Kevin Heffernan Stakes

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Sandown's Ladbrokes Park in mid-November on Zipping Classic Day.

2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Kemalpasa
  • 2nd: #3 Order Of Command
  • 3rd: #8 Neighbourhood



The 2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Sandown Racecourse at the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Raced over 1300m, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes is held under weight-for-age conditions and pays $160,000 total prize money.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes is the last weight-for-age sprint in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and is held on the last day of black-type racing, Zipping Classic Day at Ladbrokes Park.

Other races on the same schedule include the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m), Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) and three listed events, including the Sandown Cup (3200m).

Those horses which target the Kevin Heffernan Stakes tend to do so following a fairly successful spring season contesting sprints over similar distances. Other weight-for-age events are also fairly common targets for the classier types that run in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes. Following this race, horses tend to take a variety of paths. The paddock is a reasonably popular destination, while the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) over in Perth might attract some classier types.

The 2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes ran on Saturday November 14, 2020 and was won by the favourite Kemalpasa. 

Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday November 14, 2020
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Race Type: WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Kemalpasa
  • 2nd: #3 Order Of Command
  • 3rd: #8 Neighbourhood

Favourite backers were in luck with the 2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes results going the way of the punters thanks to a peach of a ride from Craig Williams who got the top elect Kemalpasa ($3.70) over the line first ahead of Order Of Command (2nd) in a repeat quinella from their last start in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 3 59kg $3.70F
2 3 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1L 7 59kg $6.50
3 8 NEIGHBOURHOOD Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 1.75L 1 57kg $15
4 1 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 1.85L 4 59kg $7.50
5 6 MUSIC BAY Phillip Stokes Michael Poy 3.35L 5 57kg $17
6 7 WILD VIXEN Levi Kavanagh Mark Zahra 4.35L 2 57kg $5
7 5 BLAZEJOWSKI Greg Eurell Jye McNeil 8.1L 6 59kg $4.20
4 TRAVIMYFRIEND (NZ) Rachael Frost Dean Yendall 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2020 odds will be listed below, market links to Ladbrokes.com.au also provided so you can lock in our your Kevin Heffernan Stakes tips at the right price this spring.

Kemalpasa ($3.70 in 2020) was the last Kevin Heffernan Stakes favourite to salute for the punters.

2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Field

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes field usually attracts a pretty talented group of weight-for-age sprinters. In recent years, the quality of the Kevin Heffernan Stakes field has improved considerably, with more notable horses, often Group 1 winners, contesting the event.

Good lead-up races into the Kevin Heffernan Stakes field each spring include the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) two weeks earlier on Victoria Derby Day, the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at that same opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting and the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m).

Kemalpasa (2020) was the last horse to do the Salinger Stakes – Kevin Heffernan Stakes double with Order Of Command also running second in both events that spring.

The 2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes field is released the Wednesday before race day and will published below as soon as available.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2020 final field features just the eight weight-for-age hopefuls including Kemalpasa coming off the Group 2 Salinger Stakes win from Derby Day.

  • Scratchings Update: #4 Travimyfriend (7)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 10×2705098 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 4 59kg 103
2 1x4x8x3531 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 3 59kg 106
3 7x1153x372 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 8 59kg 103
4 3075172165 TRAVIMYFRIEND (NZ) Rachael Frost Dean Yendall 7 59kg 96
5 1112x161x5 BLAZEJOWSKI Greg Eurell Jye McNeil 6 59kg 100
6 x780731x30 MUSIC BAY Phillip Stokes Michael Poy (a) 5 57kg 90
7 118x315x13 WILD VIXEN Levi Kavanagh Mark Zahra 2 57kg 90
8 0x111547x4 NEIGHBOURHOOD Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 1 57kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Nominations

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations attract sprinters from a variety of preparations. Plenty of horses are dually nominated for both the Kevin Heffernan Stakes and the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) on Zipping Classic Day.

