Maurice McCarten Stakes 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Maurice McCarten Stakes can serve as a nice lead-up into the Group 1 The Galaxy race.

The Maurice McCarten Stakes adds its name to the illustrious line-up of support races on Coolmore Classic Day each March at Rosehill Gardens during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2023 Maurice McCarten Stakes winner Cannonball

2023 Maurice McCarten Stakes winner Cannonball. Photo: Steve Hart.

Coolmore Classic Day is headlined by the Group 1 $1 million Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares.

Other key events on the card include the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m), the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m), and the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m). Both the Pago Pago and Magic Night offer a final shot for two-year-olds to make the following weekend’s Golden Slipper Stakes race field.

This Group 3 sprint, run under open quality handicap conditions over 1100 meters, serves as a launchpad for some horses beginning their autumn campaigns or a test for those coming off an earlier race like the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at the same track.

In fact, Dothraki (2018) became the most recent horse to achieve this feat, crossing the finish line second in the Maurice McCarten but winning on protest.

The latest edition of the Maurice McCarten Stakes took place on Saturday March 16th, 2024 as part of Rosehill’s Coolmore Classic Day and was won by the James Cummings-trained favourite Red Card ($3.20F). 

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes Results

The full Maurice McCarten Stakes Results & Finishing Order 2024 will be available below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 16th, 2024.

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes winner Red Card

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes winner Red Card. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #4 Red Card
  • 2nd: #11 Libertad
  • 3rd: #1 Airman

Trainer James Cummings celebrated another victory at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday as his mare Red Card ($3.20F) dominated the 2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes results. Following her impressive win at the same track and distance last month, Red Card continued her winning streak with a commanding performance. Leading from the start, she maintained a strong pace throughout the race, crossing the finish line a clear three-quarter lengths ahead of her rivals. This win solidified Red Card’s position as a leading contender in upcoming races and delighted punters who backed the favorite.

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes Odds

The updated Maurice McCarten Stakes 2024 betting odds on the Group 3 Coolmore Classic Day race will be available below the week of the race so bookmark this page for access to the best autumn racing markets.

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Maurice McCarten Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 16th, 2024
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1993

Maurice McCarten Stakes Betting

Maurice McCarten Stakes odds are traditionally led by horses proven over the short sprint distance.

Runners dropping back in class off a strong Group 2 run in a race like the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) the weekend prior may feature prominently in Maurice McCarten Stakes betting as do last start winners.

California Zimbol ($3 in 2021) and Red Card ($3.20 in 2024) are the latest favourites in Maurice McCarten Stakes odds to win.

Maurice McCarten Stakes Field

The Maurice McCarten Stakes race field attracts a line-up of short distance gallopers looking to step up in grade over the autumn.

Many horses in the Maurice McCarten Stakes field will be contesting the race first-up.

The Maurice McCarten Stakes can serve as a springboard for horses targeting bigger races throughout the autumn.

Some opt for the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) later that month at Rosehill, with Hoystar (2008) being the last to achieve this double.

Maurice McCarten Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race followed by the release of the final field and barrier draw on the Wednesday.

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes Field

The official Maurice McCarten Stakes 2024 field of potential The Galaxy-bound sprinters will be released by Racing NSW and will be published right here so stay tuned.

The 2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes final field features a bumper line-up of autumn sprinters with Airman, last seen finishing eighth in Flemington’s Group 1 Champions Sprint in the spring, heading the weights and odds on the Group 3 at Rosehill.

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes Nominations

The official Maurice McCarten Stakes 2024 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to Coolmore Classic Day and the full list of early entries will be available below.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
15x11x3128xAIRMANG4Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes159kg59kg103
26712x0776xATHELRICG5James Cummings258kg58kg101
3211x1476x1RED CARDM4James Cummings355kg55kg99
41221×51615BRUDENELLG4Kris Lees4=55.5kg55.5kg96
52124221153MORNINGTON GLORYG5Gavin Bedggood4=55.5kg55.5kg96
66x1111x523HARD TO SAYG4Jason Deamer6=54.5kg54.5kg94
7x4317x0377SWEET RIDEH4Annabel Neasham6=54.5kg54.5kg94
81811126×82OMNI MANG5Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott854kg54kg93
9116545x13xDASHING LEGENDM4Joseph Pride9=54kg53kg90
1033x58126x6QUICK TEMPOG5Mark Minervini9=54kg53kg90
1111x187x0LIBERTADC3Annabel Neasham11=54kg53kg88
121135×35345RICH FORTUNEM4Jerome Hunter11=54kg53kg88
130x926x2024MERITABLEH5Mark Minervini1354kg53kg84
145x8264x634RAINBIELM6Joseph Pride1454kg53kg83
1570x00x21x2XTRAVAGANT STARM4Ciaron Maher1554kg53kg79
161x2063219xLAVISH EMPIREG4Peter & Paul Snowden1654kg53kg78
1711×5HIP HIP HURRAHF3Michael Freedman1754kg53kg73
18105x0x789xZOUKERINOG4Jason Coyle1854kg53kg71

