Stocks Stakes 2021

Friday September 24, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Stocks Stakes is a good betting guide for the Empire Rose Stakes during the spring

The W.H. Stocks Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares contested on Moir Stakes Night at Moonee Valley on a Friday evening in late September or early October during the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Racing at the meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) for sprinters, while the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) for Caulfield Guineas types, the Group 3 Scarborough Stakes for potential Coolmore Stud Stakes-bound fillies, the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) for staying types and the Stocks Stakes are the major support races.

Offering $300,000 in total prize money as of 2021 the Stocks Stakes is run over 1600m under weight-for-age conditions and makes a nice lead-up to other mares-only races in the spring including Flemington’s Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) – formerly known as the Myer Classic – on Victoria Derby Day.

The latest edition of the Stocks Stakes ran on Friday September 24, 2021 and was won by the Shane Nichols-trained So You Assume. 

2021 Stocks Stakes Results

The official Stocks Stakes 2021 race results and finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Friday September 24, 2021.

  • 1st: #9 So You Assume
  • 2nd: #4 Magna Bella
  • 3rd: #1 Quantum Mechanic

The Shane Nichols-trained So You Assume ($8.50) was good in her class test saluting in all-the-way fashion by one and a half-lengths in the 2021 WH Stocks Stakes results at The Valley.

WH Stocks Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Friday September 24, 2021
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Mares – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1973

Stocks Stakes Betting

Stocks Stakes odds are led by in-form mares with form against similar company with proven ability at weight-for-age and over the mile. Runners that have winning form at the distance and previous experience at the tight Moonee Valley circuit also sit high up the Stocks Stakes odds.

Betting also favours graduates of earlier Melbourne lead-up runs for the mares like Caulfield’s Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington a fortnight before the race.

2021 Stocks Stakes Odds

The season’s best WH Stocks Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to our markets will be provided right here the week of the race so stay tuned for the top Moonee Valley racing odds this spring.

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

Stocks Stakes Field

The Stocks Stakes field attracts a quality field of weight-for-age mares with ability over the mile.

Many come into the race on the back of a lead-up run earlier in the spring in something like the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington, which produced the 2015 Stocks Stakes winner Fenway (9th) and the 2017 champion I Am A Star (7th). In 2018 I Am A Star returned to complete the Let’s Elope Stakes / Stocks Stakes double, while the 2019 Stocks Stakes winner Princess Jenni improved on a lead-up seventh in the Let’s Elope Stakes.

Fenway meanwhile also went on to run second in the Myer Classic (now Empire Rose Stakes) two runs later. The next year saw Don’t Doubt Mamma (2016) complete the Let’s Elope Stakes – Stocks Stakes double. The Let’s Elope Stakes also produced the 2015 runner-up May’s Dream (3rd) who finished fourth in the Myer Classic. In 2014 the Let’s Elope Stakes runner-up Dear Demi won the Stocks Stakes next start, while the winner of the former Commanding Jewel ran third in the race next start.

Stocks Stakes betitng tips online at Ladbrokes

Stocks Stakes winner Atlantic Jewel (2013) came off a lead-up victory in that year’s Memsie Stakes. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The WH Stocks Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Friday night, while the final field and barriers are out on the Wednesday.

2021 Stocks Stakes Field

The official WH Stocks Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be available right here once acceptances are taken on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see the mares set to face off under the lights at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 lead-up.

The 2021 Stocks Stakes field has attracted 13 mares including Quantum Mechanic who ran third in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes in the autumn.

  • Scratched: #3 Don’ttelltheboss (10)

