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.

2024 Alister Clark Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Antrim Coast
  • 2nd: #12 Quintessa
  • 3rd: #2 Zipaway



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 a $500,000 as of 2024.

The Alister Clark Stakes traditionally takes place under the lights at The Valley on the Friday evening before Melbourne’s The All-Star Mile race. For 2021, the race was moved to the Saturday race card with the 2021 All-Star Mile contested at Moonee Valley Racecourse before reverting back to its traditional position the following year as The All-Star Mile returned to Flemington for the fourth edition.

In 2023 the All-Star Mile returned to The Valley and as such the Alister Clark Stakes ran on the Saturday in Melbourne on the same date Sydney’s hosts its bumper Golden Slipper Day card.

In 2024 the All-Star Mile takes place at Caulfield with the Alister Clark running on William Reid Stakes Day the Saturday after.

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 form of the 2021 Alister Clark Stakes was franked with the runner-up Young Werther finishing second in that year’s ATC Derby, which was won by the Alister Clark third placed Explosive Jack. Explosive Jack also backed-up to win the SA Derby before a Queensland Derby third during an outstanding campaign.

In 2023 the Alister Clark Stakes winner Bank Mur improved on a lead-up fourth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.

The Alister Clark Stakes form in 2023 was franked with the runner-up Suizuro going on to run third next-up in Sydney’s Australian Derby trifecta.

The Alister Clark Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday March 23, 2024 on William Reid Stakes Day at The Valley and was won in an upset by Stephen Marsh’s underrated NZ Derby runner-up Antrim Coast at 50/1. 

2024 Alister Clark Stakes
Date: Saturday March 23, 2024
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 2040m
Race Type: 3YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2024 Alister Clark Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Antrim Coast ($51)
  • 2nd: #12 Quintessa
  • 3rd: #2 Zipaway

In a thrilling Alister Clark Stakes 2024 result a battle of the Kiwis saw the forgotten NZ Derby runner-up Antrim Coast ($51) salute in his Australian race debut by the bob of a head on the outside of beaten favourite Mark Walker-trained favourite Quintessa.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 ANTRIM COAST (NZ) Stephen Marsh Michael Dee 9 57kg $51
2 12 QUINTESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 0.1L 7 55kg $4.20F
3 2 ZIPAWAY Neville Parnham Declan Bates 0.85L 1 57kg $16
4 4 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jamie Mott 1.6L 5 57kg $5.50
5 3 SUNSETS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 2.35L 13 57kg $17
6 13 BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Ben Melham 2.65L 6 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $5
7 14 INTO YOU Shay Keating Ms Alana Kelly 2.85L 12 55kg $41
8 10 SHINJUKU (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Beau Mertens 3.25L 3 57kg $51
9 1 APULIA Ben, Will & JD Hayes Blaike McDougall 4L 10 57kg $4.80
10 8 RISE AT DAWN (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 6.25L 11 57kg $21
11 6 SNOW PATROL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 6.35L 4 57kg $13
12 9 JON BON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Louis Beuzelin 26.35L 8 57kg $71
13 11 FREIGHT TRAIN Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Daniel Moor 35.35L 2 57kg $26
14 7 GATES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 53.35L 14 57kg $91
17e MAPUTO Pat Carey & Harris Walker 0
18e ZAKOUMA Pat Carey & Harris Walker 0
15e DUNBELIEVIN’ Ciaron Maher Ethan Brown 0
16e MORNINGTON PIER Ciaron Maher Jamie Mott 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Alister Clark Stakes Betting Odds

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2024 betting odds on the Moonee Valley night feature will be available below the week of the race.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Prix De Turn ($26) defeating fellow 25/1 roughie Can’t Go Wrong in the Alister Clark Stakes quinella.

Another big upset occurred in 2024 with Antrim Coast beating the favourite Quintessa as a $51 outsider in Alister Clark Stakes betting.

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2024 Alister Clark Stakes Form

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2024 Alister Clark Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Alister Clark Stakes 2024 Tips on the Group 2 Moonee Valley showdown this autumn.

  • To Win: #12 Quintessa ($3.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

A capacity field lines up for the Alister Clark Stakes, but the well-supported Mark Walker-trained Quintessa rightfully leads the market. The Shamus Award filly arrives in peak fitness ready for a third-up run and aims to recapture winning form in Australia. With a Group 1 win over the mile in New Zealand under her belt, she displayed class with a close fourth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. Stepping up in distance for the first time in the Alister Clark Stakes (1800m) presents a new challenge, but the Moonee Valley track is expected to suit her running style. Additionally, her base in Cranbourne minimizes travel concerns.

