Northerly Stakes

The Northerly Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in October on the same day as Melbourne's Caulfield Cup and the $15 million The Everest in Sydney.

2020 Northerly Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Taxagano
  • 2nd: #12 Platoon
  • 3rd: #6 Massimo



The Northerly Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth during October each year.

Raced over 1400m, the Northerly Stakes is a set weights plus penalties event open to horses aged three years and older.

With prize money of $150,000, this is a fairly lucrative Group 3 event and tends to attract a field to match.

The Northerly Stakes is the headline event on the day, sharing the race schedule with only one other black type event, the Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m) for short-distance specilaists. The Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup is held in Melbourne on the same day, while Sydney hosts the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) – at Randwick.

Because the Perth Spring Racing Carnival contains far fewer black-type events than its eastern counterparts, you’ll need to do some serious form study for the Northerly Stakes. Beyond the listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) held at Belmont two weeks before, there isn’t a lot of good form to follow in this race. Rather, the Northerly Stakes acts as a great lead up event to many of the major Perth events further down the track.

Horses who run well in the Northerly Stakes often target the bigger and better races in WA over the summer including the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at the end of November. Recently the classy mare Galaxy Star improved on a second in the Northerly Stakes to win the Railway Stakes in 2018.

In 2015 subsequent six-time Group 1 champion Black Heart Bart completed the Birthday Stakes – Northerly Stakes – Group 2 Lee Steere treble. The following year Lite’n In My Veins (2016) also took out the Birthday Stakes – Northerly Stakes double. The form has been the one to follow in recent years with Silverstream (2017) improving on a Birthday Stakes second to win both the Northerly Stakes and Lee Steere Stakes.

Northerly Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO+ Set Weights Plus Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2020 Northerly Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Taxagano
  • 2nd: #12 Platoon
  • 3rd: #6 Massimo

There was an absolute boilover in the Northerly Stakes 2020 results with Fred Kersley’s $91 outsider Taxagano saluting in a tight finish over fellow roughie Platoon ($31) in an emotional win for Kersley who prepared the race’s namesake Northerly – born 24 years to the day of the shock victory.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Mitchell Pateman 3 57.5kg $91
2 12 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 0.37L 1 56.5kg $31
3 6 MASSIMO Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 0.39L 4 57.5kg $4
4 9 CUP NIGHT Bernie Miller Patrick Carbery 1L 13 57.5kg $12
5 1 VITAL SILVER Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 2.36L 9 58.5kg $11
6 2 FREE TRADE Michael Lane Chris Parnham 2.47L 6 58.5kg $21
7 10 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 2.79L 12 57.5kg $9
8 3 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Grant & Alana Williams Ms Lucy Warwick 2.87L 2 58.5kg $31
9 16 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 3.51L 10 55kg $21
10 15 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Ms Chloe Azzopardi (a) 3.77L 7 55.5kg $21
11 4 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 3.82L 5 57.5kg $2.90F
12 8 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Paul Harvey 4.17L 8 57.5kg $41
13 11 FLOW Martin Allan Jason Whiting 4.5L 11 56.5kg $81
14 7 MONEY MATTERS Adam Durrant Peter Hall 9.3L 14 57.5kg $14
15 13 FLOYD Chris & Michael Gangemi Jarrad Noske 10.45L 15 56.5kg $71
14 UNI TIME Sharon Miller Alan Kennedy 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Northerly Stakes Betting

Betting on the Northerly Stakes is led by in-form spring types with good form up to a mile including any past Group 1 performed local Perth horses down in grade.

The 2020 Northerly Stakes odds will be provided here once betting opens the week of the race.

Huge Northerly Stakes odds were on offer for the 2020 winner Taxagano who won at 90/1!

2020 Northerly Stakes Field

The Northerly Stakes field is usually composed of local runners looking for a reintroduction to racing after a spell. Some horses might target the Northerly Stakes field as part of an ongoing western spring campaign, however classier runners often contest this first up. You’ll usually see a few of the summer’s better sprinters kick things off in the Northerly Stakes field.

The 2020 Northerly Stakes field and barriers are announced the week of the race and will be published in full below.

