Australia Stakes

The Australia Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in late January as a lead-up to the Group 1 races run over the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Marabi
  • 2nd: #6 Sinawann
  • 3rd: #9 Turaath



The 2022 Australia Stakes is a Group 2 race held each year in late January at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne. Run over 1200m under weight-for-age conditions, this sprint race is worth $350,000 in prize money as of 2022.

It is one of only a couple of Group 2 races held in January anywhere in the country and signals the return of regular black type racing to Melbourne.

The Australia Stakes serves as a nice campaign kick-off for sprinters heading towards tougher races during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

It is a key lead-up race into the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) run at Caulfield in February and Black Caviar (2012) followed by Streets Of Avalon (2021) are the last runners to do the double.

The Australia Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday January 29, 2022 at The Valley and was won by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained favourite Marabi ($1.80F). 

2022 Australia Stakes
Date: Saturday January 29, 2022
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $350,000

2022 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Marabi ($1.80F)
  • 2nd: #6 Sinawann
  • 3rd: #9 Turaath

The punters enjoyed an easy watch in the 2022 Australia Stakes results at Moonee Valley with the undefeated favourite, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s progressive mare Marabi ($1.80), proving her class and Group 2 ability with a powerhouse win.

Click here to read more on the emphatic Australia Stakes 2022 winner Marabi.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 MARABI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 3 56.5kg $1.80F
2 6 SINAWANN (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 2.75L 1 58.5kg $8
3 9 TURAATH (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 3.05L 9 56.5kg $9.50
4 12 LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Ms Jamie Kah 3.55L 6 55kg $13
5 1 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Brett Prebble 3.75L 4 58.5kg $12
6 11 MARIAMIA Shane Stockdale Blaike McDougall 4.05L 10 56.5kg $61
7 2 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 4.55L 8 58.5kg $11
8 4 JUST FOLK Josh Julius John Allen 4.85L 2 58.5kg $31
9 3 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 8.6L 5 58.5kg $31
10 5 VAINSTREAM John Pascoe Craig Newitt 11.1L 11 58.5kg $91
11 7 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jordan Childs 31.1L 7 58.5kg $101
8 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Mark Zahra 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Australia Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Australia Stakes 2022 odds and betting markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be published below as soon as available for you to back your Australia Stakes betting tips at the best prices.

Marabi ($1.80 in 2022) was the last Australia Stakes betting favourite to get the job done.

2022 Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance sprinters that are usually kicking off their Melbourne Festival of Racing campaigns. The Australia Stakes field features top gallopers that are more often than not Group 1 performed.

The 2022 Australia Stakes field is due for release on January 26th, 2022 and will be published in full below.

The Australia Stakes 2022 final field is down to 11 sprinters after the early withdrawal of Forbidden Love who instead takes on Anamoe in Sydney’s Group 2 Expressway Stakes on the same day.

  • Scratched: #8 Forbidden Love (1)

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2022 Australia Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x2875483x STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Brett Prebble 5 58.5kg 108
2 x81910x20x WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 9 58.5kg 106
3 x329x9808x ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6 58.5kg 99
4 401232516x JUST FOLK Josh Julius John Allen 3 58.5kg 100
5 x3888x6064 VAINSTREAM John Pascoe Craig Newitt 12 58.5kg 84
6 32x343x61x SINAWANN (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Williams 2 58.5kg 108
7 1x336063x0 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jordan Childs 8 58.5kg 94
8 107x47830x FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Mark Zahra 1 56.5kg 102
9 0x321111x5 TURAATH (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 10 56.5kg 102
10 111×11 MARABI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 4 56.5kg 97
11 x932031348 MARIAMIA Shane Stockdale Blaike McDougall 11 56.5kg 71
12 1119x6414x LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Ms Jamie Kah 7 55kg 90

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Australia Stakes Nominations

Early entries for The Valley’s Group 2 Australia Stakes close the Monday leading-up to the event and will be updated below once announced.

