Memsie Stakes 2023

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.

2022 Memsie Stakes winner Snapdancer

2022 Memsie Stakes winner Snapdancer. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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 September 2, 2023 and saw the Team Hayes-trained dual Doncaster Mile champ Mr Brightside ($2.70F) post another good Group 1 victory. 

Memsie Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 2, 2023
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1899

2023 Memsie Stakes Results

The official Memsie Stakes 2023 results & finishing order will be published in full right here once the Group 1 race is run and won on Saturday September 2, 2023.

2023 Memsie Stakes winner Mr Brightside

2023 Memsie Stakes winner Mr Brightside was too good for his rivals late in the opening Group 1 of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside
  • 2nd: #13 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #2 I Wish I Win

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Mr Brightside ($2.70F) was too good for his rivals once again with the last start P.B. Lawrence Stakes winner working his way into the race late before heading them off inside the final 100m to salute for the punters in the 2023 Memsie Stakes results and enjoy his fourth win on the trot ahead of the spring majors.

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 – 2023 eight favourites in Memsie Stakes betting saluted for the punters including 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 third.

Mr Brightside ($2.70 in 2023) was the last Memsie Stakes favourite to win

Betting on the Memsie Stakes really heats up once the field is out and horses drawn well usually dominate the markets as just two Memsie Stakes winners have jumped from a double digit barrier since 2004 with King’s Rose (11 in 2011) and Mr Brightside (14 in 2023). 

2023 Memsie Stakes Odds

The season’s top Memsie Stakes 2023 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open.

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Memsie Stakes Field

The Memsie Stakes race 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 later in the spring 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. Behemoth also won Adelaide’s Group 3 SAJC Spring Stakes (1200m) in 2020 and 2021 before his dual Memsie Stakes victories.

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 $20 million.

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

2023 Memsie Stakes Field

The official Memsie Stakes 2023 field and barriers will be published in full below once final acceptances are taken by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week.

2023 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 2023 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to the race.

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).

In 2023 the Memsie Stakes was won by Mr Brightside who won both the 2022 and 2023 editions of Sydney’s Doncaster Mile. 

2023 Memsie Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Memsie Stakes 2023 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: TBD

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.

The 2022 Memsie Stakes second place-getter I’m Thunderstruck franked the form winning the Makybe Diva next start. He also ran in the money in a host of other elite level races including finishing runner-up to Anamoe in that spring’s Cox Plate race. Sadly I’m Thunderstruck would go on to be euthanised in March of 2023 following arthroscopic fetlock surgery. He suffered a catastrophic knee injury whilst getting up after general anaesthetic.

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 two winners have jumped form a double-digit barrier.
  • Favourites saluted in the race nine times from 2008 – 2023 most recently Mr Brightside ($2.70 in 2023). 

2023 Memsie Stakes Form Guide

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

Memsie Stakes Results

The Memsie Stakes race 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.

The 2020 and 2021 Memsie Stakes results saw the South Australian galloper Behemoth go back-to-back and become the latest dual Memsie Stakes winner.

Snapdancer (2022) was the last Memsie Stakes winning mare.

No three-year-old has won the Memsie Stakes since Longfella (1972).

Scales Of Justice holds the current Memsie Stakes race record winning in 2019 in a time of 1 minute 22:14 seconds.

Past Memsie Stakes Winners

Recent Memsie Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Mr Brightside Princess Grace I Wish I Win 1:23.22
2022 Snapdancer I’m Thunderstruck Cascadian 1:24.38
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


When is the Memsie Stakes 2023?

Saturday, September 2, 2023.

What is the prize money for the Memsie Stakes 2023?

$1 million AUD

Where is the Memsie Stakes 2023?

Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22, Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145