Australia Stakes

The 2021 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.

2021 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Streets Of Avalon
  • 2nd: #3 Viridine
  • 3rd: #5 Tavisan



The 2021 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 on one of Moonee Valley’s night race meetings, this sprint race is worth $200,000 in prize money.

It is one of only a couple of Group 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) was the last to do the double.

The Australia Stakes 2021 ran on Friday January 22, 2021 under the lights at The Valley and was won in dominant fashion by Streets Of Avalon. 

2021 Australia Stakes
Date: Friday January 22, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Streets Of Avalon
  • 2nd: #3 Virdine
  • 3rd: #5 Tavisan

The Australia Stakes 2021 results went the way of the Shane Nichols-trained Streets Of Avalon who enjoyed his first win fresh and continued his good Moonee Valley record with a 1.75 length victory over the beaten odds-on favourite Viridine.

Click here to read more on the Australia Stakes 2021 victory by Group 1-bound Streets Of Avalon.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 4 58.5kg $4.80
2 3 VIRIDINE James Cummings Damien Oliver 1.75L 3 58.5kg $1.75F
3 5 TAVISAN (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 1.95L 5 58.5kg $5
4 6 NEIGHBOURHOOD Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 3.45L 1 56.5kg $16
5 4 ARCADIA PRINCE Amy McDonald Jordan Childs 4.45L 2 58.5kg $31
6 2 WIDGEE TURF Patrick Payne Billy Egan 5.2L 6 58.5kg $15

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Australia Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Australia Stakes 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 Australia Stakes field is due for release on January 20th, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The Australia Stakes 2021 final field has drawn just six runners led in betting by the Godolphin-raced Viridine at an odds-on quote to post his first win since the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes – Regal Roller double at Caulfield last winter.

Click here to read more on the Viridine-led 2021 Australia Stakes Field & Betting Market.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x27050984x STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 4 58.5kg 103
2 39265x765x WIDGEE TURF Patrick Payne Billy Egan 6 58.5kg 97
3 4441211×34 VIRIDINE James Cummings Damien Oliver 3 58.5kg 108
4 12111x740x ARCADIA PRINCE Amy McDonald Jordan Childs 2 58.5kg 95
5 541306×327 TAVISAN (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 5 58.5kg 93
6 111547×436 NEIGHBOURHOOD Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 1 56.5kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 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 2021 Australia Stakes nominations have been extended until 10:00AM (AEDT) on Tuesday after drawing just five early entries led by Godolphin’s odds-on favourite Isaurian.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 12111x740x ARCADIA PRINCE G 6 Amy McDonald 95
2 33x16x12x3 ISAURIAN G 6 James Cummings 102
3 x27050984x STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 103
4 541306×327 TAVISAN (NZ) G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 93
5 39265x765x WIDGEE TURF G 7 Patrick Payne 97

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
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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