Moonga Stakes

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

2020 Moonga Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Wild Planet
  • 2nd: #11 Morrissy
  • 3rd: #1 Fifty Stars



The Group 3 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 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) and the Group 3 Caulfield Classic.

Horses contesting the 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 2019 Moonga Stakes winner Streets Of Avalon ran fourth in the Sir Rupert with an unplaced Toorak Handicap (11th) run in between that and his Group 3 success on Caulfield Cup Day.

The Moonga Stakes serves as a nice lead-up into the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) over the Flemington mile during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Boban (2013) was the last horse to complete the Moonga Stakes – Kennedy Cantala double.

The Moonga Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday October 17, 2020 and was won by Wild Planet.

Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes
Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 4YO&UP SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Moonga Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Wild Planet
  • 2nd: #11 Morrissy
  • 3rd: #1 Fifty Stars

The Hawkes Racing-trained Wild Planet ($5.50) pulled out all the stops in an exciting 2020 Moonga Stakes finish for a tough victory over Morrissy ($17) and Fifty Stars ($12).

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 1 59kg $5.50
2 11 MORRISSY Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 0.1L 2 57kg $17
3 1 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 2.6L 7 60kg $12
4 8 MORVADA Peter Jolly Damian Lane 2.7L 6 58kg $26
5 9 WINDSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3.1L 9 58kg $3F
6 5 GAULOIS James Cummings Mark Zahra 4.1L 3 58.5kg $21
7 3 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 5.1L 11 60kg $41
8 6 PACODALI (IRE) Maddie Raymond Luke Nolen 5.85L 4 58.5kg $31
9 2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 6.6L 8 60kg $51
10 10 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Jamie Kah 7.1L 10 57kg $5
11 7 THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Ben Melham 12.6L 5 58kg $7
12 MUNITIONS (USA) James Cummings Damien Oliver 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Moonga Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Moonga Stakes 2020 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.

2020 Moonga Stakes Field

The 2020 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 Moonga Stakes 2020 field features a dozen runners including the reigning champion Streets Of Avalon, last year’s Cantala Stakes winner Fifty Stars and short-priced favourite Windstorm for the in-form Perth stable of Grant & Alana Williams.

  • Scratched: #12 Munitions (6)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8256x411x8 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 8 60kg 112
2 3210×27050 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 9 60kg 105
3 1x777x4600 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 12 60kg 102
4 1x7410x819 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 104
5 43153521×9 GAULOIS James Cummings Mark Zahra 3 58.5kg 105
6 44310x482x PACODALI (IRE) Maddie Raymond Luke Nolen 4 58.5kg 105
7 110x820x47 THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Ben Melham 5 58kg 102
8 121208×023 MORVADA Peter Jolly Damian Lane 7 58kg 91
9 1×21114211 WINDSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 10 58kg 100
10 23x60434x3 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Jamie Kah 11 57kg 106
11 x002141623 MORRISSY Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 2 57kg 93
12 124x1940x6 MUNITIONS (USA) James Cummings Damien Oliver 6 57kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2020
Moonga Stakes
1st Wild Planet 1 minute 24.83 seconds
2nd Morrissy
3rd Fifty Stars
2019
Moonga Stakes
1st Streets Of Avalon 1 minute 23.94 seconds
2nd Variation
3rd Royal Meeting
2018
Moonga Stakes
1st Sircconi 1 minute 24.97 seconds
2nd Dreamforce
3rd Perast
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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