Lexus Stakes

The Lexus Hotham Handicap 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.

2021 Lexus Hotham Handicap Results

  • 1st: #4 Great House
  • 2nd: #7 Mankayan
  • 3rd: #6 Emissary



The Group 3 2021 Lexus Stakes – currently known as the Lexus Hotham Handicap – 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 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 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 2021 Lexus Stakes was run on Saturday October 30, 2021 as the Lexus Hotham Handicap and saw the Chris Waller-trained Great House further secure his spot in the 2021 Melbourne Cup field. 

Lexus Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1869

2021 Lexus Hotham Handicap Results

  • 1st: #4 Great House ($3.60)
  • 2nd: #7 Mankayan
  • 3rd: #6 Emissary

The Chris Waller-trained Great House ($3.60) was too strong late thanks to a gun and patient ride by James McDonald to run down a brave Mankayan on the straight making up ground from the back to win the 2021 Lexus Stakes on way to Tuesday’s $8 million Melbourne Cup.

Click here to read more on the strong Lexus Hotham Stakes 2021 win by Melbourne Cup-bound Great House.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 7 57.5kg $3.60
2 7 MANKAYAN (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 0.75L 1 54kg $3.50F
3 6 EMISSARY (GB) Michael Moroney Glen Boss 3.5L 8 54kg $16
4 3 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 3.6L 5 58kg $8.50
5 9 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3.9L 2 54kg $5.50
6 1 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 4.1L 4 59kg $16
7 2 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 5.85L 3 58.5kg $21
8 8 SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred Kersley 11.85L 9 54kg $41
9 5 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 31.85L 6 57kg $14

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Lexus Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Lexus Stakes 2021 odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be listed below on the stayers and potential Melbourne Cup horses.

Downdraft ($5.50 in 2019) was the last favourite in Lexus Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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 2021 Lexus Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

A line-up of stayers chasing an eleventh-hour run in the Melbourne Cup field is engaged for the 2021 Lexus Hotham Stakes field where race favourite Great House could be scratched having now secured a start in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 08×8268456 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 4 59kg 103
2 3x8511x909 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 3 58.5kg 102
3 x57170x505 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 5 58kg 101
4 4×13275155 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 7 57.5kg 100
5 4100×66730 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 6 57kg 99
6 1x2031x275 EMISSARY (GB) Michael Moroney Glen Boss 8 54kg 80
7 31222×2322 MANKAYAN (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 1 54kg 79
8 1423x18x07 SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred Kersley 9 54kg 77
9 x111733x74 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 2 54kg 76

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.

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.

Lexus Stakes Results

Year First Second Third Time
2021 Great House Mankayan Emissary 2:34.56
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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