VRC Sires Produce Stakes

The VRC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) is a Group 2 race held at Flemington Racecourse in March on Newmarket Handicap Day.

2024 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Traffic Warden
  • 2nd: #1 Rue De Royale
  • 3rd: #9 Bosustow



The Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes is one of the races held on Newmarket Handicap Day at the esteemed Flemington Racecourse in early-mid March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Newmarket Handicap (1200m) is now the sole Group 1 race held at the meeting, while there are a host of other Group status support acts on the card including the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

The VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes is a 1400m sprint race four two-year-olds at set weights worth $300,000 in prize money. The young sprinters contesting the Sires Produce Stakes may have previously competed in the most prestigious race for two-year-olds at the carnival, the Group 1 $2 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) a fortnight earlier at Caulfield.

Traffic Warden (8th in 2024) was the last Blue Diamond graduate to come out and win the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

As the first two-year-old group race at a distance greater than 1200m during the carnival, the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes is commonly won by a quality galloper that has run strongly and proven themselves at the increased distance.

The 2022 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes form was franked with the winner Let’srollthedice racing a next-up third in Sydney’s Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m).

The 2023 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes was marred by fall of jockeys Jamie Kah and Craig Williams from their respective mounts Flyball (minor abrasions) and Dubenenko (minor lacerations on both forelimbs) 400m after the start.

The VRC Sires’ 2023 form was franked with the winner Veight running fourth in Sydney’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ that year as well as finishing second in the spring’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m). Apulia meanwhile was runner-up in that year’s VRC Sires’ results and returned in the spring to win the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase before a second in the Group 1 VRC Derby (2500m) that Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday March 9, 2024 at Flemington Racecourse and was won in style by the progressive James Cummings-trained son of Street Boss Traffic Warden ($5).  

2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes
Date: Saturday March 9, 2024
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: 2YO Open – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1862

2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Traffic Warden ($5)
  • 2nd: #1 Rue De Royale
  • 3rd: #9 Bosustow

The Godolphin-raced Street Boss colt Traffic Warden ($5) relished a drop in grade and rise in distance improving on his Blue Diamond eighth to fly home by nearly two lengths in the 2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes results at Flemington thanks to another gun ride by the in-form Jamie Kah.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 TRAFFIC WARDEN James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 14 57kg $5
2 1 RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Blake Shinn 1.75L 2 57kg $3.70F
3 9 BOSUSTOW Annabel Neasham Jye McNeil 2.75L 7 57kg $7
4 6 PERU Michael Moroney Rhys McLeod 5L 9 57kg $31
5 13 FLYER Jason Warren Luke Currie 5.1L 5 55kg $21
6 5 VIANARRA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 5.3L 11 57kg $41
7 4 AARDVARK Leon & Troy Corstens Damian Lane 6.05L 4 57kg $4.40
8 7 EVAPORATE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 6.25L 8 57kg $9
9 16 LA BELLA BONDI Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 7.5L 3 55kg $71
10 17e PUISSANCE POWER John Leek (Jnr) Connor Murtagh 8.75L 6 57kg $201
11 11 PONTE ARCOBALENO Ben Brisbourne Declan Bates 8.85L 12 57kg $101
12 8 UNTAPPED Greg Eurell Daniel Moor 10.1L 13 57kg $21
13 12 SHAALUTE Liam Howley Jason Maskiell 12.35L 10 57kg $26
14 10 CHEERS John McArdle Jamie Mott 16.6L 1 57kg $41
14 ALTERMATUM Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 0
2 STAY FOCUSED Phillip Stokes Mark Zahra 0
15 SHE SMASHES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Carleen Hefel 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Betting Odds

The season’s latest VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2024 odds and betting market links on the two-year-old hopefuls will be found below the week of the race with prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.

Let’srollthedice ($3.70 in 2022) and Veight ($4.80 in 2023) are the latest favourites in VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 VRC SIRES’ PRODUCE STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 VRC SIRES’ PRODUCE STAKES FORM GUIDE

2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2024 Tips on the Newmarket Handicap Day Group 2 this autumn.

  • To Win: #4 Aardvark ($6 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Sires’ Produce Stakes in Melbourne throws a wide open race, and Aardvark emerges as a potential upsetter. Trained by Leon & Troy Corstens, this well-bred Capitalist colt is building momentum at the right time. After a promising third-place finish on debut at Caulfield last year, he returned with a dominant win in the Listed Talindert Stakes here last month. While the step up to 1400m is significant, his fresh victory over 1100m suggests he has the stamina for the challenge. Look for Aardvark to make a strong showing in this open race.

2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Field

The annual VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes field attracts a smart line-up of promising two-year-olds showing the potential to stay 1400m – 1600m. Runners may be graduates of the Blue Diamond Stakes field and be Sydney-bound later in the autumn targeting the more lucrative $1 million Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick during April’s ‘The Championships’.

