Phar Lap Stakes 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Phar Lap is a good guide to both the ATC Oaks and ATC Derby during The Championships.

The Phar Lap Stakes is one of two Group 2 races run at Rosehill Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-March as part of Coolmore Classic Day during the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 Phar Lap Stakes Winner Mr Mozart

2022 Phar Lap Stakes winner Mr Mozart. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares is the meeting’s highlight race, while the Phar Lap Stakes is another major feature on the card.

Run over the same 1500m distance as the Group 1, the Phar Lap Stakes is an open gender race for three-years-old run at set weights with colts and geldings carrying 56.5kg and the fillies allocated 54.5kg.

The Phar Lap Stakes offers $300,000 in total prize money including $170,000 to the winner and connections. The race is a good lead-up for three-year-olds looking to step out over more distance in races like the Group 1 ATC Oaks and ATC Derby run over 2400m at Randwick Racecourse later in the autumn.

The Phar Lap Stakes – Australian Oaks double was completed on back-to-back years by Chris Waller-trained fillies with Unforgotten (2018) and Verry Elleegant (2019), and again with their stablemate Hungry Heart in 2021.

Waller took his incredible record in the race up to six wins in seven years when Hungry Heart became his fifth consecutive Phar Lap Stakes winning filly in 2021. She went on to complete the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes – ATC Oaks double that autumn.

The master trainer then won his seventh Phar Lap Stakes in 2023 with the odds-on favourite Zougotcha.

The latest edition of the Phar Lap Stakes took place on Saturday March 16, 2024 at Rosehill Gardens and saw Godolphin’s VRC Oaks winner from the spring, Zardozi ($13), return to winning form in style second-up. 

2024 Phar Lap Stakes Results

The official Phar Lap Stakes Results 2024 and Finishing Order will be published below when the Group 2 takes place on Saturday March 16, 2024.

2024 Phar Lap Stakes winner Zardozi

2024 Phar Lap Stakes winner Zardozi was excellent second-up posting a two length upset in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #11 Zardozie
  • 2nd: #14 Makarena
  • 3rd: #6 Kintyre

Godolphin’s VRC Oaks winning Kingman filly Zardozi ($13) was given a perfectly timed ride by Tom Marquand who switched back to the inside over the closing stages allowing the eventual 2024 Phar Lap Stakes winner to hit the front and draw clear for an impressive two length win over her rivals second-up.

2024 Phar Lap Stakes Odds

The top Phar Lap Stakes 2024 odds will be provided below the week of the race so bookmark this page to get behind your favourite three-year-olds of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

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Phar Lap Stakes Info

  • Date: Saturday March 16, 2024
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1973

Phar Lap Stakes Betting

Phar Lap Stakes odds are dominated each year by three-year-olds with nice lead-up autumn form in similar distanced races. Those proven over at least 1400m are usually high up the markets as are those with winning Sydney form.

Hungry Heart ($3.70 in 2021) followed by the fellow Chris Waller-trained filly Zougotcha ($1.50 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Phar Lap Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

There was a notable upset in 2024 by the previous spring’s VRC Oaks winner Zardozi who saluted second-up at Phar Lap Stakes odds of $13.

Phar Lap Stakes betting opens the Wednesday before the race following the release of the final field of acceptances and barriers.

Phar Lap Stakes Field

Phar Lap Stakes winners and betting odds at Ladbrokes

Winx (2015) is one of the most famous recent Phar Lap Stakes winners. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Phar Lap Stakes race field features a line-up of the season’s most promising three-year-old staying types.

For the fillies traditional lead-up races include the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).

The Surround Stakes recently produced Phar Lap Stakes winners in 2020 with Funstar (2nd) turning the tables on her last start conqueror Probabeel and 2021 with Hungry Heart improving on her lead-up eighth in the Group 1.

In 2023 the fellow Waller-trained Zougotcha improved on her fourth fresh in the Surround Stakes to salute as the odds-on favourite in the Phar Lap field against the boys.

Zardozi (11th in 2024) was the last Phar Lap Stakes winner to come via a lead-up run in the Surround Stakes.

