PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakes is a Group 2 event held at Caulfield Racecourse in August as a lead-up to the mile Group 1 races of the spring.

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside
  • 2nd: #11 Pinstriped
  • 3rd: #4 Aegon



The PB Lawrence Stakes is the first Group 2 race during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Held at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-August, the 1400m event is held on the same day as the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) for colts and geldings and the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) for the fillies. Worth $300,000 in prize money as of 2021, the weight-for-age race is open to all horses aged three years and over.

Formerly known as the JJ Liston Stakes, the race name was changed to the P.B. Lawrence Stakes in 2010.

The PB Lawrence Stakes is a nice lead up race to the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) held a fortnight later at Caulfield, which marks the start of elite level racing for the new season in Melbourne. The only horse to manage the P.B. Lawrence Stakes/Memsie Stakes double in the past 30 years is Regal Roller (2004).

The PB Lawrence Stakes generally attracts an above average group of gallopers many eyeing a tougher run in something like October’s Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley later in the season.

The PB Lawrence Stakes form from 2021 was franked with the winner, Sierra Sue, going on to win that spring’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and the following autumn’s 2022 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).

The 2022 PB Lawrence Stakes winner Mr Brightside franked the form returning in the autumn of 2023 to complete the All-Star Mile – Doncaster Mile double.

Mr Brightside returned in 2023 to become the first horse in 52 years to go back-to-back in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes results when saluting as the $2.35 favourite first-up.

The 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes ran on Saturday August 19, 2023 and saw the returning All-Star Mile / Doncaster Mile double champion Mr Brightside ($2.35) return for a successful title defence. 

PB Lawrence Stakes
Date: Saturday August 19, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside ($2.35F)
  • 2nd: #11 Pinstriped
  • 3rd: #4 Aegon

The Team Hayes-trained Mr Brightside ($2.35F) was outstanding becoming the first dual P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner in over a half-century when saluting for the punters with a stylish first-up win in the Group 2 at Caulfield.

Click here to read more on the big 2023 P.B. Lawrence Stakes win by the now two-time hero Mr Brightside.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 9 59kg $2.35F
2 11 PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Ben Allen 1.75L 4 59kg $6
3 4 AEGON (NZ) Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 1.85L 13 59kg $20
4 3 TUVALU Lindsey Smith Blake Shinn 1.95L 12 59kg $7
5 15 ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 2.15L 11 58.5kg $9
6 9 POUNDING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 2.55L 8 59kg $21
7 13 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 3.8L 14 59kg $201
8 12 UNCLE BRYN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 6.05L 6 59kg $26
9 10 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 6.15L 1 59kg $31
10 5 WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) John Leek (Jnr) Ethan Brown 6.45L 5 59kg $20
11 16e CHASSIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 9.2L 2 57kg $21
12 2 REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Beau Mertens 10.95L 3 59kg $101
13 6 EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller Damian Lane 14.95L 7 59kg $21
14 18e EDISON Nick Ryan Craig Newitt 16.7L 10 59kg $51
17e DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent Luke Currie 0
7 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller Damian Lane 0
14 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings 0
8 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jamie Mott 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Betting Odds

Betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au offering the top PB Lawrence Stakes 2023 odds this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Savatiano ($5 in 2020) and Mr Brightside ($4 in 2022 and $2.35 in 2023) are the last favourites in the PB Lawrence Stakes odds to salute for the punters.

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2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Form

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2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider PB Lawrence Stakes 2023 Tips on the important spring lead-up this season.

  • To Win: #1 Mr Brightside ($2.20 at time of publish) – BET NOW

There is no value in the PB Lawrence Stakes this weekend, but Mr Brightside first-up off that awesome autumn prep is impossible to tip against even at the current short-priced quote. The Hayes Racing galloper was excellent completing the interstate All-Star Mile / Doncaster Mile double at his last two starts. Gets his spring underway here and has a solid enough first-up record and plenty of experience at the 1400m distance (7:2-2-1). Craig Williams rides, the horse is proven at top level WFA, and can salute for the punters here ahead of tougher targets.

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Field

The official PB Lawrence Stakes 2023 field and barriers featuring a host of Group 1 bound gallopers will be announced by Racing Victoria the Wednesday leading-up to the race and detailed below.

The 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes final field features a quality line-up of spring-bound weight-for-age gallopers led in betting by the resuming All-Star Mile / Doncaster double champ from the autumn Mr Brightside.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the PB Lawrence Stakes 2023 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5473x5211x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 10 59kg 116
2 411x46x70x REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Beau Mertens 4 59kg 106
3 11x312x79x TUVALU Lindsey Smith Blake Shinn 16 59kg 111
4 6142x6495x AEGON (NZ) Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 17 59kg 105
5 12x55x759x WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) John Leek (Jnr) Ethan Brown 6 59kg 105
6 233x3x907x EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller Damian Lane 8 59kg 111
7 611232821x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller Damian Lane 3 59kg 106
8 76006×5118 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jamie Mott 15 59kg 104
9 582111263x POUNDING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 9 59kg 106
10 05037x620x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 1 59kg 96
11 60x534113x PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Ben Allen 5 59kg 101
12 220151x86x UNCLE BRYN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 7 59kg 104
13 1615x4430x FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 18 59kg 94
14 411x2400x9 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings 14 58.5kg 105
15 33x1152x ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 12 58.5kg 95
16e 0455×81143 CHASSIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 57kg 94
17e 9x2415931x DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent 13 57kg 93
18e x700500x81 EDISON Nick Ryan Craig Newitt 11 59kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 PB Lawrence Nominations

PB Lawrence Stakes 2023 nominations close the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be published here once announced.

