DC McKay Stakes 2022

Saturday May 7, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: The DC McKay Stakes serves as a key lead-up into the Group 1 The Goodwood each autumn

The DC McKay Stakes is an important Group 3 sprint race run and won at Morphettville Racecourse in South Australian during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

Contested over 1100m, the quality handicap event takes place in early May as a key support race on the popular Robert Sangster Stakes Day card.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 $500,000 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) and also features the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) along with the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m).

Like the Euclase Stakes, the DC McKay Stakes is considered a good preparation race for sprinters heading towards the Group 1 $500,000 The Goodwood (1200m) later during the carnival.

Eight horses have completed the DC McKay Stakes – The Goodwood double throughout history: Grey John (1969), Wise Virgin (1973), Puncheon (1976), Comaida Boy (1979), Lord Galaxy (1986), Boardwalk Angel (1989), Despatch (2019) and most recently Savatoxl (2021).

DC McKay Stakes prize money is currently set at $127,250 and the event, which gained Group 3 status in 1980, was inaugurated in 1968. It is named in honour of former SAJC committeeman and prolific South Australian horse owner D.C. McKay.

The latest edition of the DC McKay Stakes took place on Saturday May 7, 2022 and was won in an upset by the Chris Bieg-trained Free Of Debt ($26). 

DC McKay Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 7, 2022
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $227,250
  • First Run: 1968

2022 DC McKay Stakes Results

The official DC McKay Stakes Results 2022 and Finishing Order will be available right here once the race takes place on Saturday May 7, 2022 .

  • 1st: #8 Free Of Debt ($26)
  • 2nd: #2 Savatoxl
  • 3rd: #3 The Inferno

DC McKay Stakes Betting

DC McKay Stakes betting opens soon after the release of the final field the week of the race and is dominated by in-form local sprinters. Runners with proven form at the track and distance usually head the DC McKay Stakes odds as do previous Group winners.

Thermal Current ($3.70 in 2015) was the last favourite in DC McKay Stakes betting to win.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Free Of Debt winning at DC McKay Stakes odds of $26.

2022 DC McKay Stakes Odds

The latest DC McKay Stakes 2022 odds will be available below once the Adelaide Racing Carnival markets on the short-distance feature are announced the week of the race.

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

DC McKay Stakes Field

DC McKay Stakes Winners - Savatoxl | Photo: Jenny Barnes | Ladbrokes
Savatoxl (2021) is the last horse to complete the DC McKay Stakes – The Goodwood race double in the same year. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The DC McKay Stakes field attracts mainly local sprinters that have been racing well over the previous weeks in South Australia.

Many gallopers in the DC McKay Stakes field come via a run in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) at the same track and distance a fortnight earlier.

The DC McKay Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2022 DC McKay Stakes Field

The official DC McKay Stakes 2022 Final Field & Barrier Draw is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published below.

The 2022 DC McKay Stakes field features a quality line-up of potential Group 1 The Goodwood-bound sprinters led in betting by David Jolly’s three-time Group 1 winner in Melbourne and the 2020 champ in this event Behemoth.

2022 DC McKay Stakes Nominations

The early DC McKay Stakes 2022 Nominations are taken the Monday ahead of the event and will be updated in full below.

 Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightPenaltyHcp Rating
1x7x116x20xBEHEMOTHG6David Jolly162kg 113
291160x10x0SAVATOXLG6Tony & Calvin McEvoy260kg 109
311x6120x87THE INFERNOG5Cliff Brown359kg 107
40x1227x47xBEAU ROSSAG4Will Clarken458kg 105
51313×37263THE ASTROLOGISTG5Leon & Troy Corstens558kg 105
667x110121xMARINE ONEC3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace656kg 104
71111x900x1IRONCLAD (GB)G6Will Clarken755.5kg 100
8243x111x53DEXELATIONG7Richard & Chantelle Jolly855kg 99
9229x04460xAYSARH4Ben & JD Hayes954.5kg 98
1011x17x50SNEAKY FIVEF3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace1054kg 91
1130x2203x45BLESS HERM5Clayton Douglas1154kg 91
12216114809xFREE OF DEBTG5Chris Bieg1254kg 90
1381x21157x6OUTLAWS REVENGEG4Ryan Balfour1354kg 88
144832413x4xSOUND MACHINE (USA)M5Anthony & Sam Freedman1454kg 88
157×80066434SHAMINOG6Phillip Stokes1554kg 86
168147×43162LARIMER STREETG4David Jolly1654kg 83
17x518342327TERBIUMG6Phillip Stokes1754kg 82
1812x3139x55MISS ALBANIAM5Paul Koumis1854kg 81
1956210×6121GAZE GRISEM4David Jolly1954kg 79
205297×55650STREET LIFEG8Karen Byrnes2054kg 76
21x121710x73BELSIELLEM4David & Coral Feek2154kg 75
2229x24046x5LOVE SENSATIONM4Kevin Corstens2254kg 74
232122x16x3KARACASUG3Richard & Chantelle Jolly2354kg 72
24x27901x566SMOKIN’ VALM4Jon O’Connor2454kg 72
25x93526x127MAGIC MAXG3Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle2554kg 71
267512518×11ASTON RAPOVAG4Wayne Francis & Glen Kent2654kg 67
271×2EXTREMELY LUCKYG3Will Clarken2754kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

DC McKay Stakes Form Guide

The DC McKay Stakes form guide features all the information punters need to know before placing a bet like the barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up runs of the three-year-olds in the field.

