HDF McNeil Stakes 2021

Saturday August 28th, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The HDF McNeil Stakes can serve as an early Coolmore Stud Stakes lead-up.

The H.D.F. McNeil Stakes is run on the opening Group 1 race meeting of the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival – Memsie Stakes Day taking place at Caulfield Racecourse in late August or early September.

The headline race at the meeting is the weight-for-age Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), while the H.D.F. McNeil Stakes is a key support act on the card along with the Group 1 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) for potential The Everest horses and the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m).

The HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds run at set weights plus penalties over 1200m. Offering $200,000 in prize money, the event serves as a nice early lead-up into some of the tougher three-year-old races of the spring.

The best HDF McNeil Stakes graduates may continue onto Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) held on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival with Merchant Navy (2017) the last to do the double.

First run in 1989 plenty of quality horses have won the race over the years including Danzero (1994),  Bel Esprit (2002), Golden Slipper winning filly Miss Finland (2006), Scenic Blast (2007) whose first Group victory was in the HDF McNeil Stakes, subsequent international superstar Starspangledbanner (2009) and Super Seth (2019).

The latest edition of the H.D.F. McNeil Stakes took place on Saturday August 28th, 2021 and was won by expensive yearling buy Bruckner. 

HDF McNeil Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 28th, 2021
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 3YOs
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1989

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes Results

The official HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 results & finishing order will be published in full right here once the Group 3 race is run and won on Saturday August 28th, 2021 as part of the Memsie Stakes Day card in Melbourne.

  • 1st: #8 Bruckner
  • 2nd: #1 Artorius
  • 3rd: #9 Heresy

Melbourne’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on VRC Derby Day is a potential end of spring target for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Snitzel colt Bruckner following his upset win at 10/1 over the returning Blue Diamond winner Artorius ($3F) in the 2021 HDF McNeil Stakes results.

HDF McNeil Stakes Betting

HDF McNeil Stakes betting is led by quality three-year-olds kicking off their spring campaigns that have a strong first-up record.

Any youngsters that contested tougher grade races over the autumn that are starting out in easier company sit high up the HDF McNeil Stakes betting markets, as do proven Melbourne sprinters and Caulfield performers.

The star juveniles from the previous season may have contested events including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m). In 2020 the Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa ran fourth in the Golden Slipper before a first-up third in the HDF McNeil Stakes trifecta that year. The next year returning Blue Diamond winner Artorius ran second fresh in the HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 quinella.

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes Odds

The season’s top HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 HDF McNeil 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.

HDF McNeil Stakes Field

The HDF McNeil Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of new-season three-year-olds each year, many of which are having their first spring assignment and first official start since the Horse’s Birthday (August 1).

The best horses out of the HDF McNeil Stakes field will continue on to target tougher races over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival including the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at a mile in October. Super Seth (2019) was the last horse to complete the HDF McNeil Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double.

As a lead-up into that feature, runners may also contest the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Native Soldier (2018) was the last horse to do the HDF McNeil Stakes – Caulfield Guineas Prelude double.

HDF McNeil Stakes Winners (Super Seth, 2019) | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Ladbrokes.com.au
Super Seth (2019) is one of the best known recent H.D.F. McNeil Stakes winners. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The H.D.F. McNeil Stakes final acceptances are released on the Wednesday before the race runs on a Saturday and the nominations close that Monday.

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes Field

The official HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 field and barriers will be published in full below once final acceptances are taken by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week.

The in-form General Beau drawn barrier one second-up and resuming Blue Diamond Stakes winner Artorius  headline a small but classy nine-horse 2021 McNeil Stakes field for this weekend in Melbourne.

  • Scratched: #4 Exceed Expect (6)

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes Nominations

Punters get an early indication of the horses that will line-up in the Group 3 race when the HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to the race.

