Ladbrokes Tip: Alister Clark Stakes runners often head to Sydney next for the ATC Derby in April
The Alister Clark Stakes is a Group 2 race run under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse during a stand-alone Friday night meeting during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in mid-late March each year.
It is the sole Group race on the Alister Clark Stakes Night program and is contested over 2040m, the same distance as the coveted Group 1 Cox Plate during the Spring.
Open only to three-year-old horses it is a set weights race offering a total of $200,000 in prize money including $120,000 to the Alister Clark Stakes winner and connections. The race used to be considered a lead-up to the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney, but a change of scheduling sees the better graduates now head to Royal Randwick during ‘The Championships’ for a shot at the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m).
In 2012 Ethiopia ran second to Highly Recommended in the Alister Clark Stakes before winning the Australian Derby next start as a $14 chance in betting for the Group 1.
The latest edition of the Alister Clark Stakes took place on Friday March 17, 2017 .
2017 Alister Clark Stakes Results
- 1st: Hardham
- 2nd: Ruthven
- 3rd: Farson
Alister Clark Stakes Race Info
- Date: Friday March 17, 2017
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 2040m
- Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1939
Alister Clark Stakes Odds & Betting
Alister Clark Stakes odds are usually led by three-year-old colts and geldings boasting good lead-up form over at least a mile (1600m). Previous Melbourne runs and experience at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit are also pluses and affect Alister Clark Stakes betting.
Horses coming off a good Autumn Classic run over the 1800m at Caulfield also feature prominently in the markets and the last double figure Alister Clark Stakes winner was Pre Eminence ($16 in 2009). Alister Clark Stakes betting markets open on the Wednesday before the race after final acceptances close and the barriers are released.
2017 Alister Clark Stakes Betting
The latest Alister Clark Stakes 2017 odds will be available below as soon as we open betting on the Moonee Valley Group 2 so bookmark this page for access to the markets.
Alister Clark Stakes Field
The Alister Clark Stakes field attracts a line-up of promising young staying types.
Many are heading towards longer distance features in Sydney and the three-year-olds in the Melbourne Group 2 come via a number of different lead-ups. Horses may come out of earlier autumn features including the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield.
In 2015 Chill Party ran eighth in the Autumn Classic before winning the Alister Clark Stakes two runs later. The last horse to complete the Autumn Classic – Alister Clark Stakes double was Tally (2016). Tally also went on to run third in the ATC Derby next start.
Another possible lead-up is the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington, a race the 2015 Alister Clark Stakes runner-up Stratum Star finished third in. The previous year in 2014 Surge Ahead ran sixth in the Australian Guineas before his Alister Clark Stakes third to Pheidon.
The Alister Clark Stakes nominations close the Wednesday before the race followed by the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.
2017 Alister Clark Stakes Field
The official Alister Clark Stakes 2017 field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 15, 2017 and will be published in full below so stay tuned.
2017 Alister Clark Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
The Alister Clark Stakes Field 2017 drew twelve final acceptors including the Autumn Classic winner Farson drawn well in barrier three and third placegetter in the same traditional lead-up Captain Rhett drawn the rails for the rematch.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weigth||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4×14111||FARSON||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||3||57kg||84|
|2||30167×212||CLIFF HANGER||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben E Thompson (a)||9||57kg||75|
|3||112×52||RUTHVEN||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||2||57kg||74|
|4||1x3670x67||HARDHAM||David Brideoake||Luke Nolen||11||57kg||66|
|5||160×4221||SUNDAY PRAY||John Moloney||Patrick Moloney||6||57kg||66|
|6||x837x52223||CAPTAIN RHETT||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||1||57kg||66|
|7||9×2161||ARCTIC FLOW||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||4||57kg||66|
|8||2217645||ELECTRIC CHARLIE||John & Chris Ledger||Dean Yendall||5||57kg||62|
|9||3×33||LYNCH MOB||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||12||57kg||59|
|10||9231×99481||PARTHESIA (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||8||55kg||74|
