Memsie Stakes

The $1 million Memsie Stakes kicks off the Group 1 action of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Caulfield in early September.

2023 Memsie Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside
  • 2nd: #13 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #2 I Wish I Win



Held at Caulfield Racecourse in late August or early September, the Group 1 Memsie Stakes 2023 is a weight-for-age race which offers $1 million in prize money. The 1400m event is held as the first Group 1 of the new racing season and is a great lead up race to the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) run a fortnight later over the mile at Flemington. Dissident (2014) was the last horse to complete the Memsie Stakes – Makybe Diva Stakes double.

Raced on the same day as the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m), the Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) and the Group 3 W.W. Cockram Stakes (1200m), the Memsie Stakes has produced some outstanding Cox Plate winners including El Segundo (2006), Makybe Diva (2005), Sunline (2001-01) and Dane Ripper (1998).

The Memsie Stakes is now the first Group 1 race of the racing year after it was elevated from Group 2 status for the 2013/2014 season.

The form out of the 2021 Memsie Stakes was franked with the third-placed mare Tofane going on to place in a host of other Group 1 events and win the following autumn’s Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at the same track/distance.

The 2022 Memsie Stakes form was franked with the runner-up I’m Thunderstruck winning the Makybe Diva next start before a number of other Group 1 placings including a second in that year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate. Sadly I’m Thunderstruck would go on to be euthanised in March of 2023 following arthroscopic fetlock surgery. He suffered a catastrophic knee injury whilst getting up after general anaesthetic.

The 2023 Memsie Stakes took place at Caulfield on Saturday September 2, 2023 and was won by Team Hayes’ weight-for-age superstar Mr Brightside ($2.70F) who saluted for the punters with another stylish victory. 

2023 Memsie Stakes
Date: Saturday September 2, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2023 Memsie Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside ($2.70F)
  • 2nd: #13 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #2 I Wish I Win

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Mr Brightside ($2.70F) was too good for his rivals once again with the last start P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner working his way into the race late before heading them off inside the final 100m to salute for the punters in the 2023 Memsie Stakes results and enjoy his fourth win on the trot ahead of the spring majors.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 14 59kg $2.70F
2 13 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 0.4L 3 57kg $6.50
3 2 I WISH I WIN (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 0.5L 1 59kg $4.60
4 3 ALLIGATOR BLOOD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 0.8L 13 59kg $5
5 12 AMENABLE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 2.3L 11 58.5kg $31
6 8 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 2.6L 10 59kg $101
7 10 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 2.7L 2 58.5kg $16
8 11 BANK MAUR Richard Laming Jye McNeil 2.9L 7 58.5kg $91
9 5 AEGON (NZ) Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 3.3L 12 59kg $26
10 9 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown 4.3L 5 59kg $51
11 4 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Harry Coffey 4.5L 6 59kg $71
12 7 WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) John Leek (Jnr) Arron Lynch 4.6L 9 59kg $201
13 14 ANNAVISTO (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 6.35L 4 57kg $19
14 15 STEINEM (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 8.1L 8 57kg $81
6 THE INEVITABLE Tegan Keys David Pires 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Memsie Stakes Betting

The season’s Memsie Stakes 2023 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released this spring carnival.

Mr Brightside ($2.70 in 2023) was the last favourite in Memsie Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

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2023 Memsie Stakes Form

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2023 Memsie Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Memsie Stakes 2023 Tips on the Caulfield Group 1 this season.

2023 Memsie Stakes Field

The Memsie Stakes field attracts a strong line-up of talented weight-for-age performers often kicking off their spring bids and eventually heading towards races like the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) later in the spring.

Good lead-up races for horses heading towards the Group 1 Memsie Stakes field include the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield in late July and the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) run a fortnight before Memsie Stakes Day.

Mr Brightside (2023) was the last horse to complete the P.B. Lawrence Stakes – Memsie Stakes double.

