Kevin Heffernan Stakes

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held in late November or early December on Zipping Classic Day.

2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 King Magnus
  • 2nd: #10 Unusual Culture
  • 3rd: #2 Vilana



The 2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 event previously held at Sandown Racecourse at the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

In 2021 the Zipping Classic Day program including the Kevin Heffernan Stakes moved to late November at Caulfield Racecourse where it remained for the 2022 edition.

The 2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes took place on the first Saturday in December.

Raced over 1400m (increased from 1300m in 2021), the Kevin Heffernan Stakes is held under weight-for-age conditions and pays $200,000 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.

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

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.

Fourth placed Streets Of Avalon franked the Kevin Heffernan form from 2020 returning in 2021 to win the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) – Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) double. He also returned to run third in the 2021 Kevin Heffernan results before a third to Zaaki in the 2022 $5 million The All-Star Mile the next autumn.

The form out of the 2021 Kevin Heffernan Stakes was further franked with the winner Sinawann returning the following January to run second in the Australia Stakes. The Kevin Heffernan runner-up in 2021, I Am Superman, meanwhile finished runner in the 2022 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes the following spring.

The 2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes ran on Saturday December 2, 2023 at Caulfield Racecourse and was won in style by the evergreen eight-year-old King Magnus ($5). 

Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2023
Date: Saturday December 2, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse (since 2021)
Distance: 1400m (since 2021)
Race Type: WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 King Magnus ($5)
  • 2nd: #10 Unusual Culture
  • 3rd: #2 Vilana

Veteran eight-year-old King Magnus ($5) sprinted off over the final 100m to post a deserving Group 3 victory in the 2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes results on Zipping Classic Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Thomas Stockdale 3 59kg $5
2 10 UNUSUAL CULTURE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 0.75L 7 57kg $6.50
3 2 VILANA James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 0.85L 4 59kg $1.85F
4 9 GLINT OF SILVER David Pfieffer Mark Zahra 1.85L 2 59kg $15
5 6 NOT AN OPTION Michael Moroney Michael Dee 2.6L 1 59kg $21
6 4 CROSSHAVEN Ben, Will & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 3.1L 5 59kg $10
7 8 PASCERO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 3.5L 6 59kg $16
1 THE INFERNO Cliff Brown Damian Lane 0
5 LOVE TAP Richard & Will Freedman Jamie Mott 0
7 DON’T DOUBT DORY Julien Welsh Ben Allen 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2023 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.

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2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2023 Tips on the Zipping Classic Day event his November.

  • To Win: #9 Glint Of Silver ($21 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going for a boil over in the Kevin Heffernan with Glint Of Silver looking overs at 20/1 at time of publish. This consistent David Pfieffer-trained grey is a four-year-old son of Rubick who is racing well. This is obviously a class test but it does present as a winnable Group 3 for him. Narrow second in the grey’s race on Melbourne Cup Day with 58kg. Drawn well. Can surprise.

2023 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 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) – now run as The Damien Oliver – at that same opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting and the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m).

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

In 2023 King Magnus improved on a lead-up eighth in The Damien Olive (Linlithgow) to win the Kevin Heffernan.

The 2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes field is released the Wednesday before race day and will published below as soon as available.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2023 final field features a smart line-up of hopefuls led in betting by the James Cummings-trained Vilana down in grade here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x9275x440 THE INFERNO Cliff Brown Damian Lane 8 59kg 101
2 0x1760x568 VILANA James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 6 59kg 106
3 06x51183x8 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Thomas Stockdale 5 59kg 104
4 9927273×20 CROSSHAVEN Ben, Will & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 7 59kg 97
5 x10x735x05 LOVE TAP Richard & Will Freedman Jamie Mott 2 59kg 92
6 615301×060 NOT AN OPTION Michael Moroney Michael Dee 3 59kg 98
7 32427x881x DON’T DOUBT DORY Julien Welsh Ben Allen 1 59kg 89
8 x928185781 PASCERO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 9 59kg 86
9 2127×63402 GLINT OF SILVER David Pfieffer Mark Zahra 4 59kg 86
10 21511314×4 UNUSUAL CULTURE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 10 57kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Nominations

The 2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

2023 Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations extended until 10:00am (AEDT) on 27/11/2023. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 89x21x7148 CARDIGAN QUEEN M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86
2 9927273×20 CROSSHAVEN G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 97
3 32427x881x DON’T DOUBT DORY G 7 Julien Welsh 89
4 33898×8235 FORBIDDEN CITY M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 80
5 2127×63402 GLINT OF SILVER G 4 David Pfieffer 86
6 06x51183x8 KING MAGNUS G 8 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 104
7 x10x735x05 LOVE TAP G 6 Richard & Will Freedman 92
8 615301×060 NOT AN OPTION G 6 Michael Moroney 98
9 x928185781 PASCERO G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 86
10 74x1x55411 PICAROON M 6 Tom Dabernig 82
11 0x9275x440 THE INFERNO G 7 Cliff Brown 101
12 2137×18 THE MAGGSTAR M 5 Tetyana Furdetska 77
13 21511314×4 UNUSUAL CULTURE (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
14 0x1760x568 VILANA H 5 James Cummings 106

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.

In 2021 the Kevin Heffernan Stakes took place over 1400m at Caulfield Racecourse.

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
2023
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
(Run at Caulfield Racecourse)
1st King Magnus 1 minute 26.66 seconds

(Run over 1400m)

2nd Unusual Culture
3rd Vilana
2022
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
(Run at Caulfield Racecourse)
1st Crosshaven 1 minute 24.09 seconds

(Run over 1400m)

2nd Norwegian Bliss
3rd Literary Magnate
2021
Kevin Heffernan Stakes
(Run at Caulfield Racecourse)
1st Sinawann 1 minute 22.14 seconds

(Run over 1400m)

2nd I Am Superman
3rd Streets Of Avalon
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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