Rising Fast Stakes

The Group 3 Rising Fast Stakes - formerly known as the Chatham Stakes - is a 1200m sprint held on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.

2023 Rising Fast Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Spacewalk
  • 2nd: #6 Crosshaven
  • 3rd: #10 Najem Suhail



The Chatham Stakes – now known as the Rising Fast Stakes – is a Group 3 race held on Victoria Derby Day on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day on the first Tuesday of November.

An open handicap race, the event has recently been run as the Chatham Stakes on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival over 1400m.

The race moved back to Derby Day and the distanced dropped back to 1200m ahead of the 2022 edition offering $200,000 in prize money.

It was also renamed the Rising Fast Stakes in honour of Rising Fast who is the only horse in history to complete the ‘Spring Grand Slam’ winning the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup in 1954.

The Rising Fast Stakes shares the Flemington card with three Group 1 races with the running of the Victoria Derby (2500m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

The Chatham Stakes / Rising Fast Stakes is often used as a lead up event to later races such as the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), a race the 2017 Chatham Stakes winner Hellova Street finished second in. Many Chatham Stakes winners go on to bigger and better things the following year including the 2018 winner Dreamforce who subsequently enjoyed placings in the 2019 George Ryder Stakes (3rd) to Winx, 2019 Doncaster Mile (2nd) and 2019 George Main Stakes (2nd).

Good lead-up races into the Rising Fast Stakes field include the Caulfield Cup Day races like the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) run a fortnight earlier.

The 2022 Rising Fast Stakes form was franked with the third place-getter The Astrologist heading to Perth in the summer to win the $1.5 million Gold Rush. The Astrologist was later sent overseas and finished a competitive second in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai in 2023.

The 2023 Rising Fast Stakes was held on Saturday November 4, 2023 and run over 1200m and won by the fast-finishing James Cummings-trained Spacewalk ($5). 

Chatham / Rising Fast Stakes 2023
Date: Saturday November 4, 2023
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m (down from 1400m in 2022)
Conditions: 3YO&UP Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000

2023 Rising Fast Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Spacewalk ($5)
  • 2nd: #6 Crosshaven
  • 3rd: #10 Najem Suhail

The James Cummings-trained Exosphere four-year-old Spacewalk ($5) flashed home the final 100m to charge down the front runner and narrowly take out the 2023 Rising Fast Stakes results in the fourth on VRC Derby Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 SPACEWALK James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 7 56.5kg $5
2 6 CROSSHAVEN Ben, Will & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 0.2L 8 56.5kg $31
3 10 NAJEM SUHAIL Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Zac Spain 0.6L 2 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $10
4 4 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 0.7L 9 57kg $8
5 9 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Tim Clark 0.8L 6 54kg $9.50
6 5 TRIPLE MISSILE Lindsey Smith James McDonald 1L 1 57kg $3.60F
7 2 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 1.1L 3 58kg $7.50
8 12 GARZA BLANCA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Spencer 2.35L 5 54kg $9
9 3 GRAVINA James Cummings Mark Zahra 5.1L 4 57.5kg $9
1 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Ms Rachel King 0
11 CAUSE FOR CONCERN Shawn Mathrick Blaike McDougall 0
8 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton Dean Yendall 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Rising Fast Stakes Betting Odds

See below for the latest 2023 Rising Fast Stakes odds along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your Rising Fast Stakes tips at the right price.

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2023 Rising Fast Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Rising Fast Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Rising Fast Stakes 2023 Tips on the VRC Derby Day sprint this spring.

  • To Win: #7 Spacewalk ($5 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Nice little edition of the Rising Fast Stakes with a number of live wire chances coming off good runs. Have landed on Spacewalk for the Godolphin stable. Wider draw, but shouldn’t matter at this track and trip. The Exosphere four-year-old won fresh at Warwick Farm getting the confidence up before a devastatingly close second in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) a fortnight back. Beaten a head there, has won over six furlongs before and should be finishing strong late.

2023 Rising Fast Stakes Field

The 2023 Rising Fast Stakes field is released on the Wednesday leading-up to the race.