Looking for runners coming off a top three finish, proven Morphettville performers and other Black-Type place-getters are all crucial when doing the DC McKay Stakes form.

The DC McKay Stakes form has gone on to stack-up in tougher races many times over the years most recently in 2021 with the winner Savatoxl going on to win The Goodwood next start. Savatoxl also went on to win the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield that spring.

The previous year, Behemoth (2020) won the DC McKay Stakes and went on to win three Group 1 races in Melbourne completing that year’s Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clark Stakes double before a successful Memsie title defence in 2021. Behemoth also famously ran third in the 2021 $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).

2022 DC McKay Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive DC McKay Stakes 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

DC McKay Stakes Tips

DC McKay Stakes tips include looking for locally-trained sprinters coming off a top three finish over the a similar distance last time out and those with proven ability at the Morphettville track.

Horses at single-figures in DC McKay Stakes betting – but not the favourites – have a dominant record and make a top betting tip. From 2016 – 2022 all but two of the DC McKay Stakes winners started under $10 in betting but were not the favourites to win.

The latest horses to win at double-figures were Karacatis ($17 in 2017) who won the event at his fourth attempt and Free Of Debt ($26 in 2022).

It is also a good tip to avoid the mares as since 2004, Sprightly Lass (2018) is the sole mare to beat home the boys in the DC McKay Stakes results.

2022 DC McKay Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider DC McKay Stakes 2022 betting tips and Adelaide autumn racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the sprinters to back and sack in your Morphettville tips this season.

  • To Win: #1 Behemoth ($4 at time of publish)

Hard to go past the favourite here who rarely runs a bad race in Adelaide. David Jolly’s hulking South Australian sprint star is a three-time Group 1 winner in Melbourne and won this race back in 2020. Second first-up as the beaten odds-on favourite last time in before an unplaced Group 1 CF Orr run. Hard to know if he’s going as well as previous seasons, but if he’s at his best he can beat these.

DC McKay Stakes Results

Notable horses to head the DC McKay Stakes results in recent years include: subsequent star stallion I Am Invincible (2009), Despatch (2019), Behemot (2020) and Savatoxl (2021).

Streetcar Magic from 2011 holds the current DC McKay Stakes record winning in 1 minute 02.10 seconds.

DC McKay Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2022 Free Of Debt Savatoxl The Inferno 1:04.7
2021 Savatoxl Pandemic Street Life 1:03.3
2020 Behemoth Kabini Bold Star 1:04.4
2019 Despatch Zalmona Haunted 1:03.6
2018 Sprightly Lass One More Daisy Santa Ana Lane 1:03.2
2017 Karacatis Reldas Kaepernick 1:03.9
2016 Super One Daytona Grey Heart Of A Lion 1:03.6
2015 Thermal Current Yesterday’s Songs Minaj 1:03.6
2014 Essay Raider Karacatis Siwa Lady 1:03.2
2013 General Truce Karacatis Honey Flower 1:04.6
2012 Outlandish Lad Kulgrinda Go The Knuckle 1:04.4
2011 Streetcar Magic Valentine Miss Pinwheel 1:02.1
2010 Catapulted Solchow Augusta Proud 1:02.3
2009 I Am Invincible Augusta Proud Blahnik 1.03.0
2008 Idalou Tramuntana Blahnik 1:03.3
2007 Here De Angels Terango El Maze 1:02.5
2006 Shablec Leone Chiara Social Glow 1:03.0
2005 Bomber Bill General Bayton Gee I Jane 1:03.4
2004 Paraca Super Elegant Squillani 1:03.7
2003 Super Elegant Deprave Agalia 1:03.1
2002 Libidinious =1 Windigo =1 Johns Brother 0:56.0
2001 Sudurka Suit Kapuna 1:04.1
2000 Perak Gold Marstic Astig 1:03.5
1999 Loafer Razamataz Appoint 1:03.4
1998 Toledo Declar Appoint 1:03.5
1997 Clang Blazing Reality Billy Dazzler 1:05.6
1996 Dr Zackary Mad Shaviri Hero Wind 1:02.7
1995 Latin Villa Hero Wind Chevite 1:03.4
1994 Harkaway Yankee Dapper Kicks 1:03.5
1993 Colebrook Asian Incline Oozook 1:05.1
1992 Scornsome Umatilla Bar Flyer 1:05.1
1991 Euclase Beau George Sweet Chariot 1:03.5
1990 Medicine Kid Comedy Dancer Silver Dupion 1:04.0
1989 Boardwalk Angel Jet Fighter Kingston Heritage 1:04.6
1988 Beau George Melody Hit Lord Galaxy 1:04.1