Ottawa Stakes

The Ottawa Stakes is a Group 3 sprint for 2YO fillies held at Flemington Racecourse on Kennedy Oaks Day.

2023 Ottawa Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Karavas
  • 2nd: #7 Eneeza
  • 3rd: #3 Arabian Summer



The 2023 Ottawa Stakes is a key support act on Oaks Day at Flemington held on the first Thursday of November, two days after Melbourne Cup Day featuring the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’.

Run under set weights, the Ottawa Stakes is restricted to two-year-old fillies. It is run over a brief sprinter’s distance of 1000m and pays $200,000 prize money.

The Ottawa Stakes shares a race program with the Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies along with the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes.

The majority of juvenile fillies in the Ottawa Stakes field are making their debuts and it is a huge thrill for connections to have a starter on the country’s most popular day of racing.

Plenty of the best fillies out of the Ottawa Stakes go on to contest tougher races over their career. The 2016 Ottawa Stakes third placed Madeenaty finished third in the following year’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast, while the 2015 runner-up Prompt Response would go on to win in Group 2 company.

The Debutant Stakes at Caulfield can serve as a nice lead-up race into this, while some of the best out of the Ottawa Stakes may return the following autumn for a shot at the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

The Ottawa Stakes form from 2022 was franked with the winner Charm Stone returning the following autumn to win the Group 3 Quezette Stakes and also finish a credible fifth in the 2023 Golden Rose in Sydney.

The 2023 Ottawa Stakes ran at Flemington on Thursday November 9, 2023 as part of the VRC Oaks Day card and was won in style by the Richard & Chantelle Jolly-trained Karavas ($9). 

Ottawa Stakes 2023
Date: Thursday November 9, 2023
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 Ottawa Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Karavas ($9)
  • 2nd: #7 Eneeza
  • 3rd: #3 Arabian Summer

Richard & Chantelle Jolly’s Alabama Express filly Karavas ($9) made it a perfect two-from-two start to her career backing up from a successful debut in early October to travel to Flemington, stalk up on the outside the closing stages, and flash home for a one-length victory over beaten favourite Eneeza in the 2023 Ottawa Stakes results thanks to a perfectly-timed ride by Jake Toeroek.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 KARAVAS Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 4 56kg $9
2 7 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 1L 1 56kg $4.20EF
3 3 ARABIAN SUMMER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 2L 7 56kg $7
4 9 TESSA’S CHOICE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 2.2L 6 56kg $6.50
5 1 HAYASUGI Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 2.4L 5 56kg $4.20EF
6 5 YES YES TESS Chris Bieg Craig Williams 4.15L 2 56kg $16
7 8 HARPALEE Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 9.15L 3 56kg $6.50
SB 6 DREAM SMART Liam Birchley Blake Shinn 0 56kg
2 CHOSEN LEGEND Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans Ms Jamie Kah 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Ottawa Stakes Betting Odds

The Ottawa Stakes 2023 betting odds on the young fillies racing as one of the key Kennedy Oaks Day support races will be available below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as available.

Dosh ($5.50 in 2020) and Charm Stone ($4.60 in 2023) are the latest favourites or equal-favourites in Ottawa Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

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2023 Ottawa Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Ottawa Stakes Tips

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  • To Win: #3 Arabian Summer ($7 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Typically open edition of the Ottawa Stakes to kick off Oaks Day at Flemington but happy to go with Arabian Summer to break her maiden status second-up off a promising debut. The Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained daughter of Too Darn Hot ran at Caulfield on October 18 to finish second to Coleman in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m). Same distance against her own kind now. Was in front and full of speed on debut. Fitter now with experience. Can give them something to chase. Can win.

2023 Ottawa Stakes Field

The Ottawa Stakes field usually attracts promising, unraced two-year-old fillies.

Possible lead-up races for the fillies that aren’t debuting on Oaks Day include the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Caulfield Guineas Day in mid-October, the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick in Sydney in late September, or for the eligible runners in the lucrative Restricted Listed Inglis Banner (1000m) at The Valley on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day.

The official 2023 Ottawa Stakes Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Monday before the race and will be published in full below as soon as released.

