Maurice McCarten Stakes

The Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes is a short course sprint run at Rosehill Gardens on Coolmore Classic Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 Maurice McCarten Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Star Of The Seas
  • 2nd: #8 River Bird
  • 3rd: #6 Spending To Win



The Maurcie McCarten Stakes is a Group 3 sprint run under open quality handicap conditions at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Coolmore Classic Day each March.

Run during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and features a host of other Group status support acts including the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1200m), the lucrative Group 3 $350,000 Sky High Stakes (2000m) and the Maurice McCarten Stakes.

Run over 1100m the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes field may feature first-up runners kicking off their autumn campaigns or horses coming off an earlier autumn lead-up in a race like the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at the track a month earlier, which last produced a Maurice McCarten Stakes winner with Dothraki (2nd in 2018).  Dothraki was originally also second past the post in the Maurice McCarten, but won the race on protest over Sprightly Lass.

After the event Maurice McCarten Stakes graduates may back-up in a race like the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) held back at the Rosehill track later that month. Hoystar (2008) was the last sprinter to complete the Maurice McCarten – Star Kingdom Stakes double. Tougher targets like the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill a fortnight after the Maurice McCarten Stakes might also be included in better sprinters’ campaigns. The last Maurice McCarten Stakes winner to go onto win The Galaxy was Atomic Force in 2011.

The Maurice McCarten Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday March 14, 2020 and was won in an upset by the Chris Waller-trained Star Of The Seas first-up. 

2020 Maurice McCarten Stakes
Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Maurice McCarten Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Star Of The Seas
  • 2nd: #8 River Bird
  • 3rd: #6

Doncaster Mile-nominated Star Of The Seas ($6) enjoyed a first-up win in the Maurice McCarten Stakes 2020 results, The Gong third placegetter beating home River Bird ($31) by a length with Spending To Win ($16) a close third.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Maurice McCarten Stakes winner Star Of The Seas.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3 57kg $6
2 8 RIVER BIRD Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 1L 8 53kg $31
3 6 SPENDING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1.1L 2 53kg $16
4 2 GREYWORM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1.3L 7 57.5kg $3.20F
5 7 DIPLOMATICO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 2.9L 9 53kg $15
6 10 MISS EXFACTOR Joseph Pride Jay Ford 3.2L 1 53kg $15
7 5 ZOUSTYLE Tony Gollan Tim Clark 3.3L 4 55kg $3.50
8 1 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 4.6L 5 59kg $6.50
9 9 GOLDFINCH Steve Englebrecht Deanne Panya 13.5L 6 53kg $61
SB 4 SOOTHING James Cummings Tommy Berry 0 56.5kg

2020 Maurice McCarten Stakes Odds

The season’s updated Maurice McCarten Stakes 2020 betting odds will be published below as soon as markets are released at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Maurcie McCarten Stakes Field

The Maurcie McCarten Stakes field attracts a decent quality of sprinters, some of which may be gearing up towards tougher autumn runs, and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before Coolmore Classic Day.

The official 2020 Maurice McCarten Stakes field and barriers are released on Wednesday March 11, 2020  and will be published in full below.

The Maurice McCarten Stakes 2020 field features 10 sprinters led in betting by the Hawkes Racing-trained Greyworm chasing a fourth consecutive win following a first-up success by 2.3 lengths at the track and distance last start.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 650x05120x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 5 59kg 105
2 22x91311x1 GREYWORM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 7 57.5kg 102
3 211x49393x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3 57kg 101
4 634x02151x SOOTHING James Cummings Tommy Berry 8 56.5kg 104
5 111x1x624x ZOUSTYLE Tony Gollan Tim Clark 4 55kg 97
6 54600×1792 SPENDING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 53kg 93
7 2x118x27x DIPLOMATICO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 10 53kg 81
8 181114×397 RIVER BIRD Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 53kg 81
9 22286x7x40 GOLDFINCH Steve Englebrecht Deanne Panya 6 53kg 80
10 4x703396x2 MISS EXFACTOR Joseph Pride Jay Ford 1 53kg 79

Maurice McCarten Stakes History

The Maurice McCarten Stakes was inaugurated in 1993 and the first winner of the race was Friend’s Venture. Since then quality types including Mustard (2004), Snippetson (2006), Atomic Force (2011) and Target In Sight (2015) have all recorded wins in the race.

Originally run over 1200m the event was cut to 1100m in 2010 and from 1993 – 2013 it ran as a Listed race before gaining its current Group 3 status in 2014. The race has gone by a number of various names over the years including the Moet & Chandon Handicap (1993-96) and The Schweppervesence (2005-09). Before 2010 the event was held as part of the Golden Slipper Stakes Day program.

Maurice McCarten Stakes Winners & Placegetters

See below for a recent list of Maurice McCarten Stakes results and winners going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Star Of The Seas 1 minute 06.45 seconds
2nd River Bird
3rd Spending To Win
2019
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Easy Eddie 1 minute 6.38 seconds
2nd She Knows
3rd All Over Bosanova
2018
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Dothraki 1 minute 3.41 seconds
2nd Sprightly Lass
3rd New Universe
2017
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Artistry 1 minute 4.99 seconds
2nd Dothraki
3rd Fickle Folly
2016
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Alberto Magic 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Angels Beach
3rd Bachman
2015
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Target In Sight 1 minute 3.9 seconds
2nd Deep Field
3rd Tahitian Black
2014
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Kencella 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Va Pensiero
3rd That’s A Good Idea
2013
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st See The World 1 minute 3.9 seconds
2nd Anise
3rd Hurrara
2012
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Title 1 minute 4.8 seconds
2nd Uate
3rd Zaratone
2011
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Atomic Force 1 minute 3.1 seconds
2nd Winter King
3rd Dorf Command
2010
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Welkom Gold 1 minute 4.42 seconds
2nd Nightofthegeneral
3rd Rarefied
2009
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Mount Verde 1 minute 11.79 seconds
2nd Aichi
3rd Posadas
2008
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Hoystar 1 minute 12.03 seconds
2nd Al Be Nible
3rd Certain Magic
2007
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Double Dare 1 minute 9.42 seconds
2nd King Rex
3rd Sunset Run
2006
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Snippetson 1 minute 9.34 seconds
2nd Mustard
3rd Shannon Bank
2005
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Britt’s Best 1 minute 9.43 seconds
2nd Damigos
3rd Entreaty
2004
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Mustard 1 minute 8.81 seconds
2nd Geiger Spirit
3rd Jivago
2003
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Sex Machine 1 minute 9.60 seconds
2nd Oomph
3rd Arlington Road
2002
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Crete 1 minute 8.98 seconds
2nd Shouq
3rd Polygram
2001
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Stanzaic / Knickerbocker Kid 1 minute 9.31 seconds
2nd
3rd Scottish Pride
2000
Maurice McCarten Stakes
1st Antiquity 1 minute 8.86 seconds
2nd Paint
3rd Batwing

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