Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes

The Moonga Stakes is a Group 3 race contested in October on Caulfield Cup Day over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2017 Moonga Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Ulmann
  • 2nd: #2 Burning Front
  • 3rd: #8 Echo Effect



The Group 3 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes is a 1400m sprint held at Caulfield Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Moonga Stakes is a race for horses aged four years and older.

The Moonga Stakes is held on one of the biggest race days of the year, Caulfield Cup Day. This is the third day of the three day Caulfield Cup Carnival, which begins a week before with Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day, continues on Wednesday with Blue Sapphire Stakes Day and ends on Caulfield Cup Day.

Sharing the race schedule with the Moonga Stakes are a host of other Black-Type features. These include the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m), Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) and the Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic.

Horses contesting the Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes field may come off a lead-up run in a race like the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) for mares at Flemington a fortnight earlier or the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) run three weeks prior. In 2016 Voodoo Lad improved on a lead-up second in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before winning the Moonga Stakes.

The Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 2017 ran on Saturday October 21, 2017 .

2017 Moonga Stakes
Date: Saturday October 21, 2017
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 4YO&UP SWP
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Ulmann
  • 2nd: #2 Burning Front
  • 3rd: #8 Echo Effect

Check out the full Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the late win by the Darren Weir-trained Ulmann who presented at the right time to defeat his better-fancied stablemate Burning Front, while the midrace leader Echo Effect tired but held for third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 ULMANN Darren Weir Damian Lane 3 56.5kg $9.50
2 2 BURNING FRONT Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0.75L 1 57.5kg $6
3 8 ECHO EFFECT Kristen Buchanan Damien Oliver 1.25L 5 56kg $13
4 6 GRANDE ROSSO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 2L 2 56.5kg $4.40F
5 1 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.1L 10 58.5kg $12
6 10 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Hugh Bowman 2.3L 9 55.5kg $8
7 7 SAVILE ROW (NZ) Michael Moroney Blake Shinn 2.8L 7 56kg $9
8 4 TASHBEEH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 3L 4 56.5kg $21
9 11 DANISH TWIST Kris Lees Joao Moreira 3.3L 8 54kg $5.50
10 9 SAINT VALOREM Cameron Templeton Brian Higgins 8.05L 6 56kg $41
3 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Thomas Sadler 0

2017 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #6 Grande Rosso
  • 2nd: #11 Danish Twist
  • 3rd: #2 Burning Front

OBSERVATIONAL (2) is the only scratched horse from the Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 2017 field, but it remains a very open betting race. Hard to go past GRANDE ROSSO ($4.80) who is challenging for favouritism from a favourable barrier two draw with Craig Williams riding the Lindsay Park-trained six-year-old who is down in grade after the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) run here on October 1. Saluted at the track / distance before that carting 59kg and overall is two-from-three at the 1400m at Caulfield. Outclassed in the Group 1 – chance to atone here. DANISH TWIST ($4.60) is narrow favourite on 54kg with the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira riding the Kris Lees-trained mare who was only 1.4 lengths off Daysee Doom in Sydney’s Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) last time out, the form of which has been franked. Needs to handle the Melbourne way, but if she does that she’s got the class to win. BURNING FRONT ($6.50) is the genuine market mover smashed in from $13 with the rails run. Was held up in a crucial stage in the last start seventh at Flemington, but will relish returning to The Heath where the veteran is undefeated (4-4-0-0).

Moonga Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Moonga Stakes betting markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be listed below complete with links for you to back your Moonga Stakes Tips in at the right price as soon as released the week of the race.

2017 Moonga Stakes Field

The 2017 Moonga Stakes field and barriers are released by Racing Victoria (RV) on the Wednesday leading-up to Caulfield Cup Day and will be provided in full below once announced.

The Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 2017 Final Field drew 11 middle-distance hopefuls including the Chris Waller-trained All Our Roads with the outside alley to overcome second-up off a Randwick third last start. Burning Front is out to atone for a lead-up seventh at Flemington carrying 60kg and drops back to 57.5kg with the rails run in the Moonga Stakes Field, which also features the fellow Darren Weir-trained Ulmann in gate four up to a more suitable distance after finishing under three lengths back sixth in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) on October 7.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x6226216x3 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 58.5kg 97
2 1114119×07 BURNING FRONT Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1 57.5kg 104
3 500x71120x OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Thomas Sadler 2 57.5kg 100
4 4943×19806 TASHBEEH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 5 56.5kg 98
5 2136x130x6 ULMANN Darren Weir Damian Lane 4 56.5kg 102
6 121175×319 GRANDE ROSSO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 3 56.5kg 102
7 6321220×09 SAVILE ROW (NZ) Michael Moroney Blake Shinn 8 56kg 98
8 17x2325x06 ECHO EFFECT Kristen Buchanan Damien Oliver 6 56kg 80
9 7x4x519953 SAINT VALOREM Cameron Templeton Brian Higgins 7 56kg 80
10 113x410x97 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Hugh Bowman 10 55.5kg 96
11 4735070×74 DANISH TWIST Kris Lees Joao Moreira 9 54kg 102

Moonga Stakes Nominations

The Moonga Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be published right here as soon as released.

In 2017 the Moonga Stakes Nominations attracted a bumper 20 early entries including the in-form veteran Rhythm To Spare coming off a third to Bonneval in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m), and four for Sydney’s top trainer Chris Waller led by Epsom Handicap fourth placed mare Foxplay who is also nominated for the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) against her own kind on Caulfield Cup Day 2017.

Moonga Stakes History

The Moonga Stakes was inaugurated in 1982 and has since undergone a huge amount of name changes. Initially a Principal race, the Moonga Stakes was granted Group 3 status in 1994.

The Moonga Stakes is one of those races that receives sponsorship for its name in most years. During its short history, the Moonga Stakes has been named in honour of two different race horses, Vo Rogue and Northerly. Listed below are the various name changes the Moonga Stakes has undergone over the years.

Period Race Name
2012 onwards Moonga Stakes
2009-11 Betfair Stakes
2007-08 Jayco Cup
2005-06 Harrolds 101 Stakes
2004 Melbourne Racing Club Stakes
2003 Farewell To Northerly Stakes
2001-02 Melbourne Racing Club Stakes
2000 Ansett Australia Stakes
1998-99 IGA Supermarkets Stakes
1997 Tablerite Stakes
1996 Vo Rogue Stakes
1995 Richard Ellis Plate
1993-94 The Myer Stakes
1987-92 Richard Ellis Plate

Notable Moonga Stakes winners include Vo Rogue (1988), Rough Habit (1992), Assertive Lad (2002) and Boban (2013). Moonga Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Moonga Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Moonga Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Moonga Stakes
1st Ulmann 1 minute 23.44 seconds
2nd Burning Front
3rd Echo Effect
2016
Moonga Stakes
1st Voodoo Lad 1 minute 25.54 seconds
2nd Under The Louvre
3rd Coronation Shallan
2015
Moonga Stakes
1st Vashka 1 minute 23.27 seconds
2nd Under The Louvre
3rd Coronation Shallan
2014
Moonga Stakes
1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Under The Louvre
3rd Generalife
2013
Moonga Stakes
1st Boban 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Strawberry Boy
3rd Galah
2012
Moonga Stakes
1st Whateverwhenever 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd King’s Rose
3rd McClintock
2011
Moonga Stakes
1st Love Conquers All 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Albert The Fat
3rd Pinwheel
2010
Moonga Stakes
1st Rothera 1 minute 25.8 seconds
2nd Sniper’s Bullet
3rd Jungle Ruler
2009
Moonga Stakes
1st McClintock 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Rightfully Yours
3rd Kiloton
2008
Moonga Stakes
1st Royal Discretion 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Turffontein
3rd Stickpin
2007
Moonga Stakes
1st Lord Of The Dance 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Polish Clown
3rd Solar Secret
2006
Moonga Stakes
1st Perfectly Ready 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Live In Vain
3rd Caprizzi Strip
2005
Moonga Stakes
1st Volitant 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Shadow
2004
Moonga Stakes
1st Amtrak 1 minute 24.6 seconds
2nd Pink Fit
3rd Monahan Tweed
2003
Moonga Stakes
1st Thorn Park 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Lord Volksraad
3rd Regal Roller
2002
Moonga Stakes
1st Assertive Lad 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd El Nino
3rd Prince Rubiton
2001
Moonga Stakes
1st Flavour 1 minute 24.8 seconds
2nd Inspire
3rd Make Mine Magic
2000
Moonga Stakes
1st Cellar 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Hire
3rd Weasel Will

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