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 26, 2018 under the lights at The Valley.
2018 Australia Stakes Results
- 1st: #5 Thronum
- 2nd: #4 Mr Sneaky
- 3rd: #3 Stellar Conclusion
Australia Stakes Race Info
- Date: Friday January 26, 2018
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1989
2018 Australia Stakes Results
The official Australia Stakes 2018 and Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Friday January 26, 2018 .
The official 2018 Australia Stakes Results can now be seen published below. The race saw the $2.20 favourite Brave Smash bottom out midway through the straight and we had an all-the-way winner in Mark Zahra’s mount Thronum to achieve a Group 2 win on Friday night.
|1||5||THRONUM||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||–||3||58.5kg||$6.50|
|2||4||MR SNEAKY||Anthony Freedman||Damian Lane||1.25L||4||58.5kg||$4.20|
|3||3||STELLAR COLLISION||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||1.65L||1||58.5kg||$17|
|4||2||KEN’S DREAM||Darren Weir||Ben Allen (a)||2.9L||5||58.5kg||$12|
|5||1||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||3.4L||2||58.5kg||$2.20F|
|6||6||FLIPPANT||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ben Melham||4.15L||6||56.5kg||$7.50|
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).
2018 Australia Stakes Betting
The market for the Australia Stakes 2018 complete with the latest odds on the sprinters in the mix for the autumn Group 2 sprint race will be published below once released.
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.
2018 Australia Stakes Field
The Australia Stakes 2018 field and barrier draw will be published below as soon as released on January 24, 2018 so bookmark this page to see what Group 1 bound autumn stars make the starting line-up.
The official 2018 Australia Stakes Final Field features just the six sprinters including The Everest third placegetter Brave Smash. Set to start the clear favourite in Australia Stakes betting, Japanese expat Brave Smash is one of three in the mix for Darren Weir who has also accepted for last start winners Ken’s Dream and Stellar Collision.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x344x2123x||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||2||58.5kg||107|
|2||1275537×51||KEN’S DREAM||Darren Weir||Ben Allen (a)||5||58.5kg||90|
|3||4110208×61||STELLAR COLLISION||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||1||58.5kg||95|
|4||3311x1220x||MR SNEAKY||Anthony Freedman||Brenton Avdulla||4||58.5kg||99|
|5||121306x13x||THRONUM||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||3||58.5kg||88|
|6||0533x536x2||FLIPPANT||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ben Melham||6||56.5kg||101|
2018 Australia Stakes Nominations
The official Australia Stakes 2018 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.
The original 2018 Australia Stakes nominations drew only nine weight-for-age hopefuls including a trio from the stables of Darren Weir, led by The Everest third placed Japanese expat Brave Smash.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x344x2123x||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||H||5||Darren Weir||–|
|2||1122217232||CHAMOIS ROAD||G||5||Patrick Payne||94|
|3||0533x536x2||FLIPPANT||M||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||101|
|4||1275537×51||KEN’S DREAM||G||4||Darren Weir||90|
|5||3311x1220x||MR SNEAKY||G||4||Anthony Freedman||99|
|6||4110208×61||STELLAR COLLISION||G||5||Darren Weir||95|
|7||121306x13x||THRONUM||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||88|
|8||8x591131x4||TSHAHITSI||G||6||Chris Crook & Imogen Miller||102|
|9||0x6822063x||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||H||4||Michael Kent||98|
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.
2018 Australia Stakes Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Australia Stakes 2018 tips to be published close to the race date.
- 1st: #1 BRAVE SMASH ($1.85)
- 2nd: #6 FLIPPANT ($9)
- 3rd: #5 THRONUM ($6)
Too much working in favour of the odds-on favourite BRAVE SMASH, one of three in the line-up for Darren Weir. This Japanese import has had only four runs in Australia, but has finished in the money in all including a black-type win at the Moonee Valley track. Last start was in Sydney’s $10 million The Everest (1200m) where he proved both his WFA and elite level potential when third to Redzel. This is easier, he goes well fresh and a slow tempo will only further boost his chances late. Team Snowden-trained mare FLIPPANT looks value to run second again after her first-up Group 3 Standish Handicap second down the Flemington straight on New Year’s Day. Also money coming in for the Lindsay Park-trained and lightly-raced four-year-old THRONUM whose first-up run in the spring produced a five length victory at Bendigo. Up in grade but deserving of a shot.
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.
2018 Australia Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Australia Stakes 2018 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
|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|
|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|
|2004||Vocabulary||Super Elegant||Confederate Kid||1:11.5|
|2002||Royal Code||Intelligent Star||Ustinov||1:11.0|