The 2015 Sandown Stakes is a 1500m Group 3 event held at Sandown Racecourse in mid-November.
Run under quality handicap conditions, the Sandown Stakes is open to all comers and pays $150,000 prize money.
The Sandown Stakes is held on Zipping Classic Day. It is the biggest day of racing at Sandown Racecourse and also marks the end of spring group racing in Melbourne. Other races held on the same program include the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m), Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) and three listed events, one of which is the 3200m Sandown Cup.
Horses typically target the Sandown Stakes towards the end of their spring campaign. Look to other handicaps held over similar distances for form leading into this race.
Following the Sandown Stakes, many runners head to the paddock for a break before Autumn. Some choose to head west and compete in races at Ascot and Belmont Park in Perth. Because the Sandown meet represents the end of group racing in Melbourne, there aren’t many options for top class horses after they’ve ran this race.
The 2015 Sandown Stakes will be run on November 14th.
|Sandown Stakes 2015|
|Date:||November 14th, 2015|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
2015 Sandown Stakes Field
The Sandown Stakes field draws a range of horses from differing preparations. The vast majority of runners in the Sandown Stakes field will have already had quite extensive spring preparation in races at other Melbourne tracks. Because it runs so near to the end of spring racing, the Sandown Stakes field is usually filled out with horses at top fitness, making for an exciting race.
The 2015 Sandown Stakes field will be published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||7202×36460||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||3||58.5kg||103|
|2||1023111154||CHARMED HARMONY||John Sadler||Glen Boss||8||58kg||102|
|3||x16800x00x||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||1||58kg||102|
|4||x171262x70||MR UTOPIA||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||7||55.5kg||97|
|5||5x458x2907||AKAVOROUN||Ciaron Maher||Ms Michelle Payne||4||54.5kg||95|
|6||0787520×63||HOSTING||Greg Eurell||Kerrin McEvoy||5||54.5kg||95|
|7||642x890x80||EXIMIUS||Mick Price||Damian Lane||6||54kg||90|
|8||x257x12312||GOOD PROJECT||Chris Waller||James McDonald||13||54kg||90|
|9||1231123153||BURNING FRONT||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||10||54kg||89|
|10||39×7343322||HARADA BAY||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||Steven King||14||54kg||89|
|11||x01002x847||TIMELESS PRINCE||Tony Newing||Craig Newitt||12||54kg||87|
|12||331154×343||TASHBEEH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||2||54kg||78|
|13||8x87x11668||STAVIVA||Matt Laurie||Chris Parnham||11||54kg||76|
|14||12x47x||OUR POSITIVE MOVE (GB)||Tony Noonan||Jake Noonan||9||54kg||72|
2015 Sandown Stakes Nominations
The Sandown Stakes nominations are usually released on the Monday prior to the race. In the Sandown Stakes nominations you can find a host of promising gallopers, most with a decent chance of putting on a winning run. The Sandown Stakes nominations are the last chance for many horses to seize a black type victory in the spring, so a lot of trainers target the race.
The 2015 Sandown Stakes nominations will be provided below.
Sandown Stakes History
Inaugurated in 1981, the Sandown Stakes has a relatively brief history, but one that is filled with quality racing. It was initially known as the GJ Coles Stakes. It has also been known as the Coles New World Stakes.
Given Group 3 status in 1984, the Sandown Stakes has played an important role in Sandown racing.
Notable Sandown Stakes winners include Tower Belle (1981), Wrap Around (1991), Amtrak (2004) and Mahisara (2012, 13). Sandown Stakes results, winners and place getters since 2000 are provided below.
Sandown Stakes Results
|1st||Charmed Harmony||1 minute 29.4 seconds|
|1st||Pornichet||1 minute 29.6 seconds|
|1st||Mahisara||1 minute 23.5 seconds|
|2nd||Go The Knuckle|
|1st||Mahisara||1 minute 29.2 seconds|
|1st||Under The Eiffel||1 minute 32.4 seconds|
|1st||Larry’s Never Late||1 minute 33.2 seconds|
|1st||Nine Tales||1 minute 30.6 seconds|
|1st||Chasm||1 minute 31.8 seconds|
|1st||Gotta Have Heart||1 minute 24.9 seconds|
|3rd||Great Is Great|
|1st||Swick||1 minute 22.0 seconds|
|1st||Titanic Jack||1 minute 31.5 seconds|
|1st||Amtrak||1 minute 27.8 seconds|
|2nd||Smart And Mighty|
|1st||Chong Tong||1 minute 23.5 seconds|
|1st||Salgado||1 minute 22.7 seconds|
|1st||Little Dozer||1 minute 23.2 seconds|
|1st||Normal Practice||1 minute 21.4 seconds|