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Maurice McCarten Stakes Tips

Looking for proven 1000m – 1100m performers coming off a top two black-type run last start and for those with good Sydney form are top Maurice McCarten Stakes tips.

Backing horses drawn an inside barrier is key as just one Maurice McCarten Stakes winner since 2001 has jumped from wider than gate 9 with protest winner Dothraki (12 in 2018).

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes Tips 

Our insider 2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes betting tip will be published below following final acceptances for the Group 3 sprint race.

  • To Win: #5 Hard To Say ($11 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Tricky Group 3 race for the punters but 10/1 at time of publish for Hard To Say to get back in the winners’ stall catches the eye. This consistent Newcastle-trained Exceed And Excel four-year-old has a solid Rosehill record (3:1-1-0 ) and gets options from gate nine with Tommy Berry in the saddle. Second two back to Lady Laguna in the Group 3 Southern Cross, form franked by the winner in that when she went on to salute in last weekend’s Group 3 Canterbury. Hard To Say meanwhile was third next up in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup only 1.43 lengths beaten. Up a little in kilos but looks overs with a genuine shot here. 

Maurice McCarten Stakes Form Guide

For the elite sprinters, the prestigious Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill a fortnight after the Maurice McCarten Stakes beckons.

Shelby Sixtysix (2022) is the last horse to do the Maurice McCarten Stakes – The Galaxy race double.

The race’s ability to identify future stars is further evidenced by Star Of The Seas (2020).

Following his Maurice McCarten win, he pushed his limits with a runner-up finish in the prestigious Doncaster Mile (1600m) just two races later.

His talent was further solidified with placings in the Group 1 Winx Stakes and Group 1 George Main Stakes that same season.

The 2023 victor Cannonball also franked the Maurice McCarten Stakes form securing a noteworthy third-place finish in that year’s The Galaxy results.

2024 Maurice McCarten Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Maurice McCarten Stakes 2024 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Maurice McCarten Stakes Results

Notable recent Maurice McCarten Stakes winners include Hoystar (2008), Atomic Force (2011), Dothraki (2018) who won on protest, and Shelby Sixtysix (2022).

Red Card (2024) was the last Maurice McCarten Stakes winning mare.

Cannonball (2023) was the last three-year-old Maurice McCarten Stakes winner.

Appoint (1998, 1999) is the only dual Maurice McCarten Stakes winner to date.

Recent Maurice McCarten Stakes Winners

Past Maurice McCarten Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Red Card Libertad Airman
2023 Cannonball Athelric Quick Tempo
2022 Shelby Sixtysix Rule Of Law Gravina
2021 California Zimbol Easy Eddie Order Of Command
2020 Star Of The Seas River Bird Spending To Win
2019 Easy Eddie She Knows All Over Bosanova
2018 Dothraki Sprightly Lass New Universe
2017 Artistry Dothraki Fickle Folly
2016 Alberto Magic Angels Beach Bachman
2015 Target In Sight Deep Field Tahitian Black
2014 Kencella Va Pensiero That’s A Good Idea
2013 See The World Anise Hurrara
2012 Title Uate Zaratone
2011 Atomic Force Winter King Dorf Command
2010 Welkom Gold Nightofthegeneral Rarefied
2009 Mount Verde Aichi Posadas
2008 Hoystar Al Be Nimble Certain Magic
2007 Double Dare King Rex Sunset Run
2006 Snippetson Mustard Shannon Bank
2005 Britt’s Best Damigos Entreaty
2004 Mustard Geiger Spirit Jivago
2003 Sex Machine Oomph Arlington Road
2002 Crete Shouq Arlington Road
2001 Stanzaic
Knickerbocker Kid (Dead Heat for first)
Scottish Pride
2000 Antiquity Paint Batwing

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