Rose Of Kingston Stakes

The Rose Of Kingston Stakes - formerly known as the Blazer Stakes - is a Group 2 sprint held at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day in early October as a lead-up to the Empire Rose Stakes.

2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Life Lessons
  • 2nd: #3 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #4 Wrote To Arataki



The Rose Of Kingston Stakes is a 1400m set weights and penalties race run at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in early October.

The Rose Of Kingston Stakes, formerly run as the Blazer Stakes, is a Group 2 race held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival $300,000 in prize money. The race takes place on Turnbull Stakes Day which also includes the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m).

Open only to mares aged four-years-old and above, the Rose Of Kingston Stakes attracts a quality line-up each season with many of the runners heading towards the following month’s Group 1 Empire Rose Classic (1600m) back at the track over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The 2020 Rose Of Kingston Stakes winner Sierra Sue went on to frank the form winning the following year’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

The 2022 Rose Of Kingston Stakes form was franked with the winner Excelida going on to run third in that year’s Empire Rose Stakes results.

The latest edition of the Rose Of Kingston Stakes 2023 took place on Saturday October 7, 2023 as part of Flemington’s Turnbull Stakes Day program and was won in brave fashion by the on-speed runner Life Lessons ($6.50) for Moody & Coleman. 

Blazer Stakes / Rose Of Kingston Stakes 2023
Date: Saturday October 7, 2023
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 4YO+ Mares Set Weights & Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Life Lessons ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #3 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #4 Wrote To Arataki

After a second to Amelia’s Jewel in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes last time out, the talented Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained Tavistock mare Life Lessons ($6.50) dug deep to hold out the odds-on favourite Princess Grace for an impressive win in the 2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Daniel Stackhouse 6 55kg $6.50
2 3 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) Chris Waller James McDonald 0.4L 5 57kg $1.65F
3 4 WROTE TO ARATAKI (NZ) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 0.5L 7 57kg $19
4 6 WALTZ ON BY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 0.6L 11 56kg $21
5 2 SHUFFLE DANCER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 1.6L 8 57.5kg $26
6 9 BELLE ET RICHE Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 1.8L 3 55kg $26
7 8 STARLIGHT SCOPE Pat Carey & Harris Walker Blaike McDougall 1.9L 9 55kg $41
8 14 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Daniel Moor 2.1L 4 55kg $41
9 11 DAZZLING LUCY Tony Noonan Jake Noonan 2.3L 2 55kg $21
10 7 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Michael Dee 5.05L 10 55kg $31
11 5 JAJA CHABOOGIE Julie Richards Beau Mertens 13.05L 1 57kg $201
SB 1 SKEW WIFF (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 0 58.5kg
12 FORBIDDEN CITY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Jamie Kah 0
13 AUSBRED FLIRT Brad Widdup Craig Williams 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Rose Of Kingston Stakes 2023 odds on the mares facing off in this spring’s edition of the Turnbull Stakes Day support act will listed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your Rose Of Kingston Stakes betting tips at the right price as soon as markets are out.

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2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes Form

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2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Rose Of Kingston Stakes 2023 Tips on the mares’ only event at Flemington this Turnbull Stakes Day.

  • To Win: #3 Princess Grace ($1.75 at time of publish) – BET NOW

She is odds-on and no value but cannot tip against Princess Grace here. Chris Waller’s bonny seven-year-old is looking to return to winning form with her latest turf triumph being the Group 3  Hawkesbury Crown in the autumn. Three very good runs in Group 1 company this campaign against some of the form horses of the spring, so this drop back to a Group 2 against her own kind will be a breeze (hopefully)! Unlucky to run second fresh narrowly beaten by stablemate Fangirl in the Winx Stakes first-up before finishing just a head off Mr Brightside in the Memsie in Melbourne. Up to a mile at Flemington and took on that gun galloper again in the Makybe Diva Stakes for a brave fourth. That form was franked with the runner-up Alligator Blood winning the Group 1 Underwood Stakes next start and now it is this mare’s turn to win. Can’t see her being beaten now rock-hard fit in this field.

2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes Field

The Rose Of Kingston Stakes field usually attracts some very well experienced mares out of lead-up races including the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) or Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) the month before.

Life Lessons (2nd in 2023) was the last Let’s Elope Stakes graduate to back-up and win the Rose Of Kingston Stakes.

The Rose Of Kingston Stakes 2023 field and barrier draw will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed in full below once out.