The 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes nominations feature a host of resuming stars including Team Hayes’ All-Star Mile / Doncaster Mile double winner Mr Brightside, Chris Waller’s Rosehill Guineas winner last prep Lindermann, Michael Freedman’s Australian Guineas runner-up Attrition, and the Godolphin-raced Golden Mile.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5473x5211x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1 59kg 116
2 233x3x907x EL BODEGON (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 2 59kg 111
3 11x312x79x TUVALU G 6 Lindsey Smith 3 59kg 111
4 21177x884x SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 59kg 108
5 292x51210x LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 5 58.5kg 106
6 582111263x POUNDING G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 6 59kg 106
7 611232821x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 7 59kg 106
8 200x34104x BANDERSNATCH G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 59kg 106
9 351111121x RIGHT YOU ARE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 59kg 106
10 411x46x70x REGAL POWER G 8 John Leek (Jnr) 10 59kg 106
11 411x2400x9 GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 11 58.5kg 105
12 552x131x8x DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 59kg 105
13 x6142x649x AEGON (NZ) G 6 Andrew Forsman 13 59kg 105
14 12x55x759x WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) G 6 John Leek (Jnr) 14 59kg 105
15 x05232x10x STEINEM (GB) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15 57kg 105
16 220151x86x UNCLE BRYN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 16 59kg 104
17 1113×00911 UCALLEDIT (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 17 59kg 104
18 76006×5118 KING MAGNUS G 8 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 18 59kg 104
19 60x534113x PINSTRIPED G 5 Enver Jusufovic 19 59kg 101
20 2652x1x00x BEAR STORY (IRE) G 6 Clinton McDonald 20 59kg 100
21 05037x620x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 8 Michael Moroney 21 59kg 96
22 33x1152x ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman 22 58.5kg 95
23 1615x4430x FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 23 59kg 94
24 0455×81143 CHASSIS M 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 24 57kg 94
25 9x2415931x DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) M 6 Michael Kent 25 57kg 93
26 x69260x853 REGARDSMAREE G 7 Nick Ryan 26 59kg 93
27 x700500x81 EDISON G 7 Nick Ryan 27 59kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

PB Lawrence Stakes History

First won by One Up in 1949, the JJ Liston Stakes was a 10 furlong race until 1968 when it became a 7 furlong race until 1972. After it became a 1400m race, it was quickly elevated to Group Two status.

Since its inauguration My Peak (1960, 1962) and Tauto (1971, 1972) were the only horses to successfully win the race twice before the back-to-back wins by Mr Brightside (2022 and 2023) a half-century later.

The 2007 winner Apache Cat ran a successful campaign after his PB Lawrence Stakes win as he ran second in the Makybe Diva Stakes and then won several Group 1 races. Apache Cat also holds the race’s fastest winning time record with 1 minute 22.1 seconds.

Plenty of classy horses have won the PB Lawrence Stakes in recent years including five-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out who went on to win dual editions of Sydney’s Chipping Norton Stakes and Cox Plate / Melbourne Cup place-getter Hartnell.

In 2019 the PB Lawrence Stakes was won by classy filly Mystic Journey who won the inaugural $5 million The All-Star Mile at Flemington off the back of her Group 1 Australian Guineas success when becoming the first elite level winner trained in Tasmania for over 100 years that autumn.

Recent PB Lawrence Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
 
2023
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Mr Brightside 1 minute 21.71 seconds
2nd Pinstriped
3rd Aegon
 
2022
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Mr Brightside 1 minute 22.67 seconds
2nd I Am Superman
3rd Buffalo River
 
2021
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Sierra Sue 1 minute 23.12 seconds
2nd Angel Of Truth
3rd Red Can Man
 
2020
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Savatiano 1 minute 24.29 seconds
2nd Sircconi
3rd Kings Will Dream
 
2019
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Mystic Journey 1 minute 24.46 seconds
2nd Cliff’s Edge
3rd Hartnell
 
2018
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Showtime 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Widgee Turf
 
2017
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Hartnell 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Charmed Harmony
3rd Black Heart Bart
 
2016
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Miss Rose De Lago 1 minute 24.8 seconds
2nd Jacquinot Bay
3rd Entirely Platinum
 
2015
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 23.54 seconds
2nd The Cleaner
3rd Dibayani
 
2014
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Star Rolling 1 minute 24.37 seconds
2nd Spillway
3rd Gig
 
2013
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Puissance De Lune 1 minute 24.26 seconds
2nd Ajeeb
3rd Second Effort
 
2012
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Second Effort 1 minute 27.67 seconds
2nd Zamorar
3rd Ready To Rip
 
2011
PB Lawrence Stakes
1st Whobegotyou 1 minute 23.9 seconds
2nd Lights Of Heaven
3rd Prince Obama
 
2010
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 27.28 seconds
2nd Predatory Pricer
3rd Heart Of Dreams
 
2009
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Predatory Pricer 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Typhoon Tracy
 
2008
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Light Fantastic 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Weekend Hussler
3rd Maldivian
 
2007
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 22.1 seconds
2nd Marasco
3rd Maldivian
 
2006
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Pompeii Ruler 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Red Dazzler
3rd Our Smoking Joe
 
2005
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Lad Of The Manor 1 minute 27.9 seconds
2nd Our Smoking Joe
3rd Super Elegant
 
2004
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Regal Roller 1 minute 26.3 seconds
2nd Amtrak
3rd Le Zagaletta
 
2003
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Vocabulary
3rd Walk On Air
 
2002
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Sports 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Tully Thunder
 
2001
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 25.5 seconds
2nd Inaflury
3rd Umrum
 
2000
JJ Liston Stakes
1st Skoozi Please 1 minute 25.2 seconds
2nd Go Flash Go
3rd Ad Alta

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