Chairman’s Stakes

The Chairman's Stakes is Group 3 race for two-year-olds run in the summer as a lead-up to the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

2024 Chairman's Stakes

  • 1st: #1 Coleman
  • 2nd: #2 Eneeza
  • 3rd: #4 Counteroffensive



The Chairman’s Stakes is a Group 3 race currently contested at Caulfield Racecourse in late January or early February during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The other key support act on the card is the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1300m) for mares.

Run over a short sprint distance of 1000m the Chairman’s Stakes is open only to two-year-olds and is contested under set weights plus penalties conditions. The event offers $200,000 in total prize money.

Youngsters may be kicking off their careers or autumn campaigns in the Chairman’s Stakes in Melbourne and the race serves as a good lead-up to the Group 1 $2 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Extreme Choice (2016) was the last horse to complete the Chairman’s Stakes – Blue Diamond Stakes double, while the 2017 Chairman’s Stakes winning filly Formality went on to run third in the Blue Diamond Stakes trifecta behind stablemate Catchy that year.

The 2022 Chairman’s Stakes form was franked with the winner Sebonack going on to run fourth in that year’s Blue Diamond Stakes results.

The Chairman’s Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday February 3, 2024 at Caulfield Racecourse as one of the first Group status races of the autumn carnival and was won in style by the favourite Coleman ($2.10F). 

2024 Chairman’s Stakes
Date: Saturday February 3, 2024
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: 2YO – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2024 Chairman’s Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Coleman ($2.10F)
  • 2nd: #2 Eneeza
  • 3rd: #4 Counteroffensive

Matt Laurie’s Debutant Stakes winning Pierata colt Coleman ($2.10F) was far too good again letting down over the final 100m to dominate the 2024 Chairman’s Stakes results with a 2.75 length romp home at Caulfield.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 COLEMAN Matt Laurie Ben Melham 2 59kg $2.10F
2 2 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 2.75L 4 57kg $2.40
3 4 COUNTEROFFENSIVE Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 3.75L 5 57kg $8.50
4 5 EVAPORATE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 3.95L 1 57kg $31
5 3 SCAMPI Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 4.7L 3 57kg $9
7 TIPPYTAY Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans Craig Williams 0
6 EXPRESS YO’SELF Amy & Ash Yargi Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Chairman’s Stakes Betting Odds

The best Chairman’s Stakes 2024 odds will be available below with autumn betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as prices are open on the hopeful young two-year-olds.

Ten of the past 15 Chairman’s Stakes favourites saluted for the punters with Coleman ($2.10 in 2024), Enthaar ($1.24 in 2021), Loving Gaby ($3.50 in 2019), Formality ($2.45 in 2017), Extreme Choice ($1.40 in 2016), Nayeli ($3 in 2014), Metastasio ($1.45 in 2013), Atomic ($2.80 in 2011), and Crystal Lily ($2.20 in 2010).

In 2020 Mildred scored an upset at double-figure odds with the favourite Aryaaf running second.

In 2023 the favourite ran second again with Veecee beaten home by Zulfiqar ($7.50).

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 CHAIRMAN’S STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Chairman’s Stakes Form Guide

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2024 Chairman’s Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Chairman’s Stakes 2024 Tips on the Melbourne showdown this season.

  • To Win: #2 Eneeza ($2.45 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Tough call in this tightly contested Chairman’s Stakes field, but we’re staying loyal to the early favourite from the Moody/Coleman stable. This promising Exceed And Excel filly comes into her third career start in fine form, having already faced the boys last prep and won. Unlike most of the field, she boasts a previous victory at this very Caulfield track and distance in the Merson Cooper Stakes. While fresh from a break, her debut second-place finish in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes at Flemington shows her class. Expect her to be in the thick of the action and a strong contender for another victory.

2024 Chairman’s Stakes Field

The Chairman’s Stakes field attracts a line-up of promising two-year-old sprinters each autumn, many heading towards a run in the season’s Blue Diamond Stakes field.

The official 2024 Chairman’s Stakes field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Chairman’s Stakes 2024 final field features a smart line-up of promising two-year-olds including Merson Cooper Stakes winning filly Eneeza and the Matt Laurie-trained Debutant Stakes winning colt Coleman.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x COLEMAN Matt Laurie Ben Melham 2 59kg 72
2 21x ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 6 57kg 72
3 05x SCAMPI Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 5 57kg 64
4 3x COUNTEROFFENSIVE Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 7 57kg 61
5 EVAPORATE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 1 57kg
6 32 EXPRESS YO’SELF Amy & Ash Yargi Jye McNeil 3 55kg 65
7 TIPPYTAY Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans Craig Williams 4 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Chairman’s Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Chairman’s Stakes in 2024 close the Monday of race week and will be made available below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 21x ENEEZA F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 1 57kg 72
2 1x COLEMAN C 2 Matt Laurie 2 59kg 72
3 2 FROEBEL STAR F 2 Ciaron Maher 3 55kg 65
4 32 EXPRESS YO’SELF F 2 Amy & Ash Yargi 4 55kg 65
5 05x SCAMPI C 2 Ciaron Maher 5 57kg 64
6 3x COUNTEROFFENSIVE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 57kg 61
7 6x PIERIS C 2 Robbie Laing 7 57kg 60
8 BOLLON (NZ) C 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8= 57kg
9 0x BRUTAL FORCE G 2 Monica Croston & Gerrad Gilmour 8= 57kg
10 EVAPORATE (NZ) C 2 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 8= 57kg
11 RUBIQUITY C 2 Symon Wilde 8= 57kg
12 TREASUREFLIGHT G 2 Matt Cumani 8= 57kg
13 WARPARTY C 2 Shane Nichols 8= 57kg
14 LOAFER F 2 Archie Alexander 8= 55kg
15 SHAROHA F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8= 55kg
16 SHE SMASHES F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8= 55kg
17 TIPPYTAY F 2 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans 8= 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Chairman’s Stakes History

