Salinger Stakes 2020

Saturday October 31, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Horses can back-up from the Salinger Stakes into the VRC Sprint Classic and finish in the money

The Salinger Stakes, also known as the Linlithgow Stakes or TAB Stakes for sponsorship purposes, is a Group 2 race run on the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day. VRC Derby Day is the first of four meetings making up the Melbourne Cup Carnival held at the tail-end of the wider Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late October or early November each year, and features four Group 1 features.

The highlights on the bumper race card are the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Group 1 Kenendy Cantala (1600m), Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m). There are also two Group 2 support acts on the program with the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) for fillies and the Salinger Stakes run over 1200m by sprinters.

Open to horses aged three-years-old and over, the Salinger Stakes is an open handicap event offering $300,000 in total prize money. It can serve as a lead-up to the following Saturday’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) over the same track and distance, a double last achieved by Glamour Puss (2005), while in 2015 Delectation improved on a lead-up fourth in the Salinger Stakes to win the VRC Classic a week later.

The latest edition of the Salinger Stakes ran on Saturday October 31, 2020 and saw Kemalpasa go back-to-back. 

2020 Salinger Stakes Results

The official Salinger Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the sprint takes place at Flemington on Saturday October 31, 2020 .

  • 1st: #4 Kemalpasa
  • 2nd: #3 Order Of Command
  • 3rd: #8 Bold Star

Kemalpasa may have gone up 5.5kg in weight from his 2019 victory in the same race, but the all-the-way Salinger Stakes 2020 winner was too good going back-to-back with a strong performance ahead of a potential trip to Perth for the Group 1 summer sprints.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 8 58.5kg $4.60
2 3 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1L 4 59.5kg $26
3 8 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 1.75L 9 56kg $8.50
4 10 NEIGHBOURHOOD Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 2.75L 1 54kg $51
5 5 BLAZEJOWSKI Greg Eurell Kerrin McEvoy 3.05L 5 58kg $9
6 1 CORUSCATE James Cummings Damien Oliver 3.25L 3 60kg $11
7 6 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 3.75L 10 57kg $5.50
8 2 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 3.95L 6 60kg $21
9 9 OCTANE Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 4.7L 7 54kg $3.40F
10 7 RICH CHARM Udyta Clarke Michael Rodd 9.2L 2 57kg $41

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Salinger Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1868

Salinger Stakes Odds & Betting

Salinger Stakes odds are led by horses with a good 1200m record and those proven down the Flemington straight. Some gallopers are more suited to turning track like Moonee Valley, so Salinger Stakes betting favours those that have previous experience at Flemington Racecourse and those also proven in similar Group company over the season.

Upsets are not uncommon in the race and recent winners to salute at double figures in the Salinger Stakes betting markets include Éclair Choice ($18 in 2015) and Illustrious Lad ($12 in 2016). Other recent upsets include the back-to-back victories of Fontelina ($17 in 2012 and $11 in 2013) and Kemalpasa ($11 in 2019). In 2020 Kemalpasa returned to become the race’s latest dual champion saluting at $4.60 in the markets.

2020 Salinger Stakes Odds

The latest Salinger Stakes 2020 betting markets and links to the Victoria Derby Day odds online will be provided below so stay tuned for the best markets on the hopeful sprinters down the Flemington straight this Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Salinger Stakes Tips

Top Salinger Stakes tips include backing horses coming off a last start win over a similar distance, getting behind graduates of a race like the Caulfield Sprint and backing runners proven down the testing Flemington straight.

Favourites only have a mediocre recent strike rate in the race so another good Salinger Stakes betting tip is to look at the horses with good lead-up form at $10 or over in the markets.

2020 Salinger Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Salinger Stakes 2020 betting tips and Flemington sprint racing selections will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for the horses to back and sack this VRC Derby Day.

  • To Win: #4 Kemalpasa ($6 at time of publish) 

The favourite Octane is yet to really prove themselves over a strong six-furlongs and much prefer the value on a proven 1200m performer in Kemalpasa. Never runs a bad race and has previous winning form down the straight at HQ. Last start was narrowly beaten when third in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes carrying more weight at blow-out odds. Can’t be found at that price here, but still the value.

