Lexus Stakes

The Lexus Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held on Victoria Derby Day offering a ballot exemption to the winner into the Melbourne Cup Field a few days later.

2018 Lexus Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The Group 3 2018 Lexus Stakes is a 2500m staying event held at the illustrious Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day, the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup.

Open to horses aged three years and older, the Lexus Stakes is run under quality handicap conditions. With total prize money of $300,000, the Lexus Stakes is quite a lucrative Group 3 event and key race on the Melbourne Cup Carnival schedule.

The Lexus Stakes winner gains a ballot exemption for the Group 1 $6.25 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) back at the track just three days later and Shocking (2009) was the last to complete the double.

Victoria Derby Day is a massive race meeting, and the Lexus Stakes shares a race program with nine other Group status races. These include the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m).

There are a variety of paths that horses take to the Lexus Stakes. As it runs at the culmination of the spring carnival, those horses which target the Lexus Stakes may have been racing in Victoria, NSW or may even have just come out of quarantine following their trip to Australia. In the past, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) has been a fairly popular lead-up event.

A number of horses use the Lexus Stakes as a lead up event to the Melbourne Cup, held just four days later on the first Tuesday of November. This has been a common course for international horses who are seeking ballot exemption, which the Lexus Stakes provides.

The Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) is another popular target following a Lexus Stakes run held the Saturday after on Emirates Stakes Day and offers a bonus to any horse that was balloted out of that year’s Melbourne Cup field should they salute.

The 2018 Lexus Stakes was held on Saturday November 3, 2018 .

Lexus Stakes 2018
Date: Saturday November 3, 2018
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1869
  • 1st: #4 Sixties Groove
  • 2nd: #10 Jaameh
  • 3rd: #3 Patrick Erin

Follow the link for our full Lexus Stakes 2017 Betting Tips & Preview, the team tipping five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams to add another runner to his contingent in this year’s field with ALOFT ($5.50) set to bounce back from the Herbert Power flop returning to Flemington. KELLSTORM ($7.50) was good two back finishing third in The Bart Cummings and was under two lengths beaten in the unplaced Geelong Cup run last time out. VENGEUR MASQUE ($7) won that and is a genuine hope again.

Lexus Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Lexus Stakes odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be listed below on the stayers and potential Melbourne Cup horses.

2018 Lexus Stakes Field

The Lexus Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of spring stayers, the majority of which are chasing the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption on offer to the winner of the Victoria Derby Day race.

Good lead-up races into the Lexus Stakes field each season including Caulfield’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) or even the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) the Saturday prior on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day that produced the 2017 Lexus Stakes winner Cismontane (3rd).

The official 2018 Lexus Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 32x03705x0 SOLE IMPACT (JPN) Hirofumi Toda Hugh Bowman 1 58kg 105
2 x2188632x3 A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 7 57.5kg 104
3 114656×641 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 8 57.5kg 104
4 0x55211x31 SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 4 57kg 103
5 0x0551x586 TALLY James Cummings Tim Clark 9 57kg 103
6 1x22x33222 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 3 56.5kg 102
7 31105×0248 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 56.5kg 102
8 231130×341 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 13 56.5kg 102
9 x04331x220 RISING RED (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Regan Bayliss 6 56kg 101
10 33x1x61812 JAAMEH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2 55.5kg 100
11 1119×45842 NORTHWEST PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Dwayne Dunn 11 55.5kg 100
12 4421×22630 YOGI (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 10 54.5kg 98
13 1211×78728 LADIES FIRST (NZ) Allan Sharrock 12 54kg 101

2018 Lexus Stakes Nominations

The 2018 Lexus Stakes nominations are taken by Racing Victoria on the Monday leading-up to Victoria Derby Day, the full list of early entries to be published below as soon as announced.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2×11 DIPLOMATICO C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 79
2 25166×8512 ENCRYPTION C 3 James Cummings 95
3 213×1223 GYTRASH G 3 Gordon Richards 71
4 13310×15 LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 3 Chris Waller 96
5 x4342x8662 LEGEND OF CONDOR C 3 Gerald Ryan 78
6 x10649x283 LONG LEAF C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 82
7 323x81x80 PAQUIRRI C 3 Gary Moore 80
8 6x225x435 REALLY SWISH C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 62
9 860×592183 RINGERDINGDING C 3 Darren Weir 73
10 72154×1 SESAR C 3 Steven O’Dea 92
11 11113×2117 SUNLIGHT F 3 Tony McEvoy 100
12 1214267 THORONDOR C 3 Robbie Laing 76
13 26×2151 VOILA F 3 Chris Waller 69
14 1x1114x11 WRITTEN BY C 3 Grahame Begg 104
15 146122×42 ZOUSAIN C 3 Chris Waller 99

Lexus Stakes History

The Lexus Stakes was inaugurated in 1969 as the Hotham Handicap, it’s current registered name. One of the oldest races in Australia, the Lexus Stakes has a very prestigious history to match its age.

The Lexus Stakes is renowned for a very rare triple dead heat in 1956. Fighting Force, Ark Royal and Pandie Sun crossed together to win one of the only races ever to record three winners.

Besides its current name, the Lexus Stakes has been known by a variety of sponsor titles. For ten years prior to 2009 (when Lexus started sponsorship) it was known as the Saab Quality. Prior to that, it was the Lean Cuisine Quality, Ten News Quality, Crown Quality, and The Dalgety.

Notable Lexus Stakes winners include Miss Carbine (1899), Spear Chief (1938), Foxzami (1949), Think Big (1974), Brew (2000) and Shocking (2009) who was the last Lexus Stakes winner to back-up and dominate that year’s Melbourne Cup results doing the double. Lexus Stakes results, winners and placegetters since 2000 are listed below, along with winning times.

Lexus Stakes Results

Year First Second Third Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2017 Cismontane Vengeur Masque Pentathlon 2:35.41
2016 Oceanographer Tom Melbourne Tally 2.35.68
2015 Excess Knowledge Zanteca Havana Cooler 2:36.8
2014 Signoff Big Memory La Amistad 2:37.9
2013 Ruscello Let’s Make Adeal Araldo 2:39.8
2012 Kelinni Dare To Dream Exceptionally 2:37.6
2011 Niwot Macedonian Anudjawun 2:37.5
2010 Maluckyday Linton Once Were Wild 2:35.1
2009 Shocking Hume Irazu 2:38.3
2008 Moatise Light Vision Cape Cover 2:37.7
2007 Sculptor The Fuzz Desert Master 2:35.4
2006 Maybe Better Irazu Vanquished 2:35.8
2005 Strasbourg Bush Honey Mr Celebrity 2:40.3
2004 Don Raphael Catchmeifyoucan Winning Belle 2:36.6
2003 Big Pat Fawaz Dance On Wood 2:39.4
2002 Requiem Miss Meliss Piachay 2:35.3
2001 Maythehorsebewithu Spirit Of Westbury Touch The Groom 2:35.8
2000 Brew Mr Nelson Yammer 2:37.1

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