Lexus Stakes

The 2016 Lexus Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held on Victoria Derby Day.

2016 Lexus Stakes Results

  • 1st: Oceanographer
  • 2nd: Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: Tally

Lexus Stakes News

Qewy draws the rails in 2016 Sandown Cup

Qewy draws the rails in 2016 Sandown Cup

Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Qewy has drawn barrier one in the Listed $150,000 Sandown Cup (3200m) at Sandown on Saturday. Qewy, from the powerful Godolphin stable, could give English trainer Charlie Appleby another feature race win after the seven year old won the Group 3 $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m) at Geelong on October 19. Qewy…

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
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1869

Lexus Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Lexus Stakes odds provided by 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
5 560x90x075 HONORIUS H 7 Darren Weir 87
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
10 11113×0230 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 104
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

Year First Second Third Time
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