WJ Healy Stakes

The WJ Healy Stakes is a Group 3 sprint race run in Brisbane during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival on Tattersall's Tiara Day in late June.

2021 W.J. Healy Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Away Game
  • 2nd: #3 Exhilarates
  • 3rd: #15 Bella Nipotina



The WJ Healy Stakes is a 1200m sprint open to all horses run under quality handicap conditions. Paying a total of $175,000 in prize money, the Group 3 race is run on the last major day of racing in the Queensland Winter Carnival. The WJ Healy Stakes shares its race card with the Group 1 $600,000 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) and the Group 3 $200,000 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m).

Traditionally held at Eagle Farm Racecourse, the WJ Healy Stakes attracts horses entering the final stages of their winter campaigns. Held on the same day as the final Group 1 race of the carnival, the WJ Healy Stakes presents trainers with an opportunity to have a crack at a final black-type race with decent prize money.

While many trainers seek eagerly to get nominated for the WJ Healy Stakes, others prefer to start their rest leading into the Spring Carnival down south.

The Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m) held on Stradbroke Handicap Day is a key lead-up into the WJ Healy Stakes, with Brave Song (2019) the latest to complete the double.

The 2021 WJ Healy Stakes ran on Saturday June 26, 2021 and saw former star juvenile Away Game return to winning form.  

WJ Healy Stakes
Date: Saturday June 26, 2021
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Qlty Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $175,000

2021 WJ Healy Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Away Game
  • 2nd: #3 Exhilarates
  • 3rd: #15 Bella Nipotina

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained filly Away Game ($4.60) returned to winning form breaking a notable drought in the 2021 WJ Healy Stakes results ahead of a potential trip to America for November’s Breeders’ Cup.

Click here to read more on the exciting WJ Healy Stakes 2021 win by Away Game.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Stephanie Thornton 9 54.5kg $4.60
2 3 EXHILARATES James Cummings Ryan Maloney 0.3L 3 58kg $10
3 15 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 0.4L 7 54kg $7.50
4 8 KING OF HASTINGS Anthony & Sam Freedman Jim Byrne 1.9L 8 54.5kg $8
5 2 USMANOV Toby & Trent Edmonds Baylee Nothdurft 2L 1 59kg $15
6 9 JEN RULES Peter & Paul Snowden Bobby El-Issa 2.2L 6 54kg $4.40F
7 14 DOCTOR ZOUS Darryl Hansen Ben Thompson 3.45L 12 54kg $51
8 5 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden James Orman 4.45L 10 55.5kg $11
9 10 HAIL MANHATTAN Peter & Will Hulbert Ron Stewart 4.55L 11 54kg $26
10 11 HILO Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 4.85L 2 54kg $26
11 12 IN GOOD TIME Tracey Bartley Mark Du Plessis 5.6L 5 54kg $51
12 7 ZANIAH Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon 7.6L 13 54.5kg $13
13 4 REDOUBLE Sonja Kumpikas Paul Hammersley 7.8L 4 58kg $71
SB 13 INANUP Barry Lockwood Robbie Fradd 0 54kg
1 BALLER Tony Gollan James McDonald 0

Check out the official WJ Healy Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order below, they will be published as soon as the race is won on Saturday June 26, 2021 as part of Tatt’s Tiara Day.

2021 WJ Healy Stakes Odds

The latest WJ Healy Stakes 2021 betting odds on the Tattersall’s Tiara Day Group 3 sprint will be provided below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.

Brave Song ($3 in 2019) was the last favourite in WJ Healy Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 WJ Healy Stakes Field

The WJ Healy Stakes field attracts a strong line-up of end-of-winter sprinters from both local and interstate stables. Good lead-ups into the WJ Healy Stakes field including the Group 2 Moreton Cup and most runners in the line-up have had a previous Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival start.

The official 2021 W.J. Healy Stakes Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Tattersall’s Tiara Day.

The WJ Healy Stakes 2021 field is down to 14 runners following the early scratching of Tony Gollan’s Moreton Cup winner Baller who has to undergo a minor operation for an entrapped epiglottis. Updated markets are led by class filly Away Game and the in-form Usmanov  drawn well in gate two.

  • Scratched: #1 Baller (10)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x33505x11 BALLER Tony Gollan James McDonald 10 59kg 102
2 x222106511 USMANOV Toby & Trent Edmonds Baylee Nothdurft 2 59kg 102
3 0x6152x610 EXHILARATES James Cummings Hugh Bowman 4 58kg 104
4 x384x2048x REDOUBLE Sonja Kumpikas Paul Hammersley 5 58kg 100
5 1086x6673x HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 12 55.5kg 95
6 215x2330x3 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 11 54.5kg 98
7 7203×69142 ZANIAH Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon 15 54.5kg 97
8 219x615x06 KING OF HASTINGS Anthony & Sam Freedman Jim Byrne 9 54.5kg 93
9 396×408264 JEN RULES Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Rachel King 7 54kg 92
10 12822111×4 HAIL MANHATTAN Peter & Will Hulbert Ron Stewart (late alt) 13 54kg 90
11 5x231426x4 HILO Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 3 54kg 90
12 1500400×78 IN GOOD TIME Tracey Bartley Mark Du Plessis 6 54kg 90
13 19x4453x88 INANUP Barry Lockwood Robbie Fradd 1 54kg 90
14 00x56331x3 DOCTOR ZOUS Darryl Hansen Ben Thompson 14 54kg 88
15 324x52336x BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 8 54kg 84
  Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 WJ Healy Stakes Nominations

The 2021 WJ Healy Stakes Nominations are taken by Racing Queensland on the Monday of race week.