The Ottawa Stakes 2023 field features a smart line-up of two-year-old fillies led in betting by the rails-drawn Eneeza for Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman and the Team Hayes-trained Harpalee both on debut without an official trial.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2 HAYASUGI Clinton McDonald Ben Melham 7 56kg
2 3 CHOSEN LEGEND Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans Ms Jamie Kah 2 56kg
3 2 ARABIAN SUMMER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 9 56kg
4 1 KARAVAS Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 6 56kg
5 2 YES YES TESS Chris Bieg Craig Williams 3 56kg
6 DREAM SMART Liam Birchley Blake Shinn 4 56kg
7 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 1 56kg
8 HARPALEE Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 5 56kg
9 TESSA’S CHOICE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 8 56kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Ottawa Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Ottawa Stakes in 2023 close the Friday prior to the race on the eve of Victoria Derby Day.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2 HAYASUGI F 2 Clinton McDonald 1 56kg
2 3 CHOSEN LEGEND F 2 Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans 2 56kg
3 2 ARABIAN SUMMER F 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 3 56kg
4 2 MISS JUDAS F 2 Richard & Will Freedman 4 56kg
5 1 KARAVAS F 2 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 5 56kg
6 2 YES YES TESS F 2 Chris Bieg 6 56kg
7 POWER OF THREE F 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 7 56kg
8 DREAM SMART F 2 Liam Birchley 8= 56kg
9 ENEEZA F 2 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8= 56kg
10 HARPALEE F 2 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 8= 56kg
11 TESSA’S CHOICE F 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 8= 56kg
12 6 IMMORTAL STAR F 2 Danny O’Brien 12 56kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Ottawa Stakes History

The Ottawa Stakes was inaugurated in 1978 and two editions of the race were held that year. The next year it was made a listed race, whereas previously it had ran as a principal event.

The Ottawa Stakes was not run between 1986 and 1990. Following its return, it was regularly sponsored, with the sponsor often changing yearly. Some of the various names that the Ottawa Stakes has been known by include the Beck’s Bier Stakes, Toyota Victoria Stakes, Subaru Stakes, Myer Stakes, Jayco Stakes, Schiavello Stakes and 7News Plate.

Following the 2013 edition, the Ottawa Stakes was upgraded to Group 3.

Notable Ottawa Stakes winners include Specify (1978), Catalina Queen (1983), Bright Light (1995), True Jewels (2000), and Villa Verde (2012).

Ottawa Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Ottawa Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Ottawa Stakes
1st Karavas 58.91 seconds
2nd Eneeza
3rd Arabian Summer
2022
Ottawa Stakes
1st Charm Stone 57.93 seconds
2nd Empress Of Wonder
3rd Hell Queen
2021
Ottawa Stakes
1st See You In Heaven 59.15 seconds
2nd Satin Love
3rd Bohemian Daisy
2020
Ottawa Stakes
1st Dosh 58.98 seconds
2nd Nice For What
3rd Butter Blonde
2019
Ottawa Stakes
1st Aryaaf 58.53 seconds
2nd Muntaseera
3rd Marchena
2018
Ottawa Stakes
1st Bella Rosa 59.61 seconds
2nd Lankan Star
3rd Champagne Boom
2017
Ottawa Stakes
1st Setsuna 58.24 seconds
2nd Roobeena
3rd Aristocratic Miss
2016
Ottawa Stakes
1st Invincible Star 58.3 seconds
2nd Lucky Louie
3rd Madeenaty
2015
Ottawa Stakes
1st Concealer 57.3 seconds
2nd Prompt Response
3rd Missrock
2014
Ottawa Stakes
1st Antelucan 57.8 seconds
2nd Thurlow
3rd Dagny
2013
Ottawa Stakes
1st Oakleigh Girl 57.5 seconds
2nd Top Dolly
3rd Singularity
2012
Ottawa Stakes
1st Villa Verde 56.7 seconds
2nd Purrific
3rd Thump
2011
Ottawa Stakes
1st Applegate 58.5 seconds
2nd Snitzerland
3rd Alezan Thunder
2010
Ottawa Stakes
1st Spectrolite 59.3 seconds
2nd Military Grace
3rd Dinner Date
2009
Ottawa Stakes
1st She’s Got Gears 58.6 seconds
2nd Shaaheq
3rd Crystal Lily
2008
Ottawa Stakes
1st Rostova 58.8 seconds
2nd I’m A Smarty Pants
3rd Dancescape
2007
Ottawa Stakes
1st Hips Don’t Lie 58.3 seconds
2nd Marveen
3rd Emma Princess
2006
Ottawa Stakes
1st Royal Asscher 57.7 seconds
2nd Beauty School
3rd Love’s Great
2005
Ottawa Stakes
1st Follow The Till 57.9 seconds
2nd Satin Robes
3rd Catechuchu
2004
Ottawa Stakes
1st Red Hot Mama 58.3 seconds
2nd Sharna Myst
3rd Jestajewel
2003
Ottawa Stakes
1st Flying Firebird 58.6 seconds
2nd Little Chloe
3rd Courtney’s Cuddles
2002
Ottawa Stakes
1st Rinky Dink 57.6 seconds
2nd Arena Star
3rd Lanquin
2001
Ottawa Stakes
1st Flashed Unknown
2nd Che Bella Mia
3rd Fuji Dancer
2000
Ottawa Stakes
1st True Jewels Unknown
2nd Twin Peaks
3rd Karla Keys

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