Salinger Stakes Field

The Salinger Stakes field features a quality line-up of sprinters, although the top tier short-distance runners are often saved for the following Saturday’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m). Runners in the Salinger Stakes field may come off lead-up spring runs in a race like the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) on Caulfield Cup Day or a start in the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick that produced the 2018 Salinger winner Osborne Bulls.

Salinger Stakes odds & tips -

Delectation (4th in 2015) improved on his Salinger Stakes results to win the Group 1 Darley Classic next-up that spring. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Salinger Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs that Saturday on Derby Day and the final acceptances and barriers are out on the Wednesday.

2020 Salinger Stakes Field

The official Salinger Stakes 2020 Final Field & Barriers are due for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be detailed in full below so stay tuned to see what sprinters make the starting line-up.

Ten sprinters make-up the 2020 Salinger Stakes final field with Octane the favourite, while Gilgai Stakes third placegetter here last start Kemalpasa presents as one of the main dangers.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x713218x11 CORUSCATE James Cummings Damien Oliver 3 60kg 104
2 x84170x856 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 6 60kg 104
3 27x1153x37 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 4 59.5kg 103
4 11x4x8x353 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 8 58.5kg 101
5 x1112x161x BLAZEJOWSKI Greg Eurell Kerrin McEvoy 5 58kg 100
6 14x325x727 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 10 57kg 98
7 9x0x0x296x RICH CHARM Udyta Clarke Michael Rodd 2 57kg 98
8 28438×4666 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Mark Zahra 9 56kg 96
9 111×411143 OCTANE Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 7 54kg 90
10 40x111547x NEIGHBOURHOOD Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 1 54kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Salinger Stakes Form Guide

The Salinger Stakes form guide gives punters crucial information needed to place a well-informed wager like the track / distance records of the runners, their jockeys / trainers and lead-up performance. The form has held up in tougher Group races later in the spring a number of times in recent years including in the Darley Classic run seven days later. In 2013 Fontelina won the Salinger for the second year on the trot before a fourth to Buffering in the Darley Classic. Spirit Of Boom also ran second in both the 2012 and 2013 edition.

In 2012 Spirit Of Boom (2nd) went on to run third in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth two runs later and fourth in the same Ascot elite level on the back of his 2013 Salinger Stakes second placing. In 2015 the Salinger Stakes produced that year’s Daley Classic winner Delectation (4th).

2020 Salinger Stakes Form Guide

A link to our insider Salinger Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Salinger Stakes Results

The Salinger Stakes results over the past decade have been a mixed bag between favourites and double-figure winners scoring an upset.

The last favourite to salute was Rich Charm (2017), while the last back-to-back champ was Fontelina (2012-2013). Other notable recent Salinger Stakes winners include Eagle Falls (2009), Hot Danish (2008), Dance Hero (2006) and Takeover Target (2004).

Salinger Stakes Past Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Kemalpasa Order Of Command Bold Star 1:10.4
2019 Kemalpasa Order Of Command Zoutori 1:10.0
2018 Osborne Bulls Bons Away Runson 1:09:8
2017 Rich Charm Missrock The Monstar 1:08.9
2016 Illustrious Lad Counterattack Southern Legend 1:08.3
2015 Eclair Choice Hot Snitzel Dothraki 1:09.3
2014 Deep Field Driefontein In Cahoots 1:11.0
2013 Fontelina Spirit Of Boom Rarefied 1:09.0
2012 Fontelina Spirit Of Boom Tiger Tees 1:08.8
2011 Sister Madly Rarefied Temple Of Boom 1:10.4
2010 Whitefriars Beaded Chasm 1:11.1
2009 Eagle Falls Turffontein Absolutelyfabulous 1:08.9
2008 Hot Danish Fighting Fund Sunburnt Land 1:10.1
2007 Swick Great is Great Typhoon Zed 1:08.9
2006 Dance Hero Shadoways Miss Andretti 1:08.6
2005 Glamour Puss Barely A Moment Cape Of Good Hope 1:08.9
2004 Takeover Target Recurring St Basil 1:08.2
2003 Ancient Song Into The Night Blessum 1:11.0
2002 Rubitano Intelligent Star Cosmic Strike 1:07.1
2001 Sudurka Hire Camena 1:08.4
2000 Easy Rocking Umrum Tilt The Scales 1:10.0