Alister Clark Stakes 2022

Friday March 18, 2022

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 2022 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) before reverting back to its usual Friday night time-slot in 2022 on the eve of The All-Star Mile held back at Flemington for the fourth edition.

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 now offering a lucrative $750,000 as of 2022 including $450,000 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.

In 2021 Young Werther ran second in both the Alister Clark Stakes and the ATC Derby, while Explosive Jack improved on his third in the Group 2 to win the Australian Derby – South Australian Derby double at his next two starts before finishing third in the Queensland Derby results.

The latest edition of the Alister Clark Stakes takes place on Friday March 18, 2022 on the eve of The All-Star Mile Day in Melbourne and was won in an upset by the Matthew Brown-trained Prix De Turn ($26).

Alister Clark Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday March 18, 2022
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 2040m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1939

2022 Alister Clark Stakes Results

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2022 Results & full finishing order will be announced below when the race is run and won on Friday March 18, 2022.

  • 1st: #4 Prix De Turn ($26)
  • 2nd: #8 Can’t Go Wrong
  • 3rd: #2 War Eternal

The Australian Derby in Sydney next month is now calling for progressive Turn Me Loose three-year-old Prix De Turn ($26) who handed his Cranbourne-based trainer Matthew Brown an upset victory in Friday night’s Alister Clark Stakes 2022 results.

Alister Clark Stakes 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, and prior to Prix De Turn ($26 in 2022) 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.

2022 Alister Clark Stakes Betting

The latest Alister Clark Stakes 2022 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 2022 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

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.

In 2021 Grandslam improved on a 12th in the Australian Guineas to win the Alister Clark Stakes by six lengths.

The next year, Prix De Turn also atoned for a lead-up 12th in the Australian Guineas to score an upset in the 2022 Alister Clark Stakes at $26 defeating fellow 25/1 roughie Can’t Go Wrong.

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

2022 Alister Clark Stakes Field

The official Alister Clark Stakes 2022 field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 16, 2022 and will be published in full below so stay tuned.

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Autumn Classic Castlereagh Kid headlines the 2022 Alister Clark Stakes final field at Moonee Valley on Friday night chasing a fourth straight win.

  • Scratched: #6 Ashy Boy (13); #11 Dayan Star (10).

2022 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations

The early Alister Clark Stakes 2022 nominations close the Monday ahead of the Friday night feature at Moonee Valley and will be made available here once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x311615x44 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 1 57kg
2 22×111 CASTLEREAGH KID G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 57kg
3 33128×33 EL PATRONESS F 3 Danny O’Brien 3 55kg
4 5x151x7 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman 4 57kg
5 21x792x714 WAR ETERNAL (NZ) C 3 Bjorn Baker 5 57kg
6 5119 THE CUNNING FOX (NZ) G 3 Patrick Payne 6 57kg
7 5×1132 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 7 57kg
8 1x7740x110 ZERELLE G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 8 57kg
9 225×721 SEMPER FORTIS G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 57kg
10 1215×2349 SHARP RESPONSE G 3 Julius Sandhu 10 57kg
11 278×810 PRIX DE TURN (NZ) C 3 Matthew Brown 11 57kg
12 126x47x458 MAURICE’S MEDAD G 3 Bjorn Baker 12 57kg
13 12×5253 SECRET GLAMOUR F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 55kg
14 60×4311552 ASHY BOY G 3 Patrick Kearney 14 57kg
15 67×41214 BON VIVANT G 3 James Cummings 15 57kg
16 1149 CAN’T GO WONG (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 57kg
17 4x4969x149 STRAY F 3 Anthony Cummings 17 55kg
18 190×18 INVERELL (NZ) G 3 Clayton Douglas 18 57kg
19 131 PATERNAL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 19 57kg
20 2213 DODGY ONE (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 57kg
21 1725 ELZAMEE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 57kg
22 1×367 MAHREZ (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 22 57kg
23 69×213 OCEAN SHORES G 3 Chris Waller 23 57kg
24 6162 DAYAN STAR C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 24 57kg
25 315 HEALING GAME G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 57kg
26 13 CHATEAU NUE G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 26 57kg
27 146 TAVISTORM (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 27 57kg
28 7×51 COMMANDO DRIFT (NZ) F 3 Pat Carey 28 55kg
29 316 PRINCETON AWARD G 3 Symon Wilde 29 57kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

2022 Alister Clark Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Alister Clark Stakes 2022 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 Castlereagh Kid ($3.20 at time of publish) 

Hard to bet against the deserving favourite from the Waterhouse/Bott stable who is unbeaten this prep coming off a trio of wins and improving each time out. Comes off a strong Group 2 Autumn Classic win over 1800m at Caulfield, a race that has been a good guide to this in recent years. Needs to run the distance and this is his first assignment at The Valley, but going too good to ignore.

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.

2022 Alister Clark Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Alister Clark Stakes 2022 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
2022 Prix De Turn Can’t Go Wrong War Eternal 2:06.4
2021 Grandslam Young Werther Explosive Jack 2:04.7
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