Blamey Stakes

The Blamey Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Flemington on Australian Guineas Day.

2022 Blamey Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Inspirational Girl
  • 2nd: #1 Zaaki
  • 3rd: #6 Corner Pocket



The Blamey Stakes is a Group 2 set weight and penalties race held at Flemington Racecourse in late February or early March as part of Australian Guineas Day at HQ. Raced over a 1600m distance, the Blamey Stakes is worth $300,000 in prize money during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Good lead-up races to the Blamey Stakes include the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1400m) and the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).

The Blamey Stakes now runs as the key support race at the Australian Guineas Day meeting having previously been run the weekend later on ‘Super Saturday’ alongside the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and the Group 1 Australian Cup.

Dual Blamey Stakes champion Fifty Stars (2019, 2020) was the last horse to do the Blamey Stakes – Australian Cup double in 2020. Fifty Stars also returned in 2021 and narrowly missed out on a third victory when runner-up to Star Of The Seas.

It can prove a lead-up for horses heading up to Sydney for ‘The Championships’ races including the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on the first two Saturdays of April at Royal Randwick.

Some of the gallopers in the Blamey Stakes field may also secure a run in the $5 million The All-Star Mile race held a fortnight later, a race the 2021 Blamey winner Star Of The Seas finished sixth in next-up.

The 2022 Blamey Stakes ran on Saturday March 5, 2022 and saw Inspirational Girl ($4.20) defeat the favourite Zaaki ($2.30) in a thrilling finish. 

Blamey Stakes 2022
Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Open Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2022 Blamey Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Inspirational Girl ($4.20)
  • 2nd: #1 Zaaki
  • 3rd: #6 Corner Pocket

There was nothing in the finish, but Inspirational Girl ($4.20) was excellent returning to her best form to beat the favourite Zaaki ($2.30F) in the Blamey Stakes 2022 results ahead of their rematch in the $5 million The All-Star Mile on March 19.

Click here to read more on the narrow win by Inspirational Girl in the 2022 Blamey Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 7 53kg $4.20
2 1 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 0.2L 1 59kg $2.30F
3 6 CORNER POCKET Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 1.95L 3 56kg $7.50
4 5 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 2.05L 4 56kg $5.50
5 3 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 2.55L 9 57kg $26
6 4 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Damien Oliver 4.8L 8 56kg $19
7 7 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 5.1L 5 55kg $61
8 9 PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 5.85L 10 55kg $61
9 2 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 7.85L 2 59kg $81
10 8 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson Jordan Childs 8.35L 6 55kg $41

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Blamey Stakes Betting Odds

The Blamey Stakes 2022 betting odds complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available for punters below during the autumn.

Fifty Stars ($2.70 in 2020) for his second success became the latest favourite in Blamey Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Blamey Stakes Field

The Blamey Stakes field attracts some of the top milers that are currently on the racing circuit. As a relatively major autumn feature race held towards the end of the Melbourne-based action that time of year, the Blamey Stakes field is usually filled out with quality types that could be Sydney bound next race.

Following a run in the Blamey Stakes field, horses may head to Royal Randwick in April’s ‘The Championships’ for a shot at something like the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) that the 2018 Blamey Stakes winner Palentino ran fourth in or the lucrative Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

The 2022 Blamey Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 2, 2022 and will be published in full below.

Annabel Neasham’s resuming Mackinnon Stakes champion Zaaki headlines the 2022 Blamey Stakes final field having been scratched from the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes on the same day in Sydney in favour of a first-up run at Flemington on firming going.

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

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 D111x1131x ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 1 59kg 118
2 140x9560x0 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 2 59kg 97
3 x3211x0111 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 9 57kg 91
4 11224251×7 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Damien Oliver 8 56kg 100
5 21111114×3 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 4 56kg 98
6 11x11111x1 CORNER POCKET Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 3 56kg 97
7 11x2x03x6x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 5 55kg 104
8 x5030x2244 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson Jordan Childs 6 55kg 99
9 2x722x540x PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 10 55kg 101
10 131112x5x6 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 7 53kg 109

