Vain Stakes

The 2019 Vain Stakes is a Group 3 sprinting event held at Caulfield Racecourse ahead of the spring.

2019 Vain Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Bivouac
  • 2nd: #3 Sebrakate
  • 3rd: #8 Dirty Work



The 2019 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 took place on Saturday August 17, 2019  and was won by the Godolphin-raced colt Bivouac.

Vain Stakes
Date: Saturday August 17, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 3YO C&G SWP
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Vain Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Bivouac
  • 2nd: #3 Sebrakate
  • 3rd: #8 Dirty Work

The official Vain Stakes 2019 Results saw Godolphin’s gun colt Bivouac enjoy his second Group 3 success first-up with a runaway 4.25 length victory for the punters. Bivouac is now favourite in a number of upcoming Group 1 feature race markets including those on Sydney’s $1 million Golden Rose Stakes.

Read more on the impressive 2019 Vain Stakes winner Bivouac now.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 57kg $3F
2 3 SEBRAKATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 4.25L 1 55kg $12
3 8 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 6L 2 55kg $26
4 1 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6.2L 4 57kg $3.20
5 7 EXCESS FUNDS Levi Kavanagh Damien Oliver 8.2L 6 55kg $3.70
6 4 STAR SURPRISE Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 8.95L 5 55kg $10
5 CONDO’S EXPRESS Richard Laming Ms Linda Meech 0
6 AUSSIE Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 0

2019 Vain Stakes Odds

Betting on the Vain Stakes 2019 will be available here with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au once Racing Victoria announce the final field.

2019 Vain Stakes Field

The 2019 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.

The official Vain Stakes 2019 Final Field attracted a diminutive but smart field of eight colts and geldings led by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Dubious who races for the first time since his brave fifth when under two lengths beaten by the older horses in the Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) in Brisbane.

Update: The 2019 Vain Stakes field is down to just six starters after the early scratching of Peter & Paul Snowden’s Snitzel colt Aussie who runs in Sydney instead and the consistent Richard Laming-trained Rubick colt Condo’s Express who won at The Valley last start.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x123015x DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 5 57kg 84
2 2x3141x BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 80
3 112429x1x SEBRAKATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 1 55kg 74
4 211 STAR SURPRISE Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 7 55kg 69
5 2221 CONDO’S EXPRESS Richard Laming Ms Linda Meech 6 55kg 67
6 251x AUSSIE Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 4 55kg 65
7 4×13 EXCESS FUNDS Levi Kavanagh Damien Oliver 8 55kg 68
8 36x DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2 55kg 60

2019 Vain Stakes Nominations

The early Vain Stakes 2019 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 official 2019 Vain Stakes nominations attracted 15 three-year-old colts and geldings including Magic Millions Classic runner-up Dubious who is a Group 2 winner for Maher-Eustace and Team Snowden’s smart I Am Invincible colt I Am Immortal.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x123015x DUBIOUS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 57kg 84
2 117x I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 2 57kg 80
3 2x3141x BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 3 57kg 80
4 112429x1x SEBRAKATE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 55kg 74
5 211 STAR SURPRISE G 3 Michael Moroney 5 55kg 69
6 2221 CONDO’S EXPRESS C 3 Richard Laming 6 55kg 67
7 21x INDEPENDENT ROAD G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 55kg 68
8 251x AUSSIE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 8 55kg 65
9 4×13 EXCESS FUNDS C 3 Levi Kavanagh 9 55kg 68
10 9×1 MANDRAGORIAN G 3 Adam McCabe 10= 55kg 62
11 17x ORDER OF VALOUR C 3 Henry Dwyer 10= 55kg 63
12 3x EXPRESS PASS C 3 Nick Ryan 12 55kg 63
13 36x DIRTY WORK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 55kg 60
14 BILLJIM G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14= 55kg 61
15 6 SIR MENADUKE G 3 Clinton McDonald 14= 55kg 61

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) and Toorak Toff (2010). Vain Stakes results since 2000, including winning times, are listed below.

Vain Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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