Alister Clark Stakes

The Alister Clark Stakes is a Group 2 race run over 2040m at Moonee Valley in mid-March for three-year-old autumn staying types.

2021 Alister Clark Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Grandslam
  • 2nd: #2 Young Werther
  • 3rd: #5 Explosive Jack



The Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes is a 2040m race for three-year-old runners and is open to both fillies and colts & geldings.

Raced at Moonee Valley during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in March, the Alister Clark Stakes is a set weights and penalties event worth $200,000 in prize money. Alister Clark Stakes formerly took place under the lights at The Valley on the Friday evening before Melbourne’s $5 million The All-Star Mile race. For 2021, the race has been moved to the Saturday racer card with the 2021 All-Star Mile contested at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

The Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1200m) held in February at Flemington and the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) on Blue Diamond Stakes Day are good lead-up races into the Alister Clark Stakes. The CS Hayes – Alister Clark Stakes double was last achieved by Cliff’s Edge (2018), while Global Exchange (2019) did the Autumn Classic – Alister Clark double.

Alternatively, three-year-olds may come into the Alister Clark Stakes field via a Sydney lead-up run in the previous Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) that produced the 2017 winner Hardman (7th). Hardham also went on to run third next-up at Randwick during ‘The Championships’ in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m). Ethiopia (2012) was the last ATC Derby winner to come off a run in Melbourne’s Alister Clark Stakes improving on his lead-up second.

The Alister Clark Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday March 13, 2021 having been moved from its traditional Friday night slot and was won in a six-length upset by Grandslam. 

2021 Alister Clark Stakes
Date: Saturday March 13, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2040m
Race Type: 3YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Alister Clark Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Grandslam
  • 2nd: #2 Young Werther
  • 3rd: #5 Explosive Jack

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Grandslam ($9.50) was ultra-impressive being taken straight to the front by brilliant hoop Jamie Kah to lead all the way and extend his winning margin over Young Werther by six lengths on the line in the 2021 Alister Clark Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the runaway Alister Clark Stakes 2021 winner Grandslam.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 6 57kg $9.50
2 2 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6.25L 4 57kg $9.50
3 5 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7L 2 57kg $15
4 1 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 7.3L 3 57kg $1.85F
5 4 BELTORO Robert Hickmott Jack Hill 9.3L 5 57kg $9.50
6 9 PARURE Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damian Lane 9.6L 8 55kg $8
7 7 COMANCHE BRAVE (NZ) Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 9.8L 7 57kg $51
8 6 PRINCE ROMANY Matt Cumani Hugh Bowman 13.3L 1 57kg $21
8 MR POCKET (NZ) Travis Doudle Craig Newitt 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Alister Clark Stakes Odds

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2021 betting odds on the Moonee Valley night feature will be available below the week of the race.

2021 Alister Clark Stakes Field

The Alister Clark Stakes field attracts a smart line-up of in-form three-year-old autumn gallopers. Many may be heading towards longer-distance races in Sydney later in the autumn such as the ATC Oaks or ATC Derby run at Randwick in April over 2400m.

The 2021 Alister Clark Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 10, 2021 and will be announced below.

Last start Australian Guineas runner-up Cherry Tortoni is tipped to improve third-up as the odds-on favourite in the nine-horse Alister Clarke Stakes 2021 field on All-Star Mile Day at The Valley.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x32714x42 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4 57kg 95
2 123×75 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5 57kg 89
3 17x4230x80 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 7 57kg 84
4 11266 BELTORO Robert Hickmott Jack Hill 6 57kg 70
5 1511 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 3 57kg 75
6 6218×1 PRINCE ROMANY Matt Cumani Hugh Bowman 2 57kg 66
7 5×1515 COMANCHE BRAVE (NZ) Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 8 57kg 67
8 5x4321x2 MR POCKET (NZ) Travis Doudle Craig Newitt 1 57kg 60
9 4x9P1211 PARURE Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damian Lane 9 55kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2021 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published below as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

