Ladbrokes Tip: The Lexus Stakes is the final chance for stayers to make the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field
The $300,000 Lexus Stakes is run over 2500m at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in late October or early November on Victoria Derby Day. A meeting regarded by many as the best the year and one for racing purists, the Group 1 $1.5m Victoria Derby (2500m) is the main event on the program.
The Group 3 Lexus Stakes is the last chance to qualify for the Group 1 $6.25m Melbourne Cup (3200m) run at Flemington the following Tuesday with the winner of the Lexus Stakes exempt from the ballot for the ‘Race That Stops The Nation’ if it was a first, second and final acceptor. The last horse to win the Lexus Stakes and go on and win the Cup three days later was Shocking in 2009.
The latest edition of the Lexus Stakes ran on Saturday November 4, 2017 .
2017 Lexus Stakes Results
- 1st: #7 Cismontane
- 2nd: #6 Vengeur Masque
- 3rd: #8 Pentathlon
Lexus Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday November 4, 2017
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 2500m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 3
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1869
2017 Lexus Stakes Results
The official Lexus Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing order including the Lexus Stakes winner exempt from Melbourne Cup ballot will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 4, 2017 .
The 2017 Lexus Stakes Results saw the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Cismontane make the Melbourne Cup field after digging deep to hold off a late challenge by Geelong Cup winner Vengeur Masque.
|1||7||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||–||6||54kg||$16|
|2||6||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||0.2L||8||54kg||$5|
|3||8||PENTATHLON (NZ)||John Wheeler||Jye McNeil||0.3L||10||54kg||$81|
|4||9||ALWARD (IRE)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||2.3L||7||54kg||$7.50|
|5||3||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||6.05L||3||56kg||$21|
|6||2||HARLEM (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||6.8L||4||57kg||$3.90F|
|7||4||ALOFT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||7.3L||5||55.5kg||$7|
|8||1||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||9.55L||1||58kg||$10|
|9||10||KELLSTORM (IRE)||Darren Weir||Ben Allen (a)||13.8L||9||54kg||$8|
|10||5||GUARDINI (FR)||Darren Weir||James Winks||20.8L||2||55.5kg||$21|
Lexus Stakes Betting & Odds
Odds for the Lexus Stakes are displayed shortly after the final field is released on the Wednesday prior to the race but most of the betting is done on the Saturday with the number of bets increasing as it gets closer to start time. The Lexus Stakes odds displayed by bookies are determined by each horses lead up form over the Spring Carnival and may include races in Melbourne as well as the Sydney Carnival. The prices on individual horses range from the favourite who would have been winning or running around the placings and could be as short as $3 and range up to $51 to $101 for those horses that have been running near to last than first.
Lexus Stakes betting is big business each Derby Day as the punters look for a last minute inclusion into the Melbourne Cup field.
2017 Lexus Stakes Odds
The season’s latest Lexus Stakes 2017 betting odds on the field of potential Melbourne Cup runners will be available as soon as released so stay tuned for access to the best markets on the Derby Day Group 3 this spring.
Lexus Stakes Tips
Tips for the Lexus Stakes are dominated by proven stayers and those in-form spring gallopers coming off good lead-up performances in races like the previous weekend’s Moonee Valley Gold Cup and the Geelong Cup, which is another important Melbourne Cup qualifying race.
Tipping international horses to win the Lexus Stakes is also a proven bet with the likes of Oceanographer (2016) winning from overseas.
2017 Lexus Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Lexus Stakes 2017 tips and selections on what horse will take out the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned.
- 1st: #4 ALOFT ($5.50) – Lloyd Williams looks for a possible record line-up in the Melbourne Cup field as the five-time winning owner of the ‘Loving Trophy’ chases more success in the ‘Race That Stops A Nation. JRA Trophy third behind stablemate and reigning Melbourne Cup winner Almandin two back at Flemington before the last start flop in Caulfield’s Herbert Power Stakes. Erase that failure, better at Flemington and can atone.
- 2nd: #10 KELLSTORM ($7.50) – Darren Weir-trained import was only two lengths back third to stablemate Amelie’s Star in The Bart Cummings over this track / distance on October 7. Finished midfield sixth behind Vengeur Masque in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 25, only 1.85 lengths beaten and gets the chance again here on the minimum weight.
- 3rd: VENGEUR MASQUE ($7) – It’s a typically open Lexus Stakes betting affair this spring and the Geelong Cup winner is as good as any to run in the money, in form and well-weighted. Looks to have improved since The Bart Cummings eighth.
Lexus Stakes Field
The final field for the Group 3 Lexus Stakes is made up of seasoned stayers who are either having their final hit out for the Group 1 $6m Melbourne Cup (3200m) to be run at Flemington the following Tuesday or are seeking to gain automatic entry into Australia’s greatest race. Final acceptances are taken on the Wednesday prior to Saturday’s Derby Day meeting with a maximum of eighteen horses allowed to line up. The Lexus Stakes is run under handicap conditions and the non-apprentice claiming race is open to all horses.