The official 2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Field & Barrier Draw is set for release on Wednesday March 6, 2024 and will be published below.

The 2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes final field is now out with markets led by the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Rue De Royale racing third-up from a good gate. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 42×20 RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Blake Shinn 2 57kg 77
2 125 STAY FOCUSED Phillip Stokes Mark Zahra 6 57kg 77
3 2138 TRAFFIC WARDEN James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 17 57kg 74
4 3×1 AARDVARK Leon & Troy Corstens Damian Lane 4 57kg 72
5 74320 VIANARRA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 13 57kg
6 91 PERU Michael Moroney Rhys McLeod 11 57kg 63
7 42 EVAPORATE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 10 57kg 62
8 48 UNTAPPED Greg Eurell Daniel Moor 15 57kg 62
9 62 BOSUSTOW Annabel Neasham Jye McNeil 9 57kg 61
10 4 CHEERS John McArdle Jamie Mott 1 57kg 61
11 PONTE ARCOBALENO Ben Brisbourne Declan Bates 14 57kg
12 0 SHAALUTE Liam Howley Jason Maskiell 12 57kg 60
13 10 FLYER Jason Warren Luke Currie 5 55kg 64
14 3×53 ALTERMATUM Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 8 55kg 62
15 31 SHE SMASHES Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Carleen Hefel 16 55kg 63
16 4 LA BELLA BONDI Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 3 55kg 60
17e 0x PUISSANCE POWER John Leek (Jnr) Connor Murtagh 7 57kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Nominations

The VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2024 nominations are taken by Racing Victoria the Monday leading-up to Super Saturday and will be available below.

VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes History

The VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes is one of the oldest races held at Flemington, first run in 1862 when Musidora was victorious. It was originally run over 1 mile (1600m) until 1919 when the race distance was changed to six furlongs. From 1920 the event was held over the increased length of seven furlongs and was converted to 1400m in 1972.

The VRC Sires Produce Stakes race was demoted from a Group 1 to a Group 2 event in 2005. The race has previously been known as the Flemington Stakes, Sapling Stakes and the Ascot Vale Stakes.

There was a race fall just 400m from the start in the 2023 VRC Sires’ with Jamie Kah’s mount Flyball falling and subsequently knocking fellow hoop Craig Williams from his mount Dubenenko. Both horses escaped with only minor injuries.

Notable VRC Sires Produce Stakes winners from recent years include All Too Hard (2012) and a subsequent Caulfield Cup winning mare in Jameka (2015).

Recent VRC Sires Produce Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Traffic Warden 1 minute 25.00 seconds
2nd Rue De Royale
3rd Bosustow
2023
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Veight 1 minute 23.06 seconds
2nd Apulia
3rd Amur
2022
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Let’srollthedice 1 minute 24.25 seconds
2nd Man In The Mirror
3rd Yaki Ishi
2021
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Lightsaber 1 minute 23.62 seconds
2nd Saif
3rd Micro
2020
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Lunar Fox 1 minute 24.29 seconds
2nd Larimer Street
3rd Ole Kirk
2019
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st La Tene 1 minute 22.92 seconds
2nd Dalasan
3rd Fling
2018
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Not A Single Cent 1 minute 23.40 seconds
2nd Seberate
3rd Akkadian
2017
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Sircconi 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Aspect
3rd Feng Chu
2016
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Seaburge 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Detective
3rd Revolving Door
2015
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Jameka 1 minute 24.6 seconds
2nd Lazumba
3rd Sampeah
2014
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Zululand 1 minute 24.3 seconds
2nd Awesome Rock
3rd Marcado
2013
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Twilight Royale 1 minute 23.35 seconds
2nd Shamus Award
3rd Great Esteem
2012
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st All Too Hard 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Pronto Pronto
3rd Road Trippin
2011
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Running Tall 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Decircles
3rd Grand Britannia
2010
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Shamrocker 1 minute 23.54 seconds
2nd Willow Creek
3rd Yosei
2009
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Rostova 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Bombay Sling
3rd Gathering
2008
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Von Costa De Hero 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Carnero
3rd Burgeis
2007
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Incumbent 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Marching
3rd Below Zero
2006
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st De Lago Mist 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Ulfah
3rd Danever
2005
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Danger Looms 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Under The Floor
3rd Ferocity
2004
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Barely A Moment 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Big Poppa Pump
3rd Kylikwong
2003
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Winestock 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Fresh Boy
3rd Hammerbeam
2002
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Pillaging 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Delago Brom
3rd Tom Coureuse
2001
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Spectatorial 1 minute 25.3 seconds
2nd Tuscanos
3rd Valkyrian
2000
VRC Sires Produce Stakes
1st Preserve 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Ponton Flyer
3rd Happy Morning

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