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The Lexus Archer 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.
2023 Lexus Archer Stakes Results
- 1st: #2 Kalapour
- 2nd: #3 Athabascan
- 3rd: #6 Gan Teorainn
Lexus Stakes News
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The Group 3 2023 Lexus Stakes – currently known as the Lexus Archer 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 $8.41 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 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Linlithgow 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 as has the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m).
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 Champions Stakes Day and offers a bonus to any horse that was balloted out of that year’s Melbourne Cup field should they salute.
The 2023 Lexus Archer Stakes was run on Saturday November 4, 2023 as a final lead-up into the Melbourne Cup and saw the Kris Lees-trained Kalapour ($4.80) from Sydney lead all-the-way off a gun ride by Damien Oliver to earn his spot in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field on November 7.
|Lexus Stakes 2023|
|Date:||Saturday November 4, 2023|
|Conditions:||3YO&UP Quality Hcp|
2023 Lexus Archer Handicap Results
- 1st: #2 Kalapour ($4.80)
- 2nd: #3 Athabascan
- 3rd: #6 Gan Teorainn
Trainer Kris Lees is likely to have two Melbourne Cup 2023 runners with Kalapour joining Cleveland inside the Top 24 on the order of entry for Tuesday’s $8.41 million feature after leading from barrier to box to score an impressive victory in the 2023 Lexus Archer Stakes results off a perfectly-timed ride by Damien Oliver.
2023 Lexus Archer Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||2||KALAPOUR (IRE)||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||1||56kg||$4.80|
|2||3||ATHABASCAN (FR)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||0.3L||3||55.5kg||$2.80F|
|3||6||GAN TEORAINN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||1.8L||7||54kg||$26|
|4||5||UNITED NATIONS (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jamie Spencer||3.8L||4||54kg||$5|
|5||4||MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Tim Clark||4.55L||6||54kg||$5|
|6||1||LADIES MAN (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||Dean Yendall||5.55L||5||59kg||$9|
|7||7||SPEAK (GB)||Michael Moroney||Billy Egan||12.55L||2||54kg||$16|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Lexus Stakes Betting Odds
Downdraft ($5.50 in 2019) followed by Surefire ($1.90 in 2022) are the last favourites in Lexus Stakes betting to salute for the punters.
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2023 Lexus Stakes Form Guide
2023 Lexus Stakes Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Lexus Archer Stakes 2023 Tips on the final official Melbourne Cup lead-up race this spring.
- To Win: #4 Mostly Cloudy ($5.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW
A ballot exemption into the Melbourne Cup field goes on the line in the Lexus Archer Stakes and it is a small seven-horse field and a wide-open market. Have landed on Mostly Cloudy to salute from the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young team. The stable are in excellent form this spring and this six-time winning gelding looks to be on the up. Flemington winner by two lengths over 2500m a couple of starts back before finishing a credible fourth in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings at the same track and trip on October 7. Two lengths off the winner Future History there and the form out of the race is holding well. Right track, right distance, same weight, can return to winning form and make it into the big one.
2023 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 2023 Lexus Archer Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.
The Lexus Archer Stakes 2023 field features a small but in-form line-up of seven potential Melbourne Cup-bound stayers led in betting by the John O’Shea-trained Athabascan.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||31413×3221||LADIES MAN (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||Dean Yendall||5||59kg||106|
|2||1213x3L733||KALAPOUR (IRE)||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||1||56kg||100|
|3||37Px991187||ATHABASCAN (FR)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3||55.5kg||99|
|4||5×03323614||MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Tim Clark||6||54kg||93|
|5||x41x952320||UNITED NATIONS (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jamie Spencer||4||54kg||89|
|6||7224×75353||GAN TEORAINN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||7||54kg||83|
|7||5x42x22x62||SPEAK (GB)||Michael Moroney||Billy Egan||2||54kg||71|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Lexus Archer Stakes Nominations
Early nominations for the Lexus Archer Stakes in 2023 will be published below once confirmed by Racing Victoria on the Monday ahead of VRC Derby Day.
The 2023 Lexus Archer Stakes nominations attracted 25 stayers with a number already assured of a run in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field three days later on November 7.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||37Px991187||ATHABASCAN (FR)||G||5||John O’Shea||99|
|2||6x50x49621||CLEVELAND (IRE)||H||6||Kris Lees||105|
|3||x858x58610||FANCY MAN (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||99|
|4||7224×75353||GAN TEORAINN (IRE)||M||4||Chris Waller||83|
|5||6536Px3259||INTERPRETATION (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||95|
|6||1213x3L733||KALAPOUR (IRE)||G||7||Kris Lees||100|
|7||x1430x0039||KING FRANKEL (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||100|
|8||x05314x709||KUKERACHA (NZ)||G||6||Chris Waller||98|
|9||31413×3221||LADIES MAN (NZ)||G||6||Allan Sharrock||106|
|10||2x22418x98||LUNCIES (GB)||G||7||Kris Lees||104|
|11||5x0x06x906||MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE)||M||5||Chris Waller||104|
|12||319×920141||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||103|
|13||1265x728x5||MORE FELONS (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||100|
|14||5×03323614||MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE)||G||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||93|
|15||12x18x7404||MR WATERVILLE (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||89|
|16||725x900x11||MURAMASA||G||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||97|
|17||905926×461||PESTO (GB)||G||8||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||84|
|18||20x129x243||SERPENTINE (IRE)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||101|
|19||1390×70403||SIR LUCAN (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||98|
|20||820200×705||SO DAZZLING (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||92|
|21||5x42x22x62||SPEAK (GB)||M||5||Michael Moroney||71|
|22||02330×8541||SUIZURO||G||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||95|
|23||19x64x069x||THIRD REALM (GB)||G||6||Anthony & Sam Freedman||97|
|24||7043100×00||TIMOUR (FR)||G||6||Chris Waller||94|
|25||x41x952320||UNITED NATIONS (IRE)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||89|
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 place-getters since 2000 are listed below, along with winning times.
The 2018 Lexus Stakes winner Prince Of Arran would go on to run placings in three straight editions of the Melbourne Cup finishing 3rd in 2018, 2nd in 2029 and 3rd again in 2020.
The event was renamed the Lexus Archer Stakes ahead of the 2022 edition.
Lexus Stakes Results
|2020||Ashrun||Sound||Brimham Rocks / Future Score (Dead Heat)||2:37.94|
|2018||Prince Of Arran||Brimham Rocks||Jaameh||2:37.46|
|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|
|2010||Maluckyday||Linton||Once Were Wild||2:35.1|
|2008||Moatise||Light Vision||Cape Cover||2:37.7|
|2007||Sculptor||The Fuzz||Desert Master||2:35.4|
|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|
|2001||Maythehorsebewithu||Spirit Of Westbury||Touch The Groom||2:35.8|