BJ McLachlan Stakes

The BJ McLachlan Stakes is a Group 3 race held towards the end of December in Brisbane as a lead-up to the $3 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January.

2023 B.J. McLachlan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Storm Boy
  • 2nd: #7 Poster Girl
  • 3rd: #4 Customised



The BJ McLachlan Stakes is a Group 3 sprint run in Brisbane either at Eagle Farm or Doomben Racecourse over the summer in late December.

Held under set weights conditions, the BJ McLachlan Stakes is restricted to two year old runners. Horses race over 1200m seeking a share of $300,000 prize money making it one of the most lucrative Brisbane Summer Racing features.

The BJ McLachlan Stakes previously shared the program with the recently rescheduled Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes before that event moved forward a week in 2021.

The Listed Phelan Ready Stakes and Calaway Gal Stakes serve as a nice lead-up into the BJ McLachlan Stakes field. Ours To Keep (2016) followed by Alpine Edge (2020) are the latest youngsters to complete the Phelan Ready – BJ McLachlan Stakes double.

Many of the young horses use the BJ McLachlan Stakes as preparation for the Magic Millions Carnival in January at the Gold Coast Racecourse about a week later where they run in the lucrative $3 million Restricted Listed Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m). Coolangatta (2021) was the last BJ McLachlan Stakes winner to back-up and win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (2022) next start.

The 2021 BJ McLachlan Stakes winning filly Coolangatta further franked the form with a third in the 2022 Golden Slipper Stakes results and Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) win at The Valley in the spring of 2022.

In 2020 BJ McLachlan Stakes winner Alpine Edge went on to run second in the 2021 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

The race has been won by many nice horses during their two-year-old seasons including in 2019 by King’s Legacy who went on to win the 2020 Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes – Champagne Stakes double in Sydney.

The 2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes ran on Sunday December 23, 2023 as part of Brisbane’s summer racing program in Queensland and was won in style by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite Storm Boy ($1.45F).

BJ McLachlan Stakes 2023
Date: Sunday December 23, 2023
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Storm Boy ($1.45F)
  • 2nd: #7 Poster Girl
  • 3rd: #4 Customised

The promising Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Justify colt Storm Boy ($1.45F) made it a perfect two-from-two start to his career with an easy 2.4 length romp home as the odds-on favourite in Brisbane’s 2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes results ahead of his $3 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic bid at the Gold Coast on January 13.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 STORM BOY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4 57kg $1.45F
2 7 POSTER GIRL Chris Munce Robbie Dolan 2.4L 3 55kg $8.50
3 4 CUSTOMIZED Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 2.94L 6 57kg $9
4 2 ASTAPOR Clinton Taylor Justin Stanley 5.62L 1 57kg $5.50
5 6 MISHANI ALOHA Les Ross Ben Thompson 12.31L 5 55kg $26
6 3 MOET AT MIDNIGHT Barry Lockwood Jaden Lloyd 18.37L 2 57kg $41
5 PISCES James Cummings James Orman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes Betting Odds

The latest BJ McLachlan Stakes odds 2023 will be published below with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your BJ McLachlan Stakes betting tips on the two-years-old summer showdown at the right price.

Coolangatta ($1.30 in 2021) and Storm Boy ($1.45 in 2023) are the latest BJ McLachlan Stakes favourites to salute for the punters.

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2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes Form Guide

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2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider BJ McLachlan Stakes 2023 Tips on the Brisbane summer showdown for young horses this December.

  • To Win: #6 Mishani Aloha ($18 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going for an upset in the BJ McLachlan and have the local Brisbane-trained filly from the Hendra stables of Les Ross on top. She is close to $20 at time of publish in a field with a Sydney raider at an odds-on quote, but think she is overs. Two-from-two at the distance she comes off back-to-back Doomben victories so is chasing a third win on the trot. Won her latest on December 2 on Heavy going by a good margin with 58kg. Back in weight for her Eagle Farm and Group 3 debut here and can surprise at a price.

2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes Field

The BJ McLachlan Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of promising young two-year-old summer sprinters and has a capacity of 16 starters.

The juveniles in the BJ McLachlan Stakes field often come off a lead-up run at the Brisbane tracks earlier in the summer including the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1100m) for the fillies and the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1100m) for the colts & geldings.