The 2022 Australia Stakes nominations attracted 16 weight-for-age hopefuls as Group 2 racing returns to The Valley with all-in markets led by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s undefeated mare Marabi who is two-from-two at the track and three-from-three at the distance.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x2875483x STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 1 58.5kg 108
2 169841439x MAHAMEDEIS G 7 Nick Ryan 2 58.5kg 97
3 x81910x20x WILD PLANET G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 3 58.5kg 106
4 107x47830x FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 4 56.5kg 102
5 x329x9808x ORDER OF COMMAND G 7 Danny O’Brien 5 58.5kg 99
6 11143x200x DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan 6 58.5kg 100
7 x5411313x3 THE ASTROLOGIST G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 7 58.5kg 104
8 1119x6414x LIGHTSABER C 3 Peter G Moody 8 55kg 90
9 0x321111x5 TURAATH (GB) M 5 Maddie Raymond 9 56.5kg 102
10 401232516x JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 10 58.5kg 100
11 x3888x6064 VAINSTREAM G 7 John Pascoe 11 58.5kg 84
12 32x343x61x SINAWANN (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 12 58.5kg 108
13 111×11 MARABI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 56.5kg 97
14 8x21411x00 SARTORIAL SPLENDOR G 5 John Sadler 14 58.5kg 92
15 1x336063x0 GAME KEEPER G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 15 58.5kg 94
16 x932031348 MARIAMIA M 5 Shane Stockdale 16 56.5kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Australia Stakes History

Formerly called the Carlyon Stakes until 2010, the Moonee Valley Racing Club changed the race name to the Australia Stakes to celebrate Australia Day. This race is not to be confused with the Group 1 William Reid Stakes, which was previously called the Australia Stakes, and is now once again called the William Reid Stakes and runs in March.

Originally a Listed race and known as the Carlyon Stakes, this race earned Group 3 status in 1990 until 1994 when it was again elevated to Group 2 status. The Australia Stakes has been won by plenty of outstanding horses over the years including recent champions such as Black Caviar (2010 & 2012) and Malaguerra (2017).

Recent Australia Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Australia Stakes
1st Marabi 1 minute 11.42 seconds
2nd Sinawann
3rd Turaath
2021
Australia Stakes
1st Streets Of Avalon 1 minute 10.06 seconds
2nd Viridine
3rd Tavisan
2020
Australia Stakes
1st Scales Of Justice 1 minute 9.77 seconds
2nd Hey Doc
3rd Embrace Me
2019
Australia Stakes
1st Whispering Brook 1 minute 9.84 seconds
2nd Fell Swoop
3rd Land of Plenty
2018
Australia Stakes
1st Thronum 1 minute 10.48 seconds
2nd Mr Sneaky
3rd Stellar Collision
2017
Australia Stakes
1st Malaguerra 1 minute 9.29 seconds (Equal Track Record)
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd Sirbible
2016
Australia Stakes
1st Holler 1 minute 10.96 seconds
2nd Churchill Dancer
3rd Rebel Dane
2015
Australia Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd It Is Written
3rd Dissident
2014
Australia Stakes
1st Richie’s Vibe 1 minute 10.96 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd It Is Written
2013
Australia Stakes
1st Sea Lord 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Outlandish Lad
2012
Australia Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Zedi Knight
3rd Doubtful Jack
2011
Australia Stakes
1st Whitefriars 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd Undeniably
3rd Typhoon Tracy
2010
Australia Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Here De Angels
3rd La Rocket
2009
Carlyon Stakes
1st Lucky Secret 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Light Fantastic
3rd Von Costa De Hero
2008
Carlyon Stakes
1st Let Go Thommo 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Maldivian
3rd Casino Prince
2007
Carlyon Stakes
1st El Segundo 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Cocinero
3rd Super Elegant
2006
Carlyon Stakes
1st California Dane 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Virage De Fortune
3rd Casual Pass
2005
Carlyon Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Strikeline
3rd Ruben
2004
Carlyon Stakes
1st Vocabulary 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Super Elegant
3rd Confederate Kid
2003
Carlyon Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Libidinious
3rd Pernod
2002
Carlyon Stakes
1st Royal Code 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Intelligent Star
3rd Ustinov
2001
Carlyon Stakes
1st Piavonic 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Ateates
3rd Le Zagaletta
2000
Carlyon Stakes
1st Slavonic 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Le Zagaletta

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