Ethereal Stakes

The Ethereal Stakes is a Group 3 race for VRC Oaks-bound fillies held on Caulfield Cup Day.

2023 Ethereal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Autumn Angel
  • 2nd: #1 Tropical Squall
  • 3rd: #7 Basilinna



The Ethereal Stakes is a Group 3 race held in October on Caulfield Cup Day for VRC Oaks-bound fillies during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Named in honour of the 2011 Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double winning mare Ethereal, the race is open only to three-year-old fillies and takes place at set weights plus penalties.

Offering $200,000 and contested over 2000m, the Ethereal Stakes is a traditional lead-up into the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) held the following month at Flemington during the coveted four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Pinot (2017) was the last filly to complete the Ethereal Stakes – VRC Oaks double, while the year before the Ethereal Stakes winner Eleonora (2016) ran third in the VRC Oaks (then Crown Oaks) next start.

The 2021 Ethereal Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Glint Of Hope going on to win the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide the following autumn. Biscayne Bay meanwhile ran third in both the 2021 Ethereal Stakes and VRC Oaks results that spring.

The 2022 Ethereal Stakes third place-getter Pavitra franked the form going on to run second in that spring’s Wakeful Stakes and VRC Oaks results, before also returning in the autumn of 2023 for a second in Sydney’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

The 2023 edition of the Ethereal Stakes ran on Saturday October 21, 2023 as part of a bumper Caulfield Cup Day program and was won in an impressive half-length upset by the improving Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained Autumn Angel ($4.80).

Ethereal Stakes 2023
Date: Saturday October 21, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YOs Fillies – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 Ethereal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Autumn Angel ($4.80)
  • 2nd: #1 Tropical Squall
  • 3rd: #7 Basilinna

The Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Oaks is calling for the progressive The Autumn Sun filly Autumn Angel ($4.80) who, once in clear running, stormed home late to mow down the favourite Tropical Squall ($2.05F) in a sensational 2023 Ethereal Stakes result.

Click here to read more on the impressive Ethereal Stakes 2023 win by Autumn Angel. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 AUTUMN ANGEL Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 3 56kg $4.80
2 1 TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0.5L 12 59kg $2.05F
3 7 BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damien Oliver 2L 11 56kg $31
4 5 KONASANA Chris Waller Damian Lane 2.1L 7 56kg $7
5 11 ANOTHER YOU Dan O’Sullivan Daniel Stackhouse 5.1L 4 56kg $61
6 9 BON MISTRESS Ken & Kasey Keys Blaike McDougall 5.6L 5 56kg $13
7 6 GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Michael Dee 5.8L 2 56kg $19
8 10 SAXON BEAUTY Mark & Levi Kavanagh Ms Jamie Kah 6.2L 1 56kg $61
9 8 WINGS OF SONG Patrick Payne Ben Melham 6.95L 9 56kg $21
10 3 COCO SUN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 7.35L 8 57kg $21
11 12 EVERLASTING KISS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 7.55L 10 56kg $19
12 2 DOLPHIN SKIN (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 11.3L 13 57kg $61
13 13 LADY TEMPEST Robbie Laing John Allen 17.3L 6 56kg $201

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Ethereal Stakes Betting

Betting on the Ethereal Stakes 2023 opens the week of the race with all-in markets available at Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as the nominations are taken.

The latest Ethereal Stakes odds on the Oaks-bound fillies will be provided below as soon as released.

Verry Elleegant ($2.35 in 2018) was the last favourite in Ethereal Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 ETHEREAL STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Ethereal Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Ethereal Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Ethereal Stakes 2023 Tips on the Caulfield Cup Day support act this spring.

  • To Win: #4 Autumn Angel ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

We have an odds-on favourite in Ethereal betting this year with the Flight Stakes winner in the mix, but happy to take Tropical Squall on with her weight. On top we have Autumn Angel who has been knocking on the door this prep. She comes off back-to-back thirds at The Valley after the Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained daughter of superstar The Autumn Sun broke her maiden status at Sandown fresh. Latest run saw her beaten only 1.55 lengths in the Stutt Stakes behind Griff who franked that form with his subsequent Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) victory. The distance is the query, but if she runs it she wins.

