSSLER G 8 Darren Weir 2 59kg 112
3 14119×0725 BURNING FRONT G 7 Darren Weir 3 59kg 104
4 78×0455129 KEEN ARRAY G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 59kg 104
5 221118×321 HELLOVA STREET G 7 Scott Brunton 5 59kg 104
6 2x50020x26 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 6 Peter Gelagotis 6 59kg 104
7 3512076875 JUNGLE EDGE G 7 Mick Bell 7 59kg 105
8 0x8180x781 OCEAN EMBERS M 5 Shea Eden 8 57kg 103
9 x1111x659x CHETWOOD G 5 James Cummings 9 59kg 104
10 3397374043 RUETTIGER (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 59kg 90
11 17493×3920 CASINO WIZARD G 7 Lee Creek 11 59kg 98
12 1175×31945 GRANDE ROSSO G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 59kg 101
13 11160×8458 BASSETT (NZ) G 5 Mick Price 13 59kg 98
14 51x493x134 RAVI M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 14 57kg 102
15 28x506979x HAZZABEEL (NZ) G 7 Peter Healey 15 59kg 91
16 111x11x257 DESERT LASHES M 4 Shayne Cahill 16 57kg 87
17 1121306×1 THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 59kg 82
18 111x1x35 CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN (NZ) M 4 Anthony Freedman 18 57kg 78
19 20629×7221 RUTHLESS AGENT (NZ) G 4 Kurt Goldman 19 59kg 72

Kevin Heffernan Stakes History

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes was a listed race until 2013, when it was granted an upgrade to Group 3. This change occurred in light of the increasingly decent fields that were contesting the race.

Quite a few talented young sprinters come through the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, and it has over time developed a reputation for throwing some of the best sprinters on the Melbourne circuit into contention.

Prior to 2004, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes was run over 1200m. It was increased to 1250m in 2004 and again to 1300m in 2005. In 2006, the distance was reduced to 1200m for two years. In 2008, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes returned to 1300m. In 2013, it was held over 1200m. In 2014, it was back to 1300m.

Notable recent Kevin Heffernan Stakes winners include Lankan Rupee (2013) and Lucky Hussler (2016). Kevin Heffernan Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Kevin Heffernan Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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3rd TBD
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1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 16.43 seconds
2nd Illustrious Lad
3rd Super Cash
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1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 18.4 seconds
2nd Generalife
3rd Gracious Prospect
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1st Fast ‘N’ Rocking 1 minute 17.7 seconds
2nd Generalife
3rd Flamberge
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1st Lankan Rupee 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Hot Snitzel
3rd Famous Seamus
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1st Mid Summer Music 1 minute 17.1 seconds
2nd Hot Snitzel
3rd Unpretentious
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1st Soul 1 minute 18.9 seconds
2nd Masthead
3rd Doubtful Jack
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1st Avenue 1 minute 19.3 seconds
2nd Dubleanny
3rd Royal Ida
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1st Lucky Secret 1 minute 16.7 seconds
2nd Posadas
3rd Diplomatic Force
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1st Captain Bax 1 minute 18.5 seconds
2nd Posadas
3rd Juggle The Books
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1st Gibralter Campion 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Cargo Cult
3rd Cocinero
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1st Tesbury Jack 1 minute 08.97 seconds
2nd Cocinero
3rd Megadeal
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1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 17.6 seconds
2nd Unabated
3rd Air Cooled
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1st Brannigan 1 minute 17.5 seconds
2nd Dandy Kid
3rd Mr Lofty
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1st Super Groove 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Recurring
3rd Rustic Mist
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1st Century Kid 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Suit
3rd Belle du Jour
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1st Chattanooga 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Libidinous
3rd Toledo
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1st Sports 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Paint
3rd Cullen