The 2020 Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2020 nominations feature 17 hopefuls including last start Group 2 Salinger Stakes winner Kemalpasa.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 10×2705098 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 1 59kg 103
2 1x4x8x3531 KEMALPASA G 5 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 2 59kg 106
3 7x1153x372 ORDER OF COMMAND G 6 Danny O’Brien 3 59kg 103
4 1112x161x5 BLAZEJOWSKI G 6 Greg Eurell 4 59kg 100
5 x780731x30 MUSIC BAY M 5 Phillip Stokes 5 57kg 90
6 0x0223x845 ACHERNAR STAR G 6 Lindsey Smith 6 59kg 100
7 3153521×96 GAULOIS G 6 James Cummings 7 59kg 103
8 210x115x34 RANIER G 5 James Cummings 8 59kg 103
9 3075172165 TRAVIMYFRIEND (NZ) G 8 Rachael Frost 9 59kg 96
10 x1334x09x5 ALL TOO ROYAL G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 59kg 94
11 118x315x13 WILD VIXEN M 4 Levi Kavanagh 11 57kg 90
12 0x111547x4 NEIGHBOURHOOD M 5 Enver Jusufovic 12 57kg 84
13 x29416526x VASSILATOR (NZ) G 5 Colin Little 13 59kg 92
14 0x882x5328 LA TIGERESA M 6 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 14 57kg 83
15 917234x0x0 I AM VINNIE G 6 David & Coral Feek 15 59kg 79
16 x626x14122 OCULAR G 4 Shea Eden 16 59kg 78
17 81181472×7 TE ATA M 6 Declan Maher 17 57kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Kevin Heffernan Stakes History

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes was a listed race until 2013, when it was granted an upgrade to Group 3. This change occurred in light of the increasingly decent fields that were contesting the race.

Quite a few talented young sprinters come through the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, and it has over time developed a reputation for throwing some of the best sprinters on the Melbourne circuit into contention.

Prior to 2004, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes was run over 1200m. It was increased to 1250m in 2004 and again to 1300m in 2005. In 2006, the distance was reduced to 1200m for two years. In 2008, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes returned to 1300m. In 2013, it was held over 1200m. In 2014, it was back to 1300m.

Notable recent Kevin Heffernan Stakes winners include Lankan Rupee (2013) and Lucky Hussler (2016). Kevin Heffernan Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Kevin Heffernan Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Kemalpasa 1 minute 16.71 seconds
2nd Order Of Command
3rd Neighbourhood
2019
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Teleplay 1 minute 17.26 seconds
2nd Home Of The Brave
3rd Hey Doc
2018
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Cool Passion 1 minute 16.59 seconds
2nd First Among Equals
3rd Savanna Amour
2017
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Jungle Edge 1 minute 17.49 seconds
2nd Casino Wizard
3rd Thronum
2016
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 16.43 seconds
2nd Illustrious Lad
3rd Super Cash
2015
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 18.4 seconds
2nd Generalife
3rd Gracious Prospect
2014
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Fast ‘N’ Rocking 1 minute 17.7 seconds
2nd Generalife
3rd Flamberge
2013
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Lankan Rupee 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Hot Snitzel
3rd Famous Seamus
2012
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Mid Summer Music 1 minute 17.1 seconds
2nd Hot Snitzel
3rd Unpretentious
2011
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Soul 1 minute 18.9 seconds
2nd Masthead
3rd Doubtful Jack
2010
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Avenue 1 minute 19.3 seconds
2nd Dubleanny
3rd Royal Ida
2009
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Lucky Secret 1 minute 16.7 seconds
2nd Posadas
3rd Diplomatic Force
2008
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Captain Bax 1 minute 18.5 seconds
2nd Posadas
3rd Juggle The Books
2007
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Gibralter Campion 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Cargo Cult
3rd Cocinero
2006
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Tesbury Jack 1 minute 08.97 seconds
2nd Cocinero
3rd Megadeal
2005
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 17.6 seconds
2nd Unabated
3rd Air Cooled
2004
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Brannigan 1 minute 17.5 seconds
2nd Dandy Kid
3rd Mr Lofty
2003
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Super Groove 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Recurring
3rd Rustic Mist
2002
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Century Kid 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Suit
3rd Belle du Jour
2001
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Chattanooga 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Libidinous
3rd Toledo
2000
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
1st Sports 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Paint
3rd Cullen

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