The WJ Healy Stakes 2021 nominations attracted 16 winter hopefuls led in betting by Tony Gollan’s last start Group 2 Moreton Cup champion Baller.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 215x2330x3 AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
2 6x33505x11 BALLER G 5 Tony Gollan 102
3 324x52336x BELLA NIPOTINA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 84
4 00x56331x3 DOCTOR ZOUS G 5 Darryl Hansen 88
5 0x6152x610 EXHILARATES M 4 James Cummings 104
6 12822111×4 HAIL MANHATTAN G 4 Peter & Will Hulbert 90
7 1086x6673x HIGHTAIL G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
8 5x231426x4 HILO G 4 Gillian Heinrich 90
9 1500400×78 IN GOOD TIME M 6 Tracey Bartley 90
10 19x4453x88 INANUP G 7 Barry Lockwood 90
11 396×408264 JEN RULES M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 92
12 219x615x06 KING OF HASTINGS G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 93
13 x384x2048x REDOUBLE G 7 Sonja Kumpikas 100
14 x222106511 USMANOV G 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds 103
15 324×433622 WANDABAA M 4 Kris Lees 98
16 7203×69142 ZANIAH M 5 Kris Lees 97

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

WJ Healy Stakes History

The inaugural edition of the WJ Healy Stakes was in 1979, with Painted Red seizing victory. Originally granted Listed status, the race was upgraded to Group 3 in 1997 and in the same year Blazing Reality won.

The race is named after WJ Healy, the longest serving president of Tattersall’s, who held the position from 1932 until 1953. Over the years the race has experienced some alternative names, including the Carlton Draught Stakes and the Mercedes-Benz Stakes.

Hay List currently holds the race record of 1:08.68 from his 2009 run. Several notable horses have taken their place in the WJ Healy Stakes results, including Howmuchdoyouloveme (2013), River Lad (2012) and Jar Jar Binks (2002).

In 2018 the classy mare Spright beat home the boys in the WJ Healy Stakes. She would go on to record a number of interstate Group 1 placings before her own elite level success in the 2019 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide.

There was no 2020 edition of the WJ Healy Stakes due to a reduced, COVID-19 impacted Brisbane Winter Carnival.

WJ Healy Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
 
2021
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Away Game 1 minute 11.48 seconds
2nd Exhilarates
3rd Bella Nipotina
 
2020
WJ Healy Stakes
(Race Not Held)
1st
2nd
3rd
 
2019
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Brave Song 1 minute 10.22 seconds
2nd Amanaat
3rd Intuition
 
2018
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Spright 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Tumbler
3rd Havasay
 
2017
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Burning Passion 1 minute 09.6 seconds (run over 1200m at Doomben)
2nd Irish Constabulary
3rd Too Good To Refuse
 
2016
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Into The Red 1 minute 12.51 seconds
2nd Saluter
3rd Mogador
 
 
2015
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Dothraki 1 minute 11.33 seconds
2nd Target In Sight
3rd Rocket To Glory
 
2014
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Big Money 1 minute 9.35 seconds
2nd Cape Kidnappers
3rd Seeking More
 
2013
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Howmuchdoyouloveme 1 minute 11.46 seconds
2nd River Lad
3rd Delago Bolt
 
2012
WJ Healy Stakes
1st River Lad 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Excellantes
3rd Griffon
 
2011
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Pinwheel 1 minute 9.54 seconds
2nd Metallurgical
3rd Swiss Rose
 
2010
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Hay List 1 minute 8.69 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Ego’s Dare
 
2009
WJ Healy Stakes
1st News Alert 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Wasted Emotions
3rd Keano
 
2008
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Nuclear Medicine 1 minute 11.38 seconds
2nd Rapid Jacko
3rd Daunting Lad
 
2007
WJ Healy Stakes
1st The Jackal 1 minute 9.59 seconds
2nd Sectagonal
3rd Flying Alpha
 
2006
WJ Healy Stakes
1st Natural Destiny 1 minute 10.63 seconds
2nd Starlactic
3rd Black Ink
 
2005
Carlton Draught Stakes
1st Poetic Papal 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Takeover Target
3rd Lamond
 
2004
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Lamond 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Sportsman
3rd Koochie
 
2003
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Cariboo
3rd Super Impressive
 
2002
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Jar Jar Binks 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Pembleton
3rd Treviscay
 
2001
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st Citichy 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Federal Agent
3rd Zariz
 
2000
Mercedes-Benz Stakes
1st El Mirada 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd King Lotto
3rd Normal Practice

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