HDF McNeil Stakes

The H.D.F. McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Melbourne's Caulfield Racecourse in August on Memsie Stakes Day for Coolmore Stud Stakes types.

2021 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Bruckner
  • 2nd: #1 Artorius
  • 3rd: #9 Heresy



The HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 1200m sprint for three year old horses.

Run under set weights with penalties conditions, the HDF McNeil Stakes is worth a total of $200,000 prize money as of 2021.

Hosted at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, the HDF McNeil Stakes forms an important part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held on Memsie Stakes Day, the McNeil Stakes shares its race program with a number of other black-type events. Other races held on the same day include:

  • Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m);
  • Group 3 The Heath 1100 (1100m); and the
  • Group 3 WW Cockram Stakes (1200m).

Scheduled at the outset of the Spring Racing Carnival, the McNeil Stakes play an important role in guiding form understanding for the remainder of the year.

Quite a few handy three years olds run in the McNeil Stakes, and as it’s a very competitive race it is well worth watching that could lead to a run in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Merchant Navy (2017) was the last horse to do the HDF McNeil Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double.

The HDF McNeil Stakes also serves as a good lead-up race for three-year-olds looking to step-up in distance to a mile for the Thousand Guineas and Caulfield Guineas races at Caulfield later in the spring.

Super Seth (2019) was the last horse to complete the HDF McNeil Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double.

The HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday August 28, 2021 and was won in an upset by Bruckner at 10/1. 

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes
Date: Saturday August 28, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 McNeil Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Bruckner
  • 2nd: #1 Artorious
  • 3rd: #9 Heresy

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained expensive Snitzel colt Bruckner ($11) was eye-catching winning the HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 results narrowly over the resuming Blue Diamond hero Artorius ($3F) ahead of a potential Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes target in Melbourne.

Click here to read more on the HDF McNeil Stakes win by Bruckner.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 BRUCKNER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 2 57kg $11
2 1 ARTORIUS Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 0.2L 3 59.5kg $3F
3 9 HERESY James Cummings Damien Oliver 0.3L 4 56.5kg $5.50
4 3 LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1.05L 7 58.5kg $18
5 2 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 1.25L 1 58.5kg $3.60
6 5 MR MOZART Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 4.5L 8 57kg $7
7 6 ZERELLE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 6.25L 5 57kg $31
8 7 THROW AT DA STUMPS Chris Hyland Beau Mertens 9.75L 6 57kg $31
4 EXCEED EXPECT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 0

2021 McNeil Stakes Odds

The best HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 betting odds will be provided right here with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 McNeil Stakes Field

The 2021 McNeil Stakes field of final acceptances will be published in full below once announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to Memsie Stakes Day.

Just nine three-year-old sprinters make-up the H.D.F. McNeil Stakes 2021 field for this weekend including the rails-drawn General Beau and the resuming Blue Diamond winner Artorius.

  • Scratchings Update: #4 Exceed Expect (6)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2116x ARTORIUS Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 3 59.5kg 102
2 12x115x2 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 1 58.5kg 84
3 21119×6 LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 58.5kg 76
4 18×1 EXCEED EXPECT Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 6 57kg 67
5 14×4 MR MOZART Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 9 57kg 65
6 31×7 ZERELLE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 5 57kg 66
7 31 THROW AT DA STUMPS Chris Hyland Beau Mertens 7 57kg 62
8 30×1 BRUCKNER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 2 57kg 62
9 21×2 HERESY James Cummings Damien Oliver 4 56.5kg 77

