Schillaci Stakes

The Schillaci Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Caulfield Racecourse on Caulfield Guineas Day in October each spring.

2023 Schillaci Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Asfoora
  • 2nd: #2 Uncommon James
  • 3rd: #8 Chain Of Lightning



The Schillaci Stakes is a quality Group 2 spring race held mid-way through the coveted Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on Caulfield Guineas Day in October.

The Schillaci Stakes is a 1100m short-distance event run under weight-for-age conditions worth a lucrative $300,000 in total prize money. There are a number of other great lead-up races held earlier in the carnival that runners may have previously contested including the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) in early September and Sydney’s Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

Runners may also be coming back in class but rising in distance off a Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) run under the lights at Moonee Valley a fortnight earlier. Paulele (6th in 2022) and Asfoora (2nd in 2023) are the latest Moir Stakes graduates to win the Schillaci Stakes.

The feature race at the meeting is the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) but there are two other elite level Melbourne races on the day including the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) – currently called the Neds Might And Power – and the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m). Other key support races on Caulfield Guineas Day include the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), the Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m), and the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m).

Horses that ran in the Schillaci Stakes will often continue their spring campaigns by competing in the sprint features including Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) – now run as the Champions Sprint – during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

A potential next-up option for Schillaci Stakes graduates is the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley with the 2020 Schillaci winner Dirty work running third in that sprint showdown under the lights.

The 2021 Schillaci Stakes form was franked with the third-placed mare Bella Nipotina going on to run second next-up in the Manikato Stakes and third in the VRC Sprint Classic behind Nature Strip.

The 2022 Schillaci Stakes winner Paulele franked the form later that year heading to Perth to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) that November.

The 2023 Schillaci Stakes ran on Saturday October 14, 2023 at Caulfield on Guineas Day and was won in a brilliant sprint performance by Henry Dwyer’s classy mare Asfoora ($2.10F) who saluted for the punters at the short price by a dominant three lengths. 

2023 Schillaci Stakes
Date: Saturday October 14, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1970

2023 Schillaci Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Asfoora ($2.10F)
  • 2nd: #2 Uncommon James
  • 3rd: #8 Chain Of Lightning

The Henry Dwyer-trained short-distance specialist, Asfoora ($2.10F), was enormous improving on her Group 1 Moir Stakes second to really let down over the final furlong and produce a big three-length win for favourite backers in the 2023 Schillaci Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 ASFOORA Henry Dwyer Mitchell Aitken 5 56.5kg $2.10F
2 2 UNCOMMON JAMES Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Damian Lane 3L 6 58.5kg $2.40
3 8 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 3.2L 1 56.5kg $12
4 4 LOMBARDO Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 3.95L 4 58.5kg $31
5 3 CURRAN Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor Matthew Cartwright 4.05L 8 58.5kg $71
6 1 INGRATIATING James Cummings Blake Shinn 5.55L 2 58.5kg $9.50
7 5 KEY LARGO Bryce Heys Keagan Latham 7.55L 3 58.5kg $31
8 6 HOME RULE Maddie Raymond John Allen 8.3L 7 58.5kg $91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Schillaci Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Schillaci Stakes 2023 odds will be detailed below complete with links to the betting markets so you can back your Schillaci Stakes tips in online at Ladbrokes.com.au this spring.

Paulele ($2.15 in 2022) and Asfoora ($2.10 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Schillaci Stakes betting to win.

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2023 Schillaci Stakes Form

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2023 Schillaci Stakes Tips

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  • To Win: #7 Asfoora ($2.25 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Small field gathered for this year’s Schillaci and is hard to go past the deserving favourite Asfoora. This Henry Dwyer-trained Flying Artie mare has a host of Group 1 form from the autumn including her third here in the Oakleigh Plate. Fourth in Sydney’s The Galaxy followed by a trip to Perth where she placed fourth again this time under a length beaten in the inaugural $4 million The Quokka. Winner of that race contests Saturday’s $20 million The Everest in Sydney. Asfoora has had two good runs this prep so is third-up and fit now. Won the Group 3 The Heath at this track and trip fresh before a second when brave at The Valley in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m). Back to 1100m, back to Caulfield, back in grade and she wins.

2023 Schillaci Stakes Field

The Schillaci Stakes field attracts a smart line-up of spring sprinters that could be eyeing a Melbourne Cup Carnival run in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) down the Flemington straight.

