The Vanity

The The Vanity is a Group 3 race for Oaks-bound three-year-old fillies run at Flemington Racecourse during February on Black Caviar Lightning Day each autumn carnival.

2021 The Vanity Results

  • 1st: #4 Zou Dancer
  • 2nd: #1 Personal
  • 3rd: #6 Starelle



The Vanity is a Group 3 race run at the famous Flemington Racecourse in February during the annual Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The 1400m set weights plus penalties event is open only to three-year-old fillies and offers $160,000 in total prize money. It is one of the support races on the Black Caviar Lightning Day program that is headlined by the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) for sprinters. The meeting is also host to the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for colts & geldings with the Australian Guineas in sight.

Fillies in The Vanity Stakes field may be first-up for the autumn and traditionally go on to contest other races for their age and sex such as the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) run a few weeks later on Newmarket Handicap Day. In 2015 Don’t Doubt Mamma won The Vanity before a second in the Kewney Stakes. Runner-up in the former Egypt also placed third in the Kewney Stakes. Solicit (2014) was the last filly to complete The Vanity – Kewney Stakes double.

More recently, the 2017 The Vanity winner Kenedna ran third int he Kewney Stakes before a stellar winter bid that included a second in the Group 1 Australasia Oaks (2010m) in Adelaide. That followed the Kewney Stakes second by the 2016 The Vanity champ Don’t Doubt Mamma.

The best fillies out of The Vanity may take on the boys in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) the following month or head to Sydney for elite level races including the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill or Randwick’s Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) during April’s ‘The Championships’.

Recent Australian Guineas winners to come out of The Vanity include Shamrocker (4th in 2011) and Mosheen (2nd in 2012). In 2019 The Vanity winner Amphitrite went on to run third next start in the Australian Guineas.

The Vanity 2021 ran at Flemington on Saturday February 13, 2021 and saw the favourite Zou Dancer salute by five lengths.

2021 The Vanity Stakes
Date: Saturday February 13, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 The Vanity Results

  • 1st: #4 Zou Dancer
  • 2nd: #1 Personal
  • 3rd: #6 Starelle

The Leon & Troy Corstens-trained favourite Zou Dancer ($3.60F) saluted for the punters in a big way dominating the 2021 The Vanity results with a five length victory over returning VRC Oaks champion Personal ($4.60).

Click here to read more on the runaway win by Zou Dancer in The Vanity 2021 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 ZOU DANCER Leon & Troy Corstens Ms Jamie Kah 4 57kg $3.60F
2 1 PERSONAL Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 4.75L 1 59.5kg $4.60
3 6 STARELLE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 5.25L 3 56kg $8.50
4 2 ISLAND JOY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 6.25L 5 57kg $5.50
5 7 THUNDER PEAK Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 7.25L 8 56kg $17
6 3 VESPERTINE Grahame Begg Luke Currie 7.65L 7 57kg $11
7 8 A PINCH OF LUCK Matt Laurie Ethan Brown 8.4L 6 56kg $21
8 5 SALTO ANGEL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 9.65L 2 56kg $8
9 9 LONGDUAN Patrick F Ryan Jnr Michael Poy 18.65L 9 56kg $101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 The Vanity Betting Odds

The latest The Vanity 2021 odds and betting prices on the three-year-old fillies will be listed below as soon as markets are open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Zou Dancer ($3.60 in 2021) was the last favourite in The Vanity betting to salute for the punters.

2021 The Vanity Field

The Vanity field features a smart line-up of fillies looking to head towards tougher autumn runs in the coming weeks in both Melbourne and or Sydney, and is released by Racing Victoria the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2021 The Vanity Stakes field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published below.

The Vanity 2021 final field features nine potential ATC Oaks-bound fillies including the progressive Zou Dancer and Lindsay Park’s VRC Oaks champion Personal.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 130x52221x PERSONAL Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 1 59.5kg 106
2 172×734481 ISLAND JOY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 5 57kg 70
3 36×1231 VESPERTINE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 7 57kg 70
4 0x141 ZOU DANCER Leon & Troy Corstens Ms Jamie Kah 4 57kg 68
5 822252x SALTO ANGEL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 2 56kg 85
6 2x55286x STARELLE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 3 56kg 72
7 2×1541 THUNDER PEAK Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 8 56kg 67
8 14210×6 A PINCH OF LUCK Matt Laurie Ethan Brown 6 56kg 68
9 0x6222821 LONGDUAN Patrick F Ryan Jnr Michael Poy 9 56kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 The Vanity Nominations

The Vanity 2021 nominations close on Monday February 8, 2021 and will be released in full below as soon as available.

The Vanity History

The Vanity has been run and won since 1987 and won by some classy fillies over the years including subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed (2011) and Solicit (2014). Originally run as a Listed race it was upgraded to its current Group 3 status in 2000. Along with Flemington it has taken place at Sandown Racecourse (1997) and Moonee Valley (2007). The race distance has changed several times, which has affected the winning times.

Recent The Vanity Winners

See below for a full list of The Vanity results and winners going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
The Vanity
1st Zou Dancer 1 minute 22.32 seconds
2nd Personal
3rd Starelle
2020
The Vanity
1st Bonvicini 1 minute 22.51 seconds
2nd Pretty Brazen
3rd Meuse
2019
The Vanity
1st Amphitrite 1 minute 22.14 seconds
2nd Verry Elleegant
3rd Fundamentalist
2018
The Vanity
1st Rimraam 1 minute 22.04 seconds
2nd Bring Me Roses
3rd Shokora
2017
The Vanity
1st Kenedna 1 minute 23.38 seconds
2nd Extra Olives
3rd Harlow Gold
2016
The Vanity
1st Don’t Doubt Mamma 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Egypt
3rd Perfect Reflection
2015
The Vanity
1st Sweet And Speedy 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Set Square
3rd Wawail
2014
The Vanity
1st Solicit 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Critical Angel
3rd Girl In Flight
2013
The Vanity
1st Alzora 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd You’re So Good
3rd Petite Diablesse
2012
The Vanity
1st Shopaholic 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Angel Of Mercy
3rd Great Dame
2011
The Vanity
1st Southern Speed 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Do Ra Mi
3rd Count Your Fingers
2010
The Vanity
1st Tallow 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Misty Blue
3rd Absolute Faith
2009
The Vanity
1st Romneya 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Rapid Sensation
3rd Sparks Fly
2008
The Vanity
1st Misidora 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Pleasantsundaygirl
3rd Zarita
2007
The Vanity
1st Universal Queen 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Catechuchu
3rd My Only Hope
2006
The Vanity
1st Pure Joy 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Be Delicious
3rd Expensively
2005
The Vanity
1st Ballet Society 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Hollow Bullet
3rd Twisted Heart
2004
The Vanity
1st Country Lodge 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Dane Tryst
3rd Deep In The Woods
2003
The Vanity
1st Dextrous 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Lashed
3rd Ribe
2002
The Vanity
1st Gold Lottey 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Gradual
3rd Born Priceless
2001
The Vanity
1st Lan Kwai Fong 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Dandify
3rd Ponton Flyer
2000
The Vanity
1st Forest Express 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Shizu
3rd The Golden Dane

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