The 2016 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 $1 million 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 $150,000, 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 2016 Vain Stakes will take place on August 13th, 2016.
|Date:||August 13th, 2016|
|Race Type:||3YO C&G SWP|
2016 Vain Stakes Field
The 2016 Vain Stakes field is now published here.
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
|1st||Russian Revolution||1 minute 5.1 seconds|
|1st||Gold Symphony||1 minute 04.4 seconds|
|2nd||Top Me Up|
|1st||Get The Nod||1 minute 03.9 seconds|
|1st||Safeguard||1 minute 04.8 seconds|
|2nd||Fast ‘n’ Rocking|
|1st||Psychic Mick||1 minute 06.1 seconds|
|3rd||Free Of Doubt|
|1st||Sepoy||1 minute 03.9 seconds|
|1st||Toorak Toff||1 minute 07.1 seconds|
|1st||Starspangledbanner||1 minute 04.1 seconds|
|1st||Fernandina||1 minute 05.1 seconds|
|1st||Shrewd Rhythm||1 minute 03.4 seconds|
|1st||Haradasun||1 minute 03.5 seconds|
|1st||Red Dazzler||1 minute 13.7 seconds|
|1st||Zankel||1 minute 12.7 seconds|
|1st||Lisboa Stand||1 minute 10.4 seconds|
|3rd||Keep The Faith|
|1st||Delago Brom||1 minute 10.1 seconds|
|1st||North Boy||1 minute 12.9 seconds|
|2nd||Dash For Cash|
|1st||Surtees||1 minute 12.95 seconds|
|2nd||Sort It Out|
|3rd||Mr Gold Flyer|