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.

2021 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Minhaaj
  • 2nd: #9 Ballistic Lover
  • 3rd: #10 Mileva



The 2021 Begonia Belle Stakes – known as the Furphy Sprint in 2021 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 2021 Begonia Belle Stakes was held on Saturday October 30, 2021 as the Furphy Sprint and won by the favourite Minhaaj ($3.70). 

Begonia Belle Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: Mares – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $200,000

2021 Begonia Belle Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Minhaaj ($3.70F)
  • 2nd: #9 Ballistic Lover
  • 3rd: #10 Mileva
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 MINHAAJ John O’Shea James McDonald 2 57kg $3.70F
2 9 BALLISTIC LOVER Joseph Pride Blaike McDougall 1.25L 5 56kg $7.50
3 10 MILEVA Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 2L 14 56kg $12
4 19 JUAN DIVA Richard & Michael Freedman Brett Prebble 2.4L 10 55kg $18
5 2 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Ms Rachel King 2.7L 1 57kg $21
6 1 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Luke Nolen 3.7L 4 59kg $6
7 6 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 3.9L 8 57kg $14
8 3 TAILLEUR James Cummings Damien Oliver 4L 7 57kg $19
9 4 DIRTY THOUGHTS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 4.2L 3 57kg $21
10 16 NEVER TALK Kris Lees Craig Williams 4.3L 11 55kg $20
11 11 RAINBIEL Anthony Chibnall Ms Linda Meech 5.3L 12 56kg $13
12 17 EMANATE James Cummings Fred Kersley 7.8L 13 55kg $41
13 14 BLESS HER Clayton Douglas John Allen 7.9L 9 55kg $19
14 8 ADELONG Brad Widdup Glen Boss 10.4L 6 56kg $31
18 AQUAGIRL Phillip Stokes Dean Holland 0
12 RUBISAKI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 0
7 WRITTEN BEAUTY Chris Waller Luke Currie 0
15 KALKARNI ROYALE Kevin Corstens Damien Thornton 0
13 BLAZING MISS Mark Newnham Jordan Childs 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Begonia Belle Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Begonia Belle Stakes 2021 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.

Minhaaj ($3.70 in 2021) was the last favourite in Begonia Belle Stakes betting to win.

2021 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 2021 Begonia Belle Stakes Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday leading-up to Derby Day and will be published in full below.

Scratched:

  • #7 Written Beauty (8)
  • #12 Rubisaki (2)
  • #13 Blazing Miss (5)
  • #15 Kalkarni Royale (3)
  • #18 Aquagirl (12)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x2048x376 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Luke Nolen 7 59kg 109
2 112x358x80 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Ms Rachel King 1 57kg 102
3 1x2118x364 TAILLEUR James Cummings Damien Oliver 11 57kg 101
4 133×383311 DIRTY THOUGHTS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 6 57kg 96
5 x339x164x1 MINHAAJ John O’Shea James McDonald 4 57kg 98
6 32x1421x37 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Jye McNeil 13 57kg 98
7 111x169x55 WRITTEN BEAUTY Chris Waller Luke Currie 8 57kg 93
8 x93311x568 ADELONG Brad Widdup Glen Boss 10 56kg 100
9 610x116x14 BALLISTIC LOVER Joseph Pride Blaike McDougall 9 56kg 97
10 813x2159x1 MILEVA Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 19 56kg 95
11 x22726x131 RAINBIEL Anthony Chibnall Ms Linda Meech 17 56kg 87
12 0x735220x7 RUBISAKI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 2 55kg 96
13 326x03035x BLAZING MISS Mark Newnham Jordan Childs 5 55kg 91
14 12x4x30x22 BLESS HER Clayton Douglas John Allen 14 55kg 91
15 2×52161647 KALKARNI ROYALE Kevin Corstens Damien Thornton 3 55kg 84
16 715244×093 NEVER TALK Kris Lees Craig Williams 16 55kg 87
17 1x3130x644 EMANATE James Cummings Fred Kersley 18 55kg 89
18 6214010×38 AQUAGIRL Phillip Stokes Dean Holland 12 55kg 77
19 6250x20x21 JUAN DIVA Richard & Michael Freedman Brett Prebble 15 55kg 75

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
2021
Begonia Belle Stakes
1st Minhaaj 1 minute 02.81 seconds
2nd Ballistic Lover
3rd Mileva
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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