Autumn Stakes 2020

Saturday February 8, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Autumn Stakes makes a good lead-up into the Australian Guineas each autumn

The Autumn Stakes is one of the first Group 2 races held during the annual Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and runs at Caulfield Racecourse on C.F. Orr Stakes Day in mid-February.

The meeting’s card is headlined by the season’s first elite level race – the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m), and the Autumn Stakes for three-year-olds is one of three Group 2 support acts on the bill. Run over 1400m at set weights plus penalties, the Autumn Stakes offers a total of $200,000 in prize money and young horses often kick off their autumn campaigns in the race.

It also serves as a key early lead-up into the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington the following month and the double was recently achieved by Light Fantastic (2008).

The latest edition of the Autumn Stakes ran on Saturday February 8, 2020 and was won by the Godolphin-raced favourite Microphone. 

Autumn Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 8, 2020
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1968

2020 Autumn Stakes Results

The full Autumn Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 8, 2020 and published right here so stay tuned.

  • 1st: #1 Microphone 
  • 2nd: #3 Banquo
  • 3rd: #6 Adelaide Ace

The class rose to the top on the Autumn Stakes 2020 results with the James Cummings-trained favourite Microphone returning to winning form for the first time since his Group 1 ATC Sires’ win in Sydney as a two-year-old.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 2 59.5kg $2.60F
2 3 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 0.2L 5 58kg $6.50
3 6 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 0.95L 3 57kg $4.20
4 10 LADY LUPINO Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 3.2L 4 55kg $18
5 2 THE HOLY ONE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 3.3L 6 58.5kg $21
6 9 LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jye McNeil 3.4L 1 57kg $31
7 4 ZERO DOUBT Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 4.65L 7 57kg $18
8 5 WEDGETAIL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 7.4L 9 57kg $17
9 8 SAVVY LAD (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 9.4L 8 57kg $7
7 WILMOT PASS Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 0

Autumn Stakes Betting & Odds

Autumn Stakes betting markets traditionally open after the field is announced on the Wednesday prior to the event running on CF Orr Stakes Day on the Saturday.

Three-year-olds proven over 1400m or further dominate the Autumn Stakes odds, as do those with Group 1 form the previous season and Melbourne race experience. Favourites and single-figure hopefuls have a solid record running top three in the Autumn Stakes.

Microphone ($2.60 in 2020) was the last favourite in Autumn Stakes betting to salute.

2020 Autumn Stakes Odds

The updated Autumn Stakes 2020 betting odds will be available below as soon as released.

Autumn Stakes Field

The Autumn Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of three-year-old gallopers each year, many racing first-up for the autumn. If not resuming in the Autumn Stakes, runners may come off a lead-up run in something like the Group 3 Manfred Stakes.

Autumn Stakes Tips & Odds -

Mahuta (2016) backed-up from a Magic Millions 3YO Guineas win to salute in the Autumn Stakes results. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Many Autumn Stakes hopefuls go on to contest the following month’s Australian Guineas over the Flemington mile.

Autumn Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before the race with final acceptances and barriers out on the Wednesday.

2020 Autumn Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

The official Autumn Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so stay tuned for the full line-up of gun autumn three-year-olds.

The 2020 Autumn Stakes final field attracted 10 three-year-old gallopers led in betting by the 59.5kg topweight, Godolphin’s Group 1 winner Microphone racing second-up from barrier two.

  • Scratchings: #7 Wilmot Pass (10)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 121121x3x6 MICROPHONE James Cummings Damian Lane 2 59.5kg 105
2 01141x THE HOLY ONE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Linda Meech 6 58.5kg 82
3 75x2114x3 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5 58kg 73
4 77×2311 ZERO DOUBT Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Noel Callow 7 57kg 68
5 55x22x2122 WEDGETAIL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 9 57kg 66
6 2115×1 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 3 57kg 73
7 14x5x313 WILMOT PASS Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 10 57kg 68
8 2211x SAVVY LAD (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 8 57kg 70
9 31x LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jye McNeil 1 57kg 62
10 x5913x70x8 LADY LUPINO Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 4 55kg 75

2020 Autumn Stakes Nominations

The Autumn Stakes 2020 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to CF Orr Stakes Day and the list of early entries will be available below once announced.

