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.

2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Ashrun
  • 2nd: #5 Sound
  • 3rd: #7 Future Score / #2 Brimham Rocks (Dead Heat)



The Group 3 2020 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 $200,000, 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 2020 Lexus Stakes was held on Saturday October 31, 2020 as the Hotham Stakes and was won by the German raider Ashrun who secured a slot in the Melbourne Cup 2020 field. 

Lexus Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1869

2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Ashrun
  • 2nd: #5 Sound
  • 3rd: #7 Future Score / #2 Brimham Rocks (Dead Heat)

The Andreas Wohler-trained German raider Ashrun ($5.50) became the third straight international horse to win the 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes, the top weight winning his way into Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup field with a narrow victory over Sound on Derby Day.

Click here to read more on the impressive 2020 Lexus Stakes winner Ashrun who is into the Melbourne Cup.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 2 61kg $5.50
2 5 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 0.1L 5 59.5kg $7.50
3 7 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 1.1L 9 58kg $12
3 2 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1.1L 4 60kg $6.50
5 8 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden William Pike 1.6L 1 57.5kg $10
6 10 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott Mark Zahra 3.6L 8 56.5kg $4.80F
7 11 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker Glen Boss 4.1L 3 56kg $5
8 6 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 5.6L 6 58kg $81
9 4 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8.35L 7 59.5kg $51
10 3 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 9.85L 10 60kg $21
9 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Lexus Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Lexus Stakes 2020 odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be listed below on the stayers and potential Melbourne Cup horses.

2020 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 2020 Lexus Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

Eleven stayers chase a late inclusion in the Melbourne Cup 2020 field via a win in Saturday’s Lexus Hotham Stakes 2020 including the Andreas Wohler-trained German raider and top weight Ashrun.

Click here to read about the horses chasing a Melbourne Cup start in the 2020 Lexus Hotham Stakes field.

  • Scratched: #9 Attorney (3)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1853x5x224 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 2 61kg 105
2 x7691x8382 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 60kg 103
3 x7000x3240 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams 11 60kg 103
4 21023×6937 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 59.5kg 102
5 5x532x5226 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 6 59.5kg 102
6 13770×7006 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 7 58kg 99
7 11x1253x61 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 10 58kg 99
8 0352×67807 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden William Pike 1 57.5kg 98
9 x6804x2414 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Jye McNeil 3 57kg 97
10 x111x7x334 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott Mark Zahra 9 56.5kg 96
11 1x214x7x67 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker Glen Boss 4 56kg 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2020 Ashrun Sound Brimham Rocks / Future Score (Dead Heat) 2:37.94
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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