Vain Stakes

The 2020 Vain Stakes is a Group 3 sprinting event held at Caulfield Racecourse ahead of the spring.

2020 Vain Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Our Playboy
  • 2nd: #5 Ranting
  • 3rd: #3 Rulership



The 2020 Vain Stakes is an early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 1100m sprint that attracts some of the best new season three-year-old colts and geldings from both local and interstate stables.

Run under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Vain Stakes often features gallopers heading towards a race like the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) back at the track in October over a mile.

Held on PB Lawrence Stakes Day, the Vain Stakes field tends to be filled out with fairly successful colts and geldings who already have decent black type experience. With a total purse of $160,000, Group 3 race is the male equivalent of the fillies-only Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) held at the same meeting for Thousand Guineas hopes.

Horses that end up in the Vain Stakes field tend to race first-up or come via smaller, unlisted events as part of their pre-warm up. Because there is such a considerable number of entrants who are first or second up, the Vain Stakes results can often be difficult to predict, as most horses are not in full form. Those runners that see success in the Vain Stakes results are likely to contest later events such as the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes or the Group 2 Danehill Stakes.

Due to the high quality nature of the Vain Stakes field, you’ll often see horses continue on to compete in the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The 2019 Vain Stakes winner Bivouac went on to win Sydney’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) later that season and ran second in Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m). He also followed the following autumn and won the 2020 Newmarket Handicap at elite level.

Sepoy (2011) was the last horse to complete the Vain Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double.

The 2020 Vain Stakes took place on Saturday August 15, 2020  and was won in an upset by the fast finishing Our Playboy.

Vain Stakes
Date: Saturday August 15, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 3YO C&G SWP
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Vain Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Our Playboy
  • 2nd: #5 Ranting
  • 3rd: #3 Rulership

It was an improved effort from the untapped Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jrn) trained Our Playboy ($12) who stormed down the outside in a brilliant late effort to defeat Ranting ($6) and the beaten favourite Rulership ($2.40) in the Vain Stakes 2020 results.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 8 56kg $12
2 5 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Dwayne Dunn 1L 6 56kg $6
3 3 RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 2.25L 3 56kg $2.40F
4 7 BRANDERS RULE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2.35L 2 56kg $18
5 2 LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 3.1L 5 57kg $9.50
6 1 LUNAR FOXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 3.2L 1 58kg $19
7 9 KEEP ON FIGHTINGSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Gerard Moloney Patrick Moloney 4.2L 7 56kg $51
8 8 THE CRUISER Frankie Stockdale Arron Lynch 4.95L 4 56kg $21
9 6 HYDRO STAR John McArdle Jamie Mott 5.45L 9 56kg $4.80

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Vain Stakes Odds

Betting on the Vain Stakes 2020 will be available here with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au once Racing Victoria announce the final field.

2020 Vain Stakes Field

The 2020 Vain Stakes field and barrier draw are announced the Wednesday leading-up to P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day with full acceptances to be listed below.

Nine spring hopefuls make-up the Vain Stakes 2020 final field with the untapped Hydro Star and the proven Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Rulership battling for top spot in early betting.

Click here to read about the key hopefuls in 2020 Vain Stakes betting this weekend.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5x52116x LUNAR FOXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 1 58kg 80
2 23210x LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 5 57kg 79
3 1284x RULERSHIP Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 3 56kg 75
4 6x611x OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 8 56kg 67
5 23x RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Dwayne Dunn 6 56kg 65
6 1 HYDRO STAR John McArdle Jamie Mott 9 56kg 67
7 1x BRANDERS RULE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 56kg 64
8 3 THE CRUISER Frankie Stockdale Arron Lynch 4 56kg 63
9 5 KEEP ON FIGHTINGSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Gerard Moloney Patrick Moloney 7 56kg 61

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Vain Stakes Nominations

The early Vain Stakes 2020 Nominations are taken by Racing Victoria on the Monday leading-up to race day, the full list of entries to be published right here once announced.

