Red Anchor Stakes

The Red Anchor Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day run as the 1300 Australia Stakes.

2019 Red Anchor Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Sartorial Splendor
  • 2nd: #1 Condo's Express
  • 3rd: #8 Three Beans



The Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes is a 1200m sprint held at Moonee Valley Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late October on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.

Held under set weights with penalties conditions, the Red Anchor Stakes is restricted to three-year-old sprinters and is currently known as the 1300 Australia Stakes for sponsorship purposes – not to be confused with the weight-for-age Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) held at the same track and distance in January.

The Red Anchor Stakes is held on Cox Plate Day alongside a host of other Group status spring features. These include the renowned Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m), Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m), Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) and Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m).

Classier types tend to perform well under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the Red Anchor Stakes. Some fairly decent young horses have gotten up over Group 1 types in recent years, so when punting don’t be too quick to immediately jump on the well known horses.

Horses tend to target the Red Anchor Stakes following runs in races with similar conditions and similar distances including the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) over the Caulfield Cup Carnival.

Following the Red Anchor Stakes, some runners may go on to the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), run a week later at Flemington Racecourse on VRC Derby Day.

The 2019 Red Anchor Stakes – 1300 Australia Stakes – was held on Saturday October 26, 2019 and won by the John Sadler-trained Sartorial Splendour in an upset over Condo’s Express. 

Red Anchor Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday October 26, 2019
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2019 Red Anchor Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Sartorial Splendor
  • 2nd: #1 Condo’s Express
  • 3rd: #8 Three Beans

The John Sadler-trained Sartorial Splendor took the next step on Cox Plate Day with a big Group 3 win in the Red Anchor Stakes 2019 results posting a 1.75 length margin on the line over the $3.30 favourite Condo’s Express.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 SARTORIAL SPLENDOR John Sadler Jamie Kah 2 57kg $3.30
2 1 CONDO’S EXPRESS Richard Laming Damien Oliver 1.75L 6 58kg $3F
3 8 THREE BEANS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1.85L 3 57kg $9
4 6 HEYINGTON STATION Phillip Stokes John Allen 2.35L 1 57kg $12
5 10 TRUFFLE HOUSE Brent Stanley Luke Currie 3.6L 9 57kg $51
6 11 MISTER YU SHU Jim Conlan Clayton Douglas 3.7L 4 57kg $51
7 7 CIELO D’ORO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 5.45L 7 57kg $11
8 2 LUCIFER’S REWARD Brendan McCarthy Jamie Mott 6.45L 5 57kg $7
9 4 VIKING WARRIOR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 6.65L 8 57kg $17
12 HEARTY LASS John Hyam Kerrin McEvoy 0
5 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 0
9 RUUCA Toby & Trent Edmonds Tommy Berry 0

2019 Red Anchor Stakes Betting Odds

The latest 1300 Australia Stakes 2019 betting odds will be listed below with links to the full markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to lock in your tips on the three-years-old sprint on Cox Plate Day at the best price.

2019 Red Anchor Stakes Field

The Red Anchor Stakes field tends to attract three year olds who have had fairly extensive preparations already that season. Horses that run in the Red Anchor Stakes field usually do so following several black type races already that season including Sydney’s Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) or Caulfield’s Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) in September. It’s worth keeping an eye on the Red Anchor Stakes field, because you’ll often see some of the three year olds that run in it pop up later in black type races.

The 2019 Red Anchor Stakes field and barriers are released on the Wednesday leading-up to Cox Plate Day and will be published in full below.

The 2019 1300 Australia Stakes Field – registered as the Red Anchor Stakes – attracted 12 three-year-old sprinters before the early scratching of #5 Dirty Work (12). Heading the markets is Condo’s Express, Richard Laming’s Rubick gelding coming off a fourth in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes behind Anaheed who takes on the older sprinters on Friday night in the Group 1 $1 million Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 222114 CONDO’S EXPRESS Richard Laming Damien Oliver 8 58kg 76
2 1939×134 LUCIFER’S REWARD Brendan McCarthy Jamie Mott 6 57kg 70
3 152×23 SARTORIAL SPLENDOR John Sadler Jamie Kah 2 57kg 66
4 12×19 VIKING WARRIOR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 10 57kg 68
5 36×3244 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 12 57kg 68
6 211 HEYINGTON STATION Phillip Stokes John Allen 1 57kg 66
7 13 CIELO D’ORO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 9 57kg 63
8 1×2 THREE BEANS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 57kg 64
9 1×3 RUUCA Toby & Trent Edmonds Tommy Berry 7 57kg 64
10 14 TRUFFLE HOUSE Brent Stanley Luke Currie 11 57kg 63
11 17 MISTER YU SHU Jim Conlan Clayton Douglas 5 57kg 62
12 14×21 HEARTY LASS John Hyam Kerrin McEvoy (late alt) 3 55kg 69

Red Anchor Stakes History

The Red Anchor Stakes was inaugurated in 1985, with Seiger taking out the first edition. Since then, the Red Anchor Stakes has provided classy three year olds with an opportunity to showcase their skills against other horses of similar levels of skill.

The Red Anchor Stakes has always been held over 1200m. Between the years of 1990 and 2005 the race ran as the CS Hayes Stakes. Between 2006 and 2011 it was referred to as the City Pacific Finance Stakes. Following that, it adopted the name Telstra Phonewords Stakes.

Notable Red Anchor Stakes winners include Rubiton (1986), Sequalo (1993), Yell (2002), Royal Asscher (2007) and Karuta Queen (2011). Red Anchor Stakes results and winning times are listed below.

Red Anchor Stakes History

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Sartorial Splendor 1 minute 11.22 seconds
2nd Condo’s Express
3rd Three Beans
2018
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Charge 1 minute 10.00 seconds
2nd Sunset Watch
3rd Ringerdingding
2017
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Eptimum 1 minute 09.98 seconds
2nd Single Bullet
3rd Trekking
2016
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Archives 1 minute 12.14 seconds
2nd Crafted
3rd Big John Cannon
2015
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Holler 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Brockhoff
3rd Demonstrate
2014
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Galaxy Pegasus 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Law
3rd Nicoscene
2013
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Thermal Current 1 minute 11.3 seconds
2nd Not Listenin’tome
3rd Selectify
2012
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Hidden Warrior 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Haussmann
3rd Chosen Moment
2011
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Karuta Queen 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Miss Stellabelle
3rd Amah Rock
2010
Red Anchor Stakes
1st That’s Not It 1 minute 11.6 seconds
2nd Happy Trails
3rd Lone Rock
2009
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Avenue 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Governance
3rd Broken
2008
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Millbank 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Gold In Dubai
3rd Montana Flyer
2007
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Royal Asscher 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd El Mandon
3rd Wilsons Promontory
2006
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Corton Charlemagne 1 minute 11.6 seconds
2nd Fair Horizons
3rd Evacuate
2005
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Coronga 1 minute 12.6 seconds
2nd Facing The Breeze
3rd Angkhasa
2004
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Oratorio 1 minute 14.8 seconds
2nd Kingify
3rd World Peace
2003
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Youth 1 minute 11.3 seconds
2nd Flagmentation
3rd Happy Strike
2002
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Tycoon Ruler
3rd Before Too Long
2001
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Deprave 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Firm
3rd La Lagune
2000
Red Anchor Stakes
1st Sound The Alarm 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Wurabinda
3rd Senet Pete

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