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 Ladbrokes 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 2017 Alister Clark Stakes winner Hardham meanwhile finished third in the ATC Derby trifecta next start.
The latest edition of the Alister Clark Stakes took place on Friday March 16, 2018 .
2018 Alister Clark Stakes Results
- 1st: #1 Cliff’s Edge
- 2nd: #3 Levendi
- 3rd: #6 Belfast
Alister Clark Stakes Race Info
- Date: Friday March 16, 2018
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 2040m
- Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1939
2018 Alister Clark Stakes Results
The official Alister Clark Stakes 2018 Results & full finishing order will be announced below when the race is run and won on Friday March 16, 2018 .
The 2018 Alister Clark Stakes Results saw the Darren Weir-trained odds-on favourite Cliff’s Edge relish a step-up in distance for an easy all-the-way win ahead of a likely Group 1 Sydney autumn bid.
|1||1||CLIFF’S EDGE||Darren Weir||Jamie Mott||–||4||57kg||$1.70F|
|2||3||LEVENDI||Peter Gelagotis||Mark Zahra||1.25L||3||57kg||$7.50|
|3||6||BELFAST||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Dwayne Dunn||2L||1||57kg||$13|
|4||2||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Craig Williams||4.75L||6||57kg||$5|
|5||5||PISSARO||Robbie Laing||Dean Yendall||8.5L||2||57kg||$81|
|6||7||WHOOMPH||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||11L||5||57kg||$51|
|7||9||CASTLETON||Mick Price||Luke Nolen||13.25L||7||57kg||$61|
|8||11||ARKAMUN||Tony McEvoy||Michael Dee||14L||10||57kg||$201|
|9||10||NORTH AFRIKA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Rhys McLeod||14.1L||9||57kg||$81|
|10||12||BEMBOKA QUEEN||Heath Conners||Jye McNeil||14.2L||11||55kg||$151|
|11||8||THINK POSITIVE||John & Chris Ledger||Luke Currie||21.95L||8||57kg||$21|
|–||4||SALSAMOR (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||–||0||–||–|
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 Hardham ($12 in 2017). Alister Clark Stakes betting markets open on the Wednesday before the race after final acceptances close and the barriers are released.
2018 Alister Clark Stakes Betting
The latest Alister Clark Stakes 2018 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. More recently, the 2018 Alister Clark Stakes winner Cliff’s Edge improved on a lead-up seventh in the Australian Guineas to win.
The Alister Clark Stakes nominations close the Wednesday before the race followed by the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.
2018 Alister Clark Stakes Field
The official Alister Clark Stakes 2018 field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 14, 2018 and will be published in full below so stay tuned.
A dozen 3YOs make-up the 2018 Alister Clark Stakes Final Field including the VRC Derby third placegetter from the spring Astoria who comes off back-to-back placings this time in.
Update: The Alister Clark Stakes 2018 field is down to 11 hopefuls after the scratching of Salsamor who is instead being saved for a Saturday run in Sydney’s Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m).
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||812126×127||CLIFF’S EDGE||Darren Weir||Jamie Mott||4||57kg||98|
|2||x315533x32||ASTORIA||James Cummings||Craig Williams||7||57kg||86|
|3||1x1661x50||LEVENDI||Peter Gelagotis||Mark Zahra||3||57kg||81|
|4||12x2273x29||SALSAMOR (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham (late alt)||6||57kg||71|
|5||751644×049||PISSARO||Robbie Laing||Dean Yendall||2||57kg||69|
|6||1124||BELFAST||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Dwayne Dunn||1||57kg||67|
|7||725×362||WHOOMPH||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||5||57kg||59|
|8||317||THINK POSITIVE||John & Chris Ledger||Luke Currie||9||57kg||62|
|9||451×54||CASTLETON||Mick Price||Luke Nolen||8||57kg||62|
|10||582||NORTH AFRIKA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Rhys McLeod||10||57kg||58|
|11||57||ARKAMUN||Tony McEvoy||Michael Dee||11||57kg||56|
|12||465131||BEMBOKA QUEEN||Heath Conners||Jye McNeil||12||55kg||65|
2018 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations
The Alister Clark Stakes 2018 nominations close the Monday leading-up to the Friday night meeting at The Valley and the full list of entries will be available below.
The 2018 Alister Clark Stakes Nominations attracted 15 hopefuls with the Darren Weir-trained Cliff’s Edge dominating all-in betting on the Group 2, the ATC Derby-bound youngster tipped to improve on a lead-up seventh in the Australian Guineas over a mile.
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. The last favourite to salute was Cliff’s Edge ($1.70 in 2018).
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.
2018 Alister Clark Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Alister Clark Stakes 2018 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.
- 1st: #2 ASTORIA ($4.60)
- 2nd: #1 CLIFF’S EDGE ($1.60)
- 3rd: #6 BELFAST ($12)
James Cummings-trained ASTORIA ($4.60) has done little wrong since early October with four third place efforts on the trot including of course rounding out the VRC Derby trifecta. Beaten favourite second-up when second in the Autumn Classic at Caulfield, but going up in distance third-up should see him bounce back and the booking of Craig Williams is also a plus. All the money is on the Darren Weir-trained odds-on pick CLIFF’S EDGE ($1.60) and he could just come out and win. Went too hard too early in the Australian Guineas last time out fading to finish seventh. Better pace here and was runner-up in the MV Vase last go at this track / distance. BELFAST ($12) right in the mix for a place, a dual winner in easier company drawn in gate one and also an Autumn Classic graduate (4th) when stepping-up in grade for the first time.
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. When doing the Alister Clark Stakes form it is key to look for the class three-year-old with past Group 1 racing experience and those heading towards a run in the ATC Derby.
2018 Alister Clark Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Alister Clark Stakes 2018 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
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 Cliff’s Edge (2018), Highly Recommended (2012), Linton (2010) and Casino Prince (2007).
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|