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 HDF McNeil Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 23 three-year-old sprinters including the returning Blue Diamond Stakes winner Artorius and General Beau coming off a first-up Group 3 Vain Stakes second.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2116x ARTORIUS C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 59.5kg 102
2 1x721610x SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller 2 58.5kg 90
3 12x115x2 GENERAL BEAU C 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 3 58.5kg 84
4 21119×6 LIGHTSABER C 3 Peter G Moody 4 58.5kg 76
5 21×2 HERESY F 3 James Cummings 5 56.5kg 77
6 114x STARRY LEGEND C 3 John Sadler 6 57kg 72
7 11×3 GENERATION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 57kg 73
8 15×3 REMARQUE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 57kg 73
9 15 LIBIAMO F 3 Grahame Begg 9 55kg 68
10 211 TAUNTING C 3 Michael Hickmott 10 57kg 66
11 131 MYNUMEROUNO G 3 Nick Ryan 11 57kg 68
12 13×5 MAZU C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 12 57kg 72
13 18×1 EXCEED EXPECT C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 57kg 67
14 14×4 MR MOZART C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 57kg 65
15 31×7 ZERELLE C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 57kg 66
16 67×17 BRIGANTINE C 3 James Cummings 16 57kg 63
17 31 THROW AT DA STUMPS G 3 Chris Hyland 17 57kg 62
18 30×1 BRUCKNER C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 57kg 62
19 1 ANCIENT GIRL (NZ) F 3 Clinton McDonald 19= 55kg 63
20 1 MORNING MELODY F 3 Nick Harnett 19= 55kg 63
21 2x RIVERPLATE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 21 57kg 61
22 7x CAPITAL LEGEND G 3 John Sadler 22= 57kg 59
23 BEAUKATI F 3 Clinton McDonald 22= 55kg 61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

HDF McNeil Stakes History

The HDF McNeil Stakes was inaugurated in 1989 and has continued to provide excellent racing action ever since. Good Old Ted took out the first edition of the McNeil Stakes, and since then several renowned horses have seen success.

Originally called the HDF McNeil Quality, the race name was changed for the 2005 edition to its current form. Up to and including 2005 the McNeil Stakes was raced over 1100 metres. Since 2006 it has remained at its current distance of 1200 metres. The McNeil Stakes was granted listed status in 1991, which it held until being upgraded to Group 3 in 1999. The race has remained a Group 2 event since then.

Notable McNeil Stakes winners include Danzero (1994), Miss Finland (2006), Scenic Blast (2007), Starspangledbanner (2009), Merchant Navy (2017) and that year’s Caulfield Guineas champion Super Seth (2019). McNeil Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

HDF McNeil Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Bruckner 1 minute 10.45 seconds
2nd Artorius
3rd Heresy
2020
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Immortal Love 1 minute 10.89 seconds
2nd Flying Award
3rd Tagaloa
2019
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Super Seth 1 minute 10.95 seconds
2nd King Of Hastings
3rd Sebrakate
2018
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Native Soldier 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd The August
3rd Seabrook
2017
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Merchant Navy 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Booker
3rd Muraahib
2016
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Defcon 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Highland Beat
3rd Wazzenme
2015
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Gold Symphony 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Ready For Victory
3rd Demonstrate
2014
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Chivalry 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Nordic Empire
3rd Awesome Rock
2013
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Fast ‘N’ Rocking 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Prince Harada
3rd Thermal Current
2012
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Lady Of Harrods 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Kabayan
3rd Shamexpress
2011
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Golden Archer 1 minute 09.0 seconds
2nd Cross Of Gold
3rd Vatican
2010
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Sistine Angel 1 minute 113.4 seconds
2nd Servant
3rd Intencion
2009
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Starspangledbanner 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Tollesprit
3rd Eclair Fastpass
2008
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Sugar Babe 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2007
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Scenic Blast 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Pins On Parade
3rd Marching
2006
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Miss Finland 1 minute 16.18 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Due Sasso
2005
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Danerich 1 minute 06.7 seconds
2nd Line Account
3rd Izanami
2004
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Tahni Girl 1 minute 04.1 seconds
2nd Classiconi
3rd Oratorio
2003
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Cahula 1 minute 05.4 seconds
2nd Cross Current
3rd Abdullah
2002
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Bel Esprit 1 minute 01.9 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Before Too Long
2001
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Tully Dane 1 minute 05.6 seconds
2nd Raja Lane
3rd King Of Prussia
2000
HDF McNeil Stakes
1st Rapid Man 1 minute 06.1 seconds
2nd Little Dozer
3rd Homewrecker

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