Ladbrokes Tip: Matriarch Stakes winners often go on to win a Group 1 the following autumn.
The Matriarch Stakes is a Group 2 support race on the Emirates Stakes Day program held on the first Saturday of November at Flemington Racecourse each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The fourth and final meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Emirates Stakes Day takes place four days after the coveted Melbourne Cup at the same track on the first Tuesday of November every year.
Two elite levels headline the program with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m), a race formerly known as the Mackinnon Stakes and held a week earlier prior to 2016, and the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).
The race is the only Group 2 race on the card and offers $300,000 in total prize money.
It is a set weights plus penalties event open to mares only and has produced a number of subsequent Group 1 winners in recent years.
The next edition of the Matriach Stakes is set to run on Saturday November 5, 2016.
Matriarch Stakes Odds & Betting
While not as popular as the Group 1 odds on offer on Emirates Stakes Day, Matriarch Stakes betting still attracts plenty of interest each Cup Carnival and opens the Wednesday before the race when the field of mares is released by Racing Victoria.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2114×27156||REAL LOVE||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||15||59.5kg||107|
|2||9x2515x056||ZANBAGH||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||9||57.5kg||100|
|3||4×67514261||KANIANA||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||12||57.5kg||95|
|4||2333×31622||ROCKET COMMANDER||Matthew Dale||Blake Shinn||16||56kg||94|
|5||8421×74087||GABELLA (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||18||56kg||90|
|6||63540×2740||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chad Schofield||5||55kg||106|
|7||7635×04674||JESSY BELLE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||William Buick||7||55kg||91|
|8||95262×4443||DENMAGIC||David Pfieffer||James McDonald||6||55kg||96|
|9||41282×3093||MANAGERESS||Cindy Alderson||Nicholas Hall||13||55kg||92|
|10||574126×526||LADY LE FAY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||55kg||96|
|11||16448×4133||TIDY PROPHET||Will Clarken||Ben Melham||2||55kg||84|
|12||732087×153||ALASKAN ROSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||4||55kg||83|
|13||8113393161||CINNAMON CARTER||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||11||55kg||80|
|14||47315×6603||AMARELA (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Dwayne Dunn||8||55kg||80|
|15||1x214x4141||SORT AFTER||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||14||55kg||84|
|16||x21130x633||HAPPY HANNAH||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||17||55kg||84|
|17||49×7321120||POWDERWORKS||Darren Weir||Luke Nolen||1||55kg||74|
|18||x94121x060||REPLIQUE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||10||55kg||75|
Matriarch Stakes odds are led by the class mares in the field that have previous winning form in lead-up spring races and a proven ability at the Flemington track over at least a mile.
While the shorter-priced mares in Matriarch Stakes betting have a strong recent record there has been value in recent winners including Girl Gone Rockin’ ($17 in 2013) who was the last double-figure winner of the race.
Matriarch Stakes Field
The field attracts a line-up of classy mares every spring, the majority of which are using it as a final chance to secure a Group win for the season before turning out for a spell.
Matriarch Stakes runners come via a number of different lead-up runs. In 2015 Lucia Valentina came off a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and won the following autumn’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney.
Another more traditional lead-up into the Matriarch Stakes field for mares is the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day. The last mare to complete the Tesio Stakes – Matriarch Stakes double was Suavito (2014) who also went on to win the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) the following autumn.
Mares that are not heading to the paddock may back-up in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) a week later at Sandown, a race the 2015 Matriarch Stakes third placegetter Casino Dancer won on the quick back-up. In 2013 the Matriarch Stakes runner-up Queenstown ran third in the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) a week later when the race ran at Caulfield.
Matriarch Stakes nominations close the Monday before Emirates Stakes Day runs on the Saturday and the final field and barriers are out on the Wednesday.
Matriarch Stakes Tips
Matriach Stakes tips to take to the bookmakers during the Melbourne Cup Carnival include backing mares with previous winning form over the distance (2000m) and at the Flemington track, looking at runners coming off a top three effort in similar class and the any recent Group 1 performers dropping back in class.
Matriarch Stakes Form Guide
The form guide provides punters with all the crucial information and statistics from the jockeys, trainers and barriers to the track / distance records of all the mares in the field.
In recent years the Matriarch Stakes form has gone on to hold-up in tougher races the following autumn with plenty of winners taking out a Group 1 race in Melbourne early the next year.
Matriarch Stakes Results
The Matriach Stakes results have been a mix between single and double-figure winners over the past decade, but the majority came off a top three run in Melbourne leading up to the Group 2.
Notable recent Matriarch Stakes winners include Lucia Valentina (2015), Suavito (2014) and Purple (2009).
2016 Matriarch Stakes Results
|1||7||JESSY BELLE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||–||6||55kg||$26|
|2||15||SORT AFTER||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||0.5L||13||55kg||$6|
|3||16||HAPPY HANNAH||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||0.6L||15||55kg||$7.50|
|4||8||DENMAGIC||David Pfieffer||James McDonald||1.6L||5||55kg||$5|
|5||12||ALASKAN ROSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||2.35L||3||55kg||$21|
|6||10||LADY LE FAY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||2.75L||2||55kg (cd 55.5kg)||$4F|
|7||3||KANIANA||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||2.85L||11||57.5kg||$26|
|8||6||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chad Schofield||3.6L||4||55kg||$21|
|9||17||POWDERWORKS||Darren Weir||Luke Nolen||4.1L||1||55kg||$71|
|10||13||CINNAMON CARTER||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||5.85L||10||55kg||$81|
|11||18||REPLIQUE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||6.35L||9||55kg||$101|
|12||9||MANAGERESS||Cindy Alderson||Brad Parnham||6.75L||12||55kg||$15|
|13||4||ROCKET COMMANDER||Matthew Dale||Blake Shinn||7.75L||14||56kg||$21|
|14||2||ZANBAGH||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||8.75L||8||57.5kg||$13|
|15||14||AMARELA (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Dwayne Dunn||9.75L||7||55kg||$61|
Matriarch Stakes Winners
|2016||Jessy Belle||Sort After||Happy Hannah||2:04.7|
|2015||Lucia Valentina||Manageress||Casino Dancer||2:04.1|
|2014||Suavito||Girl In Flight||Amanpour||2:01.7|
|2013||Girl Gone Rockin’||Queenstown||Keep De Rose||2:04.7|
|2012||Midnight Martini||Lake Sententia||Crafty Irna||2:03.1|
|2010||Well Rounded||Purple||Keep The Peace||2:02.5|
|2009||Purple||Moment in Time||Lady Lynette||2:00.1|
|2008||Bird of Fire||Tan Tat De Lago||El Daana||2:05.0|
|2007||Hidden Strings||Sovereign Miss||Danevade||2:03.9|
|2006||Brom Felinity||Pin Up||Purde||2:02.1|
|2005||Sutology||Storm Alert||Aqua D Amore||2:02.1|
|2004||Demerger||Aint Seen Nothin||Full Spec||2:04.8|
|2003||Sweet Corn||Sylvaner||Mrs Tendulkar||2:04.4|
|2002||Damaschino||Little Miss Quick||Terrenora||2:00.6|
|2001||Piper Star||Umaline||Tickle My||2:01.5|
|2000||Flushed||Nova Clause||Tickle My||2:02.6|