Ladbrokes Tip: The Stocks Stakes is a good betting guide for the Myer Classic during the spring
The W.H. Stocks Stakes is a Group 2 race for mares contested on Moir Stakes Night at Moonee Valley on a Friday evening in late September or early October during the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Racing at the meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) for sprinters, while the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) for Caulfield Guineas types and the Stocks Stakes are the major support races.
Offering $200,000 in total prize money the Stocks Stakes is run over 1600m under weight-for-age conditions and makes a nice lead-up to other mares-only races in the spring including Flemington’s Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on Victoria Derby Day.
The next edition of the Bill Stutt Stakes takes place on Late September, 2017.
Stocks Stakes Field
The Stocks Stakes field attracts a quality field of weight-for-age mares with ability over the mile.
Many come into the race on the back of a lead-up run earlier in the spring in something like the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington, which produced the 2015 Stocks Stakes winner Fenway (9th). Fenway also went on to run second in the Myer Classic two runs later. The Let’s Elope Stakes also produced that year’s runner-up May’s Dream (3rd) who finished fourth in the Myer Classic. In 2014 the Let’s Elope Stakes runner-up Dear Demi won the Stocks Stakes next start, while the winner of the former Commanding Jewel ran third in the race next start.
The WH Stocks Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Friday night, while the final field and barriers are out on the Wednesday.
Pierro meanwhile won the 2012 Stutt Stakes before a Caulfield Guineas second and Cox Plate third, while Whobegotyou (2008) was the last winner of the Stutt Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double. The Bill Stutt Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Friday night with the final field and barriers released on the Wednesday.
Stocks Stakes Betting & Odds
Stocks Stakes odds are led by in-form mares with form against similar company with proven ability at weight-for-age and over the mile. Runners that have winning form at the distance and previous experience at the tight Moonee Valley circuit also sit high up the Stocks Stakes odds.
Betting also favours graduates of earlier Melbourne lead-up runs for the mares like Caulfield’s Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington a fortnight before the race.
Stocks Stakes Tips
Good Stocks Stakes betting tips to take in the spring include looking at mares with ability at the track and distance, previous Group winners, past winners over the mile distance and those coming off lead-up runs in the Let’s Elope Stakes.
Single figure hopefuls have a dominant recent record in the race so another useful tip is to pick a runner in the top half of the markets, with the last double figure winner being Oasis Bloom ($11 in 2012).
Stocks Stakes Form Guide
The form guide features all the essential race information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the mares in the field. Group 1 form to follow into the group 2can come via the Memsie Stakes (1400m) held the month before as Atlantic Jewel completed that Group 1 spring double in 2013.
form has also stacked up in other elite level races including when Atlantic Jewel (2013) ran second next start in Caulfield’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) before a win in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) that October.
Stocks Stakes Results
The WH Stocks Stakes results have been dominated over the past decade by classy Melbourne-trained mares coming off a run in the Let’s Elope Stakes. Notable recent Stocks Stakes winners include Fenway (2015), Dear Demi (2014), Atlantic Jewel (2013), Zarita (2009) and Tuesday Joy (2008).
2017 Stocks Stakes Results
Stocks Stakes Winners
|2015||Fenway||May’s Dream||Scratchy Bottom||1:34.9|
|2014||Dear Demi||Solicit||Commanding Jewel||1:37.8|
|2013||Atlantic Jewel||Oasis Bloom||Oriental Ruby||1:36.8|
|2012||Oasis Bloom||Spirit Song||Chateau Margaux||1:36.9|
|2011||King’s Rose||Pinker Pinker||Lady Lynette||1:37.0|
|2009||Zarita||Cats Whisker||Soul Diva||1:37.0|
|2008||Tuesday Joy||Devil Moon||Bird of Fire||1:36.3|
|2007||Devil Moon||Brom Felinity||Hidden Strings||1:36.4|
|2006||Astrodame||Brockman’s Lass||Belle Bizaare||1:36.1|
|2004||She’s Archie||Annie La Vie||Zumanity||1:41.9|
|2003||Sunday Joy||Liberty Rose||Monde Special||1:36.8|
|2001||Lady Marion||Tickle My||Tyrolean||1:38.7|
|2000||Hula Wonder||Camarena||Mrs Bentley||1:38.4|