Blazer Stakes 2017

Saturday October 7, 2017

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 Turnbull Stakes Day was held on the first Sunday of October to avoid a clash with the AFL Grand Final, but in 2017 returned to the following Saturday, and racing on the day is headlined by the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

Three Group 2 races also take place at the meeting with the Gilgai Stakes and Edward Manifold Stakes accompanying the Blazer Stakes as the major Turnbull Stakes Day support acts.

Open to mares aged four-years-old and over, the set weights plus penalties Blazer Stakes offers $200,000 in prize money and is a key lead-up into the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The latest edition of the Blazer Stakes ran on Saturday October 7, 2017 .

2017 Blazer Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 Now Or Later
  • 2nd: #11 Merriest
  • 3rd: #12 Payroll

Blazer Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 4YO Mares
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1989

Blazer Stakes Odds & Betting

The Blazer Stakes 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 Now Or Later ($10 in 2017), La Passe ($31 in 2015), Forever Loved ($13 in 2014) and Fire Up Fifi ($26 in 2013).

2017 Blazer Stakes Betting

The spring’s top Blazer Stakes 2017 odds and links to our Flemington Group 2 betting markets on the mares’ only feature on Turnbull Stakes Day will be provided here so stay tuned to back your tips at the best price.

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.

Blazer Stakes betting odds on the 2012 winner Mosheen were short

Mosheen (2012) is one of the most notable recent Blazer Stakes winners. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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 Now Or Later (6th in 2017).  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.

2017 Blazer Stakes Field

The official Blazer Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barriers are out on the Wednesday before race day and will be published in full below so stay tuned to see what mares make the starting line-up in the Myer Classic lead-up.

In 2017 the Blazer Stakes field has attracted a capacity line-up of smart mares including the Darren Weir-trained Group 1 Schweppes Oaks runner-up Kenedna out to atone for a first-up last (13th) in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) over an unsuitably short distance at Caulfield last time out.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x242212x5 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 4 58kg 101
2 x88024105x FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Brad Rawiller 16 58kg 100
3 31311214×0 KENEDNA Darren Weir John Allen 2 58kg 93
4 x342117x51 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3 58kg 98
5 1113x410x9 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Corey Brown 6 57kg 96
6 x23815x810 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 19 57kg 90
7 x20407x236 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 57kg 100
8 024x94010x SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 17 57kg 101
9 x19242x144 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Ben Melham 5 55.5kg 107
10 122x2220x7 ELLICAZOOM Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1 55.5kg 82
11 95x5134x61 MERRIEST Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 14 55.5kg 85
12 1403x512x7 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 18 55.5kg 94
13 2264111946 SCHISM Aaron Purcell Beau Mertens (a) 11 55kg 94
14 34x48x04x6 NOW OR LATER (IRE) Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 13 55kg 95
15 1467081318 BABY DON’T CRY Peter Morgan Regan Bayliss 10 55kg 81
16 323x112x32 PETITION Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 15 55kg 76
17e 6410374444 GIVE US A GO Craig Anderson Anthony Darmanin 8 55kg 79
18e 1x350x1730 WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell TBA 9 55kg 86
19e 5x34067x70 PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Dean Yendall 12 55kg 82

2017 Blazer Stakes Nominations

The official Blazer Stakes 2017 Nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be available right here once announced.

The 2017 Blazer Stakes Nominations drew a bumper 24 mares including last start Let’s Elope Stakes winner Sword Of Light chasing the double and the consistent Merriest coming off back-to-back fourths including in the How Now Stakes.

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. Keeping an eye on the lead-up form of mares in traditional preparatory races like the Let’s Elope Stakes and How Now Stakes is also a good Blazer Stakes betting tip.

2017 Blazer Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Blazer Stakes 2017 betting tips and Flemington exotic selections will be detailed below the week of the race so you know what mares to back and sack in the Group 2 this season.

  • 1st: #2 French Emotion ($21) – Crazy price on offer for Chris Waller’s defending Blazer Stakes winner French Emotion who is big value to go back-to-back in the race. Hasn’t raced since the fifth to Tycoon Tara in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara in the winter, when just over three lengths beaten. Runs well fresh and resumes here at a distance she’s comfortable at (9-3-2-0). Horror draw, but if she overcomes that she can surprise.
  • 2nd: #1 Prompt Response ($8) – Barrier four gives this Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained four-year-old an ideal run at Flemington where she’s had two runs for two seconds. Ultra-consistent and rarely finishes out of the money. Pet distance and the How Now fifth saw her only 0.6L off the winner. Better second-up back down the straight and is a winning chances even with the weight penalty.
  • 3rd: #9 Missrock ($5) – Leads the markets and certainly ticks plenty of boxes. Barrier five, fit mare after three runs this time in around some very good horses. Two back was under three lengths off Russian Revolution and the fourth in the How Now had her a half-length off the winner after a luckless run from the gate. Gets a better run here and may prove hard to beat.

Blazer Stakes Form Guide

The form guide for the Blazer Stakes 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).

2017 Blazer Stakes Results

The official Blazer Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 7, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 14 NOW OR LATER (IRE) Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 10 55kg $10
2 11 MERRIEST Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 0.4L 11 55.5kg $7
3 12 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 1.15L 14 55.5kg $41
4 16 PETITION Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 1.35L 12 55kg $5.50F
5 7 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1.75L 6 57kg $16
6 4 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 1.85L 2 58kg $11
7 5 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Corey Brown 2.35L 5 57kg $13
8 2 FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Brad Rawiller 2.85L 13 58kg $31
9 9 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Ben Melham 3.15L 4 55.5kg $6.50
10 18e WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell Regan Bayliss 3.25L 8 55kg $61
11 1 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 3.75L 3 58kg $8
12 10 ELLICAZOOM Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 5.5L 1 55.5kg $11
13 17e GIVE US A GO Craig Anderson Anthony Darmanin 6.75L 7 55kg $51
14 13 SCHISM Aaron Purcell Beau Mertens (a) 9.5L 9 55kg $41
19e PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Dean Yendall 0
3 KENEDNA Darren Weir John Allen 0
8 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0
15 BABY DON’T CRY Peter Morgan Regan Bayliss 0
6 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 0

Blazer Stakes History and Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2017 Now Or Later Merriest Payroll 1:24.2
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
2012 Mosheen Bonaria Miss Stellabelle 1:23.4
2011 Lady Lynette Booklet Dysphonia 1:24.1
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
2005 Sky Cuddle Dea Astrodame 1:23.5
2004 Skewiff Infinite Grace Light Sweeper 1:22.4
2003 Vocabulary Gazania Galipagos Girl 1:24.1
2002 Hosannah Gentle Genius Purple Groove 1:23.8
2001 Tickle My Hula Wonder Calm Smytzer 1:25.7
2000 Ramano’s Star Fellowship Bumbelina 1:23.7