The 2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes final field features a quality line-up of Group 1-bound mares dominated by Chris Waller’s multiple Group 1 place-getter Princess Grace coming off some big runs behind Mr Brightside.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5726122×21 SKEW WIFF (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 12 58.5kg 108
2 x3121146x8 SHUFFLE DANCER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 8 57.5kg 86
3 223x31x224 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) Chris Waller James McDonald 5 57kg 111
4 9x33112x30 WROTE TO ARATAKI (NZ) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 7 57kg 97
5 1683271×61 JAJA CHABOOGIE Julie Richards Beau Mertens 1 57kg 83
6 18x95143x6 WALTZ ON BY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 14 56kg 84
7 1x700x80x8 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Michael Dee 13 55kg 106
8 345×618171 STARLIGHT SCOPE Pat Carey & Harris Walker Blaike McDougall 9 55kg 83
9 x22312x447 BELLE ET RICHE Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 3 55kg 81
10 1112x74x42 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Daniel Stackhouse 6 55kg 92
11 66x2423x65 DAZZLING LUCY Tony Noonan Jake Noonan 2 55kg 74
12 11333898×8 FORBIDDEN CITY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Jamie Kah 11 55kg 79
13 3112x614x1 AUSBRED FLIRT Brad Widdup Craig Williams 10 55kg 83
14 122x689x29 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Daniel Moor 4 55kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the 2023 Rose Of Kingston Stakes are taken by Racing Victoria the Monday ahead of the race and will be published below once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5726122×21 SKEW WIFF (NZ) M 4 Mark Walker 1 58.5kg 108
2 x3121146x8 SHUFFLE DANCER M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 2 57.5kg 86
3 223x31x224 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 3 57kg 111
4 05x12116x0 FOXY FRIDA M 6 Andrew Noblet 4 57kg 103
5 9x33112x30 WROTE TO ARATAKI (NZ) M 5 Matthew Williams 5 57kg 97
6 1683271×61 JAJA CHABOOGIE M 7 Julie Richards 6 57kg 83
7 190x2162x1 VIENNA PRINCESS M 4 Chris Waller 7 56kg 89
8 18x95143x6 WALTZ ON BY M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8 56kg 84
9 132x550x13 LA DANSEUSE ROUGE M 4 Cliff Brown 9 56kg 84
10 1x700x80x8 STARTANTES M 5 Robert Heathcote 10 55kg 106
11 1112x74x42 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 11 55kg 92
12 1153×211 NUNTHORPE M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 12 55kg 84
13 125×483144 DIAMOND DEALER M 5 Bjorn Baker 13 55kg 83
14 3112x614x1 AUSBRED FLIRT M 5 Brad Widdup 14 55kg 83
15 345×618171 STARLIGHT SCOPE M 6 Pat Carey & Harris Walker 15 55kg 83
16 x22312x447 BELLE ET RICHE M 5 Mitchell Freedman 16 55kg 81
17 122x689x29 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) M 4 Phillip Stokes 17 55kg 80
18 11333898×8 FORBIDDEN CITY M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 18 55kg 79
19 66x2423x65 DAZZLING LUCY M 5 Tony Noonan 19 55kg 74
20 1127x8331x SKY HORSE (NZ) M 7 Michelle Payne 20 55kg 73

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Blazer Stakes / Rose Of Kingston Stakes History

Previously known as the Honda Prelude, Hardy Brothers Prelude, Jayco Stakes, and the Rose Of Kingston Stakes. The race was renamed the Blazer Stakes in 2009.

It underwent a further name chance in 2019 and has since been known as the Rose Of Kingston Stakes.

Since 1989 the event has been won by a number of class mares including Cats Whisker (2009) who came off a lead-up win in the Let’s Elope Stakes and Mosheen (2012) who had won the 2011 VRC Oaks.

Blazer Stakes results and Rose Of Kingston Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Since 2020 the race has been known as the Rose Of Kingston Stakes.

Blazer Stakes / Rose Of Kingston Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Blazer Stakes
(Rose of Kingston Stakes)
1st Life Lessons 1 minute 23.13 seconds
2nd Princess Grace
3rd Wrote To Arataki
2022
Blazer Stakes
(Rose of Kingston Stakes)
1st Excelida 1 minute 22.11 seconds
2nd Argentia
3rd She’s All Class
2021
Blazer Stakes
(Rose of Kingston Stakes)
1st Still A Star 1 minute 23.17 seconds
2nd Pride Of Jenni
3rd Mystic Journey
2020
Blazer Stakes 
(Rose Of Kingston Stakes)
1st Sierra Sue 1 minute 23.04 seconds
2nd She Shao Fly
3rd Missile Mantra
2019
Blazer Stakes
1st Haut Brion Her 1 minute 22.63 seconds
2nd Pohutukawa
3rd Angelic Ruler
2018
Blazer Stakes
1st Invincibella 1 minute 22.52 seconds
2nd Savatiano
3rd Mamzelle Tess
2017
Blazer Stakes
1st Now Or Later 1 minute 24.23 seconds
2nd Merriest
3rd Payroll
2016
Blazer Stakes
1st French Emotion 1 minute 24.36 seconds
2nd Pure Pride
3rd Vibrant Rouge
2015
Blazer Stakes
1st La Passe 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Manageress
3rd Lucky Lago & Jessy Belle
2014
Blazer Stakes
1st Forever Loved 1 minute 24.80 seconds
2nd Enquare
3rd May’s Dream
2013
Blazer Stakes
1st Fire Up Fifi 1 minute 23.84 seconds
2nd Peron
3rd Catkins
2012
Blazer Stakes
1st Mosheen 1 minute 23.47 seconds
2nd Bonaria
3rd Miss Stellabelle
2011
Blazer Stakes
1st Lady Lynette 1 minute 24.16 seconds
2nd Booklet
3rd Dysphonia
2010
Blazer Stakes
1st Palacio De Cristal 1 minute 23.97 seconds
2nd No Evidence Needed
3rd Strawberry Field
2009
Blazer Stakes
1st Cats Whisker 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Gold Water
3rd Dane Julia
2008
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Bellini Rose 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Absolute Glam
3rd Viking Turf Belle
2007
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Vormista 1 minute 23.9 seconds
2nd Bellini Rose
3rd El Pauji
2006
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Divine Madonna 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Imana
3rd Open Cut
2005
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Sky Cuddle 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Dea
3rd Astrodame
2004
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Skewiff 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Infinite Grace
3rd Light Sweeper
2003
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Vocabulary 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Gazania
3rd Galipagos Girl
2002
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Hosannah 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Gentle Genius
3rd Purple Groove
2001
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Tickle My 1 minute 25.7 seconds
2nd Hula Wonder
3rd Calm Smytzer
2000
Rose Of Kingston Stakes
1st Ramano?s Star 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Fellowship
3rd Bumbelina

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