Phar Lap Stakes 2020

Saturday March 14, 2020

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.

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 $200,000 in total prize money including $110,000 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 Ellegant (2019).

The latest edition of the Phar Lap Stakes took place on Saturday March 14, 2020 and saw Chris Waller post his fifth win in six years with Funstar. 

Phar Lap Stakes Info

  • Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1973

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Results

The official Phar Lap Stakes Results 2020 and Finishing Order will be published below when the Group 2 takes place on Saturday March 14, 2020.

  • 1st: #6 Funstar
  • 2nd: #5 Probabeel
  • 3rd: #3 Quick Thinker

Funstar handed trainer Chris Waller his fifth win in six years in the Phar Lap Stakes 2020 results, the odds-on favourite posting a nice win over the Surround Stakes winning Kiwi-trained filly Probabeel ahead of their likely fifth encounter in the Vinery Stud Stakes.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 6 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 6 54.5kg $1.55F
2 5 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 1.3L 4 54.5kg $3.20
3 3 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 2.8L 1 56.5kg $15
4 10 ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 10.4L 5 54.5kg $41
5 1 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 12.7L 3 56.5kg $20
6 4 TRUST THE PROCESS Bryce Heys Michael Walker 12.9L 2 56.5kg $51
9 NUDGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 0
7 AKARI Brad Widdup 0
2 SPEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 0
8 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0

Phar Lap Stakes Odds & 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.

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

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Betting

The top Phar Lap Stakes 2020 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.

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 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 last produced a Phar Lap Stakes winner in 2020 with Funstar (2nd) turning the tables on her last start conqueror Probabeel.

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.

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Field

The official Phar Lap Stakes 2020 field of final acceptances for the three-years-old Group 2 Coolmore Classic Day showdown will be published below once released on Wednesday March 11, 2020.

The 2020 Phar Lap Stakes field features 10 three-year-olds with Group 1 winning fillies Funstar and Probabeel dominating betting.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 112x4501x8 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 56.5kg 90
2 1×431 SPEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 6 56.5kg 78
3 21x1356x42 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 1 56.5kg 77
4 6211×3 TRUST THE PROCESS Bryce Heys Michael Walker 3 56.5kg 61
5 65x422x111 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 5 54.5kg 105
6 11x211x2 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 10 54.5kg 103
7 23x2111x77 AKARI Brad Widdup TBA 2 54.5kg 81
8 1x2160x12 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 54.5kg 78
9 7x61231x5 NUDGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 9 54.5kg 76
10 76x22917x0 ASPECT RATIO John Sargent Andrew Adkins 7 54.5kg 64

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Nominations

The early Phar Lap Stakes 2020 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.

The fillies dominate the official 2020 Phar Lap Stakes nominations with the 16 early entries led by Flight Stakes winner Funstar for trainer Chris Waller who has prepared four of the five winners from 2015-19.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 65x422x111 PROBABEEL (NZ) F 3 Jamie Richards 1 54.5kg 105
2 112x4501x8 KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller 2 56.5kg 90
3 11x211x2 FUNSTAR F 3 Chris Waller 3 54.5kg 103
4 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 4 56.5kg 80
5 23x2111x77 AKARI F 3 Brad Widdup 5 54.5kg 81
6 17104×18 BONVICINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 54.5kg 87
7 21x1356x42 QUICK THINKER C 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 7 56.5kg 77
8 1×431 SPEND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 56.5kg 78
9 1x2160x12 SUBPOENAED (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller 9 54.5kg 78
10 7x61231x5 NUDGE F 3 Chris Waller 10 54.5kg 76
11 76x22917x0 ASPECT RATIO F 3 John Sargent 11 54.5kg 64
12 472×138413 DESIGNATED G 3 Kristen Buchanan 12 56.5kg 71
13 1x17x414 KNICKPOINT C 3 James Cummings 13 56.5kg 72
14 1139×7 BOTTEGA C 3 Gerald Ryan 14 56.5kg 73
15 146×416 SAVOURY (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 15 56.5kg 68
16 6211×3 TRUST THE PROCESS G 3 Bryce Heys 16 56.5kg 61

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 upgradted Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) a fortnight earlier. Trainer Chris Waller prepared five fillies to win in six years with superstar mare Winx (2015), Foxplay (2017), Unforgotten (2018), Verry Elleegant (2019) and Funstar (2020).

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

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Phar Lap Stakes 2020 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.

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).

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

2020 Phar Lap Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Phar Lap Stakes 2020 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 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 subsequent ATC Oaks winners 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).

Phar Lap Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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