The Group 3 2015 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 only to horses aged three years and older, the Lexus Stakes is run under quality handicap conditions. With total prize money of $250,000, the Lexus Stakes is quite a lucrative Group 3 event.
Victoria Derby Day is a massive race meeting, and the Lexus Stakes shares a race program with some major feature events. These include the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m), Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m).
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 leadup event. The Group 3 David Jones Cup (2500m) has also often been targeted by horses on their way to the Lexus Stakes.
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.
The 2015 Lexus Stakes will be held on Saturday, October 31st.
|Lexus Stakes 2015|
|Date:||October 31st, 2015|
|Conditions:||3YO&UP Quality Hcp|
2015 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 2015 Lexus Stakes field will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0084×75092||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||10||58.5kg||105|
|2||33075×0003||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||12||57kg||102|
|3||15x11x5722||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||Dwayne Dunn||9||56.5kg||101|
|4||6316×41211||ELHAAME (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Brad Rawiller||4||56kg||100|
|5||4321x6x185||CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||11||55.5kg||99|
|6||x362Lx6063||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3||55.5kg||99|
|7||12156×2181||RULING DYNASTY||James Cummings||Tommy Berry||1||54.5kg||97|
|8||2121×69233||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||5||54kg||98|
|9||0535×86826||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||John Sargent||Chris Parnham||7||54kg||94|
|10||x88x000306||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||Patrick Moloney (a)||6||54kg||93|
|11||74x5421x46||MANALAPAN (IRE)||Ciaron Maher||Luke Currie||13||54kg||90|
|12||23314×8821||ZANTECA (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||8||54kg||80|
|13||104110×927||HIGH MIDNIGHT||James Cummings||Sam Clipperton||2||54kg||79|
2015 Lexus Stakes Nominations
The Lexus Stakes nominations draw horses from around the world. While the majority of horses who enter the Lexus Stakes nominations are Australian or New Zealand bred, quite often a few foreign raiders will throw themselves into the Lexus Stakes nominations, either for a preparatory race for the Melbourne Cup or in an endeavour to gain ballot exemption.
The 2015 Lexus Stakes nominations will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||645361x2x1||SECRET NUMBER (GB)||H||6||Saeed Bin Suroor||1||58.5kg||105|
|2||0530×48425||BEATEN UP (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||2||58.5kg||105|
|3||x3x0x12261||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||3||58kg||104|
|4||15x11x5722||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||H||6||Gai Waterhouse||4||56.5kg||101|
|6||6316×41211||ELHAAME (IRE)||G||6||Saeed Bin Suroor||6||56kg||100|
|7||4321x6x185||CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||7||55.5kg||99|
|8||x362Lx6063||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||8||55.5kg||99|
|9||2121×69233||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||M||4||Gai Waterhouse||9||54kg||98|
|10||12156×2181||RULING DYNASTY||H||4||James Cummings||10||54.5kg||97|
|11||2x893x0005||LIKE A CAROUSEL||G||6||Ken Keys||11||54kg||96|
|12||0535×86826||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||12||54kg||94|
|14||23314×8821||ZANTECA (NZ)||M||6||Darren Weir||14||54kg||80|
|15||104110×927||HIGH MIDNIGHT||G||4||James Cummings||15||54kg||79|
|16||6947719116||THUNDER SET||G||7||Vince Jones||16||54kg||62|
|17||955×143121||MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||17||59kg||106|
|18||0084×75092||JUNOOB (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||18||58.5kg||105|
|19||60x82Px008||OPINION (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||19||58kg||104|
|20||x6650x5550||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||M||5||John Sargent||20||55kg||102|
|23||0x86123505||KAPOUR (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher||23||54kg||95|
|24||74x5421x46||MANALAPAN (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher||24||54kg||90|
|25||7130×40980||DON DOREMO (NZ)||G||5||Robbie Laing||25||54kg||88|
|26||1150x7x018||WEXFORD TOWN (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||26||54kg||87|
|27||320x2x5135||VELOX (GB)||G||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||27||54kg||87|
|28||453210×875||REFECTORY (IRE)||G||6||Richard Laming||28||54kg||72|
|29||2216×04133||PURPLE SMILE||G||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||29||54kg||70|
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|