Moonga Stakes

The Moonga Stakes is a Group 3 race contested in October on Caulfield Cup Day over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2021 Moonga Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Buffalo River
  • 2nd: #10 King Magnus
  • 3rd: #4 Justacanta



The Group 3 Moonga Stakes is a 1400m sprint held at Caulfield Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Moonga Stakes is a race for horses aged four years and older.

The Moonga Stakes is held on one of the biggest race days of the year, Caulfield Cup Day. This is the third day of the three day Caulfield Cup Carnival, which begins a week before with Caulfield Guineas Day, continues on Wednesday with Thousand Guineas Day and ends on Caulfield Cup Day.

Sharing the race schedule with the Moonga Stakes are a host of other Black-Type features. These include the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m), Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) and the Group 3 Caulfield Classic.

Horses contesting the Moonga Stakes field may come off a lead-up run in a race like the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) for mares at Flemington a fortnight earlier or the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) run three weeks prior. In 2016 Voodoo Lad improved on a lead-up second in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before winning the Moonga Stakes. The 2019 Moonga Stakes winner Streets Of Avalon ran fourth in the Sir Rupert with an unplaced Toorak Handicap (11th) run in between that and his Group 3 success on Caulfield Cup Day.

The Moonga Stakes serves as a nice lead-up into the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) over the Flemington mile during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Boban (2013) was the last horse to complete the Moonga Stakes – Kennedy Cantala double.

The Moonga Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday October 16, 2021 and was won by the Michael Moroney-trained favourite Buffalo River ($2.70).

Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes
Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 4YO&UP SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Moonga Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Buffalo River ($2.70F)
  • 2nd: #10 King Magnus
  • 3rd: #4 Justacanta

Buffalo River ($2.70F) built on some nice lead-up form to take his stakes up over $600,000 with his first Black-Type victory in the Moonga Stakes 2021 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 7 57kg $2.70F
2 10 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Craig Williams 0.75L 9 57kg $7
3 4 JUSTACANTA (NZ) Patrick Payne Dean Yendall 2L 4 58kg $16
4 1 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Linda Meech 3L 5 60kg $3.40
5 2 MORVADA Peter Jolly Damian Lane 3.3L 1 58.5kg $26
6 7 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Daniel Moor 5.55L 3 57kg $11
7 5 GAULOIS James Cummings Fred Kersley 6.05L 8 57kg $12
8 6 VASSILATOR (NZ) Colin Little & Matthew Lindsay Jordan Childs 6.25L 2 57kg $31
9 3 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 10L 6 58.5kg $71
10 9 ARCADIA PRINCE Amy McDonald John Allen 12.25L 10 57kg $91

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Moonga Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Moonga Stakes 2021 betting markets provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be listed below complete with links for you to back your Moonga Stakes Tips in at the right price as soon as released the week of the race.

Buffalo River ($2.70 in 2021) was the last favourite in Moonga Stakes betting to win.

2021 Moonga Stakes Field

The 2021 Moonga Stakes field and barriers are released by Racing Victoria (RV) on the Wednesday leading-up to Caulfield Cup Day and will be provided in full below once announced.

The Moonga Stakes 2021 final field features a quality line-up middle distance types led by Zoutori carrying the 60kg top weight and out to improve on a lead-up second in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes with the same weight.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 14x7140x42 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Linda Meech 5 60kg 113
2 x431020x65 MORVADA Peter Jolly Damian Lane 1 58.5kg 95
3 413112570x HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 6 58.5kg 103
4 582163×061 JUSTACANTA (NZ) Patrick Payne Dean Yendall 4 58kg 95
5 68346×4268 GAULOIS James Cummings Fred Kersley 8 57kg 98
6 51267313×0 VASSILATOR (NZ) Colin Little & Matthew Lindsay Jordan Childs 2 57kg 101
7 6007x86x02 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Daniel Moor 3 57kg 99
8 03x2340x02 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 7 57kg 101
9 11x740x59x ARCADIA PRINCE Amy McDonald John Allen 10 57kg 90
10 16×0211224 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Craig Williams 9 57kg 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Moonga Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Moonga Stakes in 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be updated here once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11x740x59x ARCADIA PRINCE G 7 Amy McDonald
2 6007x86x02 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER G 7 Daniel Bowman 99
3 03x2340x02 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 6 Michael Moroney 101
4 68346×4268 GAULOIS G 7 James Cummings 98
5 413112570x HANG MAN (IRE) G 8 Michael Moroney 103
6 582163×061 JUSTACANTA (NZ) G 8 Patrick Payne 95
7 2121x0x81 KAHMA LASS (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 104
8 381x6602x1 KEMENTARI G 7 James Cummings 110
9 16×0211224 KING MAGNUS G 6 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 93
10 1x811331x2 LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) G 5 Michael Hickmott 90
11 1x370x6500 MAN OF PEACE G 9 Matthew Dale 96
12 x431020x65 MORVADA G 8 Peter Jolly 95
13 3112x26x52 PRIDE OF JENNI M 4 Symon Wilde 80
14 1114×93506 REGARDSMAREE G 5 Nick Ryan 92
15 146x243x83 RIDDLE ME THAT G 5 Matt Laurie 95
16 12x1235x11 SIRILEO MISS M 4 Symon Wilde 84
17 x1167x2875 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 109
18 51267313×0 VASSILATOR (NZ) G 6 Colin Little & Matthew Lindsay 101
19 14x7140x42 ZOUTORI G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 113

