Chairman’s Stakes

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

2020 Chairman's Stakes

  • 1st: #2 Mildred
  • 2nd: #3 Aryaaf
  • 3rd: #6 Frederick The Dane



The 2020 Chairman’s Stakes is a Group 3 race contested at Caulfield Racecourse in early February during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The meeting features two Group status races with the Chairman’s Stakes accompanied on the card by the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds.

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 $160,000 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 $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m). Extreme Choice (2016) was the last horse to complete the MRC 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 Chairman’s Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday February 1, 2020 and was won by improving Hinchinbrook filly Mildred. 

2020 Chairman’s Stakes
Date: Saturday February 1, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: 2YO – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Chairman’s Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Mildred
  • 2nd: #3 Aryaaf
  • 3rd: #6 Frederick The Dane

The Chairman’s Stakes 2020 results saw Mildred continue the ace record of fillies in the race with an impressive one length win in the wet over the beaten favourite, fellow filly Aryaaf, ahead of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 22.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Chairman’s Stakes winner Mildred for 2018 Blue Diamond winning trainer Grahame Begg.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 MILDRED Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5 57kg $13
2 3 ARYAAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 1L 1 57kg $2.70F
3 6 FREDERICK THE DANE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 5.25L 6 57kg $20
4 7 SEA WITNESS Byron Cozamanis Jamie Kah 5.45L 3 57kg $31
5 1 IDEAS MAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5.85L 2 59kg $6.50
6 5 ROCK OF KRYPTONITE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 6.15L 7 57kg $3.70
7 4 CASTLECOMER Chris Waller Damian Lane 7.9L 4 57kg $7
8 11 EXPORTER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 17.9L 8 55kg $16
8 LETZBEGLAM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 0
10 DRONE STRIKE John McArdle Dwayne Dunn 0
9 CLEAN MACHINE Leon & Troy Corstens John Allen 0

2020 MRC Chairman’s Stakes Odds & Betting

The best MRC Chairman’s Stakes 2020 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.

Eight of the past 11 Chairman’s Stakes favourites saluted for the punters with 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), Crystal Lily ($2.20 in 2010). In 2020 Mildred scored an upset at double-figure odds with the favourite Aryaaf running second.

2020 MRC Chairman’s Stakes Field

The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) 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 2020 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 2020 final field features 11 potential Blue Diamond hopefuls led in betting by the Lindsay Park-trained Aryaaf (2), the Group 3 winning filly having her first start since a successful debut at Flemington last Melbourne Cup Day.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x IDEAS MAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 3 59kg 72
2 115x MILDRED Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 6 57kg 74
3 1x ARYAAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 2 57kg 74
4 8x CASTLECOMER Chris Waller Damian Lane 5 57kg 61
5 7x ROCK OF KRYPTONITE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 9 57kg 60
6 FREDERICK THE DANE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 8 57kg
7 SEA WITNESS Byron Cozamanis Jamie Kah 4 57kg
8 1 LETZBEGLAM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 7 55kg 63
9 CLEAN MACHINE Leon & Troy Corstens John Allen 1 55kg
10 0 DRONE STRIKE John McArdle Dwayne Dunn 11 55kg 61
11 EXPORTER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 10 55kg

MRC 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).

Nine of the past 11 Chairman’s Stakes winners were fillies with: 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 MRC Chairman’s Stakes winners and results going back to the year 2000.

Recent MRC Chairman’s Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes
1st Mildred 59.79 seconds
2nd Aryaaf
3rd Frederick The Dane
2019
Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes
1st Loving Gaby 57.69 seconds
2nd Bella Rosa
3rd Lanigera
2018
Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes
1st Ennis Hill 57.02 seconds
2nd Encryption
3rd Prairie Fire
2017
Ladbrokes 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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