Australia Stakes 2021

Friday January 22, 2021

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 22, 2021 under the lights at The Valley and was won by last year’s Futurity Stakes champ Streets Of Avalon. 

2021 Australia Stakes Results

The official Australia Stakes 2021 and Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Friday January 22, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Streets Of Avalon
  • 2nd: #3 Viridine 
  • 3rd: #5 Tavisan

Reigning Group 1 Futurity Stakes winner Streets Of Avalon enjoyed a big 1.75 length win first-up in the Australia Stakes 2021 results, the Shane Nichols-trained galloper breaking his fresh race hoodoo to defeat the beaten odds-on fancy Viridine at The Valley. 

Australia Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday January 22, 2021
  • 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).

2021 Australia Stakes Betting

The market for the Australia Stakes 2021 complete with the latest odds on the sprinters in the mix for the autumn Group 2 sprint race will be published below once released.

australia stakes 2021 ODDS

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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). 

Streets Of Avalon (2021) is the latest Australia Stakes winner to salute first-up. 

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.

2021 Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes 2021 field and barrier draw will be published below as soon as released on January 20, 2021 so bookmark this page to see what Group 1 bound autumn stars make the starting line-up.

Just six horses line-up in Friday night’s 2021 Australia Stakes field at The Valley with betting led by Godolphin’s odds-on favourite Viridine whose last victory was in Caulfield’s Listed Regal Roller Stakes back in the winter. 

2021 Australia Stakes Nominations

The Australia Stakes 2021 nominations will be listed below once announced the Monday of race week. 

The 2021 Australia Stakes early entries drew just five horses with Isaurian already odds-on for Godolphin. Nominations have been extended until Tuesday morning. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 12111x740x ARCADIA PRINCE G 6 Amy McDonald 95
2 33x16x12x3 ISAURIAN G 6 James Cummings 102
3 x27050984x STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 103
4 541306×327 TAVISAN (NZ) G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 93
5 39265x765x WIDGEE TURF G 7 Patrick Payne 97

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

2021 Australia Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Australia Stakes 2021 tips to be published close to the race date.

  • To Win: #1 Streets Of Avalon ($5 at time of publish) 

The money is all on Viridine to win this race and beat home the five other runners in a diminutive field, but like the value in an upset by the always honest Streets Of Avalon. A good horse on his day, proven by a Group 1 Futurity Stakes win last year. He’s got a previous Moonee Valley win on his record, and was only three-quarters of a length beaten by Humidor in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes last time out the track. Not the best first-up record and is fresh here, but in a small and open field he’s a chance. 

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.

2021 Australia Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australia Stakes 2021 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
2021 Streets Of Avalon Viridine Tavisan 1:10.0
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