AD Hollindale Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The A.D. Hollindale Stakes form often stacks up in the Doomben Cup during the winter in Brisbane

The A.D. Hollindale Stakes is a Group 2 race held at the Gold Coast Racecourse* during the early stages of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival on a Saturday at the start of May.

2022 A.D. Hollindale Stakes winner Zaaki

2022 A.D. Hollindale Stakes winner Zaaki (pictured in Melbourne) won back-to-back editions of the Group 2 in Queensland. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

*The 2023 A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day meeting ran at the Sunshine Coast Racecourse with upgrades taking place at the Gold Coast. 

The feature event at the meeting, the A.D. Hollindale Stakes is run over 1400m under weight-for-age conditions and now offers a generous $500,000 in prize money as of 2021.

Also run on A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day are the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) for three-year-olds and the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial (1200m) for two-year-olds. A lead-up to tougher races at Doomben and Eagle Farm during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the A.D. Hollindale Stakes is traditionally contested by gallopers heading into the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) a fortnight later.

The last horses to complete the A.D. Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup double were the mare Streama (2014) and star import Zaaki (2021).

Zaaki returned in 2022 to became the first dual Hollindale Stakes winner since Leebaz (2015-16) before his historic third consecutive victory in 2023 when the event was held at the Sunshine Coast.

There was no 2020 AD Hollindale Stakes with the event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest edition of the AD Hollindale Stakes ran on Saturday May 6, 2023 ( moved from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast Racecourse) and saw Annabel Neasham’s dual defending champion Zaaki ($1.60F) salute for the punters for the third straight year.   

AD Hollindale Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 6, 2023
  • Track: Gold Coast Racecourse (Sunshine Coast Racecourse in 2023)
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1989

2023 AD Hollindale Stakes Results

The official 2023 AD Hollindale Stakes Results & Finishing Order will be announced below once the race is run and won on Saturday May 6, 2023.

2023 A.D. Hollindale Stakes winner Zaaki

2023 A.D. Hollindale Stakes winner Zaaki (pictured in Melbourne) won the event for the third straight year. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #1 Zaaki 
  • 2nd: #3 Huetor
  • 3rd: #4 Zeyrek

Annabel Neasham’s eight-year-old marvel Zaaki ($1.60F) was too good again making history when saluting in the A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2023 results for the third straight year.

AD Hollindale Stakes Betting

AD Hollindale Stakes betting markets are usually dominated by interstate-trained raiders coming off good lead-up runs in tougher and or similar class races in Sydney earlier in the autumn.

Gallopers with proven form at the distance and further sit high up the Hollindale Stakes odds and the markets often favour runners dropping back in class out of a lead-up like the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney over more distance during April’s ‘The Championships’ or the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) also held at Royal Randwick. The Doncaster Mile – AD Hollindale Stakes double was recently achieved by It’s Somewhat (2017).

Favourites in AD Hollindale Stakes betting only have a fair recent record in the event however, but the winner will be at a firming price in markets for the upcoming Doomben Cup in Brisbane two weeks on.

Zaaki ($3.60 in 2021, $1.45 in 2022 and $1.60 in 2023) was the last AD Hollindale Stakes betting favourite to get the job done three years on the trot.

2023 AD Hollindale Stakes Betting

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AD Hollindale Stakes winner Streama (2014) went on to take out that year’s Doomben Cup in Brisbane. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The top AD Hollindale Stakes 2023 odds on the Doomben Cup-bound winter gallopers contesting the Group 2 at the Gold Coast (Sunshine Coast in 2023) will be available below as soon as released so stay tuned for the best racing markets on the weight-for-age feature.

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AD Hollindale Stakes Field

The A.D. Hollindale Stakes field attracts a collection of the season’s best staying types, many coming off lead-up runs in Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival events like the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) the month before.

Another possible Sydney lead-up into the AD Hollindale Stakes field is the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick in late April, which Leebaz ran second in back in 2015 before his Group 2 Gold Coast win. Leebaz also won the 2016 Hollindale Stakes, the first back-to-back winner of the race since Shogun Lodge (2000-01).

Following a run in the AD Hollindale field gallopers may contest the Doomben Cup and or the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) – a treble completed by Zaaki in 2021.

AD Hollindale Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field and barriers out two days later on the Wednesday.

2023 AD Hollindale Stakes Field

The official AD Hollindale Stakes 2023 field & barrier draw will be released by Racing Queensland on the Wednesday of race week and announced in full below so stay tuned to see what gallopers are in the mix.

The 2023 AD Hollindale Stakes final field features a quality line-up of Doomben Cup-bound weight-for-age hopefuls led by the two-time defending champ Zaaki.