The MRC Chairman’s Stakes was first run as the VATC Bounding Away Quality back in 1990 when Wrap Around became the inaugural winner. That race name stayed until 1998 and since then the race has undergone a host of different titles.

It has been known as the Veuve Clicquot Stakes (1999 – 2003), Jansz Stakes (2004), Pol Rogers Stakes (2005 – 2007 & 2009), National Jockey Celebration Classic (2008) and the Emirate Airline Stakes (2012).

It was first run as the Chairman’s Stakes in 2010 – 2011 and again from 2013 to the present. It began as a Listed race and in 2014 gained its current Group 3 status. The race distance has also changed a number of times with the event always run between 1000 – 1200m depending on the racecourse. The Chairman’s Stakes has taken place at Sandown Racecourse and Caulfield Racecourse.

Plenty of talented horses have won the event including Redoute’s Choice (1999), Crystal Lily (2010), and Extreme Choice (2016).

Ten of the past 12 Chairman’s Stakes winners were fillies with: Enthaar (2021), Mildred (2020), Loving Gaby (2019), Ennis Hill (2018), Formality (2017), Thurlow (2015), Nayeli (2014), Metastasio (2013), Mama’s Choice (2012), and Crystal Lily (2010).

See below for a full list of Chairman’s Stakes winners and results going back to the year 2000.

Recent Chairman’s Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Coleman 56.71 seconds
2nd Eneeza
3rd Counteroffensive
2023
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Zulfiqar 59.33 seconds
2nd Veecee
3rd Tacito
2022
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Sebonack 57.44 seconds
2nd Nanagui
3rd Kiko
2021
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Enthaar 57.28 seconds
2nd Ingratiating
3rd Fortunate Kiss
2020
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Mildred 59.79 seconds
2nd Aryaaf
3rd Frederick The Dane
2019
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Loving Gaby 57.69 seconds
2nd Bella Rosa
3rd Lanigera
2018
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Ennis Hill 57.02 seconds
2nd Encryption
3rd Prairie Fire
2017
Chairman’s Stakes
1st Formality 58.10 seconds
2nd Time Awaits
3rd Spoils
2016
MRC Chairman’s Stakes
1st Extreme Choice 57.0 seconds
2nd Highland Beat
3rd Gratwick
2015
MRC Chairman’s Stakes
1st Thurlow 56.4 seconds
2nd Haybah
3rd Brooklyn
2014
MRC Chairman’s Stakes
1st Nayeli 1 minute 3.8 seconds
2nd Bugatty
3rd Cautious
2013
MRC Chairman’s Stakes
1st Metastasio 1 minute 4.3 seconds
2nd Kona Breeze
3rd Shamus Award
2012
Emirate Airline Stakes
1st Mama’s Choice 1 minute 4.7 seconds
2nd Formidable
3rd Kimando
2011
MRC Chairman’s Stakes
1st Atomic 56.7 seconds
2nd Vatican
3rd Hollyweird
2010
MRC Chairman’s Stakes
1st Crystal Lily 1 minute 2.6 seconds
2nd Bedhrah
3rd Rock Of Fortune
2009
Pol Rogers Stakes
1st Headway 1 minute 4.1 seconds
2nd Silkyanna
3rd Samski
2008
National Jockey Celebration Classic
1st Whisper Bay 57.6 seconds
2nd Grand Jardin
3rd Elusive Wonder
2007
Pol Rogers Stakes
1st Gibraltar Campion 1 minute 11.3 seconds
2nd Patasi
3rd Simplest
2006
Pol Rogers Stakes
1st Ulfah 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Ready
3rd Bramble Blitz
2005
Pol Rogers Stakes
1st Under The Floor 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Danger Looms
3rd Ready To Mombo
2004
Jansz Stakes
1st Tirade 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Stringent
3rd Eire Hostess
2003
Veuve Clicquot Stakes
1st Vengeance Of Rain 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Winestock
3rd Fresh Boy
2002
Veuve Clicquot Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 4.3 seconds
2nd Innovation Girl
3rd Oronoko
2001
Veuve Clicquot Stakes
1st Spitz 1 minute 4.3 seconds
2nd Mustaagel
3rd Ebony Night
2000
Veuve Clicquot Stakes
1st Road To Success 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Keeper
3rd Mannington

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