Matriarch Stakes 2021

Saturday November 6, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Matriarch Stakes winners often go on to win a Group 1 the following autumn

The Matriarch Stakes is a Group 2 support race on the Mackinnon Stakes Day program held on the first Saturday of November at Flemington Racecourse each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The fourth and final meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Mackinnon Stakes Day takes place four days after the coveted Melbourne Cup at the same track on the first Tuesday of November every year.

Two elite levels headline the program with the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), a race formerly held a week earlier prior to 2016, and the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) for the spring sprinters.

The race is the only Group 2 race on the card and offers $300,000 in total prize money. It is a set weights plus penalties event open to mares only and has produced a number of subsequent Group 1 winners in recent years including Lucia Valentina (2015) who won the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney the following April.

The latest edition of the Matriach Stakes ran on Saturday November 6, 2021 and was won by the Ben & JD Hayes-trained Zayydani ($9). 

2021 Matriarch Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Zayydani
  • 2nd: #7 Our Intrigue
  • 3rd: #3 Starelle

Matriarch Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday November 6, 2021
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 4YO&Up Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1995

Matriarch Stakes Betting

While not as popular as the Group 1 odds on offer on Mackinnon Stakes Day, Matriarch Stakes betting still attracts plenty of interest each Cup Carnival and opens the Wednesday before the race when the field of mares is released by Racing Victoria.

Mares that have previous Group 1 spring racing experience often dominate the Matriarch Stakes odds, especially those out of tougher lead-up races like the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) the Saturday before on Derby Day.

Previous Flemington race experience and proven form over 2000m also has mares kept safe in Matriarch Stakes betting by the bookies each season.

2021 Matriarch Stakes Betting

The season’s top Matriarch Stakes 2021 betting odds and Flemington market links to the Mackinnon Stakes Day support act will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the top prices on the spring mares.

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

Matriarch Stakes Tips

Matriarch Stakes tips to take to the bookmakers during the Melbourne Cup Carnival include backing mares with previous winning form over the distance (2000m) and at the Flemington track, looking at runners coming off a top three effort in similar class and the any recent Group 1 performers dropping back in class.

The set weights plus penalties conditions of the race ensure that the classier mares usually reign supreme so favourites make for a good Matriarch Stakes betting tip.

2021 Matriarch Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Matriarch Stakes 2021 tips and Flemington racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the mares to back and sack in the Matriarch Stakes betting markets this spring.

  • To Win: #2 Only Words ($7.50 at time of publish) 

The Waller mares are flying with Verry Elleegant winning Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup and this weekend Only Words coming off a lead-up 2040m win at The Valley carrying 59.5kg looks huge value in the Matriarch. She’s two-from-two over the distance, Brett Prebble stays on and she comes back in weight. She’s only been to Flemington once so that’s the query, as is the wide draw, but they’ve been winning all carnival from out wide so Prebble can handle that. If she handles HQ then she’ll be hard to hold out with some nice form-lines including out of the Stocks Stakes.

Matriarch Stakes Field

The Matriarch Stakes field attracts a line-up of classy mares every spring, the majority of which are using it as a final chance to secure a Group win for the season before turning out for a spell.

Matriarch Stakes runners come via a number of different lead-up runs. In 2015 Lucia Valentina came off a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and won the following autumn’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney.

Matriarch Stakes odds & betting -

Matriarch Stakes winner Lucia Valentina (2015) went on to win a Group 1 in Sydney the following autumn. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Another more traditional lead-up into the Matriarch Stakes field for mares is the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.

The last mare to complete the Tesio Stakes – Matriarch Stakes double was Suavito (2014) who also went on to win the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) the following autumn. In 2017 the Matriarch Stakes winner Savapinski improved on a lead-up second in the Tesio Stakes.

Mares that are not heading to the paddock may back-up in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) a week later at Sandown, a race the 2015 Matriarch Stakes third placegetter Casino Dancer won on the quick back-up. In 2013 the Matriarch Stakes runner-up Queenstown ran third in the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) a week later when the race ran at Caulfield.

Matriarch Stakes nominations close the Monday before Mackinnon Stakes Day runs on the Saturday and the final field and barriers are out on the Wednesday.

2021 Matriarch Stakes Field

The official Matriarch Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday leading-up to Mackinnon Stakes Day and will be published in full below once released so stay tuned to see what mares make the line-up in the lucrative Group 2 showdown.