2023 AD Hollindale Stakes Nominations

The early 2023 AD Hollindale Stakes nominations are taken on the Monday of race week.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 7675123×21 ATISHU (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 112
2 70261×6362 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 104
3 422118×696 BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees 85
4 11x332x3x5 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) G 6 Annabel Neasham 97
5 0030×23102 CEPHEUS (GB) G 6 Matthew Dunn 102
6 x5711376x2 DESERT ICON (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 104
7 881401×931 DIAMIL (IRE) G 5 John O’Shea 107
8 117x06880x DUAIS M 5 Edward Cummings 114
9 3552x131x8 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
10 418x8x0653 HUETOR (FR) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 107
11 312151×994 IRISH PLAYBOY G 6 John Smerdon 92
12 202220×444 JUST FOLK G 6 Josh Julius 104
13 032x0000x8 KOLDING (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 105
14 1804x79x91 NEW MANDATE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 106
15 x536107x20 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 109
16 x41102x100 PROTAGONIST (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 105
17 8222112x3x SEAT OF POWER (IRE) G 8 Gary Duncan 98
18 x1x7701x61 SKYMAN (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 108
19 921177×884 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 111
20 314210×658 WILD CHAP G 6 Brett Lazzarini 92
21 3x54250x50 YONKERS (USA) G 7 Chris Waller 103
22 13x13341x2 ZAAKI (GB) G 8 Annabel Neasham 119
23 7x000x1217 ZEYREK (FR) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

AD Hollindale Stakes Form Guide

The A.D. Hollindale Stakes form guide details essential information for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of all the horses in the field.

Checking the form for runners that come off a Group 1 Sydney lead-up, those with winning form over the distance and further and for the quality mares – who have a nice recent strike rate in the race – can all lead to a winning punt.

The Hollindale Stakes form has stacked up in the Doomben Cup in Brisbane many times in recent years including winners of the double Zaaki (2021), Streama (2014), Metal Bender (2010), Bush Padre (2003), Above Deck (2006) and Mr Bureaucrat (2002).

Zaaki further franked the form out of the 2021 Hollindale Stakes results winning the Group 1 Underwood Stakes and Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes that spring in Melbourne as well as the 2022 edition of the $5 million The All-Star Mile the following autumn.

Zaaki finished third in the 2022 Doomben Cup results off his second Hollindale success and finished top three in a host of subsequent Group 1s in Melbourne and Sydney including going back-to-back in Flemington’s Mackinnon Stakes (VRC Champion Stakes) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2023 AD Hollindale Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

AD Hollindale Stakes Tips

AD Hollindale Stakes tips include looking for horses proven at around 2000m and those with good lead-up form in Sydney.

Previous experience at the track isn’t crucial, so instead of tipping a local runner look at interstate raiders heading towards the Brisbane Winter Carnival features.

2023 AD Hollindale Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider AD Hollindale Stakes 2023 betting tips and Group 2 racing selections will be detailed below leading up to the race so bookmark this page for the horses to back and sack heading into the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

  • To Win: #1 Zaaki ($1.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Dual defending champion out to make history as a three-time Hollindale Stakes champion and even at the odds-on quote Zaaki is hard to go past. Annabel Neasham’s veteran eight-year-old has an excellent record in Queensland, but has his first official start at the Sunshine Coast. He has won the past two editions when run at the event’s traditional home on the Gold Coast. He has done little wrong since his successful title defence in this a year ago, including his second Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes win at Flemington during the Cup Carnival. First-up the old marvel was typically excellent running a second fresh in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney behind star young The Everest winning three-year-old Giga Kick. Will appreciate the extra metres here second-up and hard to beat.

AD Hollindale Stakes Results

A.D. Hollindale Stakes results in recent years have been dominated by Sydney raiders as well as the season’s in-form mares like Streama (2014) and Lights Of Heaven (2013), along with the filly Oregon’s Day (2018). Leebaz became a dual A.D. Hollindale Stakes winner in 2016 when successfully defending his title at a roughie’s price.

Other notable A.D. Hollindale Stakes winners from the past decade include historic three-time champ Zaaki (2021-2023), It’s Somewhat (2017), My Kingdom Of Fife (2011), Metal Bender (2010), and Scenic Shot (2008). Earlier Hollindale Stakes winners of note include Shogun Lodge (2000-01), Might And Power (1998), Danewin (1995), and Rough Habit (1991-92).

Recent AD Hollindale Stakes Winners

Past A.D. Hollindale Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Zaaki Huetor Zeyrek 1:49.3
2022 Zaaki Polly Grey Kukeracha 1:54.7
2021 Zaaki Fifty Stars Shared Ambition 1:50.5

Race Not Run

2019 Life Less Ordinary Mister Sea Wolf Hallelujah Boy 1:55.9
2018 Oregon’s Day Tom Melbourne Man Of His Word 1:46.8
2017 It’s Somewhat Single Gaze Maurus 1:48.5
2016 Leebaz Hauraki Volkstok’n’Barrell 1:48.1
2015 Leebaz Sir Moments I’m Imposing 1:47.9
2014 Streama Mr O’Ceirin Precedence 1:53.1
2013 Lights Of Heaven Foreteller Transporter 1:49.5
2012 Shez Sinsational Lights Of Heaven Mawingo 1:56.0
2011 My Kingdom Of Fife Glass Harmonium Scenic Shot 1:52.2
2010 Metal Bender Road To Rock Gold Water 1:49.5
2009 Fulmonti Izonit Sir Slick 1:48.1
2008 Scenic Shot Spinney Stormhill 1:49.9
2007 Coalesce Dracs Back Desert War 1:47.4
2006 Above Deck Vouvray Roman Arch 1:49.1
2005 Platinum Scissors Roman Arch Devastating 1:52.4
2004 This Manshood St Basil Pentastic 1:45.9
2003 Bush Padre Boreale Cheverny 1:49.9
2002 Mr Bureaucrat Kaapstad Way My Special Scorpio 1:50.9
2001 Shogun Lodge Camarena Go Flash Go 1:47.3
2000 Shogun Lodge Integrate Cheiron 1:47.3