Australia Stakes 2019

Friday January 25, 2019

Ladbrokes Tip: The Australia Stakes has provided a number of CF Orr Stakes winners in recent years.

The Australia Stakes is the first Group 2 race of the New Year run in late January each summer season at Moonee Valley Racecourse. The sole Group race on Australia Stakes Day, the weight-for-age clash offers $200,000 in total prize money and is contested over a 1200m sprint distance.

The Australia Stakes provides a nice early Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up for gallopers heading into a race like the Group 1 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes (1400m). The last horse to complete the Australia Stakes – CF Orr Stakes double in a single season was Black Caviar (2012), while more recently Black Heart Bart (2017) improved on a lead-up second in the Australia Stakes to win the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double.

The latest edition of the Australia Stakes ran on Friday January 25, 2019 under the lights at The Valley.

2019 Australia Stakes Results

  • 1st: Whispering Brook
  • 2nd: Fell Swoop
  • 3rd: Land of Plenty

Australia Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday January 25, 2019
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1989

2019 Australia Stakes Results

The official Australia Stakes 2019 and Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Friday January 25, 2019.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 9 WHISPERING BROOK Darren Weir Mark Zahra 2 56.5kg
2 3 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Kerrin McEvoy 0.75L 1 58.5kg
3 5 LAND OF PLENTY Darren Weir Damian Lane 2L 6 58.5kg
4 10 PRINCESS OF QUEENS Mick Price Dwayne Dunn 2.1L 5 56.5kg
5 2 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 2.2L 8 58.5kg
6 8 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 2.95L 3 58.5kg
7 6 MANUEL Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 3.35L 10 58.5kg
8 4 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 4.1L 7 58.5kg
9 1 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Michael Walker 6.1L 9 58.5kg
10 7 RUNSON Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 9.35L 4 58.5kg

Australia Stakes Odds & Betting

Australia Stakes betting opens the Wednesday before the race after the field and barriers are out. Horses that are resuming and have a good first-up record, proven performers at the tight Moonee Valley circuit and sprinters with a strong record over the distance sit high up the Australia Stakes odds each January. Upsets are not uncommon however and the last winner to jump at double-figures in the Australia Stakes betting markets was Mourinho ($41 in 2015).

2019 Australia Stakes Betting

The market for the Australia Stakes 2019 complete with the latest odds on the sprinters in the mix for the autumn Group 2 sprint race will be published below once released.

Black Caviar dominated Australia Stakes betting for her 2010 and 2012 wins

One of the world’s best mares Black Caviar won the Australia Stakes in 2010 and 2012. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes field features a strong line-up of sprinters and middle-distance gallopers either rounding out their summer preps or gearing up for some of the early autumn features in Melbourne. Many of the horses in the Australia Stakes field are running first-up for the season and may have contested a race like the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at the same track the October before on Cox Plate Day, a double last achieved by Holler (2015).

A more recent lead-up to the Australia Stakes field run on New Year’s Day at Flemington is the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) and in 2015 Churchill Dancer ran third in the Standish and second in the Australia Stakes.

Australia Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week followed by the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday before the race runs that Saturday.

2019 Australia Stakes Field

The Australia Stakes 2019 field and barrier draw will be published below as soon as released on January 23, 2019 so bookmark this page to see what Group 1 bound autumn stars make the starting line-up.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 70x332818x BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Michael Walker 9 58.5kg 114
2 0x11x00x0x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 8 58.5kg 116
3 80x598x513 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Kerrin McEvoy 1 58.5kg 106
4 670x730x03 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 7 58.5kg 111
5 311x21314x LAND OF PLENTY Darren Weir Damian Lane 6 58.5kg 110
6 21x361221x MANUEL Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 10 58.5kg 95
7 818×511303 RUNSON Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 4 58.5kg 98
8 1111x2211x FIFTY STARS (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 3 58.5kg 98
9 60x1415x11 WHISPERING BROOK Darren Weir Mark Zahra 2 56.5kg 107
10 x681001021 PRINCESS OF QUEENS Mick Price Dwayne Dunn 5 56.5kg 95

