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.

2021 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Poland
  • 2nd: #2 Amish Boy
  • 3rd: #7 It'sourtime



The Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 event worth over $200,000 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 2021 ran on Saturday February 6, 2021 and was won in an upset by Poland first-up. 

2021 Autumn Stakes
Date: Saturday February 6, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Poland
  • 2nd: #2 Amish Boy
  • 3rd: #7 It’sourtime

So You Think colt Poland ($13) has firmed in Group 1 Australian Guineas betting after a first-up upset in the 2021 Autumn Stakes results over the beaten favourite Amish Boy ($3.80F) at Caulfield.

Click here to read more on the surprise one-length victory by Poland in the Autumn Stakes 2021.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 POLAND Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 7 57kg $13
2 2 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 1L 6 58kg $3.80F
3 7 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Fred W Kersley 1.1L 2 57kg $7.50
4 4 JET PROPULSION Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 2.6L 5 57kg $5.50
5 9 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 2.9L 4 57kg $4.60
6 10 YULONG CODE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 3L 8 57kg $14
7 3 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 8.5L 9 57kg $9
8 5 ALTAI RANGER (NZ) John Sadler Jye McNeil 9.75L 3 57kg $26
9 1 ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 15.75L 10 58.5kg $41
10 6 EL SALTO Brent Stanley Glen Boss 20.75L 1 57kg $61

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Autumn Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest Autumn Stakes 2021 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2021 AUTUMN STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2021 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 2021 Autumn Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as available on Wednesday February 3, 2021.

The Autumn Stakes 2021 final field features ten three-year-olds including Magic Millions 3YO Guineas runner-up at the Gold Coast last start, Amish Boy.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 12x38317x ALBARADO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 10 58.5kg 79
2 413x226x82 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 6 58kg 88
3 123x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 9 57kg 90
4 6133x JET PROPULSION Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5 57kg 76
5 50417×11 ALTAI RANGER (NZ) John Sadler Jye McNeil 3 57kg 70
6 15524 EL SALTO Brent Stanley Glen Boss 1 57kg 65
7 11 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Fred W Kersley 2 57kg 68
8 2310x POLAND Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 7 57kg 66
9 1 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 4 57kg 64
10 64x1x YULONG CODE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 57kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Autumn Stakes Nominations

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

Twenty-one three-year-olds make-up the 2021 Autumn Stakes nominations this season include last start Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes winner Crosshaven and VRC Derby third-placed Young Werther.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x61141x CROSSHAVEN G 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 1 58.5kg 100
2 12x38317x ALBARADO (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 58.5kg 79
3 413x226x82 AMISH BOY C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 58kg 88
4 1117×333 MACROURA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 56kg 79
5 123x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien 5 57kg 90
6 517x4230x GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 92
7 0x6119x11 MILTON PARK G 3 John Moloney 7 57kg 78
8 4111×32332 MISS DIVINE EM F 3 Patrick Payne 8 55kg 73
9 3x624x4131 YULONG ISLAND G 3 Matt Laurie 9 57kg 65
10 6133x JET PROPULSION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 57kg 76
11 50417×11 ALTAI RANGER (NZ) G 3 John Sadler 11 57kg 70
12 15524 EL SALTO G 3 Brent Stanley 12 57kg 65
13 31×1 HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) C 3 Brent Stanley 13 57kg 69
14 11 IT’SOURTIME G 3 Danny O’Brien 14 57kg 68
15 2310x POLAND C 3 Michael Moroney 15 57kg 66
16 3x1x1 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 16 55kg 68
17 1 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 17 57kg 64
18 21 BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) F 3 Grahame Begg 18 55kg 62
19 64x1x YULONG CODE C 3 Peter G Moody 19 57kg 62
20 85x05x1 GRAND POPE G 3 Nick Ryan 20 57kg 61
21 2 FIRE WHEEL G 3 Nick Ryan 21 57kg 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
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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