The 2020 Vain Stakes nominations drew 11 young Group 1 spring hopefuls including Jerle for last year’s winning trainer James Cummings who took the event out with Bivouac (2019), along with the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Rulership who ran in the Blue Diamond Stakes (8th) as a juvenile.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1x0x1 HARD LANDING C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 80
2 1 HYDRO STAR C 3 John McArdle 67
3 4x5323126x JERLE C 3 James Cummings 66
4 5 KEEP ON FIGHTINGSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme G 3 Gerard Moloney 61
5 23210x LARIMER STREETSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 79
6 5x52116x LUNAR FOXSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Paul Preusker 80
7 6x611x OUR PLAYBOY C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 67
8 23x RANTING (NZ) C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 65
9 1284x RULERSHIP C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 75
10 3 THE CRUISER C 3 Frankie Stockdale 63
11 21 TOYETIC G 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 64

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Vain Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1992, the Vain Stakes has always attracted a strong assortment of young colts and geldings. Never Undercharge took out the first edition of the Vain Stakes with a thrilling run to set the standard of tight finishes that the Vain Stakes is known for.

Initially referred to as the Vain Quality Stakes, the race name was shortened to the Vain Stakes in 1995. For a year in 2010 the race was named the Lister Diesel Stakes.

Initially held at Sandown Park Racecourse, the Vain Stakes shifted to Caulfield for a year in 1994 and then again in 1997. From 2002 onwards, the race’s permanent home has been at Caulfield Racecourse.

Although the Vain Stakes is now held over a distance of 1100m, it was raced over 1200m prior to 2006, when the drop to 1100m was first made. Since then, it has remained at 1100m with the exception of 2009, when it was run over 1200m.

Notable Vain Stakes winners include Cannibal King (1994), Haradasun (2006), Starspangledbanner (2009), Toorak Toff (2010) and Bivouac (2019). Vain Stakes results since 2000, including winning times, are listed below.

Vain Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Vain Stakes
1st Our Playboy 1 minute 4.91 seconds
2nd Ranting
3rd Rulership
2019
Vain Stakes
1st Bivouac 1 minute 3.42 seconds
2nd Sebrakate
3rd Dirty Work
2018
Vain Stakes
1st Tony Nicconi 1 minute 4.85 seconds
2nd Long Leaf
3rd Native Soldier
2017
Vain Stakes
1st Jukebox 1 minute 4.8 seconds
2nd Plutocracy
3rd Poseidon’s Pool
2016
Vain Stakes
1st Russian Revolution 1 minute 5.1 seconds
2nd Highland Beat
3rd Hardham
2015
Vain Stakes
1st Gold Symphony 1 minute 04.4 seconds
2nd Top Me Up
3rd Star Planet
2014
Vain Stakes
1st Get The Nod 1 minute 03.9 seconds
2nd Stingray
3rd Boomwa
2013
Vain Stakes
1st Safeguard 1 minute 04.8 seconds
2nd Fast ‘n’ Rocking
3rd Hill Spy
2012
Vain Stakes
1st Psychic Mick 1 minute 06.1 seconds
2nd Planet Voyage
3rd Free Of Doubt
2011
Vain Stakes
1st Sepoy 1 minute 03.9 seconds
2nd Golden Archer
3rd Grand Britannia
2010
Vain Stakes
1st Toorak Toff 1 minute 07.1 seconds
2nd Soul
3rd Star Witness
2009
Vain Stakes
1st Starspangledbanner 1 minute 04.1 seconds
2nd Eclair Fastpass
3rd Djatala
2008
Vain Stakes
1st Fernandina 1 minute 05.1 seconds
2nd Lord Tavistock
3rd Exceedingly Good
2007
Vain Stakes
1st Shrewd Rhythm 1 minute 03.4 seconds
2nd Purrealist
3rd Diplomatic Force
2006
Vain Stakes
1st Haradasun 1 minute 03.5 seconds
2nd Sharkbite
3rd Churchill Downs
2005
Vain Stakes
1st Red Dazzler 1 minute 13.7 seconds
2nd Maybe Better
3rd Big League
2004
Vain Stakes
1st Zankel 1 minute 12.7 seconds
2nd Special Voyage
3rd Tantat Secret
2003
Vain Stakes
1st Lisboa Stand 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Scaredee Cat
3rd Keep The Faith
2002
Vain Stakes
1st Delago Brom 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Great Glen
3rd Broadband
2001
Vain Stakes
1st North Boy 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd Dash For Cash
3rd Tully Dane
2000
Vain Stakes
1st Surtees 1 minute 12.95 seconds
2nd Sort It Out
3rd Mr Gold Flyer

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