The male gallopers could come out of a number of different races in either Sydney or Melbourne including Flemington’s Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) or the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) held at Rosehill.

Phar Lap Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.

2024 Phar Lap Stakes Field

The official Phar Lap Stakes 2024 field of final acceptances for the three-years-old Group 2 Coolmore Classic Day showdown will be published below once released on Wednesday March 13, 2024.

A quality line-up of three-year-olds faces off in the 2024 Phar Lap Stakes field including a number of top fillies out of the Group 1 Surround Stakes such as third place-getter Tutta La Vita and fifth placed Makarena who is early favourite for this 1500m clash.

2024 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations

The early Phar Lap Stakes 2024 Nominations are taken on the Monday of race week and the list of potential runners in the field will be detailed below as soon as announced by Racing NSW.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x13120x1 TROPICAL SQUALL F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 54.5kg 104
2 1x007121x0 ZARDOZI F 3 James Cummings 2 54.5kg 102
3 21x08x439 KRISTILLI F 3 Annabel Neasham 3 54.5kg 88
4 211×25 MAKARENA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 54.5kg 88
5 616416×0 RAF ATTACK (NZ) C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 5 56.5kg 85
6 221x6734x3 TUTTA LA VITA F 3 Chris Waller 6 54.5kg 90
7 21258473×3 KINTYRE G 3 Gary Portelli 7 56.5kg 73
8 32x1165x70 ARCTIC GLAMOUR F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 8 54.5kg 77
9 30413x00x0 TANNHAUSER C 3 Chris Waller 9 56.5kg 81
10 12x842x0 HEMAN C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 10 56.5kg 77
11 2211×6 ROLL ON HIGH F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 11 54.5kg 84
12 317×138 LES VAMPIRES C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 56.5kg 82
13 231x53x2 SALTCOATS (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 13 56.5kg 77
14 24x4012x9 KIND WORDS F 3 Kris Lees 14 54.5kg 70
15 4×111 MARE OF MT BULLER F 3 Chris Waller 15 54.5kg 73
16 2133 BARBY’S DOLL F 3 Jerome Hunter 16 54.5kg 65
17 4128x5x25 THE YEARS (NZ) G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 17 56.5kg 67
18 176x1698x9 RAVELLO (NZ) G 3 John O’Shea 18 56.5kg 68
19 4x237x3312 SIDE SHOW G 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 19 56.5kg 64
20 441523 OUR COUVER G 3 Jerome Hunter 20 56.5kg 71
21 33×5123 GROUNDRUSH C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21 56.5kg 65
22 1×318 SOLDIER OF ROME C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 22 56.5kg 69
23 31×27 WAIKATO GIRL (NZ) F 3 Michael Freedman 23 54.5kg 65
24 24100×6 NOISY BOY G 3 Todd Howlett 24 56.5kg 65
25 41×4 JACOB’S TIME G 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 25 56.5kg 64
26 68x417x2 COLOURS OF AUTUMN F 3 Brad Widdup 26 54.5kg 62
27 53×4251 EDITED BY C 3 Michael Freedman 27 56.5kg 60
28 11 KNOW THYSELF G 3 Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich 28 56.5kg 62
29 1×45 ABOUT A GIRL (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 29 54.5kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Phar Lap Stakes Tips

Fillies have a great recent record over the boys in the Phar Lap Stakes and make good tips in the race especially those coming out of the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) a fortnight earlier.

Zougotcha (4th in 2023) and Zardozi (11th in 2024) are the latest Phar Lap Stakes winning fillies to come out of the Surround Stakes.

Trainer Chris Waller prepared seven fillies to win in nine years with superstar mare Winx (2015), Foxplay (2017), Unforgotten (2018), Verry Elleegant (2019), Funstar (2020), Hungry Heart (2021), and most recently Zougotcha (2023).

Taking in-form hopefuls at single figures is also a good Phar Lap Stakes betting tip with those at longer odds rarely successful.

2024 Phar Lap Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Phar Lap Stakes 2024 tips and betting selections will be detailed right here soon after betting opens so stay tuned to see who to back and sack in the ATC Derby & ATC Oaks lead-up.

