Begonia Belle Stakes

The Begonia Belle Stakes (Furphy Sprint) is a Group 3 1100m sprint held at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day each Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2020 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Fiesta
  • 2nd: #13 Too Good Too Hard
  • 3rd: #14 Zaniah



The 2020 Begonia Belle Stakes – known as the Furphy Sprint in 2020 for sponsorship purposes – is a Group 3 race held on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne named in honour of the 1969 Newmarket Handicap winner.

Raced over 1100m, the Begonia Belle Stakes is a mares-only event run under set weights plus penalties conditions. With $200,000 prize money on offer, the Begonia Belle Stakes is quite a lucrative race for the better class of mares.

The Begonia Belle Stakes was previously held on VRC Oaks Day on the Thursday following the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.  From 2016 it was moved to the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Victoria Derby Day.

It now runs as part of an all-Group race card at the meeting including four Group 1 races: the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

Mares typically target the Begonia Belle Stakes following a range of other starts. Some mares step well down in distance to content the Begonia Belle Stakes. The Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in Sydney has in recent years provided a moderate guide to the horses who do well in the Begonia Belle Stakes. Look also to the Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m), the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) or the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield.

Tofane (2019) followed by Fiesta (2020) are the latest mares to complete the Northwood Plume Stakes – Begonia Belle Stakes double when the latter ran as the Furphy Sprint. Tofane  also went on to win the following year’s Group 1 All Aged Stakes in Sydney.

The 2020 Begonia Belle Stakes was held on Saturday October 31, 2020 as the Furphy Sprint and won by the Chris Waller-trained Fiesta. 

Begonia Belle Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: Mares – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $200,000

2020 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Fiesta
  • 2nd: #13 Too Good Too Hard
  • 3rd: #14 Zaniah
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 FIESTA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 11 57kg $5.50
2 13 TOO GOOD TOO HARD Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 1.25L 4 55kg $31
3 14 ZANIAH Kris Lees James McDonald 2.25L 10 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $21
4 12 BLESS HER Shea Eden Jye McNeil 3L 2 55kg $15
5 4 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3.2L 9 57kg $5
6 6 SISSTAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Michael Poy (a) 3.7L 8 57kg $31
7 3 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 3.8L 7 57kg $4.20F
8 7 WAYUPINTHESKY Peter & Paul Snowden Luke Currie 4L 5 56kg $71
9 8 FITUESE John Thompson Craig Williams 4.2L 1 56kg $4.40
10 9 MISS IANO Mark C Webb Brian Park 5.7L 12 55kg $201
11 10 FROM WITHIN Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 7.2L 3 55kg $31
12 5 HOW WOMANTIC Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 9.45L 6 57kg $21
SB 11 PROPHET’S THUMB Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 0 55kg
1 EXHILARATES James Cummings Damien Oliver 0
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Begonia Belle Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Begonia Belle Stakes 2020 betting odds will be listed below on the hopeful sprinting mares below with links for you to back your Begonia Belle Stakes Tips at the right price this Victoria Derby Day.

2020 Begonia Belle Stakes Field

The Begonia Belle Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of short-distance mares coming out of lead-up runs in events like Caulfield’s Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) or the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) held on Caulfield Cup Day.

The best mares out of the Begonia Belle Stakes field may return to the Flemington track a week later and line-up in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m), or return in the autumn for the sprints like the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) that the 2016 Begonia Belle Stakes winner Sheidel won the following year.

The official 2020 Begonia Belle Stakes Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday leading-up to Derby Day and will be published in full below.

A class line-up of 14 mares close the VRC Derby Day card in the 2020 Furphy Sprint field (Begonia Belle Stakes) including the Chris Waller-trained Northwood Plume winner last start Fiesta and Group 2 Schillaci Stakes runner-up Diamond Effort.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x52x320x6 EXHILARATES James Cummings Damien Oliver 5 57kg 96
2 80x2092x31 FIESTA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 13 57kg 102
3 0x1111x152 DIAMOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 8 57kg 104
4 113x310x21 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 11 57kg 98
5 11118×12 HOW WOMANTIC Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7 57kg 89
6 x111x095x3 SISSTAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Michael Poy (a) 9 57kg 81
7 355x226x76 WAYUPINTHESKY Peter & Paul Snowden Luke Currie 6 56kg 81
8 117x112x12 FITUESE John Thompson Craig Williams 1 56kg 94
9 56404728×7 MISS IANO Mark C Webb Brian Park 14 55kg 83
10 100x053x15 FROM WITHIN Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 3 55kg 99
11 130x825x33 PROPHET’S THUMB Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 10 55kg 91
12 42x111112x BLESS HER Shea Eden Jye McNeil 2 55kg 90
13 15x2158x72 TOO GOOD TOO HARD Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 4 55kg 80
14 x133x28720 ZANIAH Kris Lees James McDonald 12 55kg 83
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Begonia Belle Stakes History

The Begonia Belle Stakes was previously known as the GH Mumm Stakes, but was renamed prior to the 2014 edition. For two years until 2011, it was known as the Crown Promenade Stakes. The Begonia Belle Stakes did not exist under any name prior to 2009.

Once a listed race, the Begonia Belle Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status prior to running in 2013.

Although it hasn’t been running for a particularly long time, the Begonia Belle Stakes has rapidly amassed a decent following due to top quality racing. It has developed a reputation for producing winners, rather than being contested by them. However, the improved status and prize money will no doubt continue to draw in top flight horses.

Notable Begonia Belle Stakes winners include Ortensia (2011), Vain Queen (2014) and subsequent Group 1 winner Sheidel (2016). Begonia Belle Stakes results and winning times for the race now run as the Furphy Sprint going back to 2009 are listed below.

Begonia Belle Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Fiesta 1 minute 3.71 seconds
2nd Too Good Too Hard
3rd Zaniah
2019
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Tofane 1 minute 4.21 seconds
2nd Pippie
3rd Miss Iano
2018
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Divine Quality 1 minute 2.82 seconds
2nd Booker
3rd I Am Excited
2017
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Lyuba 1 minute 3.29 seconds
2nd Savanna Amour
3rd Concealer
2016
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Sheidel 1 minute 2.98
2nd Wild Rain
3rd Private Secretary
2015
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Pittsburgh Flyer 1 minute 4.4 seconds
2nd Dublin Lass
3rd Brook Road
2014
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Vain Queen 1 minute 2.7 seconds
2nd Bounding
3rd Lilliburlero
2013
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Dystopia 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Shamal Wind
3rd She Can Skate
2012
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Honey Flower 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Dystopia
3rd Anise
2011
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Ortensia 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Balmont Miss
3rd Octopussy
2010
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Status Symbol 1 minute 4.9 seconds
2nd Jerezana
3rd Zingaling
2009
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Very Discreet 1 minute 3.6 seconds
2nd Seeking Attention
3rd Serenissima

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