Northerly Stakes

The Northerly Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in October on the same day as Melbourne's Caulfield Cup and the $14 million The Everest in Sydney.

2019 Northerly Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 The Velvet King
  • 2nd: #4 Achernar Star
  • 3rd: #1 Great Shot



The Northerly Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth during October each year.

Raced over 1400m, the Northerly Stakes is a set weights plus penalties event open to horses aged three years and older.

With prize money of $150,000, this is a fairly lucrative Group 3 event and tends to attract a field to match.

The Northerly Stakes is the headline event on the day, sharing the race schedule with only one other black type event, the Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m) for short-distance specilaists. The Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup is held in Melbourne on the same day, while Sydney hosts the world’s richest turf race – the $14 million The Everest (1200m) – at Randwick.

Because the Perth Spring Racing Carnival contains far fewer black-type events than its eastern counterparts, you’ll need to do some serious form study for the Northerly Stakes. Beyond the listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) held at Belmont two weeks before, there isn’t a lot of good form to follow in this race. Rather, the Northerly Stakes acts as a great lead up event to many of the major Perth events further down the track.

Horses who run well in the Northerly Stakes often target the bigger and better races in WA over the summer including the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at the end of November. Recently the classy mare Galaxy Star improved on a second in the Northerly Stakes to win the Railway Stakes in 2018.

In 2015 subsequent six-time Group 1 champion Black Heart Bart completed the Birthday Stakes – Northerly Stakes – Group 2 Lee Steere treble. The following year Lite’n In My Veins (2016) also took out the Birthday Stakes – Northerly Stakes double. The form has been the one to follow in recent years with Silverstream (2017) improving on a Birthday Stakes second to win both the Northerly Stakes and Lee Steere Stakes.

Northerly Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday October 19, 2019
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO+ Set Weights Plus Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2019 Northerly Stakes Field

The Northerly Stakes field is usually composed of local runners looking for a reintroduction to racing after a spell. Some horses might target the Northerly Stakes field as part of an ongoing western spring campaign, however classier runners often contest this first up. You’ll usually see a few of the summer’s better sprinters kick things off in the Northerly Stakes field.

The 2019 Northerly Stakes field and barriers are announced the week of the race and will be published in full below.

The Northerly Stakes 2019 Final Field originally attracted a dozen gallopers before the early scratching of the defending champion #2 Man Booker (3).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 072x3234x3 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 8 59.5kg 106
2 145x8001x1 MAN BOOKER Daniel Morton Clint Johnston-Porter 3 58.5kg 110
3 1x2250622x ACTION Adam Durrant Peter Hall 10 58.5kg 97
4 3209x211x5 ACHERNAR STAR Simon A Miller Paul Harvey 5 57.5kg 107
5 14x684830x PERFECT JEWEL Adam Durrant William Pike 2 57.5kg 92
6 20x031210x LORDHELPMERUN Steve Wolfe Peter Knuckey 9 57.5kg 86
7 51x21412x2 THE VELVET KING Darren Mcauliffe Mitchell Pateman 1 57.5kg 89
8 1x13x11x6 SAMIZDAT Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 11 57.5kg 82
9 38404×4437 DISPOSITION Chris Gangemi Jordan Turner 6 56.5kg 97
10 36441×7553 RED PUBLISHER Ashley Maley Alan Kennedy 7 56.5kg 84
11 x54082198x WRINKLY Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 12 56.5kg 94
12 122x2351x4 LADY COSMOLOGY Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 4 55.5kg 90

Northerly Stakes History

The Northerly Stakes is named after the 2002 Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate winner Northerly, who also took out the 2001 Cox Plate and Australian Cup, making him one of the most prolific runners to ever come out of the west.

The Northerly Stakes was renamed in 2006, two years after the great Northerly retired. Initially a listed race, the Northerly Stakes received an upgrade to Group 3 status in 2013. With that came an increase in prize money from $125,000 to $150,000.

The Northerly Stakes was previously known as the WATC Anniversary Cup.

In 2000, the Northerly Stakes was run over 1600m. In 1999, it was 1800m.

Notable Northerly Stakes winners include Megatic (2008, 2009), King Saul (2012), Playing God (2013) and Black Heart Bart (2015) who went on to win six Group 1 wins around the country. Northerly Stakes results, including winning times, are listed below.

Northerly Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Northerly Stakes
1st The Velvet King 1 minute 22.07 seconds
2nd Achernar Star
3rd Great Shot
2018
Northerly Stakes
1st Man Booker 1 minute 23.08 seconds
2nd Galaxy Star
3rd Great Shot
2017
Northerly Stakes
1st Silverstream 1 minute 24.04 seconds
2nd Great Shot
3rd Tradesman
2016
Northerly Stakes
1st Lite’n In My Veins 1 minute 24.3 seconds
2nd Ideal Image
3rd Perfect Reflection
2015
Northerly Stakes
1st Black Heart Bart 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Wink And A Nod
3rd Resonates
2014
Northerly Stakes
1st Fuchsia Bandana 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Miss Rose De Lago
3rd Balmont Girl
2013
Northerly Stakes
1st Playing God 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Rohan
3rd Platinum Rocker
2012
Northerly Stakes
1st King Saul 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Kerrific
3rd Maschino
2011
Northerly Stakes
1st Ranger 1 minute 21.4 seconds
2nd Waratah’s Secret
3rd Mega Steel
2010
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Famous Roman 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Megatic
3rd Colour Correct
2009
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Megatic 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Colour Correct
3rd London
2008
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Megatic 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Tarzi
3rd I Command
2007
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st New Spice 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Jinx King
3rd West River Charley
2006
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Grasspatch Girl 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Mr Diagnosis
3rd Daka’s Gem
2005
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Changing Lanes 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Daka’s Gem
3rd Danny Blue
2004
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Prince Of Vasac 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Blevvo
3rd Early Express
2003
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Superior Star 1 minutes 22.12 seconds
2nd Mogul
3rd Kim Lisa
2002
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Mr Callahan 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Finito
3rd Zaheed
2001
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Storm Shot 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Shoeless
3rd The Grey Cardinal
2000
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Umah 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Moonrise
3rd Penghulu

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