McEwen Stakes

The McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in early September as a lead-up to the Moir Stakes the following month.

2021 McEwen Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 The Inferno
  • 2nd: #3 Portland Sky
  • 3rd: #8 September Run



The McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held during early September at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Raced over 1000 metres under weight for age conditions, the McEwen Stakes pays $300,000 in total prize-money as of 2021.

The McEwen Stakes is held on Feehan Stakes Day – also known as the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Qualifier Day – and shares its race program with the Group 2  John F. Feehan Stakes (1600m).

Most of the sprinters that contest the McEwen Stakes are kicking off their spring campaigns. Success in the McEwen Stakes is often followed by an attempt at the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m)  and or the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) both held back at The Valley over the spring.

In recent years the 2016 McEwen Stakes winner Wild Rain went on to run third in the Moir Stakes, while the year before the great grey Chautauqua (2015) completed the McEwen Stakes – Manikato Stakes double.

In 2020 the McEwen Stakes winning mare Bella Vella backed-up to run third in that season’s Moir Stakes results.

The McEwen Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday September 4, 2021 and was won by former Singapore-trained galloper The Inferno. 

2021 McEwen Stakes
Date: Saturday September 4, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight For Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2021 McEwen Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 The Inferno
  • 2nd: #3 Portland Sky
  • 3rd: #8 September Run

Cliff Brown’s Singapore expat The Inferno ($6) ran a nice potential The Everest lead-up with a win over the beaten favourite Portland Sky and Group 1 winning filly September Run in the 2021 McEwen Stakes results at The Valley.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 THE INFERNO Cliff Brown Damian Lane 6 58.5kg $6
2 3 PORTLAND SKY Matt Laurie Luke Currie 1L 9 58.5kg $2.45F
3 8 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 1.1L 7 56.5kg $4
4 9 ESTA LA ROCA (NZ) Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 1.85L 3 56.5kg $8
5 5 WISDOM OF WATER Annabel Neasham John Allen 3.1L 2 58.5kg $12
6 7 SIR KALAHAD Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 3.2L 5 58.5kg $81
7 6 FINE DANE John Moloney Patrick Moloney 3.3L 1 58.5kg $41
8 2 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 4.05L 4 58.5kg $31
9 4 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle Jamie Mott 4.55L 8 58.5kg $26

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 McEwen Stakes Betting

The season’s best Mitty’s McEwen Stakes 2021 betting odds will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

2021 McEwen Stakes Field

The official McEwen Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barriers are released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to Feehan Stakes Day, the line-up of sprinters to be published in full below.

Just nine weight-for-age sprinters line-up in Saturday’s 2021 McEwen Stakes field led in betting by returning Oakleigh Plate champion and William Reid Stakes runner-up Portland Sky.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x2x1111x6 THE INFERNO Cliff Brown Damian Lane 6 58.5kg 99
2 4627×46604 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 4 58.5kg 90
3 1541x0112x PORTLAND SKY Matt Laurie Luke Currie 9 58.5kg 110
4 6633x2000x BOLD STAR Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle Jamie Mott 8 58.5kg 96
5 x08x26353x WISDOM OF WATER Annabel Neasham John Allen 2 58.5kg 92
6 x356479x91 FINE DANE John Moloney Patrick Moloney 1 58.5kg 81
7 0x25199127 SIR KALAHAD Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 5 58.5kg 80
8 5111x2048x SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 7 56.5kg 110
9 x1183x1232 ESTA LA ROCA (NZ) Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 3 56.5kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 McEwen Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Mitty’s McEwen Stakes in 2021 are taken on the Monday of race week.

McEwen Stakes History

Registered as the Ian McEwen Trophy, the McEwen Stakes was inaugurated in 1995, making it a relatively young race. The McEwen Stakes was named in honour of Ian McEwen, a former secretary for the Moonee Valley Racing Club. For the very first year it ran, the race was referred to as the Anniversary Trophy.

Between 1995 and 1997 the race ran as an unlisted event. Following an upgrade in 1997, the race was listed until 2005. In 2006, a further upgrade saw the McEwen Stakes run as a Group 3 event for six years. From 2013 onwards, the McEwen Stakes is Group 2 event.

The McEwen Stakes has always been run over 1000m (excepting the year 2000 when it was run over 1200m) and has always been held at Moonee Valley (with the exception of the inaugural edition, when it was held at Caulfield).

Plenty of impressive horses have ran in the race throughout the years. Notable McEwen Stakes winners include Sequalo (1995), Testa Rossa (2000), Mistegic (2002), Miss Andretti (2006), Buffering (2011) and the ‘Grey Flash’ Chautauqua (2015).

In 2018 the McEwen Stakes winner Nature Strip set a new record winning in a slick 56.95 seconds.

McEwen Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

McEwen Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
McEwen Stakes
1st The Inferno 0 minutes 59.48 seconds
2nd Portland Sky
3rd September Run
2020
McEwen Stakes
1st Bella Vella 0 minutes 58.02 seconds
2nd Ashlor
3rd Brooklyn Hustle
2019
McEwen Stakes
1st Faatinah 0 minutes 58.40 seconds
2nd Bons Away
3rd Eduardo
2018
McEwen Stakes
1st Nature Strip 0 minutes 56.95 seconds (R)
2nd Houtzen
3rd Shoals
2017
McEwen Stakes
1st Russian Revolution 0 minutes 58.14 seconds
2nd Heatherly
3rd Houtzen
2016
McEwen Stakes
1st Wild Rain 0 minutes 58.8 seconds
2nd Furnaces
3rd Heatherly
2015
McEwen Stakes
1st Chautauqua 0 minutes 58.2 seconds
2nd Flamberge
3rd Furnaces
2014
Ajax Stakes
1st Angelic Light 0 minutes 57.5 seconds
2nd Lankan Rupee
3rd Eloping
2013
McEwen Stakes
1st Kuroshio 0 minutes 57.8 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd General Truce
2012
McEwen Stakes
1st Bel Sprinter 0 minutes 57.3 seconds
2nd Platelet
3rd Snitzem
2011
McEwen Stakes
1st Buffering 0 minutes 58.5 seconds
2nd Crystal Lily
3rd Atomic Force
2010
McEwen Stakes
1st Hay List 0 minute 59.6 seconds
2nd Catapulted
3rd Reward For Effort
2009
McEwen Stakes
1st Nicconi 0 minute 57.4 seconds
2nd Morgan Dollar
3rd Secret Flyer
2008
McEwen Stakes
1st Kaphero 0 minute 59.4 seconds
2nd Morgan Dollar
3rd Lucky Secret
2007
McEwen Stakes
1st Here De Angels 0 minute 57.4 seconds
2nd Gold Edition
3rd Dr Nipandtuck
2006
McEwen Stakes
1st Miss Andretti 0 minute 58.8 seconds
2nd Sassbee
3rd Cargo Cult
2005
McEwen Stakes
1st Strikeline 0 minute 59.8 seconds
2nd Truly Wicked
3rd Titanic Jack
2004
McEwen Stakes
1st Edgeton 1 minute 01.8 seconds
2nd Reactive
3rd Mistegic
2003
McEwen Stakes
1st Yell 0 minute 59.6 seconds
2nd The Big Chill
3rd Dantana
2002
McEwen Stakes
1st Mistegic 1 minute 0.2 seconds
2nd Shaye Spice
3rd Aragonce
2001
McEwen Stakes
1st Strategic Image 0 minute 58.4 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Ateates
2000
McEwen Stakes
1st Testa Rossa 1 minute 13.4 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Chattanooga

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