Ladbrokes Tip: The Blazer Stakes – Myer Classic is a popular spring betting double.
The Blazer Stakes, formerly known as the Rose Of Kingston Stakes, is a Group 2 race run at Flemington Racecourse on Turnbull Stakes Day in early October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Previously run on a Saturday, Turnbull Stakes Day is held on the first Sunday of October to avoid a clash with the AFL Grand Final, and racing on the day is headlined by the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Three Group 2 races also take place at the meeting include the race for fillies and mares, a 1400m set weights plus penalties clash offering $200,000 in total prize money.
The Blazer Stakes is a key lead-up into the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The last mare to complete the Blazer Stakes – Myer Classic double was Sedately (1994).
The next edition of the Blazer Stakes is set to run on Sunday October 1, 2017.
Blazer Stakes Race Info
- Date: Sunday October 1, 2017
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 1400m
- Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 4YO Mares
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1989
Blazer Stakes Field
The Blazer Stakes field attracts a line-up of the season’s best middle-distance fillies and mares, many heading towards a run in the Myer Classic four weeks later at Flemington Racecourse.
A possible lead-up for female gallopers into the field is the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in late September, which last produced a winner with Forever Loved (12th in 2014). In between the this event and the Myer Classic runners may contest the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day and the Blazer Stakes – Tristarc Stakes double was last achieved by La Passe (2015).
While the Blazer Stakes – Myer Classic double hasn’t been achieved since Sedately (1994), a number of Group 1 placegetters in the latter came off a run in the Group 2. In 2013 Blazer Stakes winner Fire Up Fifi ran third in the Myer classic behind Red Tracer two starts later. That year’s third placegetter Catkins also finished second in the Group 1 two runs later with a Group 3 Moonee Valley win on Cox Plate Day in between.
The Blazer Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before the race runs on the Sunday followed by the final field and barriers on the Wednesday.
Blazer Stakes Odds & Betting
The odds are traditionally led by mares with proven Melbourne form at Caulfield with winning ability over 1400m – 1600m and a good lead-up run in an earlier race for fillies and mares in the Spring.
Upsets are not uncommon and looking for value further down the Blazer Stakes betting markets can prove profitable. Recent double-figure champions include La Passe ($31 in 2015), Forever Loved ($13 in 2014) and Fire Up Fifi ($26 in 2013).\
Blazer Stakes Tips
Good Blazer Stakes tips include looking for last-start winners who have a good recent strike-rate in the Group 2 and runners further down the markets with the favourites having a poor record over the past decade.
Blazer Stakes Form Guide
The form guide features all the crucial info punters need to know before placing a bet on the clash including the barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up runs of all the horses in the field.
The Blazer Stakes form has held-up in tougher races many times in recent years including in 2013 when Fire Up Fifi ran third in the Myer Classic as well as that year’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth.
Blazer Stakes Results
Blazer Stakes results have been dominated by upsets in recent years with the last single-figure winner to salute being Mosheen ($4.20 in 2012). Notable recent winners of this Group 2 include Lady Lynette (2011), Divine Madonna (2006) and Sky Cuddle (2005).
Blazer Stakes History and Winners
|2016||French Emotion||Pure Pride||Vibrant Rouge||1:24.3|
|2015||La Passe||Manageress||Lucky Lago/Jessy Belle||1:22.9|
|2014||Forever Loved||Enquare||May’s Dream||1:24.8|
|2013||Fire Up Fifi||Peron||Catkins||1:23.8|
|2010||Palacio De Cristal||No Evidence Needed||Strawberry Field||1:23.9|
|2009||Cats Whisker||Gold Water||Dane Julia||1:22.4|
|2008||Bellini Rose||Absolute Glam||Viking Turf Belle||1:24.1|
|2007||Vormista||Bellini Rose||El Pauji||1:23.9|
|2006||Divine Madonna||Imana||Open Cut||1:23.3|
|2004||Skewiff||Infinite Grace||Light Sweeper||1:22.4|
|2002||Hosannah||Gentle Genius||Purple Groove||1:23.8|
|2001||Tickle My||Hula Wonder||Calm Smytzer||1:25.7|