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 $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January.

2021 B.J. McLachlan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Coolangatta
  • 2nd: #5 Thelwell
  • 3rd: #6 Swiss Exile



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 $250,000 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 $250,000 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 $2 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.

In 2020 BJ McLachlan Stakes winner Alpine Edge went on to run second in the 2021 $2 million 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 2021 BJ McLachlan Stakes ran on Sunday December 26, 2021 as part of Brisbane’s Boxing Day races at Doomben Racecourse and was won by the odds-on favourite Coolangatta ($1.30F). 

BJ McLachlan Stakes 2021
Date: Sunday December 26, 2021
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben in 2021)
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2021 BJ McLachlan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Coolangatta ($1.30F)
  • 2nd: #5 Thelwell
  • 3rd: #6 Swiss Exile
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 COOLANGATTA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 5 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $1.30F
2 5 THELWELL Sharryn Livingstone Justin Stanley 2.25L 3 57kg $101
3 6 SWISS EXILE Annabel Neasham Ryan Maloney 2.65L 8 57kg $7.50
4 10 BRIGHT BLUE SKY Jamie Richards Jim Byrne 4.9L 6 55kg $10
5 8 ALLUDE Chris Munce Mark Du Plessis 5.1L 2 57kg $101
6 1 PALAZZO SPIRIT Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Baylee Nothdurft 8.35L 4 57kg $11
7 11 HATTUSA Helen Page Ms Stephanie Thornton 10.35L 7 55kg $151
8 7 PROUD OF YOU Allan Chau Luke Dittman 11.1L 1 57kg $101
9 4 EXTREMAARTY Kacy Fogden Boris Thornton 21.1L 9 57kg $41
12 WILD BOTANICA Kacy Fogden Larry Cassidy 0
3 HARD TO SAY Jason Deamer 0
2 HEROIC SON Peter & Will Hulbert Adin Thompson (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 BJ McLachlan Stakes Betting Odds

The latest BJ McLachlan Stakes odds 2021 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) was the last BJ McLachlan Stakes favourite to salute for the punters.

2021 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 2021 BJ McLachlan Stakes field will be provided below the week of the race once announced by Racing Queensland.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1×1 PALAZZO SPIRIT Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Baylee Nothdurft 5 57kg
2 123 HEROIC SON Peter & Will Hulbert Adin Thompson (a) 11 57kg
3 462 HARD TO SAY Jason Deamer 9 57kg
4 21 EXTREMAARTY Kacy Fogden Boris Thornton 12 57kg
5 3×4 THELWELL Sharryn Livingstone Justin Stanley 3 57kg
6 3 SWISS EXILE Annabel Neasham Ryan Maloney 10 57kg
7 7 PROUD OF YOU Allan Chau Luke Dittman (late alt) 1 57kg
8 ALLUDE Chris Munce Mark Du Plessis 2 57kg
9 1x COOLANGATTA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 6 55kg 55.5kg
10 1 BRIGHT BLUE SKY Jamie Richards Tommy Berry 7 55kg
11 35 HATTUSA Helen Page Ms Stephanie Thornton 8 55kg
12 7x WILD BOTANICA Kacy Fogden Larry Cassidy 4 55kg

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) and King’s Legacy (2019). BJ McLachlan Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

BJ McLachlan Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
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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