WJ Healy Stakes

The 2016 WJ Healy Stakes is a Group 3 race that will be held at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday, June 25th.

WJ Healy Stakes News

Saluter Ready for 2016 WJ Healy Stakes

Saluter Ready for 2016 WJ Healy Stakes

Brisbane’s big name trainer Robert Heathcote is confident his galloper Saluter is ready to score a Black-Type win this weekend in the WJ Healy Stakes 2016 after he saved the six-year-old for Tiara Day.

Saluter returns from a stone bruise in the 2016 WJ Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

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The 2016 WJ Healy Stakes is a 1200m sprint open to all horses run under quality handicap conditions. Paying a total of $175,000, the Group 3 race attracts quite a few contenders. Run on the last major day of racing in the Queensland Winter Carnival, the WJ Healy Stakes shares its race card with the Group 1 $500,000 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) and the Group 3 $200,000 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m).

Held at the picturesque Eagle Farm Racecourse, the WJ Healy Stakes attracts horses entering the final stages of their winter campaigns. Held on the same day as the final Group 1 race of the carnival, the WJ Healy Stakes presents trainers with an opportunity to have a crack at a final black-type race with decent prize money.

While many trainers seek eagerly to get nominated for the WJ Healy Stakes, others prefer to start their rest leading into the Spring Carnival down south.

The late date in the season is of great advantage for punters – the preceding weeks should provide a good guide as to the form of the field.

The 2016 WJ Healy Stakes will be run on Saturday, June 25.

WJ Healy Stakes
Date: Saturday, June 25
Track: Gold Coast – Usually at Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Qlty Hcap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $175,000

2016 WJ Healy Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x3268x831 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 2 59.5kg 104
2 929x136x15 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood Luke Dittman (a) 7 56kg 97
3 39231249×1 SALUTER Robert Heathcote Brad Stewart 8 55kg 95
4 0310x100x8 SHAMALIA James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 10 54kg 95
5 x00x884057 ROCK ROYALTY Liam Birchley James Orman (a) 6 54kg 90
6 2601131×94 TINA MELINA Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 5 54kg 90
7 41585319×5 DREAM CHOICE Robert Heathcote Jeff Lloyd 12 54kg 88
8 3550×43231 ODYSSEY MOON Robert Smerdon Chris Parnham 13 54kg 88
9 7856x5669x FINAL CRESCENDO David Kelly Paul Hammersley 4 54kg 85
10 852x3451x4 MANA MANU Marcus Wilson Ryan Wiggins 11 54kg 84
11 1x125x7542 MOGADOR John O’Shea Robbie Fradd 1 54kg 79
12 396x2111x7 HOTEL DRIVE Scott Henley Ms Tegan Harrison 9 54kg 75
13 x5354x17x3 BLACKBOARD SPECIAL Wayne S Lawson Michael Cahill 3 54kg 73

2016 WJ Healy Stakes Nominations

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 1278220×12 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 1 59kg 103
2 025L214041 EXCELLANTES G 7 Robert Heathcote 2= 58.5kg 102
3 1714×12624 TARGET IN SIGHT G 5 Joseph Pride 2= 58.5kg 102
4 38x21223x8 DOTHRAKI G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 4= 58kg 101
5 1539×61175 ROCKET TO GLORY G 6 Tony Gollan 4= 58kg 101
6 140x4x8356 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) G 5 Gerald Ryan 6= 57kg 99
7 177x3330x7 TERRITORY G 7 Stephen Lee 6= 57kg 99
8 8x65x50041 WHITTINGTON H 4 John P Thompson 8 56kg 97
9 x648929x13 INTO THE RED G 4 Kelso Wood 9 55.5kg 96
10 9x34x186x0 BARBED G 4 John O’Shea 10= 54.5kg 94
11 0x00298x34 OFFICE BEARER H 5 Peter G Moody 10= 54.5kg 94
12 2217633×08 TIME TO PLUNDER G 6 Liam Birchley 12 54kg 92
13 70x6200x00 ENQUARE M 4 Jason McLachlan 13= 54kg 91
14 x01303x978 FINAL CRESCENDO G 5 David Kelly 13= 54kg 91
15 99469704×2 STEEL ZIP G 7 Pat Duff 15 54kg 88
16 x7572984x3 ALDINI G 6 David Kelly 16 54kg 87.5
17 8x2171x122 KAEPERNICK G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17 54kg 83
18 9×01103154 THINKHESAURUS G 5 Matt Kropp 18 54kg 82
19 16133240×1 LESLEY’S CHOICE M 4 Toby Edmonds 19 54kg 79.5
20 0x51731627 STAR LADY M 4 Brenden Mackay 20 54kg 60

WJ Healy Stakes History

The inaugural edition of the WJ Healy Stakes was in 1979, with Painted Red seizing victory. Originally granted Listed status, the race was upgraded to Group 3 in 1997 and in the same year Blazing Reality won.

The race is named after WJ Healy, the longest serving president of Tattersall’s, who held the position from 1932 until 1953. Over the years the race has experienced some alternative names, including the Carlton Draught Stakes and the Mercedes-Benz Stakes.

Hay List currently holds the race record of 1:08.68 from his 2009 run. Several notable horses have taken their place in the WJ Healy Stakes results, including Howmuchdoyouloveme (2013), River Lad (2012) and Jar Jar Binks (2002).

WJ Healy Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2017
WJ Healy Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2016
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Into The Red 1 minute 12.51 seconds
2nd Saluter
3rd Mogador
2015
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Dothraki 1 minute 11.33 seconds
2nd Target In Sight
3rd Rocket To Glory
2014
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Big Money 1 minute 9.35 seconds
2nd Cape Kidnappers
3rd Seeking More
2013
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Howmuchdoyouloveme 1 minute 11.46 seconds
2nd River Lad
3rd Delago Bolt
2012
WJ Healy Stakes
1st River Lad 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Excellantes
3rd Griffon
2011
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Pinwheel 1 minute 9.54 seconds
2nd Metallurgical
3rd Swiss Rose
2010
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Hay List 1 minute 8.69 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Ego’s Dare
2009
WJ Healy Stakes
1st News Alert 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Wasted Emotions
3rd Keano
2008
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Nuclear Medicine 1 minute 11.38 seconds
2nd Rapid Jacko
3rd Daunting Lad
2007
WJ Healy Stakes
1st The Jackal 1 minute 9.59 seconds
2nd Sectagonal
3rd Flying Alpha
2006
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Natural Destiny 1 minute 10.63 seconds
2nd Starlactic
3rd Black Ink
2005
Carlton Draught Stakes
1st Poetic Papal 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Takeover Target
3rd Lamond
2004
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Lamond 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Sportsman
3rd Koochie
2003
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Cariboo
3rd Super Impressive
2002
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Jar Jar Binks 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Pembleton
3rd Treviscay
2001
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Citichy 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Federal Agent
3rd Zariz
2000
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st El Mirada 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd King Lotto
3rd Normal Practice