Nimalee coming off a Derby Day fourth in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes heads the Matriarch Stakes 2021 field and betting markets on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.

2021 Matriarch Stakes Nominations

The early Matriarch Stakes 2021 Nominations close on the Monday ahead of the race – Melbourne Cup eve – and will be available below once confirmed by Racing Victoria.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 78111×8483 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 1 59.5kg 107
2 12133×0340 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 2 58kg 103
3 x1194x4244 NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 3 58kg 107
4 19317×0441 ONLY WORDS (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 4 58kg 93
5 6x3156x452 STARELLE M 4 Danny O’Brien 5 58kg 91
6 2324×37197 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 6 57kg 105
7 0571520×04 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 6 Symon Wilde 7 57kg 103
8 3x1116x638 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 8 57kg 90
9 22x2111x92 MIMI’S AWARD M 4 Ben & JD Hayes 9 57kg 79
10 0x2910x082 TYCHE GODDESS M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 57kg 78
11 0260×12869 ECUMENICAL M 4 Mick Huxtable 11 56kg 82
12 6212112975 CHARLEISE M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 56kg 94
13 x444812513 OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 13 56kg 84
14 823311×034 ZAYYDANI (NZ) M 5 Ben & JD Hayes 14 56kg 92
15 99x1704x06 VANNA GIRL M 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds 15 55kg 98
16 50×3143151 GHODELEINE M 7 Andrew Noblet 16 55kg 92
17 1444×05582 LE LUDE M 6 John Thompson 17 55kg 83
18 x38478x906 BONVICINI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 55kg 89
19 22x32x0570 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 19 55kg 88
20 00×3413472 BARBIE’S FOX M 5 Louise Bonella 20 55kg 82
21 1111×76315 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 21 55kg 83
22 2x1133x836 JOHANDOUGH M 5 Thomas Carberry 22 55kg 72
23 x398078379 KISS AND CRY M 6 Michael Kent 23 55kg 69
24 3x21136x31 GROOVY KINDA LOVE M 5 Michael Kent 24 55kg 70
25 0x33133126 SWINDON LASS M 4 Matthew Brown 25 55kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Matriarch Stakes Form Guide

The Matriarch Stakes form guide provides punters with all the crucial information and statistics from the jockeys, trainers and barriers to the track / distance records of all the mares in the field.

In recent years the Matriarch Stakes form has gone on to hold-up in tougher races the following autumn with plenty of winners taking out a Group 1 race in Melbourne early the next year.

2021 Matriarch Stakes Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Matriarch Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for all the facts / stats you need to place a winning wager on the Matriarch Stakes field this spring.

Matriarch Stakes Results

The Matriarch Stakes results have been a mix between single and double-figure winners over the past decade, but the majority came off a top three run in Melbourne leading up to the Group 2.

Notable recent Matriarch Stakes winners include Lucia Valentina (2015), Suavito (2014) and Purple (2009).

Matriarch Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Zayydani Our Intrigue Starelle 2:04.1
2020 Affair To Remember Paradee Toffee Tongue 2:03.0
2019 Oceanex Miss Siska Aristocratic Miss 2:03.2
2018 Kenedna Miss Siska Luvaluva 2:03.8
2017 Savapinski Payroll Token Of Love 2:01.5
2016 Jessy Belle Sort After Happy Hannah 2:04.7
2015 Lucia Valentina Manageress Casino Dancer 2:04.1
2014 Suavito Girl In Flight Amanpour 2:01.7
2013 Girl Gone Rockin’ Queenstown Keep De Rose 2:04.7
2012 Midnight Martini Lake Sententia Crafty Irna 2:03.1
2011 Vintedge Stole Skyerush 2:01.2
2010 Well Rounded Purple Keep The Peace 2:02.5
2009 Purple Moment in Time Lady Lynette 2:00.1
2008 Bird of Fire Tan Tat De Lago El Daana 2:05.0
2007 Hidden Strings Sovereign Miss Danevade 2:03.9
2006 Brom Felinity Pin Up Purde 2:02.1
2005 Sutology Storm Alert Aqua D Amore 2:02.1
2004 Demerger Aint Seen Nothin Full Spec 2:04.8
2003 Sweet Corn Sylvaner Mrs Tendulkar 2:04.4
2002 Damaschino Little Miss Quick Terrenora 2:00.6
2001 Piper Star Umaline Tickle My 2:01.5
2000 Flushed Nova Clause Tickle My 2:02.6