The Rising Fast Stakes 2023 final field features a quality line-up of second tier sprinters led in betting by the Lindsey Smith-trained Triple Missile coming off a second fresh in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes at the same track and trip in tougher grade.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6760×68586 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Ms Rachel King 3 59kg 102
2 x3899464x3 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 5 58kg 104
3 3x3262825x GRAVINA James Cummings Mark Zahra 6 57.5kg 99
4 2414231340 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 12 57kg 98
5 411x42x7x2 TRIPLE MISSILE Lindsey Smith James McDonald 2 57kg 98
6 539927273x CROSSHAVEN Ben, Will & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 11 56.5kg 97
7 3143521×12 SPACEWALK James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 10 56.5kg 97
8 x5302324x4 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton Dean Yendall 1 56kg 96
9 1262×439 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Tim Clark 9 54kg 95
10 12153×1194 NAJEM SUHAIL Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Zac Spain 4 54kg 89
11 4511217343 CAUSE FOR CONCERN Shawn Mathrick Blaike McDougall 7 54kg 86
12 19122×2125 GARZA BLANCA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Spencer 8 54kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Rising Fast Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Rising Fast Stakes 2023 will be published below once entries close on the Monday of race week.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 4511217343 CAUSE FOR CONCERN G 4 Shawn Mathrick 86
2 1262×439 C’EST MAGIQUE M 4 Grahame Begg 95
3 x3899464x3 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 104
4 539927273x CROSSHAVEN G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 97
5 19122×2125 GARZA BLANCA H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80
6 x5302324x4 GENERAL BEAU H 5 Mathew Ellerton 96
7 3x3262825x GRAVINA G 6 James Cummings 99
8 86x03305x5 INDIAN PACIFIC G 7 Neville Parnham 97
9 2414231340 IT’SOURTIME G 6 Danny O’Brien 98
10 534×615221 JACK THE LAD G 6 Wayne Francis & Glen Kent 88
11 12153×1194 NAJEM SUHAIL G 6 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 89
12 251226×760 ON THE LEAD G 6 Richard & Will Freedman 89
13 74x1616x99 PO KARE KARE (NZ) M 5 Bryce Heys 94
14 15x311x216 RECOMMENDATION G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
15 6760×68586 ROCKETING BY G 6 David Pfieffer 102
16 x502432x22 ROSE QUARTZ M 6 Grahame Begg 93
17 898800×870 SHELBY SIXTYSIX G 7 Danny Williams 86
18 3143521×12 SPACEWALK G 4 James Cummings 97
19 411x42x7x2 TRIPLE MISSILE G 6 Lindsey Smith 98
20 x664222432 UMGAWA G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 93
21 x422x0270x WAIHAHA FALLS (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Chatham Stakes / Rising Fast Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1986, the Chatham Stakes is fairly young in comparison to a lot of Flemington races.

The race was named after Chatham, Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee and renowned miler. Chatham had considerable pedigree, with a Melbourne Cup winner (Windbag) for a sire and the granddaughter of an English Triple Crown winner (Flying Fox) for a dam (Myosotis). Chatham won the 1932 and 1934 Cox Plate, as well as two Epsom Handicaps and a few Craven Plates, among other major wins.

The Chatham Stakes is one of those races that is often run under a sponsor name. Throughout the years, the Chatham Stakes has been known variously as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate, the AAMI International, the Yallambee Stud Stakes, the AAMI Business Insurance Stakes and the Tab.com.au Stakes.

In 1997, the Chatham Stakes was briefly run over 1417 metres.

Notable Chatham Stakes winners include Avannotto (1986), Bezeal Bay (1998), Scenic Park (2001), Fawkner (2012) and Dreamforce (2018). Chatham Stakes results, winners and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

The event was renamed the Rising Fast Stakes ahead of the 2022 race with the distance decreased from 1400m to 1200m.

Chatham Stakes / Rising Fast Stakes Results

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2023
Rising Fast Stakes
1st Spacewalk  

1 minute 10.34 seconds

2nd Crosshaven
3rd Najem Suhail
2022
Rising Fast Stakes
1st Argentia  

1 minute 10.99 seconds

(Run over 1200m)

2nd Triple Missile
3rd The Astrologist
2021
Chatham Stakes
1st Age Of Chivalry 1 minute 23.19 seconds
2nd Crosshaven
3rd Justacanta
2020
Chatham Stakes
1st Sansom 1 minute 22.84 seconds
2nd Morvada
3rd Bold Star
2019
Chatham Stakes
1st Reykjavik 1 minute 23.22 seconds
2nd Admiral’s Joker
3rd Noble Boy
2018
Chatham Stakes
1st Dreamforce 1 minute 22.12 seconds
2nd Widgee Turf
3rd Perast
2017
Chatham Stakes
1st Hellova Street 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Supply And Demand
3rd Fox Hall
2016
Chatham Stakes
1st Rageese 1 minute 21.53 seconds
2nd Arod
3rd Federal
2015
Chatham Stakes
1st Disposition 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd San Diego
3rd Hosting
2014
Chatham Stakes
1st Hucklebuck 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Generalife
2013
Chatham Stakes
1st Smokin’ Joey 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Galah
3rd Strike The Stars
2012
Chatham Stakes
1st Fawkner 1 minute 20.9 seconds
2nd Free Wheeling
3rd Wall Street
2011
Chatham Stakes
1st Woorim 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Thankgodyou’rehere
3rd Toorak Toff
2010
Chatham Stakes
1st Poor Judge 1 minute 25.7 seconds
2nd Demerit
3rd Centennial Park
2009
Chatham Stakes
1st Centennial Park 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd McClintock
3rd Royal Ida/Sniper’s Bullet
2008
Chatham Stakes
1st All Silent 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Sniper’s Bullet
3rd Stickpin
2007
Chatham Stakes
1st Count To Zero 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Spielmeister
3rd Royal Ida
2006
Chatham Stakes
1st Malcolm 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Mr Ubiquitous
3rd Live In Vain
2005
Chatham Stakes
1st Rockford Bay 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Zankel
3rd Valedictum
2004
Chatham Stakes
1st Great Is Great 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Amtrak
3rd Regent Street
2003
Chatham Stakes
1st Scenic Park 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Lord Volksraad
3rd Shogun Lodge
2002
Chatham Stakes
1st To Be Fair 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Palladium Star
3rd Tarcoola Midnight
2001
Chatham Stakes
1st Scenic Park 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Desert Eagle
3rd Super Impressive
2000
Chatham Stakes
1st Matter Of Honour 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Typhoon Barney
3rd Aka Bilk

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