The Group 3 2016 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.
The Lexus Stakes winner gains a ballot exemption for the $6 million Group 1 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 eight other Group status races. These include the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Cantala Stakes (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 $300,000 Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) is another popular target following a Lexus Stakes run held the Saturday after on Emirates Stakes Day.
The 2016 Lexus Stakes will be held on Saturday, October 29th.
|Lexus Stakes 2016|
|Date:||October 29th, 2016|
|Conditions:||3YO&UP Quality Hcp|
2016 Lexus Stakes Betting Odds
The latest Lexus Stakes 2016 odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au are listed below on the final field that includes a host of hopeful Melbourne Cup horses. Follow the links to back your 2016 Lexus Stakes betting tips at the right price.
2016 Lexus Stakes Field
The Lexus Stakes field tends to feature a diverse collection of horses each year. Running alongside Melbourne Cup potentials are stayers from far more modest backgrounds with more achievable goals, such as the listed Ballarat Cup. Those horses which contest the Lexus Stakes field generally have fairly extensive staying experience across different distances and in different classes. Although only holding Group 3 status, the Lexus Stakes field is often quite a bit classier than that.
The 2016 Lexus Stakes field and barriers were released on Wednesday October 26 and feature a dozen hopefuls including the Charlie Appleby-trained English raider Oceanographer shooting for a win to make the Melbourne Cup field.
See below for the full 2016 Lexus Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw, following the link for a detailed race preview.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||6382353261||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||11||59kg||106|
|2||32114×2715||REAL LOVE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||5||58.5kg||109|
|3||11113×0230||TALLY||John O’Shea||James McDonald||9||58kg||104|
|4||13254×0673||PENTATHLON (NZ)||John Wheeler||Mark Du Plessis||6||55kg||98|
|5||1x110x2662||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Glen Boss||2||54.5kg||97|
|6||7x46130x08||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||1||54kg||94|
|7||x7733x8679||DE LITTLE ENGINE||Danny O’Brien||Chad Schofield||4||54kg||93|
|8||x11x4017x3||OCEANOGRAPHER (GB)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||8||54kg||93|
|9||0508322223||BLACK TOMAHAWK||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||10||54kg||88|
|10||462102×094||ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Ben E Thompson (a)||3||54kg||88|
|11||81642×4756||THE BANDIT (JPN)||John Sadler||Craig Newitt||7||54kg||78|
|12||57029×9623||TRANSFER ALLOWANCE||Peter Roche||Chris Symons||12||54kg||75|
2016 Lexus Stakes Nominations
The 2016 Lexus Stakes nominations were originally taken by Racing Victoria on Monday October 24 and feature 13 stayers led by the Darren Weir-trained Real Love. Lexus Stakes nominations have been extended.
See below for the original 2016 Lexus Stakes Nominations and follow the link for more on the horses vying for a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||0508322223||BLACK TOMAHAWK||G||7||Darren Weir||88|
|2||x7733x8679||DE LITTLE ENGINE||G||6||Danny O’Brien||93|
|3||33191×6032||DREADED (NZ)||G||4||Lee & Anthony Freedman||66|
|4||7x46130x08||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||94|
|6||6382353261||JUNOOB (GB)||G||9||Chris Waller||106|
|7||13254×0673||PENTATHLON (NZ)||G||5||John Wheeler||98|
|8||32114×2715||REAL LOVE||M||6||Darren Weir||109|
|9||462102×094||ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ)||M||7||Lee & Shannon Hope||88|
|11||81642×4756||THE BANDIT (JPN)||H||5||John Sadler||78|
|12||1x110x2662||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||6||Lee & Anthony Freedman||97|
|13||57029×9623||TRANSFER ALLOWANCE||G||7||Peter Roche||75|
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). Lexus Stakes results, winners and placegetters since 2000 are listed below, along with winning times.
Lexus Stakes Results
|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|
|2010||Maluckyday||Linton||Once Were Wild||2:35.1|
|2008||Moatise||Light Vision||Cape Cover||2:37.7|
|2007||Sculptor||The Fuzz||Desert Master||2:35.4|
|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|
|2001||Maythehorsebewithu||Spirit Of Westbury||Touch The Groom||2:35.8|