Birthday Card Stakes

The Birthday Card Stakes is a Group 3 sprint race held at Rosehill Gardens over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival in March on Golden Slipper Day.

2024 Birthday Card Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Chain Of Lightning
  • 2nd: #11 Tashi
  • 3rd: #6 Wee Nessy



The Birthday Card Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Rosehill Racecourse each March on Golden Slipper Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The meeting is headlined by five Group 1 races including the $4.92 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) for two-year-olds and is also supported by a number of Group 3 events including the Birthday Card Stakes.

Run over 1200m by a field of fillies and mares under quality handicap conditions, it offers $250,000 in total prize money as of 2024 and is often contested by graduates from the previous month’s Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

The Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) run in early March is another good lead-up into the Birthday Card Stakes. Sultry Feeling (2016) was the last to do the Triscay Stakes – Birthday Card Stakes double, while Arinosa (2013) was the last Birthday Card Stakes winner to come off a lead-up win in the Wenona Girl Handicap.

The best out of the Birthday Card Stakes field may back-up during April’s ‘The Championships’ in a race like the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) or for the three-year-old fillies the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at the same meeting is a lucrative option.

In 2018 Quilista completed the Birthday Card – Sapphire Stakes double. The following year, Group 1 winning Kiwi-trained filly Avantage backed up from her Birthday Card Stakes win to finish third behind Classique Legend in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint results.

The 2022 Birthday Card Stakes form was franked with the third placed Steinem going on to run top three in a host of other Group status events that year including a third Perth’s Group 1 Northerly Stakes (1800m) that summer. She also returned in 2023 to win the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) first-up in Melbourne.

In 2023 the Birthday Card Stakes winner Zapateo went on to win the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at her next start before back-to-back Group 1 third placings in Adelaide’s Robert Sangster Stakes and The Goodwood.

Zapateo would go on to further frank the Birthday Card Stakes form 12 months later returning on Golden Slipper Day to take out the Group 1 The Galaxy in 2024.

The 2024 Birthday Card Stakes was marred by a nasty fall that resulted in the tragic loss of Tintookie and the hospitalisation of Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

The Birthday Card Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday March 23, 2024 as part of Golden Slipper Stakes Day in Sydney as a potential lead-up to the Group 1 races in Adelaide later in the autumn and was won in an upset by the Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained Chain Of Lightning ($16). 

2024 Birthday Card Stakes
Date: Saturday March 23, 2024
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Fillies & Mares | Qlty Hcp.
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2024 Birthday Card Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Chain Of Lightning ($16)
  • 2nd: #11 Tashi
  • 3rd: #6 Wee Nessy
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Blake Shinn 12 58.5kg $16
2 11 TASHI Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 0.75L 4 53kg $6.50
3 6 WEE NESSY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Tommy Berry 1.64L 7 54kg $15
4 3 OLENTIA Chris Waller James McDonald 2.18L 6 55.5kg $2.80F
5 17 OVERRIDING Nathan Doyle Dylan Gibbons (a) 3.4L 14 53kg $81
6 13 SHORT SHORTS (NZ) Brad Widdup Ms Alysha Collett 3.57L 11 53kg $26
7 15 XTRAVAGANT STAR Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 3.76L 3 53kg $7
8 8 RAINBIEL Joseph Pride Jason Collett 4.66L 13 54kg $16
9 4 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Tim Clark 4.94L 10 55kg $12
10 14 EAGLE NEST Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Zac Lloyd (a) 5.33L 2 53kg $18
11 7 SOUNDS OF HEAVEN (GB) Joseph Pride Craig Williams 5.66L 5 54kg $31
12 2 HOW’S THE SERENITY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 7.82L 9 56kg $101
13 16 OUR BELLAGIO MISS Robert & Luke Price Reece Jones 8.04L 1 53kg $101
14 10 DIAMOND DEALER Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 8.39L 8 53kg $51
FF 5 TINTOOKIE Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 15 54kg $12
9 CALL DI Joseph Pride Craig Williams 0
12 MISS HELLFIRE Peter & Paul Snowden Tyler Schiller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Birthday Card Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Birthday Card Stakes 2024 odds are provided below sees the betting market link to Ladbrokes.com.au on the hopeful fillies & mares in the mix.

There was a notable upset in 2024 with Chain Of Lightning winning at Birthday Card Stakes odds of $16.

Zapateo ($4 in 2023) was the last favourite in Birthday Card Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 BIRTHDAY CARD STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Birthday Card Stakes Form

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2024 Birthday Card Stakes Field

The Birthday Card Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of fillies and mares coming to the end of their autumn campaigns and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before Golden Slipper Day.

The official 2024 Birthday Card Stakes field & barrier draw will be published below when released the Wednesday of race week.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 9464x370x0 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Blake Shinn 12 58.5kg 102
2 118x2x86x7 HOW’S THE SERENITY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 9 56kg 97
3 11x15800x2 OLENTIA Chris Waller James McDonald 6 55.5kg 96
4 2x43957x32 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Tim Clark 10 55kg 95
5 6514×12251 TINTOOKIE Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 17 54kg 93
6 x82224x0x3 WEE NESSY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Tommy Berry 7 54kg 90
7 41x136x5x SOUNDS OF HEAVEN (GB) Joseph Pride Ryan Maloney 5 54kg 89
8 5x8264x634 RAINBIEL Joseph Pride Jason Collett 15 54kg 83
9 49x22532x0 CALL DI Joseph Pride Craig Williams 14 53kg 88
10 31440×1568 DIAMOND DEALER Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 8 53kg 87
11 823412×121 TASHI Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 4 53kg 86
12 7122×33126 MISS HELLFIRE Peter & Paul Snowden Tyler Schiller 13 53kg 85
13 523x97x4x1 SHORT SHORTS (NZ) Brad Widdup Ms Alysha Collett 11 53kg 85
14 526x1114x9 EAGLE NEST Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Zac Lloyd (a) 2 53kg 84
15 70x00x21x2 XTRAVAGANT STAR Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 3 53kg 79
16 565953×583 OUR BELLAGIO MISS Robert & Luke Price Reece Jones 1 53kg 78
17 7x1113x34x OVERRIDING Nathan Doyle Dylan Gibbons (a) 16 53kg 76

