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.

2020 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 Rich Hips
  • 2nd: #3 Lyre
  • 3rd: #2 Wild Vixen



The 2020 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.

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 2020 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes ran at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday November 3, 2020 – and was won in an upset by Rich Hips at 20/1.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2020
Date: Tuesday November 3, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 4YO&UP Mares Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 14 RICH HIPS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 7 55kg $21
2 3 LYRE Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 0.5L 5 55kg $3.30F
3 2 WILD VIXEN Levi Kavanagh Mark Zahra 0.7L 6 56kg $8.50
4 12 THOUSAND WISHES Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 1.95L 2 55kg $31
5 7 DELECTATION GIRL (GB) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 2.05L 10 55kg $31
6 6 MY PENDANT (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 2.15L 3 55kg $26
7 15 CORDILLA Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 3.4L 8 55kg $4.60
8 9 LA TIGERESA Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Michael Rodd 4.15L 9 55kg $21
9 10 PARMIE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4.35L 4 55kg $31
10 11 GOLDIFOX Leon & Troy Corstens Lachlan King (a) 4.65L 11 55kg $51
11 8 INTO THE ABYSS John Thompson Jordan Childs 4.75L 12 55kg $31
12 13 THE CLOSER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 5.25L 1 55kg $31
13 4 FABRIC (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 5.35L 14 55kg $8.50
14 5 MUSIC BAY Phillip Stokes William Pike 6.85L 13 55kg $9
1 FASCINO (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Odds

The season’s latest The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to the last race on Melbourne Cup Day will be updated below once available.

2020 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 2020 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 2020 field features 15 mares including Lyre who is the favourite dropping back form Group 1 company and the down-in-weight last start Cranbourne winner Cordilla.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x438P0x78 FASCINO (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 6 58kg 84
2 4118x315x1 WILD VIXEN Levi Kavanagh Mark Zahra 7 56kg 87
3 24423×2646 LYRE Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 5 55kg 102
4 45145×3152 FABRIC (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 15 55kg 92
5 7x780731x3 MUSIC BAY Phillip Stokes William Pike 14 55kg 91
6 x56895x850 MY PENDANT (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 3 55kg 86
7 x52064098x DELECTATION GIRL (GB) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 11 55kg 96
8 8x4260x497 INTO THE ABYSS John Thompson Jordan Childs 13 55kg 93
9 50x882x532 LA TIGERESA Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Michael Rodd 10 55kg 83
10 26420×4220 PARMIE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4 55kg 77
11 45487×4154 GOLDIFOX Leon & Troy Corstens Lachlan King (a) 12 55kg 74
12 41122×3294 THOUSAND WISHES Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 2 55kg 75
13 25116×6084 THE CLOSER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 55kg 80
14 107×127318 RICH HIPS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 8 55kg 76
15 31311×671 CORDILLA Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 9 55kg 76
 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) and Plucky Belle (2013).

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
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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