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Blamey Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Blamey Stakes in 2022 close the Monday of race week and will be updated in full below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2501x599x0 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 1 59kg 112
2 D111x1131x ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 2 59kg 118
3 11x84837x4 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 3 57kg 107
4 140x9560x0 LUNAR FOX H 4 Paul Preusker 4 59kg 97
5 1232516×87 JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 5 58kg 100
6 80x1215x21 FLYING MASCOT (NZ) M 4 Tom Dabernig 6 55kg 104
7 x3211x0111 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 7 57kg 91
8 11224251×7 KING MAGNUS G 6 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 8 56kg 100
9 21111114×3 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 4 Ben & JD Hayes 9 56kg 98
10 11x11111x1 CORNER POCKET G 5 Lindsey Smith 10 56kg 97
11 131112x5x6 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien 11 53kg 109
12 11x2x03x6x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 12 55kg 104
13 x5030x2244 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 6 John Thompson 13 55kg 99
14 311918x0x6 JUNIPAL G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 55kg 103
15 2x722x540x PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 15 55kg 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Blamey Stakes History

First won by Prince Cortauld in 1955, the Blamey Stakes was originally a weight-for-age race until 1980. Between 1955 and 1972, the Blamey Stakes was a 10 furlong (2000m) before changing to 1600m.

The Blamey Stakes is a popular race for horses to win more than once with several horses managing the double victory including Sailor’s Guide (1957,58), Dhaulagiri (1961-62), Tobin Bronze (1966-67), Hyperno (1980-81), Vo Rogue (1988-89), Better Loosen Up (1990-91) , Durbridge (1994-95) and Fifty Stars (2019-20).

Recent Blamey Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Blamey Stakes
1st Inspirational Girl 1 minute 39.12 seconds
2nd Zaaki
3rd Corner Pocket
2021
Blamey Stakes
1st Star Of The Seas 1 minute 35.11 seconds
2nd Fifty Stars
3rd Buffalo River
2020
Blamey Stakes
1st Fifty Stars 1 minute 34.54 seconds
2nd Secret Blaze
3rd Admiral’s Joker
2019
Blamey Stakes
1st Fifty Stars 1 minute 35.81 seconds
2nd So Si Bon
3rd Cool Chap
2018
Blamey Stakes
1st Humidor 1 minute 36.84 seconds
2nd Cool Chap
3rd Hellova Street
2017
Blamey Stakes
1st Palentino 1 minute 35.44 seconds
2nd Tosen Stardom
3rd Harlem
2016
Blamey Stakes
1st He Or She 1 minute 34.9 seconds
2nd The United States
3rd Stratum Star
2015
Blamey Stakes
1st Suavito 1 minute 35.97 seconds
2nd Sertorius
3rd Kourkam
2014
Blamey Stakes
1st Lidari 1 minute 38.1 seconds
2nd Foundry
3rd Sertorius
2013
Blamey Stakes
1st (DH) Puissance De Lune 1 minute 36.4 seconds
1st (DH) Budriguez
3rd Wall Street
2012
Blamey Stakes
1st Green Moon 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Pied A Terre
3rd Wall Street
2011
Blamey Stakes
1st Whobegotyou 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd Dao Dao
3rd Fanjura
2010
Blamey Stakes
1st Lord Tavistock 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Vigor
3rd Dao Dao
2009
Blamey Stakes
1st Lord Tavistock 1 minute 36.37 seconds
2nd Vigor
3rd Dao Dao
2009
Blamey Stakes
1st Largo Lad 1 minute 38.1 seconds
2nd Playright
3rd Just Look
2008
Blamey Stakes
1st The Fuzz 1 minute 36.9 seconds
2nd Barlinnie
3rd Orange County
2007
Blamey Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Bon Hoffa
3rd Molotov
2006
Blamey Stakes
1st Rosden 1 minute 33.8 seconds
2nd Great Is Great
3rd Roman Arch
2005
Blamey Stakes
1st Grey Song 1 minute 33.9 seconds
2nd Roman Arch
3rd Gallic
2004
Blamey Stakes
1st Gold Wells 1 minute 36.2 seconds
2nd Lord Erin
3rd Pretorius
2003
Blamey Stakes
1st Walk On Air 1 minute 35.1 seconds
2nd Mr Murphy
3rd Mr Magoo
2002
Blamey Stakes
1st Tears Royal 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd Weasel Will
3rd Consular
2001
Blamey Stakes
1st Market Price 1 minute 37.4 seconds
2nd Emission
3rd Second Coming
2000
Blamey Stakes
1st Oliver Twist 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Royal Voyage
3rd Noircir

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