The Northerly Stakes 2020 field features a capacity line-up of 16 summer-bound gallopers led in betting by the flying Massimo chasing a fourth win on the trot and also featuring the return of Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes winning filly Kay Cee.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3x422x7x35 VITAL SILVER Daniel & Ben Pearce Joseph Azzopardi 9 58.5kg 109
2 x21311x510 FREE TRADE Michael Lane Chris Parnham 6 58.5kg 102
3 x4110x857x TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Grant & Alana Williams Ms Lucy Warwick 2 58.5kg 97
4 121321x11x KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 5 57.5kg 102
5 213x60983x TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Mitchell Pateman 3 57.5kg 96
6 2227212111 MASSIMO Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 4 57.5kg 98
7 151×211311 MONEY MATTERS Adam Durrant Peter Hall 14 57.5kg 98
8 x3112111x8 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Paul Harvey 8 57.5kg 94
9 112x12x4x2 CUP NIGHT Bernie Miller Patrick Carbery 13 57.5kg 98
10 13x111x1x4 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 12 57.5kg 96
11 955×519882 FLOW Martin Allan Jason Whiting 11 56.5kg 96
12 11230x335x PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 1 56.5kg 96
13 6x33216x17 FLOYD Chris & Michael Gangemi Jarrad Noske 15 56.5kg 94
14 x111x960x6 UNI TIME Sharon Miller Alan Kennedy 16 56.5kg 95
15 2322113×83 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Ms Chloe Azzopardi (a) 7 55.5kg 93
16 3234x33x94 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 10 55kg 105

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Northerly Stakes History

The Northerly Stakes is named after the 2002 Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate winner Northerly, who also took out the 2001 Cox Plate and Australian Cup, making him one of the most prolific runners to ever come out of the west.

The Northerly Stakes was renamed in 2006, two years after the great Northerly retired. Initially a listed race, the Northerly Stakes received an upgrade to Group 3 status in 2013. With that came an increase in prize money from $125,000 to $150,000.

The Northerly Stakes was previously known as the WATC Anniversary Cup.

In 2000, the Northerly Stakes was run over 1600m. In 1999, it was 1800m.

Notable Northerly Stakes winners include Megatic (2008, 2009), King Saul (2012), Playing God (2013) and Black Heart Bart (2015) who went on to win six Group 1 wins around the country. Northerly Stakes results, including winning times, are listed below.

Northerly Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Northerly Stakes
1st Taxagano 1 minute 22.28 seconds
2nd Platoon
3rd Massimo
2019
Northerly Stakes
1st The Velvet King 1 minute 22.07 seconds
2nd Achernar Star
3rd Great Shot
2018
Northerly Stakes
1st Man Booker 1 minute 23.08 seconds
2nd Galaxy Star
3rd Great Shot
2017
Northerly Stakes
1st Silverstream 1 minute 24.04 seconds
2nd Great Shot
3rd Tradesman
2016
Northerly Stakes
1st Lite’n In My Veins 1 minute 24.3 seconds
2nd Ideal Image
3rd Perfect Reflection
2015
Northerly Stakes
1st Black Heart Bart 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Wink And A Nod
3rd Resonates
2014
Northerly Stakes
1st Fuchsia Bandana 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Miss Rose De Lago
3rd Balmont Girl
2013
Northerly Stakes
1st Playing God 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Rohan
3rd Platinum Rocker
2012
Northerly Stakes
1st King Saul 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Kerrific
3rd Maschino
2011
Northerly Stakes
1st Ranger 1 minute 21.4 seconds
2nd Waratah’s Secret
3rd Mega Steel
2010
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Famous Roman 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Megatic
3rd Colour Correct
2009
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Megatic 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Colour Correct
3rd London
2008
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Megatic 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Tarzi
3rd I Command
2007
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st New Spice 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Jinx King
3rd West River Charley
2006
WATC Northerly Stakes
1st Grasspatch Girl 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Mr Diagnosis
3rd Daka’s Gem
2005
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Changing Lanes 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Daka’s Gem
3rd Danny Blue
2004
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Prince Of Vasac 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Blevvo
3rd Early Express
2003
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Superior Star 1 minutes 22.12 seconds
2nd Mogul
3rd Kim Lisa
2002
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Mr Callahan 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Finito
3rd Zaheed
2001
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Storm Shot 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Shoeless
3rd The Grey Cardinal
2000
WATC Anniversary Cup
1st Umah 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Moonrise
3rd Penghulu

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