McEwen Stakes 2021

Saturday September 4, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The McEwen Stakes is a good guide to the Group 1 Manikato Stakes

The McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 sprint race contested at Moonee Valley Racecourse on John F. Feehan Stakes Day in early September during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Headlining the day’s action is the Group 2 John F. Feehan Stakes (1600m) for Cox Plate hopes, while the McEwen Stakes attracts horses heading towards the carnival’s Group 1 sprint features.

Run over 1000m, the McEwen Stakes is a weight-for-age event offering $300,000 in total prize money as of 2021 and was elevated from a Group 3 event for the 2013/14 season. It makes a nice spring kick-off for horses heading towards features like the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) back at Moonee Valley the following month as well as Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) held during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Recent winners of the McEwen Stakes – Manikato Stakes double include Chautauqua (2015), Hay List (2010) and Miss Andretti (2006).

The latest edition of the McEwen Stakes ran on Saturday September 4, 2021 and was won by ex-Singapore galloper The Inferno.  

2021 McEwen Stakes Results

The official Mitty’s McEwen Stakes 2021 results and finishing order will be known and published below on Saturday September 4, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 The Inferno
  • 2nd: #3 Portland Sky
  • 3rd: #8 September Run

Ex-Singapore galloper The Inferno ($6) was very good at The Valley putting himself in calculations for the $15 million The Everest in Sydney next month with a strong victory in the 2021 McEwen Stakes results.

McEwen Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday September 4, 2021
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1995

McEwen Stakes Betting

McEwen Stakes odds are released by bookmakers shortly after the final field and barrier draw is out the Wednesday before the race. Betting is traditionally led by smart sprinters with form at the tight Moonee Valley circuit that have been tested in tougher class.

If racing first-up, those with good records fresh are also dominant in McEwen Stakes betting each spring.

Nature Strip ($1.50 in 2018) was the last favourite in McEwen Stakes betting to win when saluting at an odds-on quote.

2021 McEwen Stakes Odds

Market links to our top Mitty’s McEwen Stakes 2021 odds on the potential Group 1 winning sprinters of the spring will be detailed below the week of the race.

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

McEwen Stakes Field

McEwen Stakes Winners - Nature Strip (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

2018 McEwen Stakes winner Nature Strip. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The McEwen Stakes field attracts a class line-up of early spring sprint types heading towards more lucrative features over similar distance over the coming weeks and months in Melbourne.

Many runners in the McEwen Stakes field will be racing first-up or coming off an earlier run at the track in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m).

In 2014 Angelic Light ran third in the Carlyon Stakes before her McEwen Stakes success. She also went on to run second to Lankan Rupee in that year’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes. Lankan Rupee had run second in both the McEwen Stakes and Moir Stakes before his Manikato win and subsequent third in the VRC Sprint Classic – formerly the Darley Classic.

The following year Chautauqua (2015) won the McEwen Stakes first-up before winning the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington followed by the Manikato Stakes. He also ran second in the Darley Classic that November.

The Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley later in the month makes a nice target for graduates out of the McEwen Stakes field. In 2020 the McEwen Stakes winner Bella Vella ran third in that spring’s Moir Stakes results.

2021 McEwen Stakes Field

The official Mitty’s McEwen Stakes 2021 Field & Barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published below.

Returning Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Portland Sky headlines the nine-horse 2021 McEwen Stakes final field at The Valley on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Qualifier Day this Saturday.

2021 McEwen Stakes Nominations

The early Mitty’s McEwen Stakes 2021 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to the race and will be published in full below.

McEwen Stakes Tips

Good McEwen Stakes tips include looking for previous Moonee Valley winners, sprinters that can handle the short 1000m trip and class gallopers that have Group 1 experience from previous campaigns especially in the Moir Stakes.

Single-digit runners also have a strong record in the race so backing horses under $10 in the markets is also a good McEwen Stakes betting tip.

2021 McEwen Stakes Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ McEwen Stakes 2021 best bet will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned!

  • To Win: #3 Portland Sky ($2.90 at time of publish) 

Hard to see Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Portland Sky beaten first-up in a small field at this distance. Matt Laurie’s entire makes his four-year-old debut and has a 50% winning strike rate after his opening eight career runs. Last seen placing second to confirmed The Everest runner Masked Crusader in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at this track and can kick off where he left off in fine form against easier company here.

McEwen Stakes Form Guide

The McEwen Stakes form guide provides punters with all the must-know information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the runners in the field.

In recent years the McEwen Stakes form has held up in many tougher spring races including the Moir Stakes and VRC Sprint Classic.

For example, the 2018 McEwen Stakes winner Nature Strip went on to win the following year’s Moir Stakes – VRC Sprint Classic double among other subsequent Group 1 sprint wins by the champion.

2021 McEwen Stakes Form Guide

A link to our complete McEwen Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

McEwen Stakes Results

McEwen Stakes in the past decade have been dominated by the class horses in the race, many of which went on to enjoy Group 1 success later that campaign. Upsets still occur however including the win by Kuroshio ($16) in 2013.

Notable recent McEwen Stakes winners include Nature Strip (2018), Chautauqua (2015), Buffering (2011), Hay List (2010) and Miss Andretti (2006).

McEwen Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 The Inferno Portland Sky September Run 0:59.48
2020 Bella Vella Ashlor Brooklyn Hustle 0:58.02
2019 Faatinah Bons Away Edurado 0:58.4
2018 Nature Strip Houtzen Shoals 0:56.9(R)
2017 Russian Revolution Heatherly Houtzen 0.58.1
2016 Wild Rain Furnaces Heatherly 0:58.8
2015 Chautauqua Flamberge Furnaces 0:58.2
2014 Angelic Light Lankan Rupee Eloping 0:57.5
2013 Kuroshio Moment Of Change General Truce 0:57.8
2012 Bel Sprinter Platelet Snitzem 0:57.3
2011 Buffering Crystal Lily Atomic Force 0:58.5
2010 Hay List Catapulted Reward For Effort 0:59.6
2009 Nicconi Morgan Dollar Secret Flyer 0:57.4
2008 Kaphero Morgan Dollar Lucky Secret 0:59.4
2007 Here De Angels Gold Edition Dr Nipandtuck 0:57.4
2006 Miss Andretti Sassbee Cargo Cult 0:58.8
2005 Strikeline Truly Wicked Titanic Jack 0:59.8
2004 Edgeton Reactive Mistegic 1:01.8
2003 Yell The Big Chill Dantana 0:59.6
2002 Mistegic Shaye Spice Aragonce 1:00.2
2001 Strategic Image Sports Ateates 0:58.4
2000 Testa Rossa Sports Chattanooga 1:13.4