Autumn Stakes 2022

Saturday February 12, 2022

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 $300,000 in prize money as of 2022 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 12, 2022 and was won by the returning Chris Waller-trained Coastwatch ($5.50). 

Autumn Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 12, 2022
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1968

2022 Autumn Stakes Results

The full Autumn Stakes 2022 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 12, 2022 and published right here so stay tuned.

  • 1st: #1 Coastwatch ($5.50)
  • 2nd: #8 Burning Power
  • 3rd: #5 Lucky Decision

The spring’s Group 1 Golden Rose third placegetter Coastwatch ($5.50) was good first-up in Melbourne holding on for a narrow victory in the Autumn Stakes 2022 results at Caulfield.

Autumn Stakes Betting

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.

2022 Autumn Stakes Odds

The updated Autumn Stakes 2022 betting odds will be available below as soon as released.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Autumn Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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.

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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.

2022 Autumn Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

The official Autumn Stakes 2022 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 2022 Autumn Stakes final field features nine three-year-olds led in betting by Dissident filly Decent Raine from the Maher/Eustace stable, the last start Flemington winner drawn the rails.

2022 Autumn Stakes Nominations

The Autumn Stakes 2022 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.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 93×113 ATTRACTABLE G 3 Peter G Moody 67
2 61411x BURNING POWER F 3 Patrick Payne 72
3 22216×1 CARDIGAN QUEEN F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72
4 10x521324x COASTWATCH G 3 Chris Waller 92
5 1643361231 DECENT RAINE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 81
6 1200x FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 62
7 119x6414x4 LIGHTSABER C 3 Peter G Moody 95
8 5×11 LUCKY DECISION (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 69
9 1×3 MAHREZ (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 63
10 12×525 SECRET GLAMOUR F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 66
11 1215×23 SHARP RESPONSE G 3 Julius Sandhu 71
12 5x151x SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) C 3 Mitchell Freedman 77
13 5 THE BIG HEIST (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

2022 Autumn Stakes Tips

Our expert Autumn Stakes 2022 tips will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #1 Coastwatch 

Like the Chris Waller-trained son of Fastnet Rock who is the best tried in this small field having his 12th career start. He’s won fresh previously and has a strong record at the distance with both his career runs being over the 1400m (4:2-0-1). His winning strike rate isn’t great, but he’s got class and raced against the best last season. Far from disgraced with a Golden Rose third, narrow Stan Fox second and last start fourth in the $1 million Bondi Stakes two lengths beaten at a mile. Very well placed here.

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.

2022 Autumn Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Autumn Stakes 2022 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
2022 Coastwatch Burning Power Lucky Decision 1:24.28
2021 Poland Amish Boy It’sourtime 1:23.00
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