Australia Stakes 2020

Friday January 24, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Australia Stakes has provided a number of CF Orr Stakes winners in recent years.

The Australia Stakes is the first Group 2 race of the New Year run in late January each summer season at Moonee Valley Racecourse. The sole Group race on Australia Stakes Day, the weight-for-age clash offers $200,000 in total prize money and is contested over a 1200m sprint distance.

The Australia Stakes provides a nice early Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up for gallopers heading into a race like the Group 1 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes (1400m). The last horse to complete the Australia Stakes – CF Orr Stakes double in a single season was Black Caviar (2012), while more recently Black Heart Bart (2017) improved on a lead-up second in the Australia Stakes to win the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double.

The latest edition of the Australia Stakes ran on Friday January 24, 2020 under the lights at The Valley with the win by Scales Of Justice marred by the fatal race fall of Manuel. 

2020 Australia Stakes Results

The official Australia Stakes 2020 and Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Friday January 24, 2020.

  • 1st: #2 Scales Of Justice
  • 2nd: #1 Hey Doc
  • 3rd: #8 Embrace Me

Lindsay Smith’s two-time Group 1 winning Perth expat Scales Of Justice ran past the favourite Hey Doc late to record a three-quarter length win in the 2020 Australia Stakes results. Sadly another galloper, Manuel, fell on the home straight breaking his shoulder and subsequently having to be euthanised.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 2 58.5kg $3.70
2 1 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 0.75L 1 58.5kg $2.50F
3 8 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0.95L 7 56.5kg $18
4 6 RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman John Allen 1.25L 3 58.5kg $21
5 5 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 2.5L 6 58.5kg $91
6 9 MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 2.7L 5 55kg $4.80
7 4 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman James Winks 4.45L 8 58.5kg $6
FF 3 MANUEL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 4 58.5kg $31  
7 CRADLE MOUNTAIN Clare Cunningham Jason Collett 0

Australia Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday January 24, 2020
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1989

Australia Stakes Odds & Betting

Australia Stakes betting opens the Wednesday before the race after the field and barriers are out. Horses that are resuming and have a good first-up record, proven performers at the tight Moonee Valley circuit and sprinters with a strong record over the distance sit high up the Australia Stakes odds each January.

Upsets are not uncommon however and the last winner to jump at double-figures in the Australia Stakes betting markets was Mourinho ($41 in 2015).

2020 Australia Stakes Betting

The market for the Australia Stakes 2020 complete with the latest odds on the sprinters in the mix for the autumn Group 2 sprint race will be published below once released.

Black Caviar dominated Australia Stakes betting for her 2010 and 2012 wins

One of the world’s best mares Black Caviar won the Australia Stakes in 2010 and 2012. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes field features a strong line-up of sprinters and middle-distance gallopers either rounding out their summer preps or gearing up for some of the early autumn features in Melbourne. Many of the horses in the Australia Stakes field are running first-up for the season and may have contested a race like the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at the same track the October before on Cox Plate Day, a double last achieved by Holler (2015).

A more recent lead-up to the Australia Stakes field run on New Year’s Day at Flemington is the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) and in 2015 Churchill Dancer ran third in the Standish and second in the Australia Stakes.

Australia Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week followed by the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday before the race runs that Saturday.

2020 Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes 2020 field and barrier draw will be published below as soon as released on January 22, 2020 so bookmark this page to see what Group 1 bound autumn stars make the starting line-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 01x7x58x31 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 1 58.5kg 113
2 0x53x1215x SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 2 58.5kg 113
3 1x7158250x MANUEL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 4 58.5kg 109
4 11111x161x BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman James Winks 9 58.5kg 107
5 174x4560x6 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Daniel Stackhouse 6 58.5kg 94
6 3047100x6x RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman John Allen 3 58.5kg 98
7 12x85403x7 CRADLE MOUNTAIN Clare Cunningham Jason Collett 8 58.5kg 90
8 317x4498x3 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 56.5kg 88
9 121121x3x MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 5 55kg 105

Australia Stakes Tips

Top Australia Stakes tips include looking for proven Moonee Valley performers, past winners over the distance, good Group 1 performers in similar company, horses that have run in Group 1 company and those that finished in the money last time out whether it was the season before or in an earlier summer start.

Favourites have a solid recent record in the race so sticking with the better fancied runners in betting is also a good Australia Stakes betting tip.

2020 Australia Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Australia Stakes 2020 tips to be published close to the race date.

Australia Stakes Form Guide

The Australia Stakes form guide details for punters all the must know information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

In recent years the Australia Stakes form has held up in tougher autumn races during the Melbourne Festival of Racing like the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March which the 2016 Australia Stakes runner-up Churchill Dancer ran fourth in next start.

The previous year upset Australia Stakes winner Mourinho (2015) ran third to Dissident in that year’s Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield the next month. The CF Orr winner Dissident (2015) came off a third in the Australia Stakes and went on to run third in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and win the Group 1 All aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney over the autumn.

The 2014 Australia Stakes runner-up Moment Of Change went on to complete the CF Orr – Futurity Stakes double at his two next runs.

2020 Australia Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australia Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be available below the week of the race.

Australia Stakes Results

The Australia Stakes results have been dominated by single-figure fancies in the past decade and runners that go on to win in Group 1 company during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Notable recent Australia Stakes winners include Scales Of Justice (2019), Mourinho (2015), Black Caviar (2012 and 2010), El Segundo (2007) and Super Elegant (2005).

Australia Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Scales Of Justice Hey Doc Embrace Me 1:09.7
2019 Whispering Brook Fell Swoop Land of Plenty 1:09.8
2018 Thronum Mr Sneaky Stellar Conclusion 1:10.4
2017 Malaguerra Black Heart Bart Sirbible 1:09.2
2016 Holler Churchill Dancer Rebel Dane 1:10.9
2015 Mourinho It is Written Dissident 1:09.9
2014 Richie’s Vibe Moment Of Change It Is Written 1:10.9
2013 Sea Lord Pinwheel Outlandish Lad 1:10.5
2012 Black Caviar Zedi Knight Doubtful Jack 1:09.4
2011 Whitefriars Undeniably Typhoon Tracy 1.09.6
2010 Black Caviar Here De Angels La Rocket 1:10.1
2009 Lucky Secret Light Fantastic Von Costa De Hero 1:11.2
2008 Let Go Thommo Maldivian Casino Prince 1:10.8
2007 El Segundo Cocinero Super Elegant 1:11.2
2006 California Dane Virage De Fortune Casual Pass 1:09.8
2005 Super Elegant Strikeline Ruben 1:10.5
2004 Vocabulary Super Elegant Confederate Kid 1:11.5
2003 Yell Libidinious Pernod 1:10.3
2002 Royal Code Intelligent Star Ustinov 1:11.0
2001 Piavonic Ateates Le Zagaletta 1:11.8
2000 Slavonic Sports Le Zagaletta 1:12.1