Vain Stakes 2019

Saturday August 17, 2019

Ladbrokes Tip: Vain Stakes horses can go on to run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes

The Vain Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-old colts and geldings run during August at Caulfield Racecourse during the early stages of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Run under set weights plus penalties conditions the race takes place over a short sprint distance of 1100m and offers $160,000 in total prize money. This is one of two Group 3 races on the Caulfield card for PB Lawrence Stakes Day along with the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m), which is the fillies’ equivalent.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m). The Vain Stakes is a good early season lead-up for three-year-olds heading towards tougher sprint races over the carnival including the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day. The last horse to complete the Vain Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double was Sepoy (2011).

The next edition of the Vain Stakes is scheduled for Saturday August 17, 2019 . 

Vain Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 17, 2019
  • Track: Caulfield
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: 3YO Colts & Geldings – Set weights plus Penalties
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1992


Vain Stakes Betting

Vain Stakes betting markets open the Wednesday before the race following the field and barrier draw for the Group 3 sprint showdown. Each year the Vain Stakes odds are led by resuming three-year-olds with a good first-up record that have previous experience over the distance.

Melbourne runners and past Caulfield performers that had a good two-year-old season last time in also sit high up the race’s betting odds. Upsets are not uncommon and the last winner to jump at double-figures in the Vain Stakes markets was Get The Nod ($10 in 2014).

2019 Vain Stakes Odds

The best P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day betting markets on the Group 3 Vain Stakes 2019 will be available right here as soon as Vain Stakes betting opens.

Vain Stakes Field

Vain Stakes graduates have a host of next-up options including the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) at the same track / distance a fortnight later, a double last completed by Gold Symphony (2015). In 2013 the runner-up Fast ‘N’ Rocking also backed-up to win the McNeil Stakes two weeks later.

The Vain Stakes field attracts a line-up of smart young male sprinters heading towards other similar Group events for their age group over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Most of the three-year-old colts and geldings in the field are contesting the race first-up off a winter spell.

The Vain Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week followed by the release of the final field and barriers on the Wednesday before the Group 3 runs on the Saturday.

2019 Vain Stakes Field

The official Vain Stakes 2019 Final Field & Barrier Draw for the Coolmore Stud Stakes spring lead-up will be published below following acceptances.

Eight colts and geldings make-up this year’s 2019 Vain Stakes Field including Group 2 winner Dubious whose last start saw him run a close fifth against an open-age field in Brisbane’s Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m).

2019 Vain Stakes Scratchings: #6 Aussie (5) was first out of the field with Team Snowden’s promising Snitzel colt running in Sydney, followed by the official withdrawal of #5 Condo’s Express (6).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1x123015x DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 5 57kg 84
2 2x3141x BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 80
3 112429x1x SEBRAKATE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 1 55kg 74
4 211 STAR SURPRISE Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 7 55kg 69
5 2221 CONDO’S EXPRESS Richard Laming Ms Linda Meech 6 55kg 67
6 251x AUSSIE Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 4 55kg 65
7 4×13 EXCESS FUNDS Levi Kavanagh Damien Oliver 8 55kg 68
8 36x DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2 55kg 60

Vain Stakes Tips

Vain Stakes Winners & Form -

2016 Vain Stakes winner Russian Revolution went on to win two Group 1 sprints. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Good Vain Stakes tips to consider before placing your spring bets include looking at resuming runners with a strong record when fresh, past winners over the distance and youngsters with form the Melbourne way of going.

Favourites also have a strong recent record in the race so sticking with the punters’ pick is also a top Vain Stakes betting tip with Tony Nicconi ($2.15 in 2018) the last top fancy to salute for the punters.

Vain Stakes Form Guide

The Vain Stakes form guide is released as soon as the field of final acceptors is out the week of the race and features crucial information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the line-up.

The Vain Stakes form has stacked up in other Melbourne Group races many times in recent years including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington the next month with Jukebox (2017) recently backing-up from his Vain Stakes success to run second in the Danehill.

In 2011 Sepoy won the Vain Stakes – Danehill Stakes double and also went on to win three more times later in the Carnival including in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Another key race to follow the Vain Stakes form line through to is the lucrative Group 3 $500,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) held on the Wednesday of the Caulfield Cup Carnival. In 2017 the Vain Stakes winner Jukebox ran second in the Blue Sapphire, while Tony Nicconi ran third in the race a year later following his Vain Stakes success in 2018.

2019 Vain Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Ladbrokes’ Vain Stakes 2019 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Vain Stakes Results

The Vain Stakes results have been dominated by single-figure favourites with the most notable recent Vain Stakes winners being Sepoy (2011), and Russian Revolution (2016) who went on to win the Group 1 The Galaxy (2017) and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (2018)

2019 Vain Stakes Results

The official Vain Stakes 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be announced below once the Group 3 race is run and won on Saturday August 17, 2019 .

Vain Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Tony Nicconi Long Leaf Native Soldier 1:04.8
2017 Jukebox Plutocracy Poseidon’s Pool 1:04.8
2016 Russian Revolution Highland Beat Hardham 1:05.1
2015 Gold Symphony Top Me Up Star Planet 1:04.4
2014 Get The Nod Stingray Boomwaa 1:03.8
2013 Safeguard Fast ‘n’ Rocking Hill Spy 1:04.8
2012 Psychic Mick Planet Voyage Free Of Doubt 1:06.1
2011 Sepoy Golden Archer Grand Brittania 1:03.9