Salinger Stakes 2021

Saturday October 30, 2021

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 30, 2021 and is back to its traditional name – the Linlithgow Stakes and saw the Patrick Payne-trained veteran Justacanta enjoy an upset at 16/1. 

2021 Salinger Stakes Results

The official Salinger Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the sprint takes place at Flemington on Saturday October 30, 2021 .

  • 1st: #8 Justacanta
  • 2nd: #2 Kemalpasa
  • 3rd: #5 Isaurian

Salinger Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 30, 2021
  • 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.

There was another upset in the 2021 event with Justacanta narrowly winning at $17 just denying dual defending champ Kemalpasa a third consecutive win.

2021 Salinger Stakes Odds

The latest Salinger Stakes 2021 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.

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

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.

2021 Salinger Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Salinger Stakes 2021 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: #2 Kemalpasa ($3.60 at time of publish) 

Kemalpasa carries more weight than the favourite Oxley Road and that will be the test here, but he is the fit horse in the race with plenty of class and strong form at HQ. Presents fit third-up off two good runs, the Adelaide raider always a strong performer in Melbourne. Third in the autumn’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and last start third down the straight when only a quarter-length off Kementari in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes.

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.

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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.

2021 Salinger Stakes Field

The official Salinger Stakes 2021 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.

The 2021 Salinger Stakes field runs this year as the Linlithgow Stakes and features a small field of nine led by the Peter Moody-trained Oxley Road coming off a Group 2 Caulfield Sprint victory.

  • Scratched: #1 Kementari (7) running in Sydney’s $1 million Winners Stakes instead.

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).

The four out of the 2020 Salinger Stakes held Kemalpasa and Order Of Command ran first and second in the race for the second time before also running the quinella in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes on Zipping Classic Day. Order Of Command would also go on to run second in the next year’s Group 1 The Galaxy behind Eduardo in Sydney.

2021 Salinger Stakes Form Guide

A link to our insider Salinger Stakes 2021 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
2021 Justacanta Kemalpasa Isaurian 1:10.0
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