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Moonga Stakes History

The Moonga Stakes was inaugurated in 1982 and has since undergone a huge amount of name changes. Initially a Principal race, the Moonga Stakes was granted Group 3 status in 1994.

The Moonga Stakes is one of those races that receives sponsorship for its name in most years. During its short history, the Moonga Stakes has been named in honour of two different race horses, Vo Rogue and Northerly. Listed below are the various name changes the Moonga Stakes has undergone over the years.

Period Race Name
2012 onwards Moonga Stakes
2009-11 Betfair Stakes
2007-08 Jayco Cup
2005-06 Harrolds 101 Stakes
2004 Melbourne Racing Club Stakes
2003 Farewell To Northerly Stakes
2001-02 Melbourne Racing Club Stakes
2000 Ansett Australia Stakes
1998-99 IGA Supermarkets Stakes
1997 Tablerite Stakes
1996 Vo Rogue Stakes
1995 Richard Ellis Plate
1993-94 The Myer Stakes
1987-92 Richard Ellis Plate

Notable Moonga Stakes winners include Vo Rogue (1988), Rough Habit (1992), Assertive Lad (2002) and Boban (2013). Moonga Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Moonga Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Moonga Stakes
1st Buffalo River 1 minute 24.43 seconds
2nd King Magnus
3rd Justacanta
2020
Moonga Stakes
1st Wild Planet 1 minute 24.83 seconds
2nd Morrissy
3rd Fifty Stars
2019
Moonga Stakes
1st Streets Of Avalon 1 minute 23.94 seconds
2nd Variation
3rd Royal Meeting
2018
Moonga Stakes
1st Sircconi 1 minute 24.97 seconds
2nd Dreamforce
3rd Perast
2017
Moonga Stakes
1st Ulmann 1 minute 23.44 seconds
2nd Burning Front
3rd Echo Effect
2016
Moonga Stakes
1st Voodoo Lad 1 minute 25.54 seconds
2nd Under The Louvre
3rd Coronation Shallan
2015
Moonga Stakes
1st Vashka 1 minute 23.27 seconds
2nd Under The Louvre
3rd Coronation Shallan
2014
Moonga Stakes
1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Under The Louvre
3rd Generalife
2013
Moonga Stakes
1st Boban 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Strawberry Boy
3rd Galah
2012
Moonga Stakes
1st Whateverwhenever 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd King’s Rose
3rd McClintock
2011
Moonga Stakes
1st Love Conquers All 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Albert The Fat
3rd Pinwheel
2010
Moonga Stakes
1st Rothera 1 minute 25.8 seconds
2nd Sniper’s Bullet
3rd Jungle Ruler
2009
Moonga Stakes
1st McClintock 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Rightfully Yours
3rd Kiloton
2008
Moonga Stakes
1st Royal Discretion 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Turffontein
3rd Stickpin
2007
Moonga Stakes
1st Lord Of The Dance 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Polish Clown
3rd Solar Secret
2006
Moonga Stakes
1st Perfectly Ready 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Live In Vain
3rd Caprizzi Strip
2005
Moonga Stakes
1st Volitant 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Shadow
2004
Moonga Stakes
1st Amtrak 1 minute 24.6 seconds
2nd Pink Fit
3rd Monahan Tweed
2003
Moonga Stakes
1st Thorn Park 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Lord Volksraad
3rd Regal Roller
2002
Moonga Stakes
1st Assertive Lad 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd El Nino
3rd Prince Rubiton
2001
Moonga Stakes
1st Flavour 1 minute 24.8 seconds
2nd Inspire
3rd Make Mine Magic
2000
Moonga Stakes
1st Cellar 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Hire
3rd Weasel Will

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