Matriarch Stakes

The Matriarch Stakes is a Group 2 staying event for mares held at Flemington Racecourse on Stakes Day at the end of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2021 Matriarch Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Zayydani
  • 2nd: #7 Our Intrigue
  • 3rd: #3 Starelle



The Group 2 2021 Matriarch Stakes is a set weights race for mares aged four years old and over. Held at Flemington Racecourse on Mackinnon Stakes Day, the event runs alongside the Group 1 $2 million Darley Sprint Classic (1200m), the Group 3 $300,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) and the meeting’s marquee race – the Group 1 $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) – formerly known as the Emirates Stakes.

Mackinnon Stakes Day marks the end of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival and many of runners from the Matriarch Stakes will go on to compete in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) or the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) the following Saturday at Sandown Racecourse.

The 2021 Matriarch Stakes ran on Mackinnon Stakes Day, Saturday November 6, 2021 and was won by Zayydani. 

Matriarch Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday November 6, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 4YO+ Mares SWP
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2021 Matriarch Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Zayydani
  • 2nd: #7 Our Intrigue
  • 3rd: #3 Starelle

Zayydani ($9) was given a gun ride by Luke Nolen down the inside to score victory in the 2021 Matriarch Stakes results on the back of her close fourth in the Group 3 Coongy Cup – the form of which continues to hold up this Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 ZAYYDANI (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 2 56kg $9
2 7 OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 0.2L 4 56kg $19
3 3 STARELLE Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1.2L 6 58kg $15
4 12 BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1.3L 1 55kg $11
5 9 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Glen Boss 1.7L 3 55kg $12
6 1 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 1.9L 11 58kg $4.40F
7 10 GHODELEINE Andrew Noblet Patrick Moloney 2.65L 5 55kg $8
8 6 ECUMENICAL Mick Huxtable Damien Thornton 2.75L 10 56kg $41
9 11 LE LUDE John Thompson Craig Williams 2.85L 8 55kg $20
10 5 MIMI’S AWARD Ben & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 3.85L 12 57kg $8.50
11 13 BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Lewis German (a) 4.05L 14 55kg $91
12 14 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8.3L 7 55kg $12
13 15 MAHASHAKTI Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 18.3L 13 55kg $31
14 4 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) Symon Wilde Nash Rawiller 19.8L 9 57kg $12
SB 2 ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 0 58kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Matriarch Stakes Betting Odds

See below for the latest Matriarch Stakes 2021 betting odds, markets out as soon as the field is released during Melbourne Cup week 2021, complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your Matriarch Stakes Tips.

2021 Matriarch Stakes Field

The Matriarch Stakes Field attracts classy mares out of lead-up races like the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at the track the Saturday prior and even the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) the month before, which Lucia Valentina (2015) improved on a lead-up ninth in to win the Matriarch Stakes.

The 2021 Matriarch Stakes field and barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week, the full list of mares facing off in the set weights plus penalties clash to be published below once released.

A bumper line-up of mares face off in the Matriarch Stakes 2021 final field led in betting by Matthew Smith’s Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes fourth-placegetter from Derby Day Nimalee.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1194x4244 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 11 58kg 107
2 19317×0441 ONLY WORDS (NZ) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 14 58kg 93
3 6x3156x452 STARELLE Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 6 58kg 91
4 0571520×04 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) Symon Wilde Nash Rawiller 9 57kg 103
5 22x2111x92 MIMI’S AWARD Ben & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 12 57kg 79
6 0260×12869 ECUMENICAL Mick Huxtable Damien Thornton 10 56kg 82
7 x444812513 OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 4 56kg 84
8 823311×034 ZAYYDANI (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 2 56kg 92
9 99x1704x06 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Glen Boss 3 55kg 98
10 50×3143151 GHODELEINE Andrew Noblet Patrick Moloney 5 55kg 92
11 1444×05582 LE LUDE John Thompson Craig Williams 8 55kg 83
12 x38478x906 BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1 55kg 89
13 00×3413472 BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Lewis German (a) 15 55kg 82
14 22x32x0570 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7 55kg 88
15 1111×76315 MAHASHAKTI Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 13 55kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Matriarch Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Matriarch Stakes in 2021 close the Monday leading-up to Mackinnon Stakes Day on the eve of the Melbourne Cup and will be available below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 78111×8483 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 1 59.5kg 107
2 12133×0340 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 2 58kg 103
3 x1194x4244 NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 3 58kg 107
4 19317×0441 ONLY WORDS (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 4 58kg 93
5 6x3156x452 STARELLE M 4 Danny O’Brien 5 58kg 91
6 2324×37197 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 6 57kg 105
7 0571520×04 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 6 Symon Wilde 7 57kg 103
8 3x1116x638 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 8 57kg 90
9 22x2111x92 MIMI’S AWARD M 4 Ben & JD Hayes 9 57kg 79
10 0x2910x082 TYCHE GODDESS M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 57kg 78
11 0260×12869 ECUMENICAL M 4 Mick Huxtable 11 56kg 82
12 6212112975 CHARLEISE M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 56kg 94
13 x444812513 OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 13 56kg 84
14 823311×034 ZAYYDANI (NZ) M 5 Ben & JD Hayes 14 56kg 92
15 99x1704x06 VANNA GIRL M 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds 15 55kg 98
16 50×3143151 GHODELEINE M 7 Andrew Noblet 16 55kg 92
17 1444×05582 LE LUDE M 6 John Thompson 17 55kg 83
18 x38478x906 BONVICINI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 55kg 89
19 22x32x0570 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 19 55kg 88
20 00×3413472 BARBIE’S FOX M 5 Louise Bonella 20 55kg 82
21 1111×76315 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 21 55kg 83
22 2x1133x836 JOHANDOUGH M 5 Thomas Carberry 22 55kg 72
23 x398078379 KISS AND CRY M 6 Michael Kent 23 55kg 69
24 3x21136x31 GROOVY KINDA LOVE M 5 Michael Kent 24 55kg 70
25 0x33133126 SWINDON LASS M 4 Matthew Brown 25 55kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Matriarch Stakes History

