Ladbrokes Tip: Alister Clark Stakes runners often head to Sydney next for the ATC Derby in April
The Alister Clark Stakes is a Group 2 race run traditionally under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse during a stand-alone Friday night meeting during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in mid-late March each year.
For 2021 the race was moved to the Saturday race card at The Valley to accompany the third edition of the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).
Contested over 2040m, the same distance as the coveted Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate during the Spring, the event serves as a potential lead-up for young stayers heading to Sydney.
Open only to three-year-old horses it is a set weights race offering a total of $200,000 in prize money including $120,000 to the Alister Clark Stakes winner and connections. The race used to be considered a lead-up to the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney, but a change of scheduling sees the better graduates now head to Royal Randwick during ‘The Championships’ for a shot at the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m).
In 2012 Ethiopia ran second to Highly Recommended in the Alister Clark Stakes before winning the Australian Derby next start as a $14 chance in betting for the Group 1. The 2017 Alister Clark Stakes winner Hardham meanwhile finished third in the ATC Derby trifecta next start.
For the two years prior to 2021, the Alister Clark Stakes took place on the evening prior to Melbourne’s $5 million The All-Star Mile.
The latest edition of the Alister Clark Stakes took place on Saturday March 13, 2021 having been moved from its traditional Friday night slot and was won impressively by six-length winner Grandslam.
Alister Clark Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday March 13, 2021
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 2040m
- Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1939
2021 Alister Clark Stakes Results
The official Alister Clark Stakes 2021 Results & full finishing order will be announced below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 13, 2021.
- 1st: #3 Grandslam
- 2nd: #2 Young Werther
- 3rd: #5 Explosive Jack
The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Grandslam was brilliant dominating the 2021 Alister Clark Stakes results with a six-length upset thanks to a gun on-pace ride in front by Jamie Kah ahead of Sydney’s ATC Derby.
Alister Clark Stakes Odds & Betting
Alister Clark Stakes odds are usually led by three-year-old colts and geldings boasting good lead-up form over at least a mile (1600m). Previous Melbourne runs and experience at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit are also pluses and affect Alister Clark Stakes betting.
Horses coming off a good Autumn Classic run over the 1800m at Caulfield also feature prominently in the markets with Global Exchange (2019) the latest to do the double. In 2020 the Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace jumped odds-on favourite in the Alister Clark Stakes only to run second behind the Autumn Classic runner-up Nonconformist who turned the tables.
Favourites have an excellent recent record in the race, while the last double figure Alister Clark Stakes winner was Hardham ($12 in 2017). Alister Clark Stakes betting markets open on the Wednesday before the race after final acceptances close and the barriers are released.
2021 Alister Clark Stakes Betting
The latest Alister Clark Stakes 2021 odds will be available below as soon as we open betting on the Moonee Valley Group 2 so bookmark this page for access to the markets.
Early market betting odds on the 2021 Alister Clark Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
Alister Clark Stakes Field
Alister Clark Stakes winner Tally (2016) went on to run third in that year’s Australian Derby trifecta in Sydney. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.
The Alister Clark Stakes field attracts a line-up of promising young staying types.
Many are heading towards longer distance features in Sydney and the three-year-olds in the Melbourne Group 2 come via a number of different lead-ups. Horses may come out of earlier autumn features including the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield.
In 2015 Chill Party ran eighth in the Autumn Classic before winning the Alister Clark Stakes two runs later. The last horse to complete the Autumn Classic – Alister Clark Stakes double was Global Exchange (2019) and before him, Tally (2016). Tally also went on to run third in the ATC Derby next start. In 2020 Adelaide Ace won the Autumn Classic before a second in the Alister Clark Stakes behind Autumn Classic runner-up Nonconformist.
Another possible lead-up is the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington, a race the 2015 Alister Clark Stakes runner-up Stratum Star finished third in. The previous year in 2014 Surge Ahead ran sixth in the Australian Guineas before his Alister Clark Stakes third to Pheidon. More recently, the 2018 Alister Clark Stakes winner Cliff’s Edge improved on a lead-up seventh in the Australian Guineas to win.
In 2021 Grandslam improved on a 12th in the Australian Guineas to win the Alister Clark Stakes by six lengths.
The Alister Clark Stakes nominations close the Wednesday before the race followed by the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.
2021 Alister Clark Stakes Field
The official Alister Clark Stakes 2021 field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 10, 2021 and will be published in full below so stay tuned.
Cherry Tortoni heads the 2021 Alister Clark Stakes field of nine this weekend looking to go one better than his lead-up second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas.
Alister Clark Stakes Tips
Alister Clark Stakes tips include looking for horses with good lead-up form in Melbourne, runners proven over similar distance and those high up the markets. Favourites have a good recent record in the Alister Clark Stakes so laying the favourite is best avoided. The latest favourites to salute were Cliff’s Edge ($1.70 in 2018) and Global Exchange ($2.50 in 2019).
Another good Alister Clark Stakes betting tip is to back the best finishers in the Autumn Classic that will be suited to the step-up in distance.
2021 Alister Clark Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Alister Clark Stakes 2021 betting tips on the three-year-old stayers to back and sack in the Moonee Valley Group 2 will be detailed below a couple of days out from the race so stay tuned.
- To Win: #1 Cherry Tortoni ($1.90 at time of publish)
There’s only nine in this field and some varying form lines to consider, but really hard to tip against the odds-on favourite. Little value, but he’s drawn ideally and presents rock hard fit third-up ready to peak getting out over the distance off the strong Group 1 Australian Guineas second at a mile last time out.
Alister Clark Stakes Form Guide
The Alister Clark Stakes form guide lists all of the crucial information punters need including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.
The Autumn Classic has been a solid form guide for the Alister Clark Stakes in recent years. When doing the Alister Clark Stakes form it is key to look for the class three-year-old with past Group 1 racing experience and those heading towards a run in the ATC Derby.
2021 Alister Clark Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Alister Clark Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
Alister Clark Stakes Results
Single-figure hopefuls and the favourites have dominated the Alister Clark Stakes results in recent years. Notable recent Alister Clark Stakes winners include Cliff’s Edge (2018), Highly Recommended (2012), Linton (2010) and Casino Prince (2007).
Alister Clark Stakes Winners
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