Memsie Stakes 2021

Saturday August 28, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: First-up runners with a good fresh record are worth backing to win the Memsie Stakes

The Memsie Stakes is the opening Group 1 race of the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and takes place at Caulfield Racecourse in late August or early September. The headline race at the meeting, the weight-for-age clash is run over 1400m and gives the season’s top milers and stayers an early chance at elite level glory. Worth $1 million in prize money, the Memsie Stakes is often contested by horses heading towards the season’s majors including the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

Memsie Stakes Day attracts lot of interest from the punters as the first Group 1 meeting of the spring and the other key races on the card include the Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes, Group 3 Cockram Stakes and Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes for potential Caulfield Guineas-bound three-year-olds.

In Sydney on the same day, Rosehill Gardens hosts the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes for Group 1-bound three-year-olds.

Elevated to a Group 1 race in 2013 it has been won by many notable horses including Atlantic Jewel (2013), So You Think (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Miss Finland (2007), Makybe Diva (2005), dual champ Sunline (2000 & 2001) and Dane Ripper (1998).

In 2021 Behemoth successfully defended his title in the Memsie Stakes to become the first dual winner since Sunline (2000-2001).

The latest edition of the Memsie Stakes took place on Saturday August 28, 2021 and saw South Australian star Behemoth go back-to-back. 

Memsie Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 28, 2021
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1899

2021 Memsie Stakes Results

The official Memsie Stakes 2021 results & finishing order will be published in full right here once the Group 1 race is run and won on Saturday August 28, 2021.

  • 1st: #2 Behemoth
  • 2nd: #8 Beau Rossa
  • 3rd: #10 Tofane

In a repeat of the Group 3 Spring Stakes quinella in Adelaide, the David Jolly-trained Behemoth ($3.20) narrowly defeated the progressive Will Clarken-trained Beau Rossa ($12) when successfully defending his title in the Memsie Stakes 2021 results. The beaten Memsie Stakes favourite Tofane ($3) was also good fresh running a first-up third.

Memsie Stakes Betting

Memsie Stakes betting is always popular as the markets usually feature some smart types returning from their winter spells. Favourites have a gun record in the race so looking for the horses at the top of the Memsie Stakes odds is always a good bet.

From 2007 – 2021 seven favourites in Memsie Stakes betting saluted for the punters, most recently Black Heart Bart (2016), Vega Magic (2017) and Behemoth ($3.30 in 2020). Behemoth also won at $3.20 in 2021 but was the second elect that year, Tofane ($3F) the beaten favourite in thid.

Betting on the Memsie Stakes really heats up once the field is out and horses drawn well usually dominate the markets as just one Memsie Stakes winner has jumped from a double digit barrier since 2004 with King’s Rose (11 in 2011).

2021 Memsie Stakes Odds

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

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

Memsie Stakes Field

The Memsie Stakes field has a capacity of 16 starters, but hasn’t run with its maximum number of contenders since 2000 when Sunline won the first of her two editions of the spring lead-up. The race field has attracted 11 or more starters every year since 2003 apart from in 2005 when Makybe Diva beat home only six rivals.

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Black Heart Bart (2016) is one of the most notable recent Memsie Stakes winners. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Horses traditionally run in the Memsie Stakes field first-up and in 2015-16 the winner had their last start in Brisbane’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap the previous June with Boban (2015) and Black Heart Bart (2016) both improving on seconds in that winter feature.

The best out of the Memsie Stakes field traditionally back-up a fortnight later at Flemington in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), the double last completed by Dissident (2014).

The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) run at the same track and distance in September is also a nice target for Memsie Stakes graduates and Behemoth (2020) was the last horse to do the Memsie – Sir Rupert Clarke double at Caulfield.

In more recent years horses out of the Memsie Stakes field have headed back to Sydney for a shot at the world’s richest race on turf – The Everest. In 2017 The Everest winner Vega Magic represented one of The Everest slot-holders and finished runner-up to Redzel in the inaugural edition of the event that is now worth $15 million.

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

2021 Memsie Stakes Field

The official Memsie 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.

Last year’s champion Behemoth heads the 12-horse Memsie Stakes 2021 final field drawn in gate nine and fit second-up off a Group 3 Spring Stakes win at Morphettville.

  • Scratched: #12 Sierra Sue (5) the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner has been scratched due to a foot abscess.

2021 Memsie Stakes Nominations

Punters get an early indication of the horses that will line-up in the opening Group 1 race in Melbourne for the spring when the Memsie Stakes 2021 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to the race.