2023 Ethereal Stakes Field

The official Ethereal Stakes 2023 Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday leading-up to the Caulfield Cup.

The 2023 Ethereal Stakes final field features a quality line-up of potential VRC Oaks-bound fillies including the Flight Stakes winner Tropical Squall with the 59kg top-weight from the Waterhouse/Bott stable.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1×131 TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 12 59kg 104
2 2613×00 DOLPHIN SKIN (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 13 57kg 71
3 11×96 COCO SUN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 70
4 2×133 AUTUMN ANGEL Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 3 56kg 73
5 1×421 KONASANA Chris Waller Damian Lane 7 56kg 71
6 2×4173 GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Michael Dee 2 56kg 64
7 218 BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damien Oliver 11 56kg 62
8 4312 WINGS OF SONG Patrick Payne Ben Melham 9 56kg 63
9 5×41 BON MISTRESS Ken & Kasey Keys Blaike McDougall 5 56kg 62
10 816 SAXON BEAUTY Mark & Levi Kavanagh Ms Jamie Kah 1 56kg 62
11 7×852 ANOTHER YOU Dan O’Sullivan Daniel Stackhouse 4 56kg 60
12 43 EVERLASTING KISS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 10 56kg 63
13 755 LADY TEMPEST Robbie Laing John Allen (late alt) 6 56kg 55

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Ethereal Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Ethereal Stakes in 2023 are confirmed on the Monday leading-up to the race and will be updated below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 7×852 ANOTHER YOU F 3 Dan O’Sullivan 60
2 2×133 AUTUMN ANGEL F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 73
3 218 BASILINNA (NZ) F 3 Emma-Lee & David Browne 62
4 5×41 BON MISTRESS F 3 Ken & Kasey Keys 62
5 11×96 COCO SUN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 70
6 2613×00 DOLPHIN SKIN (NZ) F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 71
7 43 EVERLASTING KISS F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 63
8 2×4173 GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 64
9 1×421 KONASANA F 3 Chris Waller 71
10 755 LADY TEMPEST F 3 Robbie Laing 55
11 816 SAXON BEAUTY F 3 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 62
12 1×131 TROPICAL SQUALL F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
13 4312 WINGS OF SONG F 3 Patrick Payne 63
14 4×81 YOTOTSU F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Ethereal Stakes History

The Ethereal Stakes was first conducted in 2000 making it one of the newer editions to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The event has gone by many names due to sponsorship purposes including its inaugural title – the Foster’s Light Ice Handicap. Originally it was a handicap race, but it is now a set weights plus penalties feature.

The Ethereal Stakes became a key VRC Oaks lead-up when upgraded to Group 3 status in 2015. It has been won by many quality fillies including Set Square (2014), that year’s VRC Oaks winner Pinot (2017) and the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant (2018).

Ethereal Stakes results since the upgrade to Group 3 status are listed below.

Ethereal Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Ethereal Stakes
1st Autumn Angel 2 minutes 03.43 seconds
2nd Tropical Squall
3rd Basilinna
2022
Ethereal Stakes
1st Renaissance Woman 2 minutes 07.43 seconds
2nd Foxy Cleopatra
3rd Pavitra
2021
Ethereal Stakes
1st Daisies 2 minutes 06.47 seconds
2nd Glint Of Hope
3rd Biscayne Bay
2020
Ethereal Stakes
1st Chica Fuerte 2 minutes 07.20 seconds
2nd Salto Angel
3rd Star Of Eden
2019
Ethereal Stakes
1st Gamay 2 minutes 04.42 seconds
2nd Vegas Jewel
3rd Celestial Falls
2018
Ethereal Stakes
1st Verry Ellegant 2 minutes 5.56 seconds
2nd Aristia
3rd Sizzleme
2017
Ethereal Stakes
1st Pinot 2 minutes 2.71 seconds
2nd Rimraam
3rd Hiyaam
2016
Ethereal Stakes
1st Eleonora 2 minutes 5.31 seconds
2nd Tiamo Grace
3rd Savvan
2015
Ethereal Stakes
1st Dawnie Perfect 2 minutes 2.79 seconds
2nd Honesta
3rd Ambience

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