The official Memsie Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be released on Wednesday August 30, 2023 and published in full below.

2023 Memsie Stakes Nominations

The early 2023 Memsie Stakes Nominations close on Monday August 28, 2023 and the full list of nominees will be available below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

Memsie Stakes History

First won by Veneda in 1899, the Memsie Stakes has had several multiple winners of the race including the four time race champion Lord from 1958-61. Eurythmic (1920-22) and Ajax (1938-40) have won the race three consecutive times each while there have been several double winners including Heroic (1925-26), Waltzing Lily (1933-34), Comic Court (1949-50), Coppice (1954-55), Yangtze (1965-66) and Sunline (2000-01).

In more recent years the Memsie Stakes has been won by the likes of three-time Melbourne Cup champion Makybe Diva (2005), gun filly Miss Finland (2007), So You Think (2010), dual winner from South Australia Behemoth (2020-21), and the talented Team Hayes-trained weight-for-age hero Mr Brightside (2023).

Recent Memsie Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Memsie Stakes
1st Mr Brightside 1 minute 23.22 seconds
2nd Princess Grace
3rd I Wish I Win
2022
Memsie Stakes
1st Snapdancer 1 minute 24.38 seconds
2nd I’m Thunderstruck
3rd Cascadian
2021
Memsie Stakes
1st Behemoth 1 minute 23.59 seconds
2nd Beau Rossa
3rd Tofane
2020
Memsie Stakes
1st Behemoth 1 minute 22.71 seconds
2nd Mr Quickie
3rd Glenfiddich
2019
Memsie Stakes
1st Scales Of Justice 1 minute 22.14 seconds
2nd So Si Bon
3rd Alizee
2018
Memsie Stakes
1st Humidor 1 minute 23:29 seconds
2nd Kementari
3rd Kings Will Dream
2017
Memsie Stakes
1st Vega Magic 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd Tosen Stardom
2016
Memsie Stakes
1st Black Heart Bart 1 minute 23.9 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Mahuta
2015
Memsie Stakes
1st Boban 1 minute 24.61 seconds
2nd Entirely Platinum
3rd Stratum Star
2014
Memsie Stakes
1st Dissident 1 minute 22.72 seconds
2nd Sweet Idea
3rd Puissance De Lune
2013
Memsie Stakes
1st Atlantic Jewel 1 minute 24.43 seconds
2nd Ferlax
3rd Super Cool
2012
Memsie Stakes
1st Sincero 1 minute 23.27 seconds
2nd Happy Trails
3rd Second Effort
2011
Memsie Stakes
1st King’s Rose 1 minute 23.44 seconds
2nd Heart Of Dreams
3rd Red Colossus
2010
Memsie Stakes
1st So You Think 1 minute 26.68 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Shoot Out
2009
Memsie Stakes
1st Mic Mac 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Zarita
2008
Memsie Stakes
1st Weekend Hussler 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Maldivian
3rd Pompeii Ruler
2007
Memsie Stakes
1st Miss Finland 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Tipungwuti
2006
Memsie Stakes
1st El Segundo 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Casual Pass
3rd Apache Cat
2005
Memsie Stakes
1st Makybe Diva 1 minute 26.7 seconds
2nd Barely A Moment
3rd Regal Roller
2004
Memsie Stakes
1st Regal Roller 1 minute 23 seconds
2nd Pacific Dancer
3rd Delzao
2003
Memsie Stakes
1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 25.2 seconds
2nd Super Elegant
3rd Out Of Options
2002
Memsie Stakes
1st Magical Miss 1 minute 24 seconds
2nd Fields Of Omagh
3rd Dash For Cash
2001
Memsie Stakes
1st Sunline 1 minute 25.5 seconds
2nd Piavonic
3rd Rum
2000
Memsie Stakes
1st Sunline 1 minute 25.4 seconds
2nd Umrum
3rd Oliver Twist

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