Alister Clark Stakes 2020

Friday March 13, 2020

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 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.

It is the sole Group race on the Alister Clark Stakes Night program and is contested over 2040m, the same distance as the coveted Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate during the Spring.

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.

Alister Clark Stakes Night also now takes 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 Friday March 13, 2020 and saw Nonconformist defeat the odds-on favourite Adelaide Ace by over three lengths. 

Alister Clark Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday March 13, 2020
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 2040m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1939

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Results

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2020 Results & full finishing order will be announced below when the race is run and won on Friday March 13, 2020.

  • 1st: #2 Nonconformist
  • 2nd: #1 Adelaide Ace
  • 3rd: #5 Diasonic

The Grahame Begg-trained Nonconformist flew past the odds-on favourite Adelaide Ace for a runaway 3.25 length win in the 2020 Alister Clark Stakes results reversing the quinella of the Autumn Classic last time out at Caulfield.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1 57kg $3.90
2 1 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 3.25L 3 57kg $1.85F
3 5 DIASONIC Richard Laming Jamie Kah 5L 6 57kg $13
4 8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6L 4 55kg $6
5 4 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 6.3L 2 57kg $14
6 7 LIAM’S THE BOSS Brad Widdup Ms Linda Meech 6.5L 5 57kg $41
3 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 0
6 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 0

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.

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Betting

The latest Alister Clark Stakes 2020 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.

Alister Clark Stakes Field
Alister Clark Stakes betting online at Ladbrokes

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.

The Alister Clark Stakes nominations close the Wednesday before the race followed by the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Field

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2020 field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 11, 2020 and will be published in full below so stay tuned.

Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace dominates a small eight-horse 2020 Alister Clark Stakes field looking to do the double Global Exchange took out last season.

  • Scratchings: #3 Skiddaw (6), #6 Legion Of Merit (8)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2115×131 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 3 57kg 87
2 33112 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1 57kg 75
3 x1947319x2 SKIDDAW Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 6 57kg 70
4 51×2115 THINK ’N’ FLY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 2 57kg 73
5 155×42 DIASONIC Richard Laming Jamie Kah 7 57kg 63
6 31×63 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Billy Egan 8 57kg 66
7 26724×42 LIAM’S THE BOSS Brad Widdup Ms Linda Meech 5 57kg 62
8 3x113411x8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 55kg 103

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.

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Alister Clark Stakes 2020 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.

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.

2020 Alister Clark Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Alister Clark Stakes 2020 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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Nonconformist Adelaide Ace Diasonic 2:06.1
2019 Global Exchange Declarationofheart Cossetot 2:07.2
2018 Cliff’s Edge Levendi Belfast 2:06.2
2017 Hardham Ruthven Farson 2:05.7
2016 Tally Palentino Hardern 2:08.3
2015 Chill Party Stratum Star Maastricht 2:06.1
2014 Pheidon Cadillac Mountain Surge Ahead 2:06.6
2013 Philippi Sheer Talent Gerontius 2:05.6
2012 Highly Recommended Ethiopia Sangster 2:08.6
2011 Domesky Coldens Choice Folding Gear 2:06.6
2010 Linton Take The Rap Offhanded 1:39.4
2009 Pre Eminence Eagle Falls Definitive 1:37.1
2008 Sound Journey Playwright Schilling 1:35.8
2007 Casino Prince Furio Ambitious General 1:36.3
2006 Spinney Langarza Bonny Laird 1:36.7
2005 Lieutenant Volitant Renewable 1:38.9
2004 Speedy King Confectioner Strafed 1:37.8
2003 Titanic Jack Tycoon Ruler Regicide 1:37.7
2002 Royal Code Ebony Night Mr Trickster 1:38.2
2001 Mr Murphy Diamond Dane Fubu 1:31.0
2000 Pins Diatribe Oval Office 1:36.2