2021 Stocks Stakes Nominations

The WH Stocks Stakes Nominations for 2021 close on the Monday leading-up to Moir Stakes Night.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 713×3 ANGELIC SCENT M 4 Matt Laurie 66
2 80x38478x9 BONVICINI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
3 212×8 BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) M 4 Grahame Begg 78
4 2623155335 DON’TTELLTHEBOSS M 5 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 77
5 1549×92265 HORSE FOR HIGHER M 6 Dan O’Sullivan 65
6 x1x4339x40 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 80
7 4970249451 JUST STELLAR M 9 Christopher Davis 61
8 37×3980783 KISS AND CRY M 6 Michael Kent 69
9 314x140x43 MAGNA BELLA M 6 Andrew Clarken 85
10 x17x705x61 MISS GUGGENHEIM M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 66
11 65619317×0 ONLY WORDS (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 88
12 53312133×0 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 104
13 37×113 QUINTELLO (IRE) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 67
14 81x1960x65 RICH HIPS M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 100
15 236x1313x0 RIPPER RITA M 4 Greg Eurell 81
16 281×931211 SO YOU ASSUME M 4 Shane Nichols 78
17 330x2910x0 TYCHE GODDESS M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Stocks Stakes Tips

Good WH Stocks Stakes betting tips to take in the spring include looking at mares with ability at the track and distance, previous Group winners, past winners over the mile distance and those coming off lead-up runs in the Let’s Elope Stakes.

Single figure hopefuls have a dominant recent record in the race so another useful tip is to pick a runner in the top half of the markets. Any mares coming down in class off an earlier Group 1 spring race also make for a nice Stocks Stakes winning tip.

2021 Stocks Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider WH Stocks Stakes tips and Moonee Valley Group 2 betting selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the mares to get behind in the race this spring.

  • To Win: #9 So You Assume ($6 at time of publish) 

Hard to knock a mare in this type of form as the Shane Nichols-trained So You Think four-year-old chases her third win on the trot. Latest run was a Caulfield victory over 1700m in August. Brought on fitness-wise with a subsequent Cranbourne trial ahead of this rise in grade. She’s proven at the track, always a plus at The Valley, and this is the right distance for her (5:3-1-0).

Stocks Stakes Form Guide

The WH Stocks Stakes form guide features all the essential race information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the mares in the field. Group 1 form to follow into the Group 2 can come via the Memsie Stakes (1400m) held the month before as Atlantic Jewel completed that Group 1 spring double in 2013.

The Stocks stakes form has also stacked up in other elite level races including when Atlantic Jewel (2013) ran second next start in Caulfield’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) before a win in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) that October.

2021 Stocks Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Stocks Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Stocks Stakes Results

The WH Stocks Stakes results have been dominated over the past decade by classy Melbourne-trained mares coming off a run in the Let’s Elope Stakes. Notable recent Stocks Stakes winners include dual champion I Am A Star (2017-18), Fenway (2015), Dear Demi (2014), Atlantic Jewel (2013), Zarita (2009) and Tuesday Joy (2008).

Stocks Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 So You Assume Magna Bella Quantum Mehcanic 1:36.3
2020 Mystic Journey Perfect Jewel One More Try 1:37.6
2019 Princess Jenni Rondinella Oceanex 1:37.6
2018 I Am A Star Mrs Gardenia Samovare 1:37.3
2017 I Am A Star Flying Jess Hell Or Highwater 1:37.3
2016 Don’t Doubt Mamma Kaniana Miss Rose De Lago 1:38.7
2015 Fenway May’s Dream Scratchy Bottom 1:34.9
2014 Dear Demi Solicit Commanding Jewel 1:37.8
2013 Atlantic Jewel Oasis Bloom Oriental Ruby 1:36.8
2012 Oasis Bloom Spirit Song Chateau Margaux 1:36.9
2011 King’s Rose Pinker Pinker Lady Lynette 1:37.0
2010 Avienus Belscenica Lady Lynette 1:38.3
2009 Zarita Cats Whisker Soul Diva 1:37.0
2008 Tuesday Joy Devil Moon Bird of Fire 1:36.3
2007 Devil Moon Brom Felinity Hidden Strings 1:36.4
2006 Astrodame Brockman’s Lass Belle Bizaare 1:36.1
2005 Flowerdrum Honest Politician Taken 1:38.5
2004 She’s Archie Annie La Vie Zumanity 1:41.9
2003 Sunday Joy Liberty Rose Monde Special 1:36.8
2002 Gold Lottey Tyrolean Visage 1:38.7
2001 Lady Marion Tickle My Tyrolean 1:38.7
2000 Hula Wonder Camarena Mrs Bentley 1:38.4