The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes is a Group 3 1400m sprint held at Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day.

2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Skew Wiff
  • 2nd: #18 Foxy Cleopatra
  • 3rd: #17 Forbidden City



The 2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes – registered as the Maybe Mahal Stakes – is a Group 3 sprint for mares held at the renowned Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November each spring.

Run over 1400m, the Group 3 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes is a popular target for classy mares aged four years and older. Run under set weights plus penalties conditions with $200,000 prize money on offer, the race is an attractive spring option for connections wanting to have a start on the esteemed Melbourne Cup Day race card.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes shares a race program with the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) for two-year-olds and the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’ – the Group 1 $8.41 million Melbourne Cup (3200m).

A number of trainers regard the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes as a major spring goal for their mares. Some of the lead up races to the Hong Kong Jockey club Stakes include the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day and the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) also run at Caulfield in October.

Rich Hips (8th in 2020) followed by the New Zealand Group 1 winner Skew Wiff (6th in 2023) are the latest Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes winners to come out of the Tristarc Stakes.

In 2021 Rich Hips returned to go back-to-back in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes results improving on a lead-up sixth in The Valley’s Group 2 Stocks Stakes.

The classier mares in The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes might choose to continue their spring campaign via events such as the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m).

The 2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes ran at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday November 7, 2023 and was won in a return to form by Mark Walker’s Group 1 New Zealand winner Skew Wiff ($6). 

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2023
Date: Tuesday November 7, 2023
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Skew Wiff ($6)
  • 2nd: #18 Foxy Cleopatra
  • 3rd: #17 Forbidden City

Mark Walker’s Group 1 Tarzino Trophy winner back across the Tasman, Skew Wiff, was back to winning form on Melbourne Cup Day drawing clear the final 100m off a perfectly timed ride by Opie Bosson to hold off the late lunging Foxy Cleopatra and win the Group 3 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes.

Forbidden City was also good late finishing in a photo for third for Moody & Coleman who won the previous race with Roll On High.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 SKEW WIFF (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 10 59kg $6
2 18e FOXY CLEOPATRA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tim Clark 0.2L 5 55kg $31
3 17e FORBIDDEN CITY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 0.3L 4 55kg $31
4 6 WOLLOMBI Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 1.05L 8 57kg $10
5 3 REVOLUTIONARY MISS Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 1.25L 1 58kg $8.50
6 8 LA DANSEUSE ROUGE Cliff Brown Damian Lane 1.75L 3 56kg $4.80EF
7 1 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller James McDonald 2.15L 11 59kg $4.80EF
8 9 CARDIGAN QUEEN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 2.25L 6 55kg $12
9 5 BELSIELLE David & Coral Feek Craig Newitt 3.25L 12 57kg $91
10 7 ESSONNE (NZ) Richard Litt Ms Rachel King 3.45L 2 56kg $26
11 10 BELLE ET RICHE Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 3.65L 13 55kg $8.50
12 19e TAJNEED Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 9.65L 7 55kg $41
13 13 SANSTOC (NZ) John O’Shea Tom Marquand 9.95L 9 55kg $16
20e GET UP GIRL Clinton McDonald 0
4 ZENNZELLA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 0
16 HEALING OASIS (FR) Annabel Neasham Beau Mertens 0
12 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 0
11 FINEPOINT Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0
15 CALL DI Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Blake Shinn 0
14 KAZOU Chris Waller Joao Moreira 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Betting Odds

The season’s latest The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2023 odds and betting market links to the last race on Melbourne Cup Day will be updated below once available.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Larkspur Run winning at Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes odds of $16.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB STAKES FORM GUIDE

2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2023 Tips on the Melbourne Cup Day race this spring.

  • To Win: #8 La Danseuse Rouge ($9 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going for a touch of value with La Danseuse Rouge looking well-rated and weighted for a potential improvement and upset here. The Cliff Brown-trained Manhattan Rain mare is third-up and fit this weekend coming off back-to-back placings in good company. Her latest in the Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in mid-October had her only a length beaten for third behind She Dances at a big price carrying 57kg. She is safer in the markets here, up in distance but down in weight to 56kg. Damian Lane comes aboard. Needs to stretch to get the distance but if she runs it she can win at a price.

2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Field

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes field draws talented mares from around the country to Flemington on one of the nation’s biggest days of racing, Melbourne Cup Day.

Mares may come into The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes field via a Melbourne lead-up or a Sydney race like the Group 3 The Nivison (1200m), which produced the 2016 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes winner Artistry (2nd).

Plenty of quality mares line-up in the race and the best out of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes field continue onto bigger and better races over their career. For example the 2016 third place-getter Silent Sedition took out the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) next start at Sandown and also won the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) the following year.

The official 2023 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Final Field & Barriers are set for release the Friday before Melbourne Cup Day and will be published in full below.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of mares including Chris Waller’s former Thousand Guineas winner Madame Pommery and class Kiwi Group 1 winner Skew Wiff

