Northwood Plume Stakes

The Northwood Plume Stakes is a Group 3 sprint race for mares contested in mid-October on Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day.

2019 Northwood Plume Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Tofane
  • 2nd: #1 Manicure
  • 3rd: #10 Sweet Scandal



The Northwood Plume Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Caulfield Racecourse.

Due to sponsorship arrangements, the race also known as the Bass Strait Beef Steaks and is a key follow-up race for mares out of earlier spring races including the Group 3 How Now Stakes and the Group 3 Cockram Stakes. Winter Bride (2018) was the last mare to do the How Now Stakes / Northwood Plume Stakes double.

Raced over 1200m, the Northwood Plume Stakes race is held under set weights plus penalties conditions, which tends to ensure the stronger and more experienced mares run better. Worth $200,000, the event takes place as part of the bumper Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day program.

There is a massive 10 black-type events on the race program, including the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas, Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes, Group 1 Toorak Handicap, Group 1 Thousand Guineas, Group 2 Schillaci Stakes, Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes, Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes and two listed events.

The How Now Stakes and the Cockram Stakes are the obvious lead-up events, while the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes acts as another potential warm-up.

Following a run in the Northwood Plume Stakes, the better mares tend to step things up and target more prestigious events. The Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), while longer in distance, is often considered the next viable target for top performing mares the following weekend on Caulfield Cup Day. In 2017 the Northwood Plume Stakes winner Cool Passion ran a next-up second in the Tristarc Stakes. The year before, Sheidel won the Northwood Plume Stakes before going to Perth for a Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes second. She also won the following autumn’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.

The 2019 Northwood Plume Stakes ran on Saturday October 12, 2019 as the Bass Strait Beef Steaks and was won by roughie hope Tofane ($19).

Northwood Plume Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday October 12, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO+ Mares SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2019 Northwood Plume Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Tofane
  • 2nd: #1 Manicure
  • 3rd: #10 Sweet Scandal

The Michael Moroney-trained Tofane was given a gun ride by hoop Dwayne Dunn who weaved through the field to score an upset win in the Northwood Plume Stakes. Atoning for her dead last finish in the How Now Stakes last time out, the four-year-old daughter of Ocean Park defeated the race favourite Manicure by a length.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 13 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 5 55kg $19
2 1 MANICURE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1L 11 57kg $3.70F
3 10 SWEET SCANDAL Chris Waller Michael Walker 1.75L 6 55kg $12
4 3 RESIN James Cummings Craig Williams 2.15L 7 57kg $21
5 6 GIFT OF POWER (NZ) Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 2.45L 13 56kg $5.50
6 2 MERYL Lee Curtis Dean Yendall 3.7L 2 57kg $6.50
7 11 PLATINUM ANGEL Lindsey Smith John Allen 4.45L 1 55kg $9
8 4 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4.55L 4 57kg $11
9 9 IMPROVEMENT (NZ) Gary Portelli James McDonald 4.85L 12 55kg $18
10 12 KINGS BROOK David Brideoake Luke Nolen 6.1L 3 55kg $26
11 15 ZOUBO Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 6.2L 9 55kg $71
12 14 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Jamie Kah 7.2L 8 55kg $51
13 8 MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Brett Prebble 11.2L 10 55kg $19
5 DEMERARA James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0
7 PROPHET’S THUMB David Pfieffer Damian Lane 0

2019 Northwood Plume Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Northwood Plume Stakes 2019 betting odds and Group 3 betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Caulfield Guineas Day event will be provided below for punters the week of the race.

2019 Northwood Plume Stakes Final Field

The Northwood Plume Stakes final field usually features a range of mares coming off traditional lead-up runs in the Cockram Stakes and How Now Stakes. Politeness (2015) followed by Winter Bride (2018) were the last mares to complete the How Now Stakes – Northwood Plume Stakes double.

Mares may continue onto tougher spring – summer sprints as was the case in 2016 when the winner Sheidel finished runner-up that November in Perth’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m). She also returned the following autumn and won Caulfield’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1000m). That year’s runner-up Silent Sedition also enjoyed elite level success the following autumn winning the 2017 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The 2019 Northwood Plume Stakes final field will be announced below once released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to the race.

The Northwood Plume Stakes 2019 Field features 15 mares led by Godolphin’s last start How Now Stakes winner Manicure with a wide barrier (12) to overcome.

Update: #5 Demerara (10) has been scratched from the field leaving 14 hopefuls.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x122303x1 MANICURE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 12 57kg 102
2 672133×046 MERYL Lee Curtis Dean Yendall 2 57kg 95
3 106x3268x7 RESIN James Cummings Craig Williams 7 57kg 99
4 811317×449 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 57kg 88
5 x0x124x1x6 DEMERARA James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 10 56kg 95
6 21106142×2 GIFT OF POWER (NZ) Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 15 56kg 97
7 8316835×91 PROPHET’S THUMB David Pfieffer Damian Lane 14 56kg 87
8 1139x4009x MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Brett Prebble 11 55kg 94
9 5x62414x22 IMPROVEMENT (NZ) Gary Portelli James McDonald 13 55kg 88
10 45115448×1 SWEET SCANDAL Chris Waller Michael Walker 6 55kg 93
11 357x9923x2 PLATINUM ANGEL Lindsey Smith John Allen 1 55kg 90
12 07x150111x KINGS BROOK David Brideoake Luke Nolen 3 55kg 85
13 2152×410 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 5 55kg 79
14 9x211x2518 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Jamie Kah 8 55kg 74
15 11x839x24 ZOUBO Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 9 55kg 72

Northwood Plume Stakes History

Named after 1994 Thousand Guineas winner Northwood Plume, the Northwood Plume Stakes came about at a crucial time in Australian racing. Providing a much sought-after additional race for older mares, the Northwood Plume Stakes was an instant hit.

Although it has only existed in its current format for a short time, the Northwood Plume Stakes rapidly rose in prestige and importance. This was recognised in 2013 when the race was upgraded to Group 3 status. The Northwood Plume Stakes has been held at Caulfield Racecourse since 2007.

In the past this race has been known as the Le Tan Stakes and the Carlton Draught Northwood Plume Stakes.

Some of the notable winners of the Northwood Plume Stakes include Storm Signal (2007), Avenue (2010), Aerobatics (2013) and Sheidel (2016). Northwood Plume Stakes results since 2005 are below.

Northwood Plume Stakes Final Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Tofane 1 minute 9.09 seconds
2nd Manicure
3rd Sweet Scandal
2018
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Winter Bride 1 minute 9.65 seconds
2nd Booker
3rd Our Crown Mistress
2017
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Cool Passion 1 minute 9.67 seconds
2nd Pedrena
3rd Princess Of Queens
2016
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Sheidel 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Silent Sedition
3rd A Lotta Love
2015
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Politeness 1 minute 9.74 seconds
2nd Wawail
3rd Bring Me The Maid
2014
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Griante 1 minute 9.98 seconds
2nd Girl Guide
3rd Shamal Wind
2013
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Aerobatics 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Assertive Eagle
3rd Counted
2012
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Serene Star 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Koonoomoo
3rd Miss Marx
2011
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Hinemoa 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Celts
3rd Lady Mahler
2010
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Avenue 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Red Flair
3rd Dorf Command
2009
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Our Lona 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Tootsie
3rd Velocitea
2008
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Belong To Many 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Bel Mer
3rd Hanna Rossa
2007
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Storm Signal 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Soleil
3rd Paris Zero
2006
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Personal Ensign 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Pasikatera
3rd Storm Signal
2005
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Crimson Reign 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Aqua D’amore
3rd Unabated

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