Wakeful Stakes

The Wakeful Stakes (2000m) is a Group 2 event hosted at Flemington Racecourse on Derby Day as a lead-up to the VRC Oaks.

2021 Wakeful Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Willowy
  • 2nd: #2 Daisies
  • 3rd: #6 Douceur



The Wakeful Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-old fillies contested at Flemington Racecourse.

Held the Saturday before the illustrious Melbourne Cup in late October or early November annually, the Wakeful Stakes is one of 9 Group status races that fill the card on Victoria Derby Day. VRC Derby Day is one of the only race meets in Australia where every race has Group status. There are four Group 1 races on the card: the Victoria Derby (2500m), Kennedy Cantala (1600m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

The Wakeful Stakes is a 2000m event for three-year-old fillies run under set weight conditions plus penalties. Worth $300,000 in total prize money it is an excellent lead-up race to the highly prestigious Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies the following Thursday.

The Wakeful Stakes results have been a good indication for the VRC Oaks over the years, with 14 fillies taking out the double since 1983, including most recently Kirramosa (2013), Aristia (2018) and Miami Bound (2019).

In 2020 Personal improved on her lead-up second as the beaten favourite in the Wakeful Stakes to win the Kennedy Oaks.

Victoria Derby Day on Saturday October 30, 2021 featured the 2021 Wakeful Stakes won in an upset by the Godolphin-raced Oaks hope Willowy at 10/1. 

2021 Wakeful Stakes
Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1932

2021 Wakeful Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Willowy ($11)
  • 2nd: #2 Daisies
  • 3rd: #6 Douceur

Jockey Jye McNeil produced a great ride on the James Cummings-trained Willowy ($11) who handled a notable class rise to sweep round the field and dominate the 2021 Wakeful Stakes results late. The filly powered through the line in her first 2000m run and has had her quote slashed into $6 to win Thursday’s Group 1 Kennedy Oaks (2500m).

Click here to read more on the impressive upset in the Wakeful Stakes 2021 by Willowy.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 WILLOWY James Cummings Jye McNeil 7 55kg $11
2 2 DAISIES Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) James McDonald 0.5L 1 57kg $7
3 6 DOUCEUR Patrick Payne Michael Dee 1.25L 3 55kg $31
4 1 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 1.75L 6 58kg $5.50
5 4 BARB RAIDER Jerome Hunter Craig Williams 2.25L 5 55kg $4.20EF
6 9 TIZ MY BAY Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 2.55L 10 55kg $21
7 5 STALKING James Cummings Fred Kersley 3.8L 4 55kg $26
8 3 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 4L 2 56kg $4.20EF
9 11 NATIVE GIRL (NZ) Charlotte Littlefield Luke Currie 4.5L 9 55kg $26
10 7 AUDREY GIRL Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 6L 11 55kg $61
11 10 KAPALUA SUNSET (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 10.75L 8 55kg $11

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Wakeful Stakes Betting Odds

The top Wakeful Stakes 2021 odds and market links to the betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au on the VRC Oaks lead-up race will be provided below the week of the race.

2021 Wakeful Stakes Field

The Wakeful Stakes field attracts a host of three-year-old fillies looking to back-up the next Thursday into the VRC Oaks field. Fillies competing in the Wakeful Stakes field may come via a number of earlier carnival races including the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day the week before, the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) or the prestigious Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

The official Wakeful Stakes 2021 Field & Barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday before the race and will be provided in full below.

A field of 11 potential VRC Oaks-bound fillies face off in the 2021 Wakeful Stakes this Saturday including Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Yearning, the rails-drawn Group 3 Ethereal Stakes winner Daisies and El Patroness for Danny O’Brien who ran second to Derby runner Gunstock last time out.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 25×49121 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 6 58kg 103
2 4561 DAISIES Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) James McDonald 1 57kg 80
3 3312 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 2 56kg 77
4 32113 BARB RAIDER Jerome Hunter Craig Williams 5 55kg 84
5 224447 STALKING James Cummings Fred Kersley 4 55kg 64
6 1×671276 DOUCEUR Patrick Payne Michael Dee 3 55kg 67
7 724×312 AUDREY GIRL Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 11 55kg 63
8 3521 WILLOWY James Cummings Jye McNeil 7 55kg 63
9 824×4335 TIZ MY BAY Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 10 55kg 63
10 318 KAPALUA SUNSET (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 8 55kg 64
11 235 NATIVE GIRL (NZ) Charlotte Littlefield Luke Currie 9 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Wakeful Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Wakeful Stakes in 2021 close the Monday leading-up to Victoria Derby Day with the full list of eleventh-hour VRC Oaks hopes to be updated below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 25×49121 YEARNING F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 1 58kg 103
2 1×2312 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 2 57kg 95
3 5121×783 BISCAYNE BAY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57kg 75
4 4561 DAISIES F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 4 57kg 80
5 3312 EL PATRONESS F 3 Danny O’Brien 5 56kg 77
6 9x521x80 GONNADANCEALOT F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 6 56kg 65
7 32113 BARB RAIDER F 3 Jerome Hunter 7 55kg 84
8 2332 GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 8 55kg 76
9 224447 STALKING F 3 James Cummings 9 55kg 64
10 724×312 AUDREY GIRL F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 55kg 63
11 1×671276 DOUCEUR F 3 Patrick Payne 11 55kg 67
12 3521 WILLOWY F 3 James Cummings 12 55kg 63
13 824×4335 TIZ MY BAY F 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 13 55kg 63
14 318 KAPALUA SUNSET (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 14 55kg 64
15 43×444 MORRISSETTE F 3 Simon Ryan 15 55kg 63
16 235 NATIVE GIRL (NZ) F 3 Charlotte Littlefield 16 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Wakeful Stakes History