Returning VRC Derby champion Warning headlines the 17 nominations taken for this year’s Autumn Stakes on CF Orr Stakes Day 2020.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 2115×1 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 3 Lindsey Smith 73
2 1x2517x1 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 81
3 75x2114x3 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 73
4 002121 DIODE G 3 Michael Kent 66
5 3×26 DYNAMIC DUO C 3 Tony Noonan 60
6 1×1 FRONDEUR (NZ) F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 67
7 4x1333x6 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 81
8 x5913x70x8 LADY LUPINO F 3 Danny O’Brien 75
9 31x LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman 62
10 121121x3x6 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 105
11 2112×11 RUBISAKI F 3 Patrick Payne 81
12 2211x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 70
13 01141x THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 82
14 74x34121x WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman 107
15 55x22x2122 WEDGETAIL G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 66
16 14x5x313 WILMOT PASS G 3 Anthony Freedman 68
17 77×2311 ZERO DOUBT G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 68

Autumn Stakes Tips

Autumn Stakes tips include looking for a runner under $10 for the win with proven Melbourne form in similar company.

Runners proven over the distance (1400m) or further also make a good Autumn Stakes betting tip, with Thunder Fantasy winning the race first-up in 2014 after a third in the previous year’s Victoria Derby (2500m).

The winning strike rate for favourites is only fair, but they make excellent place bets and shouldn’t be left out of Autumn Stakes tips more often than not.

2020 Autumn Stakes Tips

Our expert Autumn Stakes 2020 tips will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Autumn Stakes Form Guide

The Autumn Stakes form guide details all of the must know info like the jockeys, trainers and lead-up form of the runners in the field along with their barriers. Looking at the form for first-up runners that have a good strike rate when resuming who have winning form over 1400m or further is important.

The Autumn Stakes form has also stacked up in the Australian Guineas in recent years including 2014 Autumn Stakes winner Thunder Fantasy running third in the Group 1 next start. Heart Of Dreams (2009) also ran third in the Autumn Stakes before winning that year’s Australian Guineas.

In 2019 the Autumn Stakes winner Hawkshot went on to finish second behind gun filly Mystic Journey next start in the Australian Guineas results.

Earlier, in 2013 Autumn Stakes runner-up Fiveandahalfstar went on to run second in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) two runs later and second in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) in Sydney after that before a win in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) that autumn at Rosehill Gardens.

2020 Autumn Stakes Form Guide

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

Autumn Stakes Results

The Autumn Stakes results have been dominated by single-figure hopes in recent years and have produced plenty of strong Group 1 performers over time.

Notable recent Autumn Stakes winners include Apache Cat (2006), Light Fantastic (2008), Denman (2010), Mahuta (2016) and Microphone (2020).

Autumn Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Microphone Banquo Adelaide Ace 1:22.88
2019 Hawkshot Dealmaker Ringerdingding 1:23.47
2018 Holy Snow Mr So And So Astoria 1:24.89
2017 Oak Door Attention Knowable 1:23.54
2016 Mahuta Sailing By Snoopy 1:23.4
2015 San Nicasio Zebulon Firehouse Rock 1:23.6
2014 Thunder Fantasy Rock Hero Late Charge 1:23.8
2013 Mulaazem Fiveandahalfstar Super Cool 1:23.6
2012 Pied A Terre Proliferate Adamantium 1:24.7
2011 Dusty Star Under The Eiffel Eclair Mystic 1:37.2
2010 Denman Guru Bob Most Immediate 1:23.3
2009 Fravashi Nicconi Heart Of Dreams 1:22.8
2008 Light Fantastic Vivacious Spirit Viatorian 1:23.2
2007 Catechuchu Haradasun Eclair Passion 1:24.7
2006 Apache Cat God’s Own Empress Lily 1:24.7
2005 Shinzig Not A Single Doubt Danehill Express 1:23.4
2004 Special Harmony Youth Dane Fever 1:23.5
2003 Titanic Jack Storm Prince Step Ahead 1:25.1
2002 Dash For Cash Barkada Zonked 1:24.1
2001 Desert Sky Desert Eagle Crop 1:25.1
2000 Sudurka Skymaker Noble Sensation 1:24.0