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 runs on Saturday November 3, 2018.
2018 Lexus Stakes Results
- 1st: A Prince Of Arran
- 2nd: Brimham Rocks
- 3rd: Jaameh
Lexus Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday November 3, 2018
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 2500m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 3
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1869
2018 Lexus Stakes Results
The official Lexus Stakes 2018 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 3, 2018.
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.
2018 Lexus Stakes Odds
The season’s latest Lexus Stakes 2018 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.
2018 Lexus Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Lexus Stakes 2018 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.
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.
2018 Lexus Stakes Field
The official 2018 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.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||32x03705x0||SOLE IMPACT (JPN)||Hirofumi Toda||Hugh Bowman||1||58kg||–||105|
|2||x2188632x3||A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||Michael Walker||7||57.5kg||–||104|
|3||114656×641||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||8||57.5kg||–||104|
|4||0x55211x31||SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||4||57kg||–||103|
|5||0x0551x586||TALLY||James Cummings||Tim Clark||9||57kg||–||103|
|6||1x22x33222||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||3||56.5kg||–||102|
|7||31105×0248||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||5||56.5kg||–||102|
|8||231130×341||RUNAWAY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||13||56.5kg||–||102|
|9||x04331x220||RISING RED (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Regan Bayliss||6||56kg||–||101|
|10||33x1x61812||JAAMEH (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||2||55.5kg||–||100|
|11||1119×45842||NORTHWEST PASSAGE||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Dwayne Dunn||11||55.5kg||–||100|
|12||4421×22630||YOGI (NZ)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||10||54.5kg||–||98|
|13||1211×78728||LADIES FIRST (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||–||12||54kg||–||101|
2018 Lexus Stakes Nominations
The early Lexus Stakes 2018 Nominations close the Monday leading up to 2018 Victoria Derby Day, the entries to be published in full right here once released by Racing Victoria.
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||2×11||DIPLOMATICO||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||79|
|4||13310×15||LEAN MEAN MACHINE||C||3||Chris Waller||96|
|5||x4342x8662||LEGEND OF CONDOR||C||3||Gerald Ryan||78|
|6||x10649x283||LONG LEAF||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||82|
|8||6x225x435||REALLY SWISH||C||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||62|
|14||1x1114x11||WRITTEN BY||C||3||Grahame Begg||104|
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 2018 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
|2018||A Prince Of Arran||Brimham Rocks||Jaameh||2:37.4|
|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|