The official Schillaci Stakes 2023 field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The 2023 Schillaci Stakes final field features a small but class line-up of short-distance specialists including last start Group 1 Moir Stakes runner-up Asfoora along with Group 1 Oakleigh Plate champ here in the autumn Uncommon James.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1200x5173 INGRATIATING James Cummings Blake Shinn 2 58.5kg 103
2 111x2128x3 UNCOMMON JAMES Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Damian Lane 6 58.5kg 109
3 778x51703x CURRAN Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor Matthew Cartwright 8 58.5kg 95
4 621x0x988x LOMBARDO Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 4 58.5kg 106
5 x126x7653x KEY LARGO Bryce Heys Keagan Latham 3 58.5kg 90
6 3x30190x13 HOME RULE Maddie Raymond John Allen 7 58.5kg 80
7 711x344x12 ASFOORA Henry Dwyer Mitchell Aitken 5 56.5kg 108
8 0x3899464x CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 1 56.5kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Schillaci Stakes Nominations

The Schillaci Stakes 2023 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x2128x3 UNCOMMON JAMES G 5 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted 1 58.5kg 109
2 711x344x12 ASFOORA M 5 Henry Dwyer 2 56.5kg 108
3 6x11117x16 I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 56.5kg 106
4 621x0x988x LOMBARDO G 7 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 4 58.5kg 106
5 0x3899464x CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 5 56.5kg 104
6 x1200x5173 INGRATIATING H 5 James Cummings 6 58.5kg 103
7 436x885x47 GENERATION H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 58.5kg 99
8 778x51703x CURRAN G 6 Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor 8 58.5kg 95
9 x126x7653x KEY LARGO G 7 Bryce Heys 9 58.5kg 90
10 01110412×7 SHE DANCES M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 10 56.5kg 85
11 3x30190x13 HOME RULE G 6 Maddie Raymond 11 58.5kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Schillaci Stakes History

The first Schillaci Stakes, originally known as the Chirnside Stakes, was run in 1970 when Regal Vista claimed victory. It began as a Principal race run over six furlongs but the race distance was converted to 1200m in 1973. In 1979 the event became a Group 2 race and for one year in 1986 the race was run over 1219m. A few years later in 1988 the distance was permanently decreased to its current length of 1000m. The race name was changed to the Schillaci Stakes in 2000 in honour of the former champion sprinter Schillaci.

In 2019 the Schillaci Stakes winner Trekking secured the ‘win and you’re in’ slot to represent the MRC / ATC in the following weekend’s The Everest and eventually ran third to the young Chris Waller-trained winner Yes Yes Yes.

Recent Schillaci Stakes Winners:

Year Place Horse Time
2023 Schillaci Stakes 1st Asfoora 1 minute 3.82 seconds
2nd Uncommon James
3rd Chain Of Lightning
2022 Schillaci Stakes 1st Paulele 1 minute 3.57 seconds
2nd Ingratiating
3rd Zoustyle
2021 Schillaci Stakes 1st Savatoxl 1 minute 3.33 seconds
2nd Dosh
3rd Bella Nipotina
2020 Schillaci Stakes 1st Dirty Work 1 minute 3.34 seconds
2nd Diamond Effort
3rd Octane
2019 Schillaci Stakes 1st Trekking 1 minute 2.32 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd The Bostonian
2018 Schillaci Stakes 1st Ball of Muscle 1 minute 2.54 seconds
2nd Spirit of Valor
3rd Missrock
2017 Schillaci Stakes 1st Super Cash 1 minute 3.25 seconds
2nd Illustrious Lad
3rd Rock Magic
2016 Schillaci Stakes 1st Star Turn 1 mintue 2.89 seconds
2nd Malaguerra
3rd Fell Swoop
2015 Schillaci Stakes 1st Alpha Miss 1 minute 3.55 seconds
2nd Cashed
3rd Lankan Rupee
2014 Schillaci Stakes 1st Rubick 56.68 seconds
2nd Platelet
3rd Overreach
2013 Schillaci Stakes 1st Unpretentious 57.67 seconds
2nd Pago Rock
3rd Kuroshio
2012 Schillaci Stakes 1st Buffering 56.95 seconds
2nd Golden Archer
3rd Stirling Grove
2011 Schillaci Stakes 1st Black Caviar 56.73 seconds
2nd Karuta
3rd Stirling Grove
2010 Schillaci Stakes 1st Black Caviar 56.68 seconds
2nd Star Witness
3rd General Truce
2009 Schillaci Stakes 1st Lucky Secret 55.9 seconds
2nd Apache Cat
3rd Wanted
2008 Schillaci Stakes 1st Wilander 58 seconds
2nd Lucky Secret
3rd Gamble Me
2007 Schillaci Stakes 1st Gold Edition 57.3 seconds
2nd Royal Asscher
3rd Let Go Thommo
2006 Schillaci Stakes 1st Miss Andretti 57.2 seconds
2nd Green Birdie
3rd Nediyms Glow
2005 Schillaci Stakes 1st Segments 57.6 seconds
2nd Danerich
3rd Miss Mooney Mooney
2004 Schillaci Stakes 1st Patpong 58.2 seconds
2nd Alizes
3rd Regimental Gal
2003 Schillaci Stakes 1st Hailbery 56.7 seconds
2nd Dantana
3rd Spinning Hill
2002 Schillaci Stakes 1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 9.23 seconds
2nd Flavelon
3rd Mistegic
2001 Schillaci Stakes 1st Mistegic 57.6 seconds
2nd Windigo
3rd Falvelon
2000 Schillaci Stakes 1st Flavelon 58 seconds
2nd Mannington
3rd Super Elegant

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