Autumn Stakes 2017

Saturday February 11th

Ladbrokes Tip: The Autumn Stakes makes a good lead-up into the Australian Guineas each autumn

The Autumn Stakes is one of the first Group 2 races held during the annual Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and runs at Caulfield Racecourse on C.F. Orr Stakes Day in mid-February.

The meeting’s card is headlined by the season’s first elite level race – the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m), and the Autumn Stakes for three-year-olds is one of three Group 2 support acts on the bill. Run over 1400m at set weights plus penalties, the Autumn Stakes offers a total of $200,000 in prize money and young horses often kick off their autumn campaigns in the race.

It also serves as a key early lead-up into the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington the following month and the double was last achieved by Light Fantastic (2008).

The latest edition of the Autumn Stakes ran on Saturday February 11th, 2017.

2017 Autumn Stakes Results

  • 1st: Oak Door
  • 2nd: Attention
  • 3rd: Knowable

Autumn Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 11th
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YO Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1968

Autumn Stakes Field

The Autumn Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of three-year-old gallopers each year, many racing first-up for the autumn. If not resuming in the Autumn Stakes, runners may come off a lead-up run in something like the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) in January.

Autumn Stakes odds were short on the 2016 winner Mahuta

Mahuta (2016) was second favourite in Autumn Stakes betting for his Group 2 autumn win. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Many Autumn Stakes hopefuls go on to contest the following month’s Australian Guineas over the Flemington mile. Autumn Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before the race with final acceptances and barriers out on the Wednesday.

2017 Autumn Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

The 2017 Autumn Stakes field is now out and just eight three-year-old horses make up the final acceptances for the Group 2 on CF Orr Stakes Day this season including the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Attention and promising Lonhro colt Peacock for the Godolphin stable.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2x710210x5 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 8 58kg 86
2 7x21x531x5 PEACOCK John O’Shea Craig Williams 4 57kg 76
3 3×21632114 OAK DOOR Robert Smerdon Damian Lane 7 56kg 72
4 6×1141 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 56kg 74
5 112x RUTHVEN Ciaron Maher Luke Nolen 2 56kg 74
6 46×131 KNOWABLE Steve Richards Regan Bayliss 1 56kg 67
7 137×25 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 6 56kg 69
8 31 NONE BETTER Mitchell Freedman TBA 5 56kg 62

Autumn Stakes Betting & Odds

Autumn Stakes betting markets traditionally open after the field is announced on the Wednesday prior to the event running on CF Orr Stakes Day on the Saturday.

Three-year-olds proven over 1400m or further dominate the Autumn Stakes odds, as do those with Group 1 form the previous season and Melbourne race experience. Favourites and single-figure hopefuls have a solid record running top three in the Autumn Stakes.

2017 Autumn Stakes Odds

The updated Autumn Stakes 2017 betting odds will be available below as soon as released.

Autumn Stakes Tips

Autumn Stakes tips include looking for a runner under $10 for the win with proven Melbourne form in similar company.

Runners proven over the distance (1400m) or further also make a good Autumn Stakes betting tip, with Thunder Fantasy winning the race first-up in 2014 after a third in the previous year’s Victoria Derby (2500m).

The winning strike rate for favourites is only fair, but they make excellent place bets and shouldn’t be left out of Autumn Stakes tips more often than not.

2017 Autumn Stakes Tips

Our expert Autumn Stakes 2017 tips will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Autumn Stakes Form Guide

The Autumn Stakes form guide details all of the must know info like the jockeys, trainers and lead-up form of the runners in the field along with their barriers. Looking at the form for first-up runners that have a good strike rate when resuming who have winning form over 1400m or further is important.

The Autumn Stakes form has also stacked up in the Australian Guineas in recent years including 2014 Autumn Stakes winner Thunder Fantasy running third in the Group 1 next start. Heart Of Dreams (2009) also ran third in the Autumn Stakes before winning that year’s Australian Guineas.

In 2013 Autumn Stakes runner-up Fiveandahalfstar went on to run second in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) two runs later and second in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) in Sydney after that before a win in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) that autumn at Rosehill Gardens.

Autumn Stakes Results

The Autumn Stakes results have been dominated by single-figure hopes in recent years and have produced plenty of strong Group 1 performers over time.

Notable recent Autumn Stakes winners include Apache Cat (2006), Light Fantastic (2008), Denman (2010) and Mahuta (2016).

2017 Autumn Stakes Results

The full Autumn Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 11th and published right here so stay tuned.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 OAK DOOR Robert Smerdon Damian Lane 7 56kg $5
2 1 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1L 8 58kg $7
3 6 KNOWABLE Steve Richards Regan Bayliss 1.1L 1 56kg $8
4 7 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1.2L 6 56kg $13
5 5 RUTHVEN Ciaron Maher Luke Nolen 2.2L 2 56kg $4.20F
6 2 PEACOCK John O’Shea Craig Williams 3.45L 4 57kg $7
7 4 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3.65L 3 56kg $5.50
8 8 NONE BETTER Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 9.65L 5 56kg $101

Autumn Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Oak Door Attention Knowable 1:23.54
2016 Mahuta Sailing By Snoopy 1:23.4
2015 San Nicasio Zebulon Firehouse Rock 1:23.6
2014 Thunder Fantasy Rock Hero Late Charge 1:23.8
2013 Mulaazem Fiveandahalfstar Super Cool 1:23.6
2012 Pied A Terre Proliferate Adamantium 1:24.7
2011 Dusty Star Under The Eiffel Eclair Mystic 1:37.2
2010 Denman Guru Bob Most Immediate 1:23.3
2009 Fravashi Nicconi Heart Of Dreams 1:22.8
2008 Light Fantastic Vivacious Spirit Viatorian 1:23.2
2007 Catechuchu Haradasun Eclair Passion 1:24.7
2006 Apache Cat God’s Own Empress Lily 1:24.7
2005 Shinzig Not A Single Doubt Danehill Express 1:23.4
2004 Special Harmony Youth Dane Fever 1:23.5
2003 Titanic Jack Storm Prince Step Ahead 1:25.1
2002 Dash For Cash Barkada Zonked 1:24.1
2001 Desert Sky Desert Eagle Crop 1:25.1
2000 Sudurka Skymaker Noble Sensation 1:24.0