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x407x2804 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller James McDonald 15 59kg 102
2 726122×216 SKEW WIFF (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 12 59kg 107
3 5512x99x78 REVOLUTIONARY MISS Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 1 58kg 99
4 2x3114x78x ZENNZELLA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 20 58kg 83
5 63104959×3 BELSIELLE David & Coral Feek Craig Newitt 17 57kg 79
6 31117×4357 WOLLOMBI Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 10 57kg 84
7 421L1041x0 ESSONNE (NZ) Richard Litt Ms Rachel King 3 56kg 92
8 32x550x133 LA DANSEUSE ROUGE Cliff Brown Damian Lane 5 56kg 88
9 689x21x714 CARDIGAN QUEEN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 8 55kg 86
10 22312×4476 BELLE ET RICHE Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 19 55kg 81
11 30x330003x FINEPOINT Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 13 55kg 91
12 2x689x2982 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 14 55kg 88
13 39x110x220 SANSTOC (NZ) John O’Shea Tom Marquand 11 55kg 82
14 1x31613x1 KAZOU Chris Waller Joao Moreira 2 55kg 82
15 x1349x2253 CALL DI Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Blake Shinn 16 55kg 84
16 8439x1457x HEALING OASIS (FR) Annabel Neasham Beau Mertens 4 55kg 85
17e 1333898×82 FORBIDDEN CITY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 6 55kg 79
18e 3127x FOXY CLEOPATRA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tim Clark 7 55kg 78
19e 139x8x7358 TAJNEED Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 9 55kg 78
20e 136×103 GET UP GIRL Clinton McDonald 18 55kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes in 2023 close the Wednesday prior to the event and will be published below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3102341742 BARBIE’S FOX M 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 101
2 22312×4476 BELLE ET RICHE M 5 Mitchell Freedman 81
3 63104959×3 BELSIELLE M 6 David & Coral Feek 79
4 x1349x2253 CALL DI M 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 84
5 689x21x714 CARDIGAN QUEEN M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86
6 2x689x2982 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) M 4 Phillip Stokes 88
7 421L1041x0 ESSONNE (NZ) M 5 Richard Litt 92
8 30x330003x FINEPOINT M 5 Chris Waller 91
9 1333898×82 FORBIDDEN CITY M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 79
10 3127x FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
11 136×103 GET UP GIRL M 4 Clinton McDonald 72
12 8439x1457x HEALING OASIS (FR) M 5 Annabel Neasham 85
13 0x42143x84 HOLLY LOLLY M 4 Clinton McDonald 70
14 1x31613x1 KAZOU M 4 Chris Waller 82
15 11740x0D3x KIND GESTURE (GB) M 5 Michael Kent 72
16 32x550x133 LA DANSEUSE ROUGE M 4 Cliff Brown 88
17 112x74x421 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 99
18 1x407x2804 MADAME POMMERY M 4 Chris Waller 102
19 6x626x0x02 MY YANKEE GIRL M 5 Vincent Malady 79
20 x74x1x5541 PICAROON M 6 Tom Dabernig 74
21 37x985540x PROSCENIUM ARCH (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 71
22 2x10x70x03 QUANG TRI M 4 Patrick Payne 77
23 909139×408 RAZETA M 4 Kris Lees 83
24 5512x99x78 REVOLUTIONARY MISS M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 99
25 x22836x518 RIOYUKI M 5 Matthew Williams 70
26 39x110x220 SANSTOC (NZ) M 5 John O’Shea 82
27 121146×852 SHUFFLE DANCER M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 92
28 726122×216 SKEW WIFF (NZ) M 4 Mark Walker 107
29 139x8x7358 TAJNEED M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 78
30 31117×4357 WOLLOMBI M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 84
31 2x3114x78x ZENNZELLA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes History

Inaugurated in 2005, as the Maybe Mahal Stakes, this race has has a very short history relative to other major spring races, such as the Melbourne Cup, inaugurated in 1861.

A popular sponsored race, the Maybe Mahal Stakes has been variously known as The Lavazza Short Black, the Liberty Financial Plate and the Herald Sun Stakes.

Run as The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes since 2014, the race was upgraded to Group 3 status prior to the 2013 edition.

The race is named after internationally renowned mare Maybe Mahal, who was extraordinarily successful in the late 1970’s, winning seven Group 1 races.

Notable Maybe Mahal Stakes / The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes winners include inaugural winner Vintner (2005), Neroli (2008), Plucky Belle (2013) and dual champion Rich Hips (2020-21).

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes results, winners and winning times since 2005 are listed below.

Year Place Horse Time
2023
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Skew Wiff 1 minute 23.91 seconds
2nd Foxy Cleopatra
3rd Forbidden City
2022
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Larkspur Run 1 minute 26.07 seconds
2nd Literary Magnate
3rd Mac ‘N’ Cheese
2021
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Rich Hips 1 minute 23.17 seconds
2nd Excelida
3rd Paul’s Regret
2020
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Rich Hips 1 minute 22.24 seconds
2nd Lyre
3rd Wild Vixen
2019
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Teleplay 1 minute 24.35 seconds
2nd La Tigeresa
3rd Sweet Scandal
2018
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Cool Passion 1 minute 24.01 seconds
2nd Princess Posh
3rd Savatiano
2017
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Pedrena 1 minute 22.78 seconds
2nd Cool Passion
3rd Swampland
2016
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes
1st Artistry 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Shillelagh
3rd Silent Sedition
2015
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Scarlet Billows 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Wawail
3rd She’s Clean
2014
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Mahara 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Rose Of Choice
3rd Vibrant Rouge
2013
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Plucky Belle 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Arinosa
3rd She’s Clean
2012
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Koonoomoo 1 minute 21.0 seconds
2nd Cabernet
3rd Mid Summer Music
2011
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Sophie’s Spirit 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Little Surfer Girl
3rd Divorces
2010
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Jersey Lily 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Happy Hippy
3rd Valentine Miss
2009
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Strawberry Field 1 minute 25.5 seconds
2nd Ortensia
3rd Rose Syrah
2008
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Neroli 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Jacqueline Rouge
3rd Jewelled Gate
2007
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Juste Momente 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Zip Baby Zip
3rd Goldfield Ashes
2006
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Storm Signal 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Pasikatera
3rd Hasta La Ciao Ciao
2005
Maybe Mahal Stakes
1st Vintner 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Pin Up
3rd Irongail

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