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.

2017 Lexus Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Cismontane
  • 2nd: #6 Vengeur Masque
  • 3rd: #8 Pentathlon

The Group 3 2017 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 2017 Lexus Stakes was held on Saturday November 4, 2017 .

Lexus Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday November 4, 2017
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1869

2017 Lexus Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Cismontane
  • 2nd: #6 Vengeur Masque
  • 3rd: #8 Pentathlon

See below for the full 2017 Lexus Stakes Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the gutsy win by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Cismontane who backed up from the previous Saturday’s Moonee Valley Cup third and wouldn’t give in to the late challenge by Geelong Cup winner Vengeur Masque holding to make the Melbourne Cup 2017 Field.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 7 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 54kg $16
2 6 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 0.2L 8 54kg $5
3 8 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jye McNeil 0.3L 10 54kg $81
4 9 ALWARD (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.3L 7 54kg $7.50
5 3 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6.05L 3 56kg $21
6 2 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 6.8L 4 57kg $3.90F
7 4 ALOFT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 7.3L 5 55.5kg $7
8 1 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 9.55L 1 58kg $10
9 10 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 13.8L 9 54kg $8
10 5 GUARDINI (FR) Darren Weir James Winks 20.8L 2 55.5kg $21

2017 Lexus Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #4 Aloft
  • 2nd: #10 Kellstorm
  • 3rd: #6 Vengeur Masque

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 will be listed below on the stayers and potential Melbourne Cup horses.

2017 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 2017 Lexus Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Lexus Stakes 2017 Final Field is now out with 10 runners including Geelong Cup winner Vengeur Masque and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Cismontane both needing to win to make the Melbourne Cup field.

Read more on the hopeful Melbourne Cup Horses in the 2017 Lexus Stakes Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3380×34824 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 1 58kg 105
2 4x386x5158 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 4 57kg 103
3 1333x0x796 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 56kg 101
4 x39x12x139 ALOFT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 5 55.5kg 100
5 x621x02003 GUARDINI (FR) Darren Weir James Winks 2 55.5kg 100
6 2x542x9981 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 8 54kg 97
7 x232521033 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 6 54kg 93
8 97860×0496 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jye McNeil 10 54kg 93
9 4×54114112 ALWARD (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7 54kg 91
10 1735111636 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 9 54kg 86

2017 Lexus Stakes Nominations

The 2017 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.

The early Lexus Stakes Nominations in 2017 drew 20 hopefuls including last Saturday’s beaten Moonee Valley Cup favourite Big Duke (4th), last start Geelong Cup winner Vengeur Masque, and seven entries for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Robert Hickmott including The Metropolitan winner in Sydney two back Foundry.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x39x12x139 ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 100
2 4×54114112 ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 91
3 210x71x045 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 103
4 113×550214 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 107
5 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 104
6 x232521033 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 93
7 3380×34824 ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
8 30x33x2410 FOUNDRY (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 101
9 031x270x07 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 99
10 9×56442762 GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 84
11 x621x02003 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 100
12 4x386x5158 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
13 1333x0x796 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 8 James Cummings 101
14 1735111636 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 86
15 16108×5032 LYCURGUS G 4 Danny O’Brien 72
16 5167×16225 NOZOMI G 6 Anthony Freedman 94
17 513x412x04 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 93
18 97860×0496 PENTATHLON (NZ) G 6 John Wheeler 93
19 0910×00234 SLY ROMANCE (NZ) G 6 Richard Laming 78
20 2x542x9981 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 97

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
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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