The BJ McLachlan Stakes entries draw horses largely from Queensland stables, but some more talented types from interstate might make the journey. Quite a few horses enter the BJ McLachlan Stakes field in an endeavour to get a last black-type start prior to heading to the paddock or lining up for the Magic Millions.

The 2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes field will be provided below the week of the race once announced by Racing Queensland.

The BJ McLachlan Stakes 2023 final field features a small but class line-up of promising youngsters led in betting by the odds-on favourite, Justify colt Storm Boy, from the Sydney stables of Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott who comes off a big win on debut at Rosehill with more weight.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1 STORM BOY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 5 57kg
2 11 ASTAPOR Clinton Taylor Justin Stanley 1 57kg
3 5×2 MOET AT MIDNIGHT Barry Lockwood 2 57kg
4 CUSTOMIZED Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 7 57kg
5 1 PISCES James Cummings James Orman 4 57kg
6 411 MISHANI ALOHA Les Ross Ben Thompson 6 55kg
7 12 POSTER GIRL Chris Munce Robbie Dolan 3 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 BJ McLachlan Stakes Nominations

Early BJ McLachlan Stakes nominations for 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be published below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Hcp Rating
1 AQUAHOLIC C 2 Stuart Kendrick
2 11 ASTAPOR C 2 Clinton Taylor
3 3 BUTWEDID G 2 Glenn Thornton
4 CUSTOMIZED C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
5 DEFIANT BOOM C 2 Stuart Kendrick
6 411 MISHANI ALOHA F 2 Les Ross
7 5×2 MOET AT MIDNIGHT G 2 Barry Lockwood
8 12 POSTER GIRL F 2 Chris Munce
9 1 STORM BOY C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

BJ McLachlan Stakes History

The BJ McLachlan Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status in 2011. It was previously a listed event. Over the years, the BJ McLachlan Stakes has attracted some top horses and trainers, such as Gai Waterhouse and Driefontein.

Usually held at Doomben or Eagle Farm Racecourse, the 2014 BJ McLachlan Stakes was held at the Gold Coast Racecourse due to renovations at the Brisbane tracks.

Notable recent BJ McLachlan Stakes winners include Shovoff (2000), Snitzel (2004), Military Rose (2009), Driefontein (2011), King’s Legacy (2019), and star filly Coolangatta (2021).

BJ McLachlan Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

BJ McLachlan Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2023
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Storm Boy 1 minute 10.12 seconds
2nd Poster Girl
3rd Customised
2022
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st The Novelist 1 minute 9.47 seconds
2nd Excel D’or
3rd Godzilla
2021
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Coolangatta 1 minute 11.53 seconds
2nd Thelwell
3rd Swiss Exile
2020
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Alpine Edge 1 minute 11.31 seconds
2nd Baby Wong
3rd Subterranean
2019
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st King’s Legacy 1 minute 10.58 seconds
2nd Every Rose
3rd Euphoric Summer
2018
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Sun City 1 minute 9.96 seconds
2nd Rome
3rd Krameric
2017
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Meryl 1 minute 10.08 seconds
2nd Hopes Eternal
3rd Witherspoon
2016
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Ours To Keep 1 minute 10.82 seconds
2nd Goodfella
3rd Coorg
2015
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Zelady’s Night Out 1 minute 9.94 seconds
2nd Slumber Party
3rd Nikitas
2014
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Mishani Honcho 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Wicked Intent
3rd Star Of Night
2013
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Unencumbered 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Stroak
3rd Sagatona
2012
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Missy Longstocking 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Sweet Idea
3rd Architect
2011
BJ McLachlan Plate
1st Driefontein 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Sizzling
3rd Snipzu
2010
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Military Grace 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd Wonderful You
3rd Merryanna
2009
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Military Rose 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Marking Time
3rd Startsmeup
2008 (December)
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Paprika 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Carlton Forward
3rd Moonlight Hussey
2008 (March)
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st She’s Meaner 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Astatus
3rd Privileged Class
2006
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Miss Watagan 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Sashenka
3rd Rock Idol
2005
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Master Archie 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Cole Trickle
3rd Mel
2004
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Snitzel 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Street Smart
3rd Blizzardly
2003
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Oratorio 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Star Shiraz
3rd Fine Silver
2002
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st How Funny 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Dorky
3rd Sir Success
2001
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Sunday Joy 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Sir Breakfast
3rd Obsession
2000
BJ McLachlan Stakes
1st Shovoff 1 minute 13.8 seconds
2nd Strategic Image
3rd Tellson

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