Peter Young Stakes

The Peter Young Stakes is a Group 2 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day race held at Caulfield in February as a lead-up to the Australian Cup.

2019 Peter Young Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Avilius
  • 2nd: #3 Trap for Fools
  • 3rd: #2 Ace High



The Peter Young Stakes – formerly the St George Stakes – is a Group 2 thoroughbred race held mid-way through the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival on Blue Diamond Stakes Day in February at Caulfield.

The Peter Young Stakes is a middle distance race run over 1800m under weight-for-age conditions and is worth $200,000. It is the first weight-for-age race at the carnival run over a distance greater than 1400m and so attracts a quality field of runners seeking a bit more distance.

There are an incredible eight Group races held at the meeting including three Group 1 events, the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and the Futurity Stakes (1600m). The other Group 2 races on the day are the Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and the Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m). Finally there is one Group 3 race, the Mannerism Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m).

Horses running in the Peter Young Stakes may have previously contested the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes two weeks prior. The Peter Young Stakes is also an ideal lead-up to the premier weight-for-age race of the carnival, the  Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) held a fortnight later on Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing. Fiorente (2014) was the last horse to do the Peter Young Stakes – Australian Cup double.

The Peter Young Stakes has been a terrific guide to the Australian Cup over the years with many other champions of the Australian turf winning both races including Pompeii Ruler (2007), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2002 & 2003), Istidaad (1999), Dane Ripper (1998), Durbridge (1994 & 1995) and Let’s Elope (1992).

This season’s edition of the Peter Young Stakes 2019 runs on Saturday February 23, 2019.

2019 Peter Young Stakes
Date: Saturday February 23, 2019
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1900

2019 Peter Young Stakes Results

    • 1st: #8 Avilius
    • 2nd: #3 Trap For Fools
    • 3rd: #2 Ace High
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 8 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 59kg
2 3 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean John Allen 1.5L 11 59kg
3 2 ACE HIGH David Payne Dwayne Dunn 1.9L 3 59kg
4 9 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 3.15L 6 59kg
5 4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3.65L 5 59kg
6 10 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 4.4L 9 57kg
7 5 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 4.5L 8 59kg
8 7 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 4.6L 7 59kg
9 1 AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 4.8L 2 59kg
10 11 HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 6.3L 4 57kg
11 6 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Luke Nolen 6.5L 10 59kg

2019 Peter Young Stakes Tips

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2019 Peter Young Stakes Odds

The latest Peter Young Stakes 2019 betting odds will be provided below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.

2019 Peter Young Stakes Field

The Peter Young Stakes attracts a class line-up of staying types heading towards the Australian Cup field in a fortnight.

The official 2019 Peter Young Stakes field and barriers will be released below on Wednesday February 20, 2019.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x92834x68x AMBITIOUS (JPN) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 2 59kg 109
2 2x024100x6 ACE HIGH David Payne Dwayne Dunn 3 59kg 109
3 21175216×5 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean John Allen 11 59kg 110
4 9x7940105x VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5 59kg 104
5 167x0069x4 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 8 59kg 106
6 14x32256x0 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Luke Nolen 10 59kg 107
7 x8x791591x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 7 59kg 108
8 6x111140x1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 109
9 1x213160x3 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 6 59kg 105
10 62x44415x0 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 57kg 110
11 3x312x600x HIYAAM (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 4 57kg 103

2019 Peter Young Stakes Nominations

The Peter Young Stakes nominations feature a host of autumn gallopers coming off lead-up runs in races like the Carlyon Cup and CF Orr Stakes and are released by Racing Victoria the Monday leading up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Peter Young Stakes / St George Stakes History

The St George Stakes is one of the older Australian thoroughbred races having first run in 1900 when Parthian claimed victory. It began as a Principal race run over nine furlongs and continued under the same status and distance right up until 1973 when Australia adopted the metric system and converted the race distance to 1800m. Through that time there was only one year when the St George Stakes was not held, 1921.

In 1979 the St George Stakes was elevated to Group 2 status and the race length was dramatically shortened to 1200m for one year. The following year in 1980 the distance reverted back to 1800m. In 1982 the distance decreased to 1600m, then in 1983 it was run over 1800m, in 1984 it shortened again to 1600m for four years until 1988 when it went back to the distance it remains today 1800m, except for one year in 1995 it was run over 2000m.

It has been known as the Peter Young Stakes since 2012.

Recent St George Stakes / Peter Young Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Peter Young Stakes
1st Avilius 1 minute 49.16 seconds
2nd Trap for Fools
3rd Ace High
2018
Peter Young Stakes
1st Gailo Chop 1 minute 48.26 seconds
2nd Single Gaze
3rd Hartnell
2017
Peter Young Stakes
1st Stratum Star 1 minute 48.25 seconds
2nd Humidor
3rd The United States
2016
Peter Young Stakes
1st Bow Creek 1 minute 48.6 seconds
2nd Fenway
3rd Mourinho
2015
Peter Young Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 48.0 seconds
2nd Happy Trails
3rd Akzar
2014
Peter Young Stakes
1st Fiorente 1 minute 50.09 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Star Rolling
2013
Peter Young Stakes
1st Foreteller 1 minute 50.97 seconds
2nd Mr Moet
3rd Budriguez
2012
Peter Young Stakes
1st Lucas Cranach 1 minute 48.8 seconds
2nd Illo
3rd Manighar
2011
St George Stakes
1st Heart Of Dreams 1 minute 48.8 seconds
2nd Precedence
3rd Spacecraft
2010
St George Stakes
1st La Rocket 1 minute 49.04 seconds
2nd Heart Of Dreams
3rd Miss Maren
2009
St George Stakes
1st Theseo 1 minute 47.8 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Zarita
2008
St George Stakes
1st Princess Coup 1 minute 51 seconds
2nd Sirmione
3rd Douro Valley
2007
St George Stakes
1st Pompeii Ruler 1 minute 49.2 seconds
2nd Marasco
3rd Aqua D’Amore
2006
St George Stakes
1st Our Smoking Joe 1 minute 50.2 seconds
2nd Lad Of The Manor
3rd Vroom Vroom
2005
St George Stakes
1st Elvstroem 1 minute 49.5 seconds
2nd Makybe Diva
3rd Casual Pass
2004
St George Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 50.9 seconds
2nd Sound Journey
3rd Mummify
2003
St George Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 51.8 seconds
2nd Fields Of Omagh
3rd Mr Casanova
2002
St George Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 49.2 seconds
2nd Old Comrade
3rd Piper Star
2001
St George Stakes
1st Cent Home 1 minute 47.1 seconds
2nd Giovana
3rd Kaapstad Way
2000
St George Stakes
1st Royal Voyage 1 minute 49.1 seconds
2nd Oliver Twist
3rd Arena

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