Last start Australian Guineas runner-up Cherry Tortoni heads the 15 Alister Clark Stakes 2021 nominations for this weekend.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x32714x42 CHERRY TORTONI G 3 Patrick Payne 1 57kg 95
2 123×75 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien 2 57kg 89
3 17x4230x80 GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57kg 84
4 4x9P1211 PARURE F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 4 55kg 88
5 1511 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57kg 75
6 11266 BELTORO G 3 Robert Hickmott 6 57kg 70
7 x522x11321 TOSCANINI C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 57kg 78
8 6133×47 JET PROPULSION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 57kg 76
9 52203×71 REUBER G 3 Cindy Alderson 9 57kg 63
10 6218×1 PRINCE ROMANY G 3 Matt Cumani 10 57kg 66
11 35x5x1236 SETANTA C 3 Kacy Fogden 11 57kg 63
12 5×1515 COMANCHE BRAVE (NZ) C 3 Julius Sandhu 12 57kg 67
13 11 DUNDIRTCHEAP G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 57kg 67
14 5x4321x2 MR POCKET (NZ) G 3 Travis Doudle 14 57kg 60
15 00×24 YANKEE DIVA F 3 Nigel Blackiston 15 55kg 56

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Alister Clark Stakes History

First won by Amiable in 1939, the Alister Clark Stakes was a Principal race up until 1977. The race was named after the foundation chairman of the Moonee Valley Racing Club and master of Oaklands Hunt Club from 1901 to 1908, Mr Alister Clark.

The CS Hayes Stakes and Alister Clark Stakes double was recently achieved by Cliff’s Edge (2018).

Recent Alister Clark Stakes

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Grandslam 2 minutes 04.73 seconds
2nd Young Werther
3rd Explosive Jack
2020
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Nonconformist  2 minutes 06.13 seconds
2nd Adelaide Ace
3rd Diasonic
2019
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Global Exchange 2 minutes 7.26 seconds
2nd Declarationofheart
3rd Cossetot
2018
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Cliff’s Edge 2 minutes 6.23 seconds
2nd Levendi
3rd Belfast
2017
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Hardham 2 minutes 5.78 seconds
2nd Ruthven
3rd Farson
2016
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Tally 2 minutes 8.37 seconds
2nd Palentino
3rd Hardern
2015
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Chill Party 2 minutes 6.1 seconds
2nd Stratum Star
3rd Maastricht
2014
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Pheidon 2 minutes 06.7 seconds
2nd Cadillac Mountain
3rd Surge Ahead
2013
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Philippi 2 minutes 05.6 seconds
2nd Sheer Talent
3rd Gerontius
2012
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Highly Recommended 2 minutes 08.6 seconds
2nd Ethiopia
3rd Sangster
2011
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Domesky 2 minutes 06.6 seconds
2nd Coldens Choice
3rd Folding Gear
2010
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Linton 1 minute 39.43 seconds
2nd Take The Rap
3rd Offhanded
2009
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Pre Eminence 1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Eagle Falls
3rd Definitive
2008
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Sound Journey 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Playwright
3rd Schilling
2007
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Casino Prince 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Furio
3rd Ambitious General
2006
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Spinney 1 minute 36.7 seconds
2nd Langarza
3rd Bonny Laird
2005
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Lieutenant 1 minute 38.9 seconds
2nd Volitant
3rd Renewable
2004
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Speedy King 1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Confectioner
3rd Strafed
2003
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Titanic Jack 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Tycoon Ruler
3rd Regicide
2002
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Royal Code 1 minute 38.2 seconds
2nd Ebony Night
3rd Mr Trickster
2001
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Mr Murphy 1 minute 31 seconds
2nd Diamond Dane
3rd Fubu
2000
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Pins 1 minute 36.2 seconds
2nd Diatribe
3rd Oval Office

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