Won by Big Colony twice in 1991 and 1992, the Matriarch Stakes fastest winning time since 1988 was by Purple in 2009 with 2 minutes 00.1 seconds. Meanwhile Concordance recorded the slowest winning time in 1988 with 2 minutes 5.9 seconds.

Originally a Listed race, the Matriarch Stakes was elevated to Group Three status between years 2001 to 2004 and in 2005 it was finally given Group Two status. The race was not held in 2005.

Inaugurated in 1981, the Matriarch Stakes has acquired a reputation for producing some quality winners. Notable Matriarch Stakes winners include Castilla (1982), Flawlessly (1991, 92, 93), Starine (2001) and Ventura (2009). Matriarch Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Matriarch Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Matriarch Stakes
1st Zayydani 2 minutes 4.13 seconds
2nd Our Intrigue
3rd Starelle
2020
Matriarch Stakes
1st Affair To Remember 2 minutes 3.07 seconds
2nd Paradee
3rd Toffee Tongue
2019
Matriarch Stakes
1st Oceanex 2 minutes 3.25 seconds
2nd Miss Siska
3rd Aristocratic Miss
2018
Matriarch Stakes
1st Kenedna 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Miss Siska
3rd Luvaluva
2017
Matriarch Stakes
1st Savapinski 2 minutes 1.59 seconds
2nd Payroll
3rd Token Of Love
2016
Matriarch Stakes
1st Jessy Belle 2 minutes 4.7 seconds
2nd Sort After
3rd Happy Hannah
2015
Matriarch Stakes
1st Lucia Valentina 2 minutes 4.18 seconds
2nd Manageress
3rd Casino Dancer
2014
Matriarch Stakes
1st Suavito 2 minutes 1.75 seconds
2nd Girl In Flight
3rd Amanpour
2013
Matriarch Stakes
1st Girl Gone Rockin’ 2 minutes 4.79 seconds
2nd Queenstown
3rd Keep De Rose
2012
Matriarch Stakes
1st Midnight Martini 2 minutes 3.15 seconds
2nd Lake Sententia
3rd Crafty Irna
2011
Matriarch Stakes
1st Vintedge 2 minutes 1.29 seconds
2nd Stole
3rd Skyerush
2010
Matriarch Stakes
1st Well Rounded 2 minutes 2.55 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Keep The Peace
2009
Matriarch Stakes
1st Purple 2 minutes 0.1 seconds
2nd Moment In Time
3rd Lady Lynette
2008
Matriarch Stakes
1st Bird Of Fire 2 minutes 5 seconds
2nd Tan Tat De Lago
3rd El Daana
2007
Matriarch Stakes
1st Hidden Strings 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Sovereign Miss
3rd Danevade
2006
Matriarch Stakes
1st Brom Felinity 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Pin Up
3rd Purde
2005
Matriarch Stakes
1st Sutology 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Storm Alert
3rd Aqua D Amore
2004
Matriarch Stakes
1st Demerger 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Aint Seen Nothin
3rd Full Spec
2003
Matriarch Stakes
1st Sweet Corn 2 minutes 4.4 seconds
2nd Sylvaner
3rd Mrs Tendulkar
2002
Matriarch Stakes
1st Damaschino 2 minutes 0.6 seconds
2nd Little Miss Quick
3rd Terrenora
2001
Matriarch Stakes
1st Piper Star 2 minutes 1.5 seconds
2nd Umaline
3rd Tickle My
2000
Matriarch Stakes
1st Flushed 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Nova Clause
3rd Tickle My

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