2019 Australia Stakes Nominations

The official Australia Stakes 2019 Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries for the Friday night sprint at The Valley will be provided below.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 70x332818x BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 1 58.5kg 114
2 0x11x00x0x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 58.5kg 116
3 x001212481 VOODOO LAD G 7 Darren Weir 3 58.5kg 112
4 670x730x03 MALAGUERRA G 7 Peter Gelagotis 4 58.5kg 111
5 80x598x513 FELL SWOOP G 7 Matthew Dale 5 58.5kg 106
6 7820×37094 MISSROCK M 5 Robbie Laing 6 56.5kg 100
7 60x1415x11 WHISPERING BROOK M 5 Darren Weir 7 56.5kg 107
8 311x21314x LAND OF PLENTY H 5 Darren Weir 8 58.5kg 110
9 511x77027x VASSILATOR (NZ) C 3 Colin Little 9 55kg 98
10 21x361221x MANUEL G 5 Tony McEvoy 10 58.5kg 95
11 1111x2211x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 4 Darren Weir 11 58.5kg 98
12 667x00x6x1 CHAUFFEUR H 4 Darren Weir 12 58.5kg 92
13 818×511303 RUNSON G 6 Leon & Troy Corstens 13 58.5kg 98
14 x681001021 PRINCESS OF QUEENS M 5 Mick Price 14 56.5kg 95
15 111×018823 MAZUREK M 6 Chris Bieg 15 56.5kg 86
16 1x414141x7 PRINCETON SPIRIT (NZ) G 5 Julius Sandhu 16 58.5kg 88

Australia Stakes Tips

Top Australia Stakes tips include looking for proven Moonee Valley performers, past winners over the distance, good Group 1 performers in similar company, horses that have run in Group 1 company and those that finished in the money last time out whether it was the season before or in an earlier summer start.

Favourites have a solid recent record in the race so sticking with the better fancied runners in betting is also a good Australia Stakes betting tip.

2019 Australia Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Australia Stakes 2019 tips to be published close to the race date.

  • 1st: #9 Whispering Brook
  • 2nd: #1 Brave Smash
  • 3rd: #3 Land of Plenty

Australia Stakes Form Guide

The Australia Stakes form guide details for punters all the must know information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field. In recent years the Australia Stakes form has held up in tougher autumn races during the Melbourne Festival of Racing like the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March which the 2016 Australia Stakes runner-up Churchill Dancer ran fourth in next start.

The previous year upset Australia Stakes winner Mourinho (2015) ran third to Dissident in that year’s Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield the next month. The CF Orr winner Dissident (2015) came off a third in the Australia Stakes and went on to run third in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and win the Group 1 All aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney over the autumn.

The 2014 Australia Stakes runner-up Moment Of Change went on to complete the CF Orr – Futurity Stakes double at his two next runs.

2019 Australia Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australia Stakes 2019 Form Guide will be available below the week of the race.

Australia Stakes Results

The Australia Stakes results have been dominated by single-figure fancies in the past decade and runners that go on to win in Group 1 company during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Notable recent Australia Stakes winners include Mourinho (2015), Black Caviar (2012 and 2010), El Segundo (2007) and Super Elegant (2005).

Australia Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Whispering Brook Fell Swoop Land of Plenty 1:09.8
2018 Thronum Mr Sneaky Stellar Conclusion 1:10.48
2017 Malaguerra Black Heart Bart Sirbible 1:09.29
2016 Holler Churchill Dancer Rebel Dane 1:10.9
2015 Mourinho It is Written Dissident 1:09.9
2014 Richie’s Vibe Moment Of Change It Is Written 1:10.9
2013 Sea Lord Pinwheel Outlandish Lad 1:10.5
2012 Black Caviar Zedi Knight Doubtful Jack 1:09.4
2011 Whitefriars Undeniably Typhoon Tracy 1.09.6
2010 Black Caviar Here De Angels La Rocket 1:10.1
2009 Lucky Secret Light Fantastic Von Costa De Hero 1:11.2
2008 Let Go Thommo Maldivian Casino Prince 1:10.8
2007 El Segundo Cocinero Super Elegant 1:11.2
2006 California Dane Virage De Fortune Casual Pass 1:09.8
2005 Super Elegant Strikeline Ruben 1:10.5
2004 Vocabulary Super Elegant Confederate Kid 1:11.5
2003 Yell Libidinious Pernod 1:10.3
2002 Royal Code Intelligent Star Ustinov 1:11.0
2001 Piavonic Ateates Le Zagaletta 1:11.8
2000 Slavonic Sports Le Zagaletta 1:12.1