Moir Stakes

The AJ Moir Stakes is a Group 1 sprint taking place under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late September each Spring Racing Carnival.

2020 AJ Moir Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Pippie
  • 2nd: #1 Trekking
  • 3rd: #6 Bella Vella



The A.J. Moir Stakes, previously known as the Schweppes Stakes, is a 1000m sprint event worth $1 million in prize money. The Group 1 short-distance feature is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival under the lights on a special Friday night feature. The weight-for-age event attracts a good group of horses suited to the tight track, many heading towards the Group 1 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) back at the track on Cox Plate Eve.

The best lead-up race is the 1000m Schillaci Stakes held two weeks prior. The Schillaci Stakes – Moir Stakes betting double is popular with punters and was last achieved by Black Caviar (2010 & 2011).

The Moir Stakes shares a race program with the Group 2 Stutt Stakes, Group 2 Stocks Stakes, Group 3 JRA Cup and Group 3 Scarborough Stakes.

The AJ Moir Stakes also now serves as a potential lead-up for sprinters heading towards a run in the world’s richest turf race, Sydney’s $14 million The Everest (1200m) held the following month at Randwick.

It is also a key lead-up to Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival with Nature Strip (2019) the last to win both races in the same season.

The 2020 Moir Stakes ran on Friday September 25, 2020 and saw Pippie become a dual Group 1 winner. 

A.J. Moir Stakes
Date: Friday September 25, 2020
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,00,000

2020 Moir Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Pippie
  • 2nd: #1 Trekking
  • 3rd: #6  Bella Vella

Pippie ($6.540) returned to winning form first-up to salute in the Moir Stakes 2020 results and secure a second career Group 1 victory defeating the Godolphin-raced Trekking ($8) and in-form Bella Vella ($7).

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Damian Lane 4 56.5kg $6.50
2 1 TREKKING James Cummings John Allen 0.75L 2 58.5kg $8
3 6 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Jamie Kah 0.95L 1 56.5kg $7
4 10 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Mark Zahra 1.05L 8 56.5kg $17
5 8 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 2.05L 5 56.5kg $8.50
6 5 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Craig Williams 2.25L 12 58.5kg $21
7 4 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 2.75L 3 58.5kg $41
8 2 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 2.85L 10 58.5kg $20
9 11 HANSEATIC Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 3.25L 6 52kg $7
10 3 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Ms Jade Darose 4L 9 58.5kg $51
11 9 FABERGINO Tiarnna Robertson Peter Knuckey 5.75L 7 56.5kg $5.50F
12 13 BELLA NIPOTINA Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Dean Yendall 7.5L 11 50kg $20
12 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Holland 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Moir Stakes Betting

The season’s best Moir Stakes 2020 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below once released. Proven sprinters at the tight Moonee Valley track and any Group winners resuming with a nice first-up record usually sit top of the Moir Stakes odds each spring.

Nature Strip ($3.30 in 2019) was the last favourite in A.J. Moir Stakes betting to salute.

2020 Moir Stakes Field

The Moir Stakes field is a key early spring feature for short-distance specialists that could target upcoming Group 1 features including Flemington’s VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) run down the straight during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Lots of horses run first-up in the Moir Stakes field, while the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes has provided the most Moir Stakes winners than any other lead-up race over the past 20 years.

The official 2020 Moir Stakes field and barrier draw will be released the Wednesday leading-up to Moir Stakes Night and will be available below once announced.

The A.J. Moir Stakes 2020 final field features 13 sprinters including the up-and-coming Fabergino, gun filly Away Game carrying just 50kg and Group 1 winner Trekking for Godolphin.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Moir Stakes 2020 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1324x7219x TREKKING James Cummings John Allen 2 58.5kg 116
2 7x58x3129x HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 11 58.5kg 113
3 1330D0517x JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Ms Jade Darose 10 58.5kg 107
4 1324941462 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 4 58.5kg 96
5 2128438×46 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Craig Williams 13 58.5kg 95
6 0152x111x1 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Jamie Kah 1 56.5kg 105
7 11102x146x PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Damian Lane 5 56.5kg 108
8 180x1111x1 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 6 56.5kg 104
9 53x1x11x1x FABERGINO Tiarnna Robertson Peter Knuckey 8 56.5kg 107
10 x55x535x13 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Mark Zahra 9 56.5kg 88
11 1x1120x4 HANSEATIC Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 7 52kg 92
12 41114215x AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Holland 3 50kg 100
13 42x42424x1 BELLA NIPOTINA Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Dean Yendall 12 50kg 82

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Moir Stakes Nominations

The Moir Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published below in full as soon as announced.

