Victory Stakes

The Victory Stakes is a Group 2 sprint run during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival as a potential lead-up to the Doomben 10,000.

2021 Victory Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Niccanova
  • 2nd: #2 Vega One
  • 3rd: #11 Pennino



The Group 2 Victory Stakes takes place in late April or early May during the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at Eagle Farm Racecourse or in more recent years Doomben Racecourse due to the ongoing track upgrade issues at Eagle Farm.

Run over the sprint distance of 1200m it is a weight-for-age event worth an increased $250,000 as of 2021 and was previously known as the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes.

Prize money for the 2020 Victory Stakes was down to $175,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the race running as a set weights plus penalties event in May as part of a reduced Brisbane Winter Carnival.

The Victory Stakes is an excellent lead up to the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m), another 1200m weight-for-age event run at Doomben. Quality runners may then progress onto both the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) in late May and Queensland’s richest race, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) in June.

The last horse to do the Victory Stakes – Stradbroke Handicap double in a single season was Srikandi (2015). In 2018 Impending won the Victory Stakes having taken on the previous year’s Stradbroke Handicap (2017).

The Victory Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday May 1, 2021 and saw Niccanova go one better than his second in the same race last winter. 

2021 Victory Stakes
Date: Saturday May 1, 2021
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $250,000
Inaugurated: 1980

2021 Victory Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Niccanova
  • 2nd: #2 Vega One
  • 3rd: #11 Pennino

The Stradbroke Handicap is calling for the Steve Tregea-trained Niccanova ($12) after The Buffering runner-up from January enjoyed a first-up win in the Victory Stakes 2021 results that also saw 150/1 roughie Pennino run third ahead of the likes of Fasika (4th) and the beaten favourite Trekking (5th).

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 6 58.5kg $12
2 2 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Glen Boss 0.75L 5 58.5kg $19
3 11 PENNINO Darryl Hansen Ms Tiffani Brooker 0.95L 10 56.5kg $151
4 10 FASIKA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 1.15L 1 56.5kg $3
5 1 TREKKING James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.45L 3 58.5kg $2.05F
6 9 STAMPE Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 2.7L 7 58.5kg $31
7 4 THE ODYSSEY Kelly Schweida Jim Byrne 3L 4 58.5kg $21
8 5 EMERALD KINGDOM Robert Heathcote Ms Stephanie Thornton 4.25L 8 58.5kg $17
9 7 MASTER JAMIE Graeme Green Taylor Marshall 4.65L 9 58.5kg $41
10 6 RED CHASE Desleigh Forster Mark Du Plessis 5.4L 2 58.5kg $31
8 GARIBALDI Tony Gollan Michael Rodd 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Victory Stakes Odds

The updated Victory Stakes 2021 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the potential Doomben 10,000-bound winter sprinters will be available below the week of the race.

2021 Victory Stakes Field

The Victory Stakes field attracts a class line-up of Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival hopes usually having their first Queensland run of the season. Horses that contested the race the season prior often return, while a host of interstate raiders dominate the Victory Stakes final acceptances including runners out of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney earlier in the month.

The official Victory Stakes 2021 Field & Barriers are set for release by Racing Queensland on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

Godolphin’s multiple Group 1 winner – including the 2019 Stradbroke Handicap at this track – Trekking heads the 11-horse Victory Stakes 2021 field in Brisbane this weekend.

  • Scratchings Update: #8 Garibaldi (11)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7219x2424x TREKKING James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg 115
2 211x4494x6 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Glen Boss 5 58.5kg 103
3 605068622x NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 6 58.5kg 103
4 7×10292170 THE ODYSSEY Kelly Schweida Jim Byrne 4 58.5kg 100
5 7x3175231x EMERALD KINGDOM Robert Heathcote Ms Stephanie Thornton 8 58.5kg 99
6 1x2341270x RED CHASE Desleigh Forster Mark Du Plessis 2 58.5kg 95
7 27715831×3 MASTER JAMIE Graeme Green Taylor Marshall 9 58.5kg 93
8 762x21111x GARIBALDI Tony Gollan Michael Rodd 11 58.5kg 85
9 05x370215x STAMPE Chris Munce Justin Huxtable (a) 7 58.5kg 90
10 x1823x86x1 FASIKA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 1 56.5kg 107
11 x10639x80x PENNINO Darryl Hansen Ms Tiffani Brooker 10 56.5kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Victory Stakes Nominations

The Victory Stakes nominations close on the Monday of race week and traditionally feature Doomben 10,000 bound sprinters kicking off their Brisbane campaigns for the winter.

Victory Stakes History

The first horse to win the race then called the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes was Golden Rhapsody in 1980 when the race was inaugurated. Beginning as a Listed race the following year in 1981 it reached Group 3 status before being installed as a Group 2 event in 1992. First run over 1810m, the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes has gone through a number of distance changes throughout its history but is now a 1200m sprint at the Eagle Farm Racecourse for gallopers heading towards the Group 1 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival features.

In recent years the Victory Stakes has been run at Doomben Racecourse (2016 & 2018) due to ongoing track issues at Eagle Farm.

In 2020 the Victory Stakes took place in May as a set weights plus penalties event due to COVID-19 and was the key Stradbroke lead-up that year.

Victory Stakes Distance:
1980 – 1983: 1810m
1984 – 1986: 2100m
1987: 2125m
1988: 1810m
1989: 2125m
1990 – 2005: 1400m
2006 onwards: 1200m

Victory Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Victory Stakes
1st Niccanova 1 minute 11.90 seconds
2nd Vega One
3rd Pennino
2020
Victory Stakes
1st Victorem 1 minute 10.60 seconds
2nd Niccanova
3rd Deep Image
2019
Victory Stakes
1st I Am Excited 1 minute 9.64 seconds
2nd Redzel
3rd Jonker
2018
Victory Stakes
1st Impending 1 minute 10.06 seconds
2nd Most Important
3rd I Am Excited
2017
Victory Stakes
1st Music Magnate 1 minute 13.27 seconds
2nd Hopfgarten
3rd Miss Cover Girl
2016
Victory Stakes
1st Fell Swoop 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Didntcostalot
3rd Artlee
2015
Victory Stakes
1st Srikandi 1 minute 9.63 seconds
2nd Ball Of Muscle
3rd Dances On Stars
2014
Victory Stakes
1st Temple Of Boom 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Snitzerland
2013
Victory Stakes
1st Buffering 1 minute 8.54 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Albrecht
2012
Victory Stakes
1st Meeting Abandoned
2nd
3rd
2011
Victory Stakes
1st Buffering 1 minute 13.0 seconds
2nd Atomic Force
3rd Azzaland
2010
Victory Stakes
1st Ghetto Blaster 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd The Jackal
3rd Albert The Fat
2009
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Swiss Ace 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Sniper?s Bullet
3rd Red Element
2008
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Swiss Ace 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Atapi
3rd Dance The Waves
2007
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Mitanni 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Anwaar
3rd Tellem
2006
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st All Bar One 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd Falaise
3rd Impaler
2005
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Wager 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Deuxieme
3rd Dezigna
2004
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Only Words 1 minute 25.8 seconds
2nd Our Egyptian Raine
3rd Defier
2003
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Tit For Taat 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Scenic Peak
3rd Mr Bureaucrat
2002
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Mr Bureaucrat 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Salgado
3rd Faiza
2001
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Make Mine Magic 1 minute 20.8 seconds
2nd Play Station
3rd Camarena
2000
Sir Byrne Hart Stakes
1st Cheiron 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Narwong
3rd City Fair

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