Twenty-three three-year-old sprinters make-up the McNeil Stakes 2021 nominations led in all-in betting by the returning Group 1 Blue Diamond winner from the autumn Artorius.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2116x ARTORIUS C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 59.5kg   102
2 1x721610x SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller 2 58.5kg   90
3 12x115x2 GENERAL BEAU C 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 3 58.5kg   84
4 21119×6 LIGHTSABER C 3 Peter G Moody 4 58.5kg   76
5 21×2 HERESY F 3 James Cummings 5 56.5kg   77
6 114x STARRY LEGEND C 3 John Sadler 6 57kg   72
7 11×3 GENERATION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 57kg   73
8 15×3 REMARQUE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 57kg   73
9 15 LIBIAMO F 3 Grahame Begg 9 55kg   68
10 211 TAUNTING C 3 Michael Hickmott 10 57kg   66
11 131 MYNUMEROUNO G 3 Nick Ryan 11 57kg   68
12 13×5 MAZU C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 12 57kg   72
13 18×1 EXCEED EXPECT C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 57kg   67
14 14×4 MR MOZART C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 57kg   65
15 31×7 ZERELLE C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 57kg   66
16 67×17 BRIGANTINE C 3 James Cummings 16 57kg   63
17 31 THROW AT DA STUMPS G 3 Chris Hyland 17 57kg   62
18 30×1 BRUCKNER C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 57kg   62
19 1 ANCIENT GIRL (NZ) F 3 Clinton McDonald 19= 55kg   63
20 1 MORNING MELODY F 3 Nick Harnett 19= 55kg   63
21 2x RIVERPLATE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 21 57kg   61
22 7x CAPITAL LEGEND G 3 John Sadler 22= 57kg   59
23   BEAUKATI F 3 Clinton McDonald 22= 55kg   61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

HDF McNeil Stakes Tips

HDF McNeil Stakes tips include looking for graduates out of the previous season’s top two-year-old races including the Blue Diamond Stakes held at the same track and distance, proven stakes horses and those with a strong 1200m record.

The colts and geldings also make the best bet in the HDF McNeil Stakes tips as no filly has won the race since Lady Of Harrods (2012).

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 betting tips and early spring Group race selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the horses to back and sack in the event.

  • To Win: #2 General Beau ($3.50 at time of publish)

Tight betting battle at the top of the market but leaning towards General Beau with the fitness edge. Run of the race from barrier one in a small field and was good fresh when runner-up in the Group 3 Vain Stakes here a fortnight back. Better for the run and gets the chance to atone after his Blue Diamond fifth to Saturday’s favourite from the autumn.

HDF McNeil Stakes Form Guide

The HDF McNeil Stakes form guide has all the details you need to know before placing your bets on the Group 3 sprint for three-year-olds. Along with the saddlecloth numbers, trainers, jockeys and barriers the form guide shows the recent lead-up runs of all the runners and their starting price in the markets.

Looking for horses that have previous Group experience, run well fresh and are drawn well are all important things the form guide for the HDF McNeil Stakes will reveal.

2021 HDF McNeil Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive HDF McNeil Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

HDF McNeil Stakes Results

The official HDF McNeil Stakes results and finishing order are confirmed when the event runs at Caulfield on the first major meeting of the spring in Melbourne each August.

The results show the HDF McNeil Stakes winner, successful quinella and trifecta as well as the margin and time run to see if any records are broken.

HDF McNeil Stakes Winners

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1stBruckner1 minute 10.45 seconds
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1stImmortal Love1 minute 10.89 seconds
2ndFlying Award
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1stSuper Seth1 minute 10.95 seconds
2ndKing Of Hastings
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1stNative Soldier1 minute 9.7 seconds
2ndThe August
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1stMerchant Navy1 minute 10.8 seconds
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1stDefcon1 minute 11.4 seconds
2ndHighland Beat
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1stGold Symphony1 minute 10.5 seconds
2ndReady For Victory
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1stChivalry1 minute 10.3 seconds
2ndNordic Empire
3rdAwesome Rock
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1stFast ‘N’ Rocking1 minute 10.8 seconds
2ndPrince Harada
3rdThermal Current
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1stLady Of Harrods1 minute 10.2 seconds
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1stGolden Archer1 minute 09.0 seconds
2ndCross Of Gold
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1stSistine Angel1 minute 113.4 seconds
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1stStarspangledbanner1 minute 10.2 seconds
3rdEclair Fastpass
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1stSugar Babe1 minute 10.4 seconds
3rdCardinal Virtue
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1stScenic Blast1 minute 10.6 seconds
2ndPins On Parade
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1stMiss Finland1 minute 16.18 seconds
3rdDue Sasso
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1stDanerich1 minute 06.7 seconds
2ndLine Account
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1stTahni Girl1 minute 04.1 seconds
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1stCahula1 minute 05.4 seconds
2ndCross Current
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1stBel Esprit1 minute 01.9 seconds
3rdBefore Too Long
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1stTully Dane1 minute 05.6 seconds
2ndRaja Lane
3rdKing Of Prussia
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1stRapid Man1 minute 06.1 seconds
2ndLittle Dozer