Chatham Stakes

The Group 3 Chatham Stakes is a 1400m sprint held on Mackinnon Stakes Day at Flemington on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup.

2020 Chatham Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Sansom
  • 2nd: #8 Morvada
  • 3rd: #6 Bold Star



The 2020 Chatham Stakes is now held on Mackinnon Stakes Day on the Saturday after Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November.

An open handicap race, the Chatham Stakes was originally run the Saturday before on Victoria Derby Day but was moved from the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival to VRC Oaks Day and then to its current Mackinnon Stakes date.

The Group 3 race is contested over 1400m offering $200,000 in total prizemoney.

The Chatham Stakes shares the Flemington card with two elite level features: the Group 1 $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) for Cox Plate graduates and the Group 1 $1.5 million Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) held down the iconic ‘Straight Six’ at HQ.

The Chatham Stakes is often used as a lead up event to later races such as the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), a race the 2017 Chatham Stakes winner Hellova Street finished second in. Many Chatham Stakes winners go on to bigger and better things the following year including the 2018 winner Dreamforce who subsequently enjoyed placings in the 2019 George Ryder Stakes (3rd) to Winx, 2019 Doncaster Mile (2nd) and 2019 George Main Stakes (2nd).

Good lead-up races into the Chatham Stakes include the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day or even Flemington’s Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) run on Derby Day.

The 2020 Chatham Stakes was held on Saturday November 7, 2020 and won by Sansom.

Chatham Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday November 7, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000

2020 Chatham Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Sansom
  • 2nd: #8 Morvada
  • 3rd: #6 Bold Star
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 SANSOM (NZ) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 5 56.5kg $5.50
2 8 MORVADA Peter Jolly Zac Spain 0.1L 6 55.5kg $5.50
3 6 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Jamie Kah 0.3L 3 57.5kg $4.60
4 4 MORRISSY Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 1.05L 4 58kg $4.40F
5 1 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Jye McNeil 2.3L 1 60kg $7
6 5 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 6.05L 8 58kg $8.50
7 9 FOX HALL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6.55L 7 55kg $20
8 3 HARLECH (NZ) Michael Moroney Ben Melham 9.55L 2 58.5kg $18
2 HARIPOUR (IRE) Emma Church John Allen 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Chatham Stakes Betting Odds

See below for the latest 2020 Chatham Stakes odds along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your Chatham Stakes tips at the right price.

2020 Chatham Stakes Field

The 2020 Chatham Stakes field is released on the Wednesday leading-up to the race, one day after the Melbourne Cup, and rarely runs at the capacity 16 starters.

Nine runners make-up the 2020 Chatham Stakes field including the defending champion Reykjavik carrying the 60kg top weight, while Morrissy in gate five with Craig Williams riding heads betting.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x381567450 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Jye McNeil 2 60kg 101
2 18328x49x0 HARIPOUR (IRE) Emma Church John Allen 1 58.5kg 98
3 212224×001 HARLECH (NZ) Michael Moroney Ben Melham 3 58.5kg 98
4 0021416232 MORRISSY Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 5 58kg 97
5 2x121x5914 RIDDLE ME THAT Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 9 58kg 97
6 8438×46663 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Jamie Kah 4 57.5kg 96
7 121x2234x1 SANSOM (NZ) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 6 56.5kg 94
8 21208×0234 MORVADA Peter Jolly Zac Spain (late alt) 7 55.5kg 92
9 0x57x40010 FOX HALL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 8 55kg 87

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Chatham Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1986, the Chatham Stakes is fairly young in comparison to a lot of Flemington races.

The race is named after Chatham, Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee and renowned miler. Chatham had considerable pedigree, with a Melbourne Cup winner (Windbag) for a sire and the granddaughter of an English Triple Crown winner (Flying Fox) for a dam (Myosotis). Chatham won the 1932 and 1934 Cox Plate, as well as two Epsom Handicaps and a few Craven Plates, among other major wins.

The Chatham Stakes is one of those races that is often run under a sponsor name. Throughout the years, the Chatham Stakes has been known variously as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate, the AAMI International, the Yallambee Stud Stakes, the AAMI Business Insurance Stakes and the Tab.com.au Stakes.

In 1997, the Chatham Stakes was briefly run over 1417 metres.

Notable Chatham Stakes winners include Avannotto (1986), Bezeal Bay (1998), Scenic Park (2001), Fawkner (2012) and Dreamforce (2018). Chatham Stakes results, winners and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Chatham Stakes Results

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2020
Chatham Stakes
1st Sansom 1 minute 22.84 seconds
2nd Morvada
3rd Bold Star
2019
Chatham Stakes
1st Reykjavik 1 minute 23.22 seconds
2nd Admiral’s Joker
3rd Noble Boy
2018
Chatham Stakes
1st Dreamforce 1 minute 22.12 seconds
2nd Widgee Turf
3rd Perast
2017
Chatham Stakes
1st Hellova Street 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Supply And Demand
3rd Fox Hall
2016
Chatham Stakes
1st Rageese 1 minute 21.53 seconds
2nd Arod
3rd Federal
2015
Chatham Stakes
1st Disposition 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd San Diego
3rd Hosting
2014
Chatham Stakes
1st Hucklebuck 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Generalife
2013
Chatham Stakes
1st Smokin’ Joey 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Galah
3rd Strike The Stars
2012
Chatham Stakes
1st Fawkner 1 minute 20.9 seconds
2nd Free Wheeling
3rd Wall Street
2011
Chatham Stakes
1st Woorim 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Thankgodyou’rehere
3rd Toorak Toff
2010
Chatham Stakes
1st Poor Judge 1 minute 25.7 seconds
2nd Demerit
3rd Centennial Park
2009
Chatham Stakes
1st Centennial Park 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd McClintock
3rd Royal Ida/Sniper’s Bullet
2008
Chatham Stakes
1st All Silent 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Sniper’s Bullet
3rd Stickpin
2007
Chatham Stakes
1st Count To Zero 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Spielmeister
3rd Royal Ida
2006
Chatham Stakes
1st Malcolm 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Mr Ubiquitous
3rd Live In Vain
2005
Chatham Stakes
1st Rockford Bay 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Zankel
3rd Valedictum
2004
Chatham Stakes
1st Great Is Great 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Amtrak
3rd Regent Street
2003
Chatham Stakes
1st Scenic Park 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Lord Volksraad
3rd Shogun Lodge
2002
Chatham Stakes
1st To Be Fair 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Palladium Star
3rd Tarcoola Midnight
2001
Chatham Stakes
1st Scenic Park 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Desert Eagle
3rd Super Impressive
2000
Chatham Stakes
1st Matter Of Honour 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Typhoon Barney
3rd Aka Bilk

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