2024 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 2024 Alister Clark Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 20, 2024 and will be announced below.

Group 1 winning Shamus Award filly from across the Tasman, Quintessa, heads betting on the Alister Clark Stakes 2024 final field at The Valley on Saturday.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x128412x0 APULIA Ben, Will & JD Hayes Blaike McDougall 14 57kg 100
2 3x11413x30 ZIPAWAY Neville Parnham Declan Bates 1 57kg 100
3 52512413×0 SUNSETS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 17 57kg 90
4 12625×35 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jamie Mott 7 57kg 81
5 241×154802 ANTRIM COAST (NZ) Stephen Marsh Michael Dee 13 57kg 78
6 134×19 SNOW PATROL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 6 57kg 90
7 78x137x5 GATES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 18 57kg 70
8 14×11 RISE AT DAWN (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 15 57kg 74
9 1×541 JON BON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Louis Beuzelin 11 57kg 67
10 444×11 SHINJUKU (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Beau Mertens 4 57kg 66
11 12 FREIGHT TRAIN Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Daniel Moor 2 57kg 63
12 1x11x22144 QUINTESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 9 55kg 105
13 21833×82 BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Ben Melham 8 55kg 82
14 3116 INTO YOU Shay Keating Ms Alana Kelly 16 55kg 67
15e 566×2130 DUNBELIEVIN’ Ciaron Maher Ethan Brown 12 57kg 62
16e 53×21 MORNINGTON PIER Ciaron Maher Jamie Mott 3 57kg 62
17e 981 MAPUTO Pat Carey & Harris Walker 5 57kg 62
18e 62 ZAKOUMA Pat Carey & Harris Walker 10 57kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2024 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published below as soon as announced by Racing Victoria.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x11x22144 QUINTESSA (NZ) F 3 Mark Walker 1 55kg 105
2 2x128412x0 APULIA C 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 2 57kg 100
3 3x11413x30 ZIPAWAY G 3 Neville Parnham 3 57kg 100
4 52512413×0 SUNSETS C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4 57kg 90
5 134×19 SNOW PATROL (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 5 57kg 90
6 111 IMMEDIACY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 57kg 84
7 21833×82 BASILINNA (NZ) F 3 Emma-Lee & David Browne 7 55kg 82
8 7x4763x187 DUCASSE C 3 Michael Freedman 8 57kg 82
9 12625×35 VERDAD G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 9 57kg 81
10 x35163x921 FISTSOFFURY G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 57kg 77
11 241×154802 ANTRIM COAST (NZ) G 3 Stephen Marsh 11 57kg 75
12 14×11 RISE AT DAWN (NZ) G 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 12 57kg 74
13 78x137x5 GATES G 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 13 57kg 70
14 3116 INTO YOU F 3 Shay Keating 14 55kg 67
15 1×541 JON BON G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15 57kg 67
16 6x172x514 GALANO C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 57kg 66
17 444×11 SHINJUKU (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 17 57kg 66
18 12 FREIGHT TRAIN G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 18 57kg 63
19 7×412 BOGUES C 3 Liam Howley 19 57kg 63
20 566×2130 DUNBELIEVIN’ G 3 Ciaron Maher 20 57kg 62
21 x42140x835 SACRED EAGLE C 3 Symon Wilde 21 57kg 62
22 53×21 MORNINGTON PIER G 3 Ciaron Maher 22 57kg 62
23 3x4x5125 CHEROKEE BRAVE G 3 Danny O’Brien 23 57kg 62
24 60×7081 THE SATISFYER G 3 Shawn Mathrick 24 57kg 62
25 981 MAPUTO G 3 Pat Carey & Harris Walker 25 57kg 62
26 7×22222 THE MANSMAN (NZ) C 3 Phillip Stokes 26 57kg 60
27 62 ZAKOUMA G 3 Pat Carey & Harris Walker 27 57kg 59

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).

In 2022 the Alister Clark Stakes prize money was increased from $200,000 to an incredible $750,000.

The Alister Clark Stakes prize money was reduced back to $500,000 in 2024.

Recent Alister Clark Stakes

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Antrim Coast 2 minutes 5.98 seconds
2nd Quintessa
3rd Zipaway
2023
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Bank Maur 2 minutes 6.44 seconds
2nd Suizuro
3rd Japanese Emperor
2022
Alister Clark Stakes
1st Prix De Turn 2 minutes 6.47 seconds
2nd Can’t Go Wrong
3rd War Eternal
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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