The 2021 Memsie Stakes nominations have drawn a star-studded list of 19 early entries led in pre-field betting by the winter’s Group 1 Stradbroke – Tiara double winner in Brisbane Tofane, David Jolly’s SA star Behemoth coming off a narrow first-up win in Adelaide’s Group 3 Spring Stakes and the resuming Godolphin-raced mare Colette.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 561x12454x COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 1 57kg 112
2 5x2330x312 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 56.5kg 102
3 52x720872x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig 3 59kg 110
4 3597x7211x TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 4 57kg 115
5 10x143x7x1 BEHEMOTH G 6 David Jolly 5 59kg 113
6 22x111121x AVANTAGE M 6 Jamie Richards 6 57kg 114
7 84x1167x28 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols 7 59kg 110
8 3721x591x7 ARCHEDEMUS G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 59kg 104
9 1x1131112x INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 6 Danny O’Brien 9 57kg 110
10 111x1160x AEGON (NZ) G 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 10 58.5kg 104
11 x82234734x AMISH BOY H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 58.5kg 96
12 3246×71633 RED CAN MAN G 5 David Brideoake 12 59kg 102
13 16x81102x1 GROUNDSWELL G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 59kg 102
14 4x11476x10 SANSOM (NZ) G 5 Phillip Stokes 14 59kg 104
15 x97x060411 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 57kg 105
16 7x11210x12 BEAU ROSSA G 4 Will Clarken 16 58.5kg 92
17 x51267313x VASSILATOR (NZ) G 6 Colin Little & Matthew Lindsay 17 59kg 101
18 1218227×05 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 18 59kg 97
19 4x131114x9 REGARDSMAREE G 5 Nick Ryan 19 59kg 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Memsie Stakes Tips

Memsie Stakes tips historically have the favourite predicted as the one to beat as history shows the shorter priced horses have an outstanding recent record in the weight-for-age race.

Classy miler – stayer types are also popular in the tipping as all seven winners from 2010 – 2016 had their lead-up run into the race in Group 1 company, including two that came out of an autumn run in the Doncaster Mile with Dissident (12th in 2014) and Sincero (4th in 2012).

2021 Memsie Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Memsie Stakes 2021 betting tips and early spring Group 1 race selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the horses to back and sack in the Caulfield classic.

  • To Win: #8 Beau Rossa ($8.50 at time of publish) 

Open and exciting edition of the Memsie to get Group 1 racing underway in Melbourne for the spring and love the price on this in-form and ultra-consistent four-year-old for Will Clarken. Run of the race from the inside alley and was so close when runner-up to Behemoth (defending his Memsie title on Saturday) in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville last start. Think he can give the same horse and a number of these a run for their money here.

Memsie Stakes Form Guide

The Memsie Stakes form guide has all the details you need to know before placing your bets on the season’s opening Group 1 clash. 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 1 experience, run well fresh and are drawn well are all important things the form guide will show you.

Memsie Stakes Form Facts

  • All seven Memsie Stakes winners from 2010 – 2016 had their final lead-up run in Group 1 company
  • The Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane produced back-to-back winners in 2015 and 2016
  • Since 2003 just one victor has jumped form a double-digit barrier
  • Favourites saluted in the race eight times from 2008 – 2021 most recently Behemoth ($3.30 in 2020)

2021 Memsie Stakes Form Guide

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

Memsie Stakes Results

The results and finishing order are published when the WFA feature runs at Caulfield on the first major meeting of the spring in Melbourne. The results show the winner, successful quinella and trifecta as well as the margin and time run to see if any records are broken.

Memsie Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Behemoth Beau Rossa Tofane 1:23.59
2020 Behemoth Quick Thinker Glenfiddich 1:22.7
2019 Scales Of Justice So Si Bon Alizee 1:22.14
2018 Humidor Kementari Kings Will Dream 1:23.2
2018 Vega Magic Black Heart Bart Tosen STardom 1:23.3
2016 Black Heart Bart Rising Romance Mahuta 1:23.9
2015 Boban Entirely Platinum Stratum Star 1:24.6
2014 Dissident Sweet Idea Puissance De Lune 1:22.7
2013 Atlantic Jewel Ferlax Super Cool 1:24.4
2012 Sincero Happy Trails Second Effort 1:23.2
2011 King’s Rose Heart Of Dreams Red Colossus 1:23.4
2010 So You Think Whobegotyou Shoot Out 1:26.6
2009 Mic Mac Whobegotyou Zarita 1:24.4
2008 Weekend Hussler Maldivian Pompeii Ruler 1:23.2
2007 Miss Finland Haradasun Tipungwuti 1:24.2
2006 El Segundo Casual Pass Apache Cat 1:23.2
2005 Makybe Diva Barely A Moment Regal Roller 1:26.7
2004 Regal Roller Pacific Dancer Delzao 1:23.0
2003 Le Zagaletta Super Elegant Out Of Options 1:25.2
2002 Magical Miss Fields Of Omagh Dash For Cash 1:24.0
2001 Sunline Piavonic Rum 1:25.5
2000 Sunline Umrum Oliver Twist 1:25.4