Lexus Stakes

The Lexus Hotham Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held on Victoria Derby Day offering a ballot exemption to the winner into the Melbourne Cup Field a few days later.

2019 Lexus Hotham Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Downdraft
  • 2nd: #13 Carif
  • 3rd: #10 Azuro



The Group 3 2019 Lexus Stakes – now known as the Hotham Stakes – is a 2500m staying event held at the illustrious Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day, the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup.

Open to horses aged three years and older, the Lexus Stakes is run under quality handicap conditions. With total prize money of $300,000, the Lexus Stakes is quite a lucrative Group 3 event and key race on the Melbourne Cup Carnival schedule.

The Lexus Stakes winner gains a ballot exemption for the Group 1 $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) back at the track just three days later and Shocking (2009) was the last to complete the double.

More recently the 2018 Lexus Stakes winner Prince Of Arran ran third in the Melbourne Cup trifecta next start.

Victoria Derby Day is a massive race meeting, and the Lexus Stakes shares a race program with eight other Group status races. These include the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m).

There are a variety of paths that horses take to the Lexus Stakes. As it runs at the culmination of the spring carnival, those horses which target the Lexus Stakes may have been racing in Victoria, NSW or may even have just come out of quarantine following their trip to Australia. In the past, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) has been a fairly popular lead-up event.

A number of horses use the Lexus Stakes as a lead up event to the Melbourne Cup, held just four days later on the first Tuesday of November. This has been a common course for international horses who are seeking ballot exemption, which the Lexus Stakes provides.

The Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) is another popular target following a Lexus Stakes run held the Saturday after on Mackinnon Stakes Day and offers a bonus to any horse that was balloted out of that year’s Melbourne Cup field should they salute.

The 2019 Lexus Stakes was held on Saturday November 2, 2019 as the Hotham Stakes and won by the Joseph O’Brien-trained Irish stayer Downdraft. 

Lexus Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1869

2019 Lexus Hotham Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Downdraft
  • 2nd: #13 Carif
  • 3rd: #10 Azuro

The Lexus Hotham Stakes 2019 Results saw the Joseph O’Brien-trained Irish raider Downdraft power home in a dominant 1.5 length victory to secure his spot in next Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup field. O’Brien won the race in 2017 with Rekindling and has four potential runners as he chases his second ‘Loving Trophy’ in three years.

Read more on the impressive Hotham Stakes 2019 win by the Melbourne Cup-bound Downdraft. 

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight
1 1 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 1 59kg $5.50F
2 13 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Jamie Kah 1.5L 4 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $9.50
3 10 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 5.5L 5 54.5kg $9.50
4 7 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 6.75L 8 57.5kg $9.50
5 8 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Mark Zahra 7.75L 3 57.5kg $6
6 4 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9.75L 10 57.5kg $7
7 11 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 10.5L 2 54kg $14
8 3 HAKY (IRE) John Hammond Ms Linda Meech 10.7L 9 57.5kg $8
9 12 VALAC (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 22.7L 7 54kg $26
10 6 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 28.7L 6 57.5kg $9.50
9 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Damien Oliver 0
2 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 0
5 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 0

2019 Lexus Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Lexus Stakes 2019 odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be listed below on the stayers and potential Melbourne Cup horses.

2019 Lexus Stakes Field

The Lexus Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of spring stayers, the majority of which are chasing the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption on offer to the winner of the Victoria Derby Day race.

Good lead-up races into the Lexus Stakes field each season including Caulfield’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) or even the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) the Saturday prior on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day that produced the 2017 Lexus Stakes winner Cismontane (3rd) and the 2019 champion Downdraft (3rd) for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Joseph O’Brien.

The official 2019 Lexus Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Lexus Hotham Stakes 2019 Field features a dozen runners following the early scratching of Youngstar. The rails-drawn Downdraft heads betting on the Melbourne Cup lead-up for Irish horseman and former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Joseph O’Brien.

Read more on the 2019 Lexus Hotham Stakes Field of Melbourne Cup hopefuls. 

Update: There are now three official scratchings from the Lexus Stakes field with #2 Sound (11) and #5 Neufbosc (10) joining #9 Youngstar (5) as the withdrawn runners already assured of a start in Tuesday’s 24-horse Melbourne Cup field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x196112x3 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 1 59kg 106
2 00x048x070 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 11 58.5kg 105
3 112×513203 HAKY (IRE) John Hammond Ms Linda Meech 12 57.5kg 103
4 39×1662181 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 13 57.5kg 103
5 2x30x80709 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 10 57.5kg 103
6 6797×90066 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 57.5kg 103
7 4740×70533 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 9 57.5kg 103
8 70141×5919 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Mark Zahra 3 57.5kg 103
9 x059x87873 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Damien Oliver 5 56.5kg 105
10 830611×055 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 6 54.5kg 97
11 20x0404x84 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 2 54kg 95
12 72231×6710 VALAC (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 8 54kg 93
13 7225×50152 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Jamie Kah 4 54kg 84

Lexus Stakes History

The Lexus Stakes was inaugurated in 1969 as the Hotham Handicap, it’s current registered name. One of the oldest races in Australia, the Lexus Stakes has a very prestigious history to match its age.

The Lexus Stakes is renowned for a very rare triple dead heat in 1956. Fighting Force, Ark Royal and Pandie Sun crossed together to win one of the only races ever to record three winners.

Besides its current name, the Lexus Stakes has been known by a variety of sponsor titles. For ten years prior to 2009 (when Lexus started sponsorship) it was known as the Saab Quality. Prior to that, it was the Lean Cuisine Quality, Ten News Quality, Crown Quality and The Dalgety.

Notable Lexus Stakes winners include Miss Carbine (1899), Spear Chief (1938), Foxzami (1949), Think Big (1974), Brew (2000) and Shocking (2009) who was the last Lexus Stakes winner to back-up and dominate that year’s Melbourne Cup results doing the double. Lexus Stakes results, winners and placegetters since 2000 are listed below, along with winning times.

Lexus Stakes Results

Year First Second Third Time
2019 Downdraft Carif Azuro 2:38.85
2018 Prince Of Arran Brimham Rocks Jaameh 2:37.46
2017 Cismontane Vengeur Masque Pentathlon 2:35.41
2016 Oceanographer Tom Melbourne Tally 2.35.68
2015 Excess Knowledge Zanteca Havana Cooler 2:36.8
2014 Signoff Big Memory La Amistad 2:37.9
2013 Ruscello Let’s Make Adeal Araldo 2:39.8
2012 Kelinni Dare To Dream Exceptionally 2:37.6
2011 Niwot Macedonian Anudjawun 2:37.5
2010 Maluckyday Linton Once Were Wild 2:35.1
2009 Shocking Hume Irazu 2:38.3
2008 Moatise Light Vision Cape Cover 2:37.7
2007 Sculptor The Fuzz Desert Master 2:35.4
2006 Maybe Better Irazu Vanquished 2:35.8
2005 Strasbourg Bush Honey Mr Celebrity 2:40.3
2004 Don Raphael Catchmeifyoucan Winning Belle 2:36.6
2003 Big Pat Fawaz Dance On Wood 2:39.4
2002 Requiem Miss Meliss Piachay 2:35.3
2001 Maythehorsebewithu Spirit Of Westbury Touch The Groom 2:35.8
2000 Brew Mr Nelson Yammer 2:37.1

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