2017 Lexus Stakes Field
The official 2017 Lexus Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below once announced on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see what Melbourne Cup hopefuls make the line-up.
The Lexus Stakes 2017 Field features 10 stayers with Melbourne Cup ambitions including the Lindsay Park-trained Harlem who is the shortest-priced of the Lexus Stakes horses in pre-field Melbourne Cup betting. Geelong Cup winner Venguer Masque is also in the Lexus Stakes field carrying the 54kg minimum and looking to earn the all-important Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||3380×34824||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||1||58kg||105|
|2||4x386x5158||HARLEM (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||4||57kg||103|
|3||1333x0x796||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||3||56kg||101|
|4||x39x12x139||ALOFT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||5||55.5kg||100|
|5||x621x02003||GUARDINI (FR)||Darren Weir||James Winks||2||55.5kg||100|
|6||2x542x9981||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||8||54kg||97|
|7||x232521033||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||6||54kg||93|
|8||97860×0496||PENTATHLON (NZ)||John Wheeler||Jye McNeil||10||54kg||93|
|9||4×54114112||ALWARD (IRE)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||7||54kg||91|
|10||1735111636||KELLSTORM (IRE)||Darren Weir||Ben Allen (a)||9||54kg||86|
2017 Lexus Stakes Nominations
The early Lexus Stakes 2017 Nominations close the Monday leading up to 2017 Victoria Derby Day, the entries to be published in full right here once released by Racing Victoria.
The 2017 Lexus Stakes Nominations attracted 20 stayers including Big Duke out to atone for his fourth as the beaten favourite in last Saturday’s Moonee Valley Gold Cup, third placegetter in the same Cox Plate Day race Cismontane who was brave holding for the place after setting the speed and a host of entries for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams who is in the hunt for his sixth Melbourne Cup trophy in 2017.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x39x12x139||ALOFT (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||100|
|2||4×54114112||ALWARD (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||91|
|3||210x71x045||ASSIGN (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||103|
|4||113×550214||BIG DUKE (IRE)||G||6||Darren Weir||107|
|5||x11x330x90||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||104|
|6||x232521033||CISMONTANE (NZ)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||93|
|7||3380×34824||ECUADOR (NZ)||G||8||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||105|
|8||30x33x2410||FOUNDRY (IRE)||H||8||Robert Hickmott||101|
|9||031x270x07||GALLANTE (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||99|
|10||9×56442762||GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||84|
|11||x621x02003||GUARDINI (FR)||H||7||Darren Weir||100|
|12||4x386x5158||HARLEM (GB)||H||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||103|
|13||1333x0x796||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||G||8||James Cummings||101|
|14||1735111636||KELLSTORM (IRE)||H||5||Darren Weir||86|
|17||513x412x04||OUR CENTURY (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||93|
|18||97860×0496||PENTATHLON (NZ)||G||6||John Wheeler||93|
|19||0910×00234||SLY ROMANCE (NZ)||G||6||Richard Laming||78|
|20||2x542x9981||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||G||6||Michael Moroney||97|
Lexus Stakes Form Guide
Races that may show a good form line heading to the Lexus Stakes are the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m), and the Group 2 The Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) all at Caulfield and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) run at Flemington. The Group 1 The Metropolitan which is run over 2400m at Randwick in Sydney in early October is also a strong lead up race for the Lexus Stakes.
A link to the full 2017 Lexus Stakes Form Guide will be provided below once the field is out.
Lexus Stakes Results
The Lexus Stakes Results revealing the potential runner in the next Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup field are known when the Group 3 staying showdown runs on Victoria Derby Day. The Lexus Stakes results display the full finishing order of all the runners, their starting prices and weights along with the winning margins and times.
Notable Lexus Stakes winners in recent years including Shocking (2009) who went on to take out the Melbourne Cup next race, Signoff (2014) and Oceanographer (2016).
Lexus Stakes Past Winners
|2015||Excess Knowledge||Zanteca||Havana Cooler||2:36.8|
|2014||Signoff||Big Memory||La Amistad||2:37.8|
|2013||Ruscello||Let’s Make A Deal||Araldo||2:39.8|
|2012||Kelinni||Dare To Dream||Exceptionally||2:37.6|
|2010||Maluckyday||Linton||Once Were Wild||2:35.1|
|2008||Moatise||Light Vision||Cape Cover||2:37.7|
|2007||Sculptor||The Fuzz||Desert Master||2:35.4|
|2005||Strasbourg||Bush Honey||Mr Celebrity||2:40.3|
|2004||Don Raphael||Catchmeifyoucan||Winning Belle||2:36.6|
|2003||Big Pat||Fawaz||Dance On Wood||2:39.4|
|2001||Maythehorsebewithu||Spirit Of Westbury||Touch The Groom||2:35.8|