Ethereal Stakes

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

2020 Ethereal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Chica Fuerte
  • 2nd: #10 Salto Angel
  • 3rd: #12 Star Of Eden



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 2020 edition of the Ethereal Stakes ran on Saturday October 17, 2020 as part of a bumper Caulfield Cup Day program and was won by the Wakeful-bound Chica Fuerte.

Ethereal Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YOs Fillies – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Ethereal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Chica Fuerte
  • 2nd: #10 Salto Angel
  • 3rd: #12 Star Of Eden

Chica Fuerte ($5.50) led all-the-way thanks to a brilliant on-speed ride by jockey Ben Melham to dominate the 2020 Ethereal Stakes results on way to a Wakeful bid on Derby Day.

Click here to read more on the all-the-way Ethereal Stakes 2020 winner Chica Fuerte.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 CHICA FUERTESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 6 56kg $5.50
2 10 SALTO ANGEL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1.75L 3 56kg $19
3 12 STAR OF EDEN Michael Moroney Billy Egan 1.95L 5 56kg $31
4 6 PENSATOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme James Cummings William Pike 2.7L 1 56kg $11
5 5 SILHOUETTE James Cummings John Allen 3.45L 4 56kg $4F
6 4 SUCCEED INDEED Leon & Troy Corstens Mark Zahra 3.75L 8 56kg $4.40
7 1 CAFE RIZU Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 4.75L 16 56kg $71
8 3 STARELLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4.85L 9 56kg $5
9 16 MRS MURPHY (NZ) Paul Rocke Jake Noonan 4.95L 15 56kg $201
10 14 YATTON (NZ) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 6.7L 12 56kg $21
11 7 ART GLASS Grahame Begg Craig Williams 8.2L 11 56kg $61
12 15 SWINDON LASS Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 9.45L 7 56kg $151
13 11 SELFLESS Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Walker 13.2L 13 56kg $31
14 9 BLAZING LACESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Dan O’Sullivan Luke Currie 14.95L 14 56kg $101
15 13 NORTHERN BLISS Nigel Blackiston Jamie Kah 15.45L 2 56kg $101
16 8 SHILAJIT (NZ) Dan O’Sullivan Michael Rodd 16.45L 10 56kg $301

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Ethereal Stakes Betting

Betting on the Ethereal Stakes 2020 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.

2020 Ethereal Stakes Field

The official Ethereal Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday leading-up to the Caulfield Cup. The day the Ethereal Stakes final acceptances close is also host to three Group status races at Caulfield for Blue Sapphire Stakes Day.

The 2020 Ethereal Stakes final field features 16 Oaks-bound fillies led in betting by Starelle and Chica Fuerte who ran second and third in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes last time out.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 82×71180 CAFE RIZU Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 16 56kg 66
2 32×123 CHICA FUERTESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 6 56kg 72
3 2×552 STARELLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 9 56kg 73
4 3×314 SUCCEED INDEED Leon & Troy Corstens Mark Zahra 8 56kg 70
5 4313×75 SILHOUETTE James Cummings John Allen 4 56kg 64
6 5x4x231 PENSATOSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme James Cummings William Pike 1 56kg 66
7 48×001 ART GLASS Grahame Begg Craig Williams 11 56kg 61
8 79×10960 SHILAJIT (NZ) Dan O’Sullivan Michael Rodd 10 56kg 58
9 08×431799 BLAZING LACESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Dan O’Sullivan Luke Currie 14 56kg 60
10 822 SALTO ANGEL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 3 56kg 63
11 10 SELFLESS Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Walker 13 56kg 63
12 23 STAR OF EDEN Michael Moroney Billy Egan 5 56kg 62
13 4202 NORTHERN BLISS Nigel Blackiston Jamie Kah 2 56kg 57
14 344 YATTON (NZ) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 12 56kg 61
15 565 SWINDON LASS Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 7 56kg 59
16 64 MRS MURPHY (NZ) Paul Rocke Jake Noonan 15 56kg 56

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) who – as of publish – has won a subsequent four Group 1 races.

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

Ethereal Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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