|11||936×14||MISS STRATHALLAN||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||7||55kg||64|
|12||0x3313||MANNING ROAD||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||10||55kg||62|
2017 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations
On Monday March 13 Racing Victoria received a bumper 23 Alister Clark Stakes 2017 Nominations led by the Autumn Classic trifecta of Farson (1st), Cliff Hanger (2nd) and Captain Rhett (3rd) out to frank the form out of that 1800m race at Caulfield.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||9×2161||ARCTIC FLOW||G||3||Darren Weir||66|
|2||8x60x9133||BLUE OCEAN||F||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||61|
|3||x837x52223||CAPTAIN RHETT||G||3||Pat Carey||66|
|4||30167×212||CLIFF HANGER||G||3||Lee & Anthony Freedman||75|
|5||1513||COMIC SET||G||3||Michael Kent||–|
|6||2217645||ELECTRIC CHARLIE||G||3||John & Chris Ledger||62|
|7||4×14111||FARSON||G||3||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||84|
|8||0x216||GOOD HOST||G||3||Cindy Alderson||62|
|10||51429×338||LAND OF PLENTY||C||3||Grahame Begg||71|
|11||3×33||LYNCH MOB||G||3||Tony McEvoy||–|
|13||0x3313||MANNING ROAD||F||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||62|
|14||936×14||MISS STRATHALLAN||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||64|
|16||9231×99481||PARTHESIA (NZ)||F||3||Darren Weir||74|
|17||165×844||RIBBON OF CHOICE||G||3||Brian Gentle||59|
|18||442||ROCK WITH YOU||G||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||58|
|20||x454282x06||SEABURGE||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||107|
|21||6×114173||SNITZSON||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||–|
|22||8421×3||SO BELLE||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||62|
|23||160×4221||SUNDAY PRAY||G||3||John Moloney||66|
Alister Clark Stakes Tips
Alister Clark Stakes tips include looking for horses with good lead-up form in Melbourne, runners proven over similar distance and those high up the markets. Favourites have a good recent record in the Alister Clark Stakes so laying the favourite is best avoided.
Another good Alister Clark Stakes betting tip is to back the best finishers in the Autumn Classic that will be suited to the step-up in distance.
2017 Alister Clark Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Alister Clark Stakes 2017 betting tips on the three-year-old stayers to back and sack in the Moonee Valley Group 2 will be detailed below a couple of days out from the race so stay tuned.
Alister Clark Stakes Form Guide
The Alister Clark Stakes form guide lists all of the crucial information punters need including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.
The Autumn Classic has been a solid form guide for the Alister Clark Stakes in recent years.
Alister Clark Stakes Results
Single-figure hopefuls and the favourites have dominated the Alister Clark Stakes results in recent years. Notable recent Alister Clark Stakes winners include Highly Recommended (2012), Linton (2010) and Casino Prince (2007).
2017 Alister Clark Stakes Results
The official Alister Clark Stakes 2017 Results & full finishing order will be announced below when the race is run and won on Friday March 17, 2017 .
|1||4||HARDHAM||David Brideoake||Luke Nolen||–||10||57kg||$12|
|2||3||RUTHVEN||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||0.75L||2||57kg||$2.80|
|3||1||FARSON||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||0.95L||3||57kg||$2.70F|
|4||7||ARCTIC FLOW||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||3.7L||4||57kg||$26|
|5||6||CAPTAIN RHETT||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||5.45L||1||57kg||$21|
|6||11||MISS STRATHALLAN||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||5.65L||7||55kg||$19|
|7||9||LYNCH MOB||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||5.75L||11||57kg||$101|
|8||10||PARTHESIA (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||5.95L||8||55kg||$16|
|9||12||MANNING ROAD||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||6.05L||9||55kg||$101|
|10||8||ELECTRIC CHARLIE||John & Chris Ledger||Dean Yendall||9.55L||5||57kg||$51|
|11||5||SUNDAY PRAY||John Moloney||Patrick Moloney||13.3L||6||57kg||$11|
|–||2||CLIFF HANGER||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben E Thompson (a)||–||0||–||–|
Alister Clark Stakes Winners
|2015||Chill Party||Stratum Star||Maastricht||2:06.1|
|2014||Pheidon||Cadillac Mountain||Surge Ahead||2:06.6|
|2011||Domesky||Coldens Choice||Folding Gear||2:06.6|
|2010||Linton||Take The Rap||Offhanded||1:39.4|
|2009||Pre Eminence||Eagle Falls||Definitive||1:37.1|
|2007||Casino Prince||Furio||Ambitious General||1:36.3|
|2003||Titanic Jack||Tycoon Ruler||Regicide||1:37.7|
|2002||Royal Code||Ebony Night||Mr Trickster||1:38.2|
|2001||Mr Murphy||Diamond Dane||Fubu||1:31.0|