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Birthday Card Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Birthday Card Stakes in 2024 close the Monday of race week and will be available here once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 345321366x ANAGAIN M 5 Joseph Pride 72
2 7x1122x43 BALLROOM BELLA F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 78
3 49x22532x0 CALL DI M 4 Joseph Pride 88
4 2x43957x32 C’EST MAGIQUE M 4 Grahame Begg 95
5 9464x370x0 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
6 31440×1568 DIAMOND DEALER M 5 Bjorn Baker 87
7 526x1114x9 EAGLE NEST M 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 84
8 118x2x86x7 HOW’S THE SERENITY M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 98
9 11×10147 MATERIAL DREAMS F 3 Nick Ryan 77
10 17203×73 MISS COUVER M 4 Anthony Cummings 62
11 7122×33126 MISS HELLFIRE M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 85
12 153x2116x2 NUNTHORPE M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
13 11x15800x2 OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller 96
14 565953×583 OUR BELLAGIO MISS M 7 Robert & Luke Price 78
15 7x1113x34x OVERRIDING M 4 Nathan Doyle 76
16 5x8264x634 RAINBIEL M 6 Joseph Pride 83
17 0x52x5010x ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller
18 0412x7113x SHE DANCES M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
19 523x97x4x1 SHORT SHORTS (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 85
20 1353218×01 SNAPPED M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
21 41x136x5x SOUNDS OF HEAVEN (GB) M 4 Joseph Pride 89
22 x661x0600x SUNBORN M 6 Edward Cummings 72
23 823412×121 TASHI M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 86
24 6514×12251 TINTOOKIE M 4 Brad Widdup 93
25 x82224x0x3 WEE NESSY M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 90
26 70x00x21x2 XTRAVAGANT STAR M 4 Ciaron Maher 79

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Birthday Card Stakes History

The Birthday Card Stakes has been run and won since 1986 and the inaugural winner was Kisim Hiat.

Since then some nice types have won the event including Toorak (1999), Spinning Hill (2001), Avoid Lightning (2014), Sultry Feeling (2016), multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi visitor Avantage (2019), and the following year’s The Galaxy winning mare Zapateo (2023).

The race started out as a Listed event before gaining its Group 3 status from 2006 onwards. It ran at Canterbury from 1986-1996 and again from 2000-2002 and has gone via a number of different race names including the Clyde Kennedy Quality (1992), and the Allied Express Stakes (2006).

In 2021 the original Golden Slipper Stakes race day including the Birthday Card Stakes was abandoned due to heavy rainfall and unsafe track conditions and postponed to the following Saturday.

Recent Birthday Card Stakes Winners

See below for a complete listing of the Birthday Card Stakes results & winners going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Chain Of Lightning 1 minute 09.83 seconds
2nd Tashi
3rd Wee Nessy
2023
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Zapateo 1 minute 09.54 seconds
2nd Jal Lei
3rd Hypothetical
2022
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Emanate 1 minute 12.99 seconds
2nd Marboosha
3rd Steinem
2021
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Seasons 1 minute 10.63 seconds
2nd Tricky Gal
3rd Wandabaa
2020
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Miss Exfactor 1 minute 10.11 seconds
2nd Connemara
3rd Bangkok
2019
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Avantage 1 minute 13.50 seconds
2nd Resin
3rd Star Reflection
2018
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Quilista 1 minute 12.24 seconds
2nd Sugar Bella
3rd Hetty Heights
2017
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Raiment 1 minute 14.12 seconds
2nd Samantha
3rd Nancy
2016
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Sultry Feeling 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Lucky Can Be
3rd Perignon
2015
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Shamalia 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Mossfun
3rd Ygritte
2014
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Avoid Lightning 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Plucky Belle
3rd Aerobatics
2013
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Arinosa 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Shamal Wind
3rd Miss Stellabelle
2012
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Celts 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Next The Universe
3rd Divorces
2011
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Zingaling 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Ladys Angel
3rd Flying Success
2010
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Patronyme 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Beaded
3rd Melito
2009
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Gamble Me 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Belong To Many
3rd Court
2008
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Throne Inn 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Karalee
3rd Allaboutus
2007
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Aunty Betty 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Absolutelyfabulous
3rd Martiniforus
2006
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Imana 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Freeroller
3rd Tactfully
2005
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Tui Song 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd World Peace
3rd Shannon Bank
2004
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Paraca 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Cataclysm
3rd Recurring
2003
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Toast Of The Coast 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Fatoon
3rd Blue Suttarb
2002
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Hot Riff 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Omens
3rd Palais
2001
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Call Me Lily
3rd Crestfallen
2000
Birthday Card Stakes
1st Verdict Declared 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Another Misty
3rd Flickering Fire

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