The Wakeful Stakes was first run in 1932 when Protea won the inaugural race. It started as a principal event run over ten furlongs and remained the same until 1973 when the distance was converted into 2000m with Australia’s adoption of the metric system. In 1979 the Wakeful Stakes was elevated to Group 2 status.

Many fine fillies have contested the race and high quality Wakeful Stakes winners include Miami Bound (2019), Aristia (2018), Zarita (2007) and Tuesday Joy (2006). Wakeful Stakes results, winners and placegetters since 2000 are listed below.

Wakeful Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Wakeful Stakes
1st Willowy 2 minutes 4.03 seconds
2nd Daisies
3rd Douceur
2020
Wakeful Stakes
1st Victoria Quay 2 minutes 1.96 seconds
2nd Personal
3rd Tyche Goddess
2019
Wakeful Stakes
1st Miami Bound 2 minutes 4.48 seconds
2nd Vegas Jewel
3rd Palumbo
2018
Wakeful Stakes
1st Aristia 2 minutes 1.36 seconds
2nd Qafila
3rd El Dorado Dreaming
2017
Wakeful Stakes
1st Luvaluva 2 minutes 3.99 seconds
2nd Glam Guru
3rd Rimraam
2016
Wakeful Stakes
1st Tiamo Grace 2 minutes 4.44 seconds
2nd Sebring Dream
3rd Missrock
2015
Wakeful Stakes
1st Ambience 2 minutes 4.7 seconds
2nd Beluga Blue
3rd Muzyka
2014
Wakeful Stakes
1st Thunder Lady 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Abduction
3rd Fenway
2013
Wakeful Stakes
1st Kirramosa 2 minutes 5.15 seconds
2nd May’s Dream
3rd Solicit
2012
Wakeful Stakes
1st Zydeco 2 minutes 2.8 seconds
2nd Maraatib
3rd Transonic
2011
Wakeful Stakes
1st Atlantic Jewel 2 minutes 4.98 seconds
2nd Rahveel
3rd Dowager Queen
2010
Wakeful Stakes
1st Brazilian Pulse 2 minutes 4.27 seconds
2nd Placement
3rd Heartsareforlove
2009
Wakeful Stakes
1st Faint Perfume 2 minutes 3.25 seconds
2nd Silent Surround
3rd Melito
2008
Wakeful Stakes
1st Rocha 2 minutes 5.5 seconds
2nd Miss Scarlatti
3rd Estee
2007
Wakeful Stakes
1st Zarita 2 minutes 5.8 seconds
2nd Riva San
3rd Katherine Gold
2006
Wakeful Stakes
1st Tuesday Joy 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd J’adane
3rd Anamato
2005
Wakeful Stakes
1st Serenade Rose 2 minutes 2.5 seconds
2nd Astronomia
3rd Zenarta
2004
Wakeful Stakes
1st Hollow Bullet 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Storm Alert
3rd Mango Daiquiri
2003
Wakeful Stakes
1st Timbourina 2 minutes 5.5 seconds
2nd Special Harmony
3rd Dane Beltar
2002
Wakeful Stakes
1st Hierogram 2 minutes 2.9 seconds
2nd Its Who Deanie
3rd Lashed
2001
Wakeful Stakes
1st Quays 2 minutes 1.2 seconds
2nd Gold Lottery
3rd Li Lo Lill
2000
Wakeful Stakes
1st Lolita Star 2 minutes 4.7 seconds
2nd Lang Kwai Fong
3rd Tanith

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