The AJ Moir Stakes 2020 nominations attracted 17 sprinters including brilliant short-distance mare Fabergino rising notably in grade and looking to make it eight-from-eight first-up, last-start Group 2 McEwen Stakes winner Bella Vella and Group 1 star Trekking.

Click here to read more on the standout 2020 Moir Stakes nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 12x21111x ALFA ORO (NZ) G 5 Matt Laurie 83
2 0x1334x09x ALL TOO ROYAL G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 96
3 1324941462 ASHLOR G 7 Dan McCarthy 96
4 41114215x AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
5 42x42424x1 BELLA NIPOTINA F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 82
6 0152x111x1 BELLA VELLA M 6 Will Clarken 105
7 2128438×46 BOLD STAR G 5 Gordon Richards 95
8 x55x535x13 BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 4 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 88
9 180x1111x1 DIAMOND EFFORT M 5 Clinton McDonald 104
10 53x1x11x1x FABERGINO M 6 Tiarnna Robertson 107
11 1x1120x4 HANSEATIC C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
12 7x58x3129x HEY DOC G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 113
13 3427x3129x HUMAN NATURE G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 73
14 1330D0517x JUNGLE EDGE G 10 Mick Bell 107
15 2727×62 OSAMU C 3 Chris Waller 71
16 11102x146x PIPPIE M 5 John & Chris Meagher 108
17 1324x7219x TREKKING G 6 James Cummings 116

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Moir Stakes History

Officially known as the A.J. Moir Stakes, the principal race was a 1000m event until 2007 when it was increased to 1200m. Once the race was elevated to Group 2 status in 1979, it was won by With Me twice in 1990-91 and The Judge in 1978-79. Apart from the A.J. Moir Stakes, the event was also called the Schweppervescence Stakes for some time. The Moir Stakes is now run over 1000m.

In 2013 the Moir Stakes was elevated from Group 2 to Group 1 status and attracts better sprinters every year. The most notable Moir Stakes winners include Black Caviar (2010-11) and triple champion Buffering (2012, 2014 & 2015).

Recent AJ Moir Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
 
2020 Moir Stakes 1st Pippie 58.39 seconds
2nd Trekking
3rd Bella Vella
 
2019 Moir Stakes 1st Nature Strip 57.78 seconds
2nd Miss Leonidas
3rd Sunlight
 
2018 Moir Stakes 1st Viddora 57.70 seconds
2nd Brave Smash
3rd Spright
 
2017 Moir Stakes 1st She Will Reign  58.30 seconds
2nd Viddora
3rd Sheidel
 
2016 Moir Stakes 1st Extreme Choice  58.74 seconds
2nd Heatherly
3rd Wild Rain
 
2015 Moir Stakes 1st Buffering 57.2 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Angelic Light
 
2014 Moir Stakes 1st Buffering 1 minute 10.91 seconds
2nd Lankan Rupee
3rd Rebel Dane
 
2013 Schweppes Stakes 1st Samaready 1 minute 11.25 seconds
2nd Buffering
3rd Le Bonsir
 
2012 Schweppes Stakes 1st Buffering 1 minute 10.97 seconds
2nd Ready To Rip
3rd Thankgodyou’rehere
 
2011 Schweppes Stakes 1st Black Caviar 1 minute 10.13 seconds
2nd Doubtful Jack
3rd Here De Angels
 
2010 Schweppes Stakes 1st Black Caviar 1 minute 11.01 seconds
2nd Hot Danish
3rd True Persuasion
 
2009 Schweppes Stakes 1st Apache Cat 1 minute 10.01 seconds
2nd Mic Mac
3rd Bank Robber
 
2008 Schweppes Stakes 1st Lucky Secret 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Bel Mer
3rd Mr Baritone
 
2007 Schweppes Stakes 1st Miss Andretti 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Gold Edition
3rd Lets Go Thommo
 
2006 Schweppes Stakes 1st California Dane 58.4 seconds
2nd Lets Go Thommo
3rd Poets Voice
 
2005 Schweppes Stakes 1st Virage De Fortune 59.1 seconds
2nd Miss Mooney Mooney
3rd Imprisoned
 
2004 Schweppes Stakes 1st Bomber Bill 58.4 seconds
2nd Regimental Gal
3rd Dance The Waves
 
2003 Schweppes Stakes 1st Our Egyptian Raine 57.7 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Dantana
 
2002 Schweppes Stakes 1st Spinning Hill 57.7 seconds
2nd Bomber Bill
3rd Mistegic
 
2001 Schweppes Stakes 1st Mistegic 58.7 seconds
2nd Regal Shot
3rd Appoint
 
2000 Schweppes Stakes 1st Falvelon 59.8 seconds
2nd Notoire
3rd Super Elegant

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