The Vanity

The The Vanity is a Group 3 race for Group 1-bound three-year-old fillies run at Flemington Racecourse during February on Black Caviar Lightning Day each autumn carnival.

2024 The Vanity Results

  • 1st: #4 Grinzinger Belle
  • 2nd: #6 French Endeavour
  • 3rd: #2 Mollynickers



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 $200,000 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) and Barb Raider (2022) are the latest fillies to complete The Vanity – Kewney Stakes double.

More recently, the 2017 The Vanity winner Kenedna ran third in the 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 2022 The Vanity form was franked with the winner Barb Raider going on to run second in both the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) and Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) that year.

The Vanity 2024 ran at Flemington on Saturday February 17, 2024 and was won in a first-up upset by the Danny O’Brien-trained Grinzinger Belle ($12). 

2024 The Vanity Stakes
Date: Saturday February 17, 2024
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2024 The Vanity Results

  • 1st: #4 Grinzinger Belle ($12)
  • 2nd: #6 French Endeavour
  • 3rd: #2 Mollynickers

Grinzinger Belle, trained by Danny O’Brien, roared back from her Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic silver medal in the spring with a resounding win in The Vanity 2024 results first-up. Despite starting wide, the $12 shot displayed impressive front-running prowess, holding off the field with a powerful performance orchestrated by jockey Damian Lane. This Group 3 victory at Flemington marks a strong first-up showing for the filly, proving she’s a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season.

  Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
  1 4 GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane   12 56kg   $12
  2 6 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR Matthew Smith Michael Dee 1.25L 7 56kg   $18
  3 2 MOLLYNICKERS Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ben Melham 1.35L 10 57kg   $4.60F
  4 1 INFATUATION Bjorn Baker Jye McNeil 2.1L 11 57kg   $4.80
  5 8 THAILESS Andrew Bobbin Ms Linda Meech 2.3L 3 56kg   $101
  6 9 PINK CHANDON Michael Moroney Ms Jamie Kah 3.05L 2 56kg   $5.50
  7 5 MATERIAL DREAMS Nick Ryan John Allen 3.8L 6 56kg   $21
  8 3 BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Blake Shinn 4.55L 1 56kg   $17
  9 12 LUIJZIKA Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 4.65L 5 56kg   $11
  10 11 LA CASONA Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 6.65L 4 56kg   $17
  11 13 INEZ Lee & Shannon Hope Jordan Childs 7.15L 8 56kg   $71
  12 7 DONEGAL Ben, Will & JD Hayes Mark Zahra 7.35L 9 56kg   $6
    14 BOLSHEVIKS Simon Zahra Blaike McDougall   0      
    10 SPARKLING Matt Laurie Luke Currie   0  

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 The Vanity Betting Odds

The latest The Vanity 2024 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) followed by Barb Raider ($2.90 in 2022) are the last favourites in The Vanity betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 THE VANITY ODDS (Final Field)

2024 The Vanity Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 THE VANITY FORM GUIDE

2024 The Vanity Tips

Stay tuned for our insider The Vanity 2024 Tips on the fillies’ showdown at Flemington this Black Caviar Day.

  • To Win: #2 Mollynickers ($3.40 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman’s exciting filly Mollynickers emerges as a top contender for this race. The well-bred Pierro three-year-old boasts two wins from five starts and demonstrates strong form at this distance. Her recent efforts include two close fourth-place finishes, with a particularly eye-catching run just outside the top three in the prestigious Group 1 Flight Stakes at Randwick. Considering she was only two lengths off the winner in that elite company, it suggests she has the talent to shine against easier competition here. Known for performing well when fresh, Mollynickers could benefit from returning to her favoured Melbourne tracks. 

2024 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 2024 The Vanity Stakes field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published below.

The Vanity 2024 final field features a bumper line-up of potential Group 1-bound fillies led in betting by Moody & Coleman’s daughter of Pierro, Mollynickers, racing for the first time since her Flight Stkaes fourth in Sydney. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x9838x2261 INFATUATION Bjorn Baker Jye McNeil 12 57kg     79
2 2x1144x MOLLYNICKERS Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ben Melham 11 57kg     78
3 21833x BASILINNA (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Blake Shinn 1 56kg     76
4 2x417372x GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 13 56kg     72
5 11×1014 MATERIAL DREAMS Nick Ryan John Allen 7 56kg     76
6 2x19140x6 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR Matthew Smith Michael Dee 8 56kg     74
7 1×1 DONEGAL Ben, Will & JD Hayes Mark Zahra 10 56kg     71
8 2242311 THAILESS Andrew Bobbin Ms Linda Meech 3 56kg     65
9 2×21 PINK CHANDON Michael Moroney Ms Jamie Kah 2 56kg     64
10 0x2212 SPARKLING Matt Laurie Luke Currie 14 56kg     63
11 1 LA CASONA Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 4 56kg     64
12 21 LUIJZIKA Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 6 56kg     62
13 222 INEZ Lee & Shannon Hope Jordan Childs 9 56kg     61
14 6x00x61 BOLSHEVIKS Simon Zahra Blaike McDougall 5 56kg     61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 The Vanity Nominations

The Vanity 2024 nominations close on Monday February 12, 2024 and will be released in full below as soon as available.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x9838x2261 INFATUATION F 3 Bjorn Baker 1 57kg     79
2 2x1144x MOLLYNICKERS F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 2 57kg     78
3 21833x BASILINNA (NZ) F 3 Emma-Lee & David Browne 3 56kg     76
4 11×1014 MATERIAL DREAMS F 3 Nick Ryan 4 56kg     76
5 2x19140x6 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR F 3 Matthew Smith 5 56kg     74
6 2x417372x GRINZINGER BELLE (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien 6 56kg     72
7 1×1 DONEGAL F 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 7 56kg     71
8 2242311 THAILESS F 3 Andrew Bobbin 8 56kg     65
9 2×21 PINK CHANDON F 3 Michael Moroney 9 56kg     64
10 1 LA CASONA F 3 Ciaron Maher 10 56kg     64
11 0x2212 SPARKLING F 3 Matt Laurie 11 56kg     63
12 451 BELLE INFERNO F 3 Ciaron Maher 12 56kg     63
13 1×3 THE HAWKESBURY F 3 Clarry Conners 13 56kg     63
14 21 LUIJZIKA F 3 Ciaron Maher 14 56kg     62
15 222 INEZ F 3 Lee & Shannon Hope 15 56kg     61
16 6x00x61 BOLSHEVIKS F 3 Simon Zahra 16 56kg     61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
 
2024 The Vanity 1st Grinzinger Belle 1 minute 22.35 seconds
2nd French Endeavour
3rd Mollynickers
 
2023 The Vanity 1st Wollombi 1 minute 21.94 seconds
2nd See You In Heaven
3rd Papillon Club
 
2022 The Vanity 1st Barb Raider 1 minute 22.66 seconds
2nd Cardigan Queen
3rd Ancient Queen
 
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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