Matriarch Stakes 2017

Saturday November 11, 2017

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) for the spring sprinters.

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 including Lucia Valentina (2015) who won the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney the following April.

The latest edition of the Matriach Stakes ran on Saturday November 11, 2017 .

2017 Matriarch Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Savapinski
  • 2nd: #5 Payroll
  • 3rd: #9 Token Of Love

Matriarch Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday November 11, 2017
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 4YO&Up Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1995

2017 Matriarch Stakes Results

The full Matriarch Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 11, 2017 .

The 2017 Matriarch Stakes Results saw the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Savapinski improve on a lead-up second from Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day with a brilliant all-the-way win over the fast-finishing Payroll (2nd) and roughie hope Token Of Love (3rd).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 10 SAVAPINSKI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 11 55kg $4.80
2 5 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 2.75L 8 56kg $10
3 9 TOKEN OF LOVE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Stephen Baster 3.75L 9 55kg $21
4 2 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 4.25L 3 58.5kg $4.20F
5 1 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Adam Hyeronimus 4.55L 10 58.5kg $9
6 7 TAHANEE (ARG) Darren Weir Damian Lane 4.75L 7 55kg $4.60
7 8 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Corey Brown 6L 1 55kg $31
8 4 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent Beau Mertens (a) 6.1L 4 56.5kg $10
9 12 CEDAR GRANDE (NZ) Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 8.6L 6 55kg $31
10 3 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 12.35L 2 56.5kg $18
11 11 STAR PATRIOT Todd Balfour Noel Callow 12.65L 5 55kg $151
13 DANCING HARE Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 0
6 FALIKA (NZ) Greg Eurell Kerrin McEvoy 0

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.

Mares that have previous Group 1 spring racing experience often dominate the Matriarch Stakes odds, especially those out of tougher lead-up races like the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) the Saturday before on Derby Day.

Previous Flemington race experience and proven form over 2000m also has mares kept safe in Matriarch Stakes betting by the bookies each season.

2017 Matriarch Stakes Betting

The season’s top Matriarch Stakes 2017 betting odds and Flemington market links to the Emirates Stakes Day support act will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the top prices on the spring mares.

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.

The set weights plus penalties conditions of the race ensure that the classier mares usually reign supreme so favourites make for a good Matriarch Stakes betting tip.

2017 Matriarch Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Matriarch Stakes 2017 tips and Flemington racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the mares to back and sack in the Matriarch Stakes betting markets this spring.

  • 1st: #2 PROMPT RESPONSE ($6.50) – It’s an open market but think Prompt Response is the one to beat with the upside out of the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Derby Day. She’s up in distance for the first time, but she found the line well in a class race and is a dual runner-up at Flemington so the track suits. Has been consistent this prep, is a Group 1 runner-up from the winter and is drawn well in gate five so will appreciate a better run after doing it tough out wide last start.
  • 2nd: #6 FALIKA ($5) – Greg Eurell-trained mare out to prove she’s got the class to beat this field of Group performed and winning mares. She’s flying having won her three lead-up races on the trot. Super-consistent and on the improve. Winner at Flemington and was impressive at The Valley last time out over this distance. She loves 2000m (4:2-1-1) and has a brilliant finishing burst so with a soft run from the gate (2) could be hard to hold out late.
  • 3rd: #2 HEAVENS ABOVE ($7) – This Street Cry six-year-old is the same age and shares a sire with super mare Winx, she’s also the class mare in this race. Hasn’t won in a while and has been out of the money more often than not of late, but think the Myer Classic eighth only 2.4 lengths beaten was better than it looks on paper. She’s a good mare on her day and has been competitive at 2000m so don’t rule out a big run here in this Group 2.

Matriarch Stakes Field

The Matriarch Stakes 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.

Matriarch Stakes odds & betting -

Matriarch Stakes winner Lucia Valentina (2015) went on to win a Group 1 in Sydney the following autumn. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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. In 2017 the Matriarch Stakes winner Savapinski improved on a lead-up second in the Tesio Stakes.

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.

2017 Matriarch Stakes Field

The official Matriarch Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barriers are announced on the Wednesday leading-up to Emirates Stakes Day and will be published in full below once released so stay tuned to see what mares make the line-up in the lucrative Group 2 showdown.

The 2017 Matriarch Stakes Field drew 13 mares including the flying Falika drawn a treat in barrier two looking to step-up in grade and make it four wins on the trot. Prompt Response ran a nice fourth in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Derby Day from a wide barrier and gets the chance to improve from a better gate (5) this weekend, while Heavens Above is the class mare in the mix with a bit of work to do from gate 12.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x910x5668 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Adam Hyeronimus 12 58.5kg 107
2 42212×5034 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 5 58.5kg 102
3 1x67x20220 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 4 56.5kg 99
4 13x3116x59 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent (late alt) 6 56.5kg 93
5 403x512x73 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 10 56kg 95
6 12x2x82111 FALIKA (NZ) Greg Eurell Kerrin McEvoy 2 55kg 89
7 5430×46461 TAHANEE (ARG) Darren Weir Damian Lane 9 55kg 83
8 7683×55427 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Corey Brown 3 55kg 80
9 0x94122312 TOKEN OF LOVE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Stephen Baster 11 55kg 77
10 1×41142 SAVAPINSKI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 13 55kg 81
11 860×850723 STAR PATRIOT Todd Balfour Noel Callow 7 55kg 62
12 31310×543 CEDAR GRANDE (NZ) Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 8 55kg 65
13 3x600x9623 DANCING HARE Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 1 55kg 61

Matriarch Stakes Form Guide

The Matriarch Stakes 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.

2017 Matriarch Stakes Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Matriarch Stakes 2017 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for all the facts / stats you need to place a winning wager on the Matriarch Stakes field this spring.

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).

Matriarch Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Savapinski Payroll Token Of Love 2:01.5
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
2011 Vintedge Stole Skyerush 2:01.2
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