Northwood Plume Stakes

The Northwood Plume Stakes is a Group 3 sprint race for mares contested in mid-October on Caulfield Guineas Day.

2021 Northwood Plume Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Dirty Thoughts
  • 2nd: #3 La Mexican
  • 3rd: #2 Nudge



The Northwood Plume Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-October each spring.

The race is a key follow-up race for mares out of earlier spring races including the Group 3 How Now Stakes and the Group 3 Cockram Stakes. Winter Bride (2018) was the last mare to do the How Now Stakes / Northwood Plume Stakes double.

Raced over 1200m, the Northwood Plume Stakes race is held under set weights plus penalties conditions, which tends to ensure the stronger and more experienced mares run better. Worth $200,000, the event takes place as part of the bumper Caulfield Guineas Day program.

There is a massive 10 black-type events on the race program, including the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, Group 1 Caulfield Stakes, Group 1 Toorak Handicap, Group 2 Schillaci Stakes, Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes.

The How Now Stakes and the Cockram Stakes are the obvious lead-up events, while the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes acts as another potential warm-up.

Following a run in the Northwood Plume Stakes, the better mares tend to step things up and target more prestigious events. The Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), while longer in distance, is often considered the next viable target for top performing mares the following weekend on Caulfield Cup Day.

In 2017 the Northwood Plume Stakes winner Cool Passion ran a next-up second in the Tristarc Stakes. The year before, Sheidel won the Northwood Plume Stakes before going to Perth for a Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes second. She also won the following autumn’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.

Flemington’s Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m) held down the straight on VRC Derby Day is another potential next-up option and Tofane (2019) followed by Fiesta (2020) are the latest mares to win the Northwood Plume – Begonia Belle Stakes double. Tofane also went on to win the following year’s Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney over the autumn.

The 2021 Northwood Plume Stakes ran on Saturday October 9, 2021 and was won by Dirty Thoughts. 

Northwood Plume Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 4YO+ Mares SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Northwood Plume Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Dirty Thoughts
  • 2nd: #3 La Mexican
  • 3rd: #2 Nudge
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 DIRTY THOUGHTS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 7 56kg $9
2 3 LA MEXICANA Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 0.1L 1 58kg $4.40
3 2 NUDGE Chris Waller Damien Thornton 0.3L 5 58kg $12
4 4 TAILLEUR James Cummings Damien Oliver 1.05L 3 58kg $3.90
5 1 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Craig Williams 1.8L 8 59kg $3.40F
6 12 MORE SECRETS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 1.9L 4 56kg $16
7 9 STANDOFF Grant & Peter Dalziel Brian Park 3.4L 6 56kg $101
8 6 CHASSIS John Price Michael Dee 3.5L 2 56kg $10
11 WANALIRRI Patrick F Ryan Jnr Declan Bates 0
7 PAUL’S REGRET Peter Chow Dean Yendall 0
5 RUBISAKI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 0
10 PIMM’S PARTY Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ben Allen 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Northwood Plume Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Northwood Plume Stakes 2021 betting odds and Group 3 betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Caulfield Guineas Day event will be provided below for punters the week of the race.

2021 Northwood Plume Stakes Final Field

The Northwood Plume Stakes final field usually features a range of mares coming off traditional lead-up runs in the Cockram Stakes and How Now Stakes. Politeness (2015) followed by Winter Bride (2018) were the last mares to complete the How Now Stakes – Northwood Plume Stakes double.

Mares may continue onto tougher spring – summer sprints as was the case in 2016 when the winner Sheidel finished runner-up that November in Perth’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m). She also returned the following autumn and won Caulfield’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1000m). That year’s runner-up Silent Sedition also enjoyed elite level success the following autumn winning the 2017 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The 2021 Northwood Plume Stakes final field will be announced below once released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to the race.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x4875110x0 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Craig Williams 12 59kg 106
2 0x4322112x NUDGE Chris Waller Damien Thornton 7 58kg 104
3 2x1101x243 LA MEXICANA Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 1 58kg 90
4 11x2118x36 TAILLEUR James Cummings Damien Oliver 4 58kg 101
5 00x735220x RUBISAKI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 6 56kg 98
6 0x91531722 CHASSIS John Price Michael Dee 3 56kg 87
7 1126286×39 PAUL’S REGRET Peter Chow Dean Yendall 2 56kg 82
8 1133×38331 DIRTY THOUGHTS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 10 56kg 78
9 576x88619x STANDOFF Grant & Peter Dalziel Brian Park 9 56kg 69
10 5x23154x13 PIMM’S PARTY Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ben Allen 11 56kg 72
11 463158230x WANALIRRI Patrick F Ryan Jnr Declan Bates 8 56kg 67
12 11×4 MORE SECRETS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 5 56kg 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Northwood Plume Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Northwood Plume Stakes in 2021 are taken the Monday of race week.

Northwood Plume Stakes History

Named after 1994 Thousand Guineas winner Northwood Plume, the Northwood Plume Stakes came about at a crucial time in Australian racing. Providing a much sought-after additional race for older mares, the Northwood Plume Stakes was an instant hit.

Although it has only existed in its current format for a short time, the Northwood Plume Stakes rapidly rose in prestige and importance. This was recognised in 2013 when the race was upgraded to Group 3 status. The Northwood Plume Stakes has been held at Caulfield Racecourse since 2007.

In the past this race has been known as the Le Tan Stakes and the Carlton Draught Northwood Plume Stakes.

Some of the notable winners of the Northwood Plume Stakes include Storm Signal (2007), Avenue (2010), Aerobatics (2013), Sheidel (2016) and Tofane (2019). Northwood Plume Stakes results since 2005 are below.

Northwood Plume Stakes Final Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Dirty Thoughts 1 minute 10.70 seconds
2nd La Mexican
3rd Nudge
2020
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Fiesta 1 minute 9.69 seconds
2nd Felicia
3rd Broadwayandfourth
2019
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Tofane 1 minute 9.09 seconds
2nd Manicure
3rd Sweet Scandal
2018
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Winter Bride 1 minute 9.65 seconds
2nd Booker
3rd Our Crown Mistress
2017
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Cool Passion 1 minute 9.67 seconds
2nd Pedrena
3rd Princess Of Queens
2016
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Sheidel 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Silent Sedition
3rd A Lotta Love
2015
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Politeness 1 minute 9.74 seconds
2nd Wawail
3rd Bring Me The Maid
2014
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Griante 1 minute 9.98 seconds
2nd Girl Guide
3rd Shamal Wind
2013
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Aerobatics 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Assertive Eagle
3rd Counted
2012
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Serene Star 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Koonoomoo
3rd Miss Marx
2011
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Hinemoa 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Celts
3rd Lady Mahler
2010
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Avenue 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Red Flair
3rd Dorf Command
2009
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Our Lona 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Tootsie
3rd Velocitea
2008
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Belong To Many 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Bel Mer
3rd Hanna Rossa
2007
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Storm Signal 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Soleil
3rd Paris Zero
2006
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Personal Ensign 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Pasikatera
3rd Storm Signal
2005
Northwood Plume Stakes
1st Crimson Reign 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Aqua D’amore
3rd Unabated

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