  • To Win: #5 Saltcoats ($4.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

A few scratchings and an open race now, but with Soft going and rain around Saltcoats looks a genuine winning hope up in grade here. The Kiwi expat is now with the Waller camp and is a Black-Type winner on a Heavy (10) across the Tasman. Down under he has been showing progression and was last seen finishing runner-up at this track narrowly beaten in early February. Good gate, Waller has put James McDonald in the saddle, can surprise.

2023 Phar Lap Stakes Winner Zougotcha

2023 Phar Lap Stakes winner Zougotcha targets the Doncaster Mile on April 1 at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

Phar Lap Stakes Form Guide

The Phar Lap Stakes form guide lists crucial information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the three-year-olds in the field.

The Phar Lap Stakes form has stacked up in better autumn races in recent years including the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) for the fillies in April with the 2015 Phar Lap winner Winx running second in the Oaks two runs later. That was the last time Winx was ever beaten, the champion mare going on to win her subsequent 33 starts consecutively including a record four Cox Plate trophies.

That same year the Phar Lap Stakes runner-up Hauraki went on to win the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) before his second to Mongolian Khan in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m). In 2009 Whobetgotyou was runner-up to Heart Of Dreams in the Phar Lap Stakes before running third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) two starts later.

More recently Foxplay (2017) backed-up from her Phar Lap Stakes win two starts later to win Randwick’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), while the 2020 Phar Lap winner Funstar ran second in that year’s Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Following that, three other Waller-trained fillies franked the Phar Lap Stakes form by winning both it and the ATC Oaks – Unforgettable (2018), Verry Elleegant (2019) and Hungry Heart (2021).

2024 Phar Lap Stakes Form Guide

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

Phar Lap Stakes Results

Single figure fancies have dominated the Phar Lap Stakes race results in recent years with the last to salute at a double figure price being Just Mambo ($11 in 2007).

Notable recent Phar Lap Stakes winners include the spring’s Flight Stakes winner from the previous year Zougotcha (2023); subsequent ATC Oaks winners Hungry Heart (2021), Verry Elleegant (2019) and Unforgotten (2018); Foxplay (2017) who jumped odds-on; super star mare Winx (2015); Heart Of Dreams (2009); and Apache Cat (2006).

Zardozi (2024) was the last Phar Lap Stakes winning filly.

Recent Phar Lap Stakes Winners

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2024 Zardozi Makarena Kintyre 1:28.88
2023 Zougotcha Glint Of Silver Brosnan 1:28.4
2022 Mr Mozart Never Been Kissed Character 1:31.7
2021 Hungry Heart The Irishman Impecunious 1:27.8
2020 Funstar Probabeel Quick Thinker 1:35.2
2019 Verry Elleegant Seabrook Aristia 1:32.3
2018 Unforgotten Holy Snow Hiyaam 1:29.1
2017 Foxplay Zenalicious Cosmic Set 1:30.5
2016 Hattori Hanzo Man Of Choice Believe 1:29.9
2015 Winx Hauraki Supara 1:30.2
2014 Traitor Define Guelph 1:29.4
2013 Toydini Ninth Legion Force Command 1:28.9
2012 Colorado Claire Rekindled Alliance Wild And Proud 1:32.2
2011 Blackie Fast Clip Sworn To Secrecy 1:30.0
2010 Tickets Al Dhafra Descarado 1:29.6
2009 Heart Of Dreams Whobegotyou Predatory Pricer 1:29.9
2008 Acey Ducey Voice Commander Our Mosstique 1:32.1
2007 Just Mambo Raheeb Amory Lane 1:31.7
2006 Apache Cat Racing To Win Wasp 1:30.6
2005 Shania Dane Al Maher Svenska 1:32.1
2004 Only Words Kingside Skittles 1:28.5
2003 Thorn Park Sportsman Bumptious 1:28.6
2002 Arlington Road Ugachaka Gordo 1:30.5
2001 Maitland Gold Star Satire Glenrowan 1:27.9
2000 Lord Essex Dangerous Over 1:28.8