Autumn Stakes

The Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 event hosted at Caulfield Racecourse on CF Orr Stakes Day during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival for Australian Guineas types.

2022 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Coastwatch
  • 2nd: #8 Burning Power
  • 3rd: #5 Lucky Decision



The Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 event worth over $300,000 hosted each year in February at Caulfield Racecourse.

Open to three year olds only and run under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Autumn Stakes presents an exciting early autumn challenge for the strongest three year old gallopers heading towards races like the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) the following month. Light Fantastic (2008) was the last three-year-old to complete the Autumn Stakes – Australian Guineas double.

The Autumn Stakes also now serves as an early lead-up into the Special Conditions $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) held at various racetracks around Melbourne in March.

Forming a central part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the Autumn Stakes is held on CF Orr Stakes Day and is one of a host of Group status races on the Caulfield card at the meeting.

The other key CF Orr Stakes Day feature races are the:

  • Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m)
  • Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m)
  • Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (1100m)
  • Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (1100m)
  • Group 3 TS Carlyon Cup (1600m)
  • Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m)

Another potential target for the Autumn Stakes graduates is a trip to Sydney for the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), a race the 2020 Autumn Stakes winner Microphone ran second in.

The Autumn Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday February 12, 2022 and was won by the returning Chris Waller-trained Coastwatch ($5.50). 

2022 Autumn Stakes
Date: Saturday February 12, 2022
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2022 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Coastwatch ($5.50)
  • 2nd: #8 Burning Power
  • 3rd: #5 Lucky Decision

The Chris Waller-trained Golden Rose placegetter Coastwatch ($5.50) held on in an impressive first-up victory over 25/1 roughie Burning Power in the 2022 Autumn Stakes results at Caulfield.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 COASTWATCH Chris Waller Craig Williams 2 58.5kg $5.50
2 8 BURNING POWER Patrick Payne Michael Dee 0.1L 8 55kg $26
3 5 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 0.85L 3 57kg $6.50
4 3 SHARP RESPONSE Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 1.6L 6 57kg $6.50
5 7 DECENT RAINE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1.7L 1 55kg $2.90F
6 6 MAHREZ (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 2.45L 4 57kg $6.50
7 2 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 2.55L 5 58kg $12
8 4 PRIX DE TURN (NZ) Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 5.55L 9 57kg $21
9 9 NINYO Aaron Laing Lewis German (a) 6.3L 7 55kg $201

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Autumn Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Autumn Stakes 2022 odds and betting market links will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Microphone ($2.60 in 2020) was the last favourite in Autumn Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Autumn Stakes Field

The Autumn Stakes field is released each year on the Wednesday before the race along with all the other final CF Orr Stakes Day acceptances.

The 2022 Autumn Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as available on Wednesday February 9, 2022.

The Autumn Stakes 2022 final field features nine hopefuls led in betting by the rails-drawn Dissident filly  Decent Raine coming off a lead-up win at Flemington. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 10x521324x COASTWATCH Chris Waller Craig Williams 2 58.5kg 92
2 5x151x SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 5 58kg 77
3 1215×23 SHARP RESPONSE Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 6 57kg 71
4 278x PRIX DE TURN (NZ) Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 9 57kg 63
5 5×11 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 3 57kg 69
6 1×3 MAHREZ (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 4 57kg 63
7 1643361231 DECENT RAINE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1 55kg 81
8 61411x BURNING POWER Patrick Payne Michael Dee 8 55kg 72
9 1×8 NINYO Aaron Laing Lewis German (a) 7 55kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Autumn Stakes Nominations

The Autumn Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria each autumn on the Monday before the race.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 93×113 ATTRACTABLE G 3 Peter G Moody 67
2 61411x BURNING POWER F 3 Patrick Payne 72
3 22216×1 CARDIGAN QUEEN F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72
4 10x521324x COASTWATCH G 3 Chris Waller 92
5 1643361231 DECENT RAINE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 81
6 1200x FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 62
7 119x6414x4 LIGHTSABER C 3 Peter G Moody 95
8 5×11 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 69
9 1×3 MAHREZ (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 63
10 12×525 SECRET GLAMOUR F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 66
11 1215×23 SHARP RESPONSE G 3 Julius Sandhu 71
12 5x151x SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman 77
13 5 THE BIG HEIST (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Autumn Stakes History

The Autumn Stakes was first inaugurated in 1968, with Anvil taking out the first edition. In 1980, the race was granted Group 3 status, but was later downgraded to listed status in 1991. In 2005, the Autumn Stakes was again elevated to Group 3, and then to Group 2 in 2008. It has been known variously as the Schweppes Cup, Schweppervescence Cup and D’Urban Stakes.

Considered a good form guide for the Australian Guineas, Light Fantastic (2008) was the last Autumn Stakes winner to back-up and win the Group 1. The Autumn Stakes has also produced other recent Australian Guineas winners including Heart Of Dreams (2009). In 2019 the Autumn Stakes winner Hawkshot went on to run second next-up in the Australian Guineas results.

Notable Autumn Stakes winners include Blaze The Turf (1998), Apache Cat (2006), Light Fantastic (2008), Pied A Terre (2012) and Microphone (2020). Autumn Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Autumn Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Autumn Stakes
1st Coastwatch 1 minute 24.28 seconds
2nd Burning Power
3rd Lucky Decision
2021
Autumn Stakes
1st Poland 1 minute 23.00 seconds
2nd Amish Boy
3rd It’sourtime
2020
Autumn Stakes
1st Microphone 1 minute 22.88 seconds
2nd Banquo
3rd Adelaide Ace
2019
Autumn Stakes
1st Hawkshot 1 minute 23.47 seconds
2nd Dealmaker
3rd Ringerdingding
2018
Autumn Stakes
1st Holy Snow 1 minute 24.89 seconds
2nd Mr So And So
3rd Astoria
2017
Autumn Stakes
1st Oak Door 1 minute 23.54 seconds
2nd Attention
3rd Knowable
2016
Autumn Stakes
1st Mahuta 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Sailing By
3rd Snoopy
2015
Autumn Stakes
1st Nicasio 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Zebulon
3rd Firehouse Rock
2014
Autumn Stakes
1st Thunder Fantasy 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Rock Hero
3rd Late Charge
2013
Autumn Stakes
1st Mulaazem 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Fiveandahalfstar
3rd Super Cool
2012
Autumn Stakes
1st Pied A Terre 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Proliferate
3rd Adamantium
2011
Autumn Stakes
1st Dusty Star 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Under The Eiffel
3rd Eclair Mystic
2010
Autumn Stakes
1st Denman 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Guru Bob
3rd Most Immediate
2009
Autumn Stakes
1st Fravashi 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Nicconi
3rd Heart Of Dreams
2008
Autumn Stakes
1st Light Fantastic 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Vivacious
3rd Viatorian
2007
Autumn Stakes
1st Catechuchu 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Eclair Passion
2006
Autumn Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd God’s Own
3rd Empress Lily
2005
Autumn Stakes
1st Shinzig 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Not A Single Doubt
3rd Danehill Express
2004
Autumn Stakes
1st Special Harmony 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Youth
3rd Dane Fever
2003
Autumn Stakes
1st Titanic Jack 1 minute 25.1 seconds
2nd Storm Prince
3rd Step Ahead
2002
Autumn Stakes
1st Dash For Cash 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Barkada
3rd Zonked
2001
Autumn Stakes
1st Desert Sky 1 minute 25.1 seconds
2nd Desert Eagle
3rd Crop
2000
Autumn Stakes
1st Sudurka 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Skymaker
3rd Noble Sensation

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