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.

2021 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Rich Hips
  • 2nd: #7 Excelida
  • 3rd: #4 Paul's Regret



The 2021 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 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) for two-year-old fillies and the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’ – the Group 1 $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m).

A number of trainers regard the Maybe Mahal Stakes as a major spring goal for their mares. Some of the lead up races to the Maybe Mahal 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) was the last Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes winner 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 2021 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes ran at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday November 2, 2021 and saw Rich Hips win the race for the second straight year. 

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2021
Date: Tuesday November 2, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Rich Hips ($7)
  • 2nd: #7 Excelida
  • 3rd: #4 Paul’s Regret

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Rich Hips improved on a string of unplaced recent runs to charge up the inside late and secure back-to-back wins successfully defending her title in the Group 3 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes one race after the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Click here for the full 2021 Melbourne Cup Day results. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 RICH HIPS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 10 57kg $7
2 7 EXCELIDA Ben & JD Hayes Michael Dee 1.25L 1 55kg $26
3 4 PAUL’S REGRET Peter Chow Damien Thornton 4.5L 4 55kg $19
4 3 BELLE PLAISIR (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Dean Holland 4.6L 5 56kg $26
5 12 ENERGY WITHIN Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver 5L 6 55kg $12
6 6 AGREEABLE Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 5.3L 11 55kg $13
7 1 LA MEXICANA Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 5.5L 8 57kg $8
8 5 AIDENSFIELD Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 5.6L 7 55kg $12
9 10 APRIL RAIN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5.7L 2 55kg $2.40F
10 8 BEST STONE John Thompson Jordan Childs 7.2L 9 55kg $21
11 13 WANALIRRI Patrick F Ryan Jnr Declan Bates 7.5L 3 55kg $81
12 9 NEED NEW FRIENDS Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 8.5L 12 55kg $21
11 PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Odds

The season’s latest The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links to the last race on Melbourne Cup Day will be updated below once available.

2021 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 placegetter 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 2021 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.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1101×24329 LA MEXICANA Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 9 57kg 93
2 1x1960x656 RICH HIPS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 11 57kg 100
3 33934011×5 BELLE PLAISIR (NZ) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Dean Holland 6 56kg 84
4 126286×396 PAUL’S REGRET Peter Chow Damien Thornton 5 55kg 82
5 x5x7342233 AIDENSFIELD Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 8 55kg 74
6 59x3165x21 AGREEABLE Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 12 55kg 79
7 5×34872614 EXCELIDA Ben & JD Hayes Michael Dee 1 55kg 76
8 512×780449 BEST STONE John Thompson Jordan Childs 10 55kg 82
9 221227×776 NEED NEW FRIENDS Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 13 55kg 79
10 2x111x25x2 APRIL RAIN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2 55kg 81
11 39x132x121 PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 3 55kg 80
12 134160×119 ENERGY WITHIN Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver 7 55kg 73
13 63158230×1 WANALIRRI Patrick F Ryan Jnr Declan Bates 4 55kg 71

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
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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