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 Ladbrokes 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 latest edition of the Stocks Stakes took place on Friday September 29, 2017 .
2017 Stocks Stakes Results
- 1st: #7 I Am A Star
- 2nd: #6 Flying Jess
- 3rd: #1 Hell Or Highwater
WH Stocks Stakes Race Facts
- Date: Friday September 29, 2017
- Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: Mares – Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1973
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.
2017 Stocks Stakes Odds
The season’s best WH Stocks Stakes 2017 betting odds and links to our markets will be provided right here the week of the race so stay tuned for the top Moonee Valley racing odds this spring.
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) and the 2017 champion I Am A Star (7th). Fenway also went on to run second in the Myer Classic two runs later. The next year saw Don’t Doubt Mamma (2016) complete the Let’s Elope Stakes – Stocks Stakes double. The Let’s Elope Stakes also produced the 2015 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.
2017 Stocks Stakes Field
The official WH Stocks Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be available right here once acceptances are taken on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see the mares set to face off under the lights at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 lead-up.
The 2017 Stocks Stakes Field drew a smart line-up of 12 hopefuls including Caulfield Cup-bound Kiwi mare Lizzie L’Amour and the flying Lindsay Park-trained Hell Or Highwater chasing a fourth straight win.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||23×0653111||HELL OR HIGHWATER||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dean Yendall||9||57kg||101|
|2||1x1380x000||RISQUE (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||3||57kg||92|
|3||16151021×7||LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Hugh Bowman||1||57kg||105|
|4||333x6759x0||HAPPY HANNAH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||2||57kg||92|
|5||213x3116x||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||Michael Kent||TBA||10||57kg||94|
|6||0471x67x20||FLYING JESS||John Moloney||Tye Angland||8||56.5kg||93|
|7||271183×477||I AM A STAR (NZ)||Shane Nichols||Ben Melham||7||56.5kg||107|
|8||35x2111x08||MONTOYA’S SECRET||Leon & Troy Corstens||Joao Moreira||12||56.5kg||98|
|9||113x256x68||JENNIFER LYNN||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||4||56.5kg||77|
|10||49x30411x0||EXOCET||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||6||56.5kg||85|
|11||x577683x55||SMART AS YOU THINK||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||11||56.5kg||80|
|12||3x6111x02||HEAVENLY DESCENT||Mick Price||Jake Noonan||5||56.5kg||74|
2017 Stocks Stakes Nominations
The WH Stocks Stakes Nominations for 2017 close on the Monday leading-up to Moir Stakes Night and will be listed below once out.
Stocks Stakes Tips
Good WH 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. Any mares coming down in class off an earlier Group 1 spring race also make for a nice Stocks Stakes winning tip.
2017 Stocks Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider WH Stocks Stakes tips and Moonee Valley Group 2 betting selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the mares to get behind in the race this spring.
- 1st: #3 Lizzie L’Amour ($7.50) – Hugh Bowman aboard from barrier one has this Kiwi visitor being kept safe in betting second-up after her failed Dato’ run behind gun stablemate Bonneval here on September 9. She walked home with health issues, but has made a recovery and is out to atone. Group 1 winner at home over 2000m and has the class to beat a field of fellow mares.
- 2nd #11 Smart As You Think ($12) – This well-bred four-year-old is a daughter of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think and should be nearing peak fitness three runs in. Both leads-ups she has jumped at huge odds and is value again at double-figures. Lead-up Let’s Elope fifth was close (2.55 lengths beaten) and the mile will suit better. Has winning form up to 2040m (like her sire) and even from the wider barrier looks a winning chance.
- 3rd: #7 I Am A Star ($3.40) – Jumps favourite with money coming in for Shane Nichols’ reigning Myer Classic winner to return to her best getting out over a mile, which she has a great record over (5-2-1-1). Wasn’t far off the winner in the Let’s Elope finishing three lengths seventh under 59kg and is better suited with 56.5kg here at WFA.
Stocks Stakes Form Guide
The WH Stocks Stakes 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 2 can come via the Memsie Stakes (1400m) held the month before as Atlantic Jewel completed that Group 1 spring double in 2013.
The Stocks stakes 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 I Am A Star (2017), Fenway (2015), Dear Demi (2014), Atlantic Jewel (2013), Zarita (2009) and Tuesday Joy (2008).
2017 Stocks Stakes Results
The official Stocks Stakes 2017 race results and finishing order will be provided below once the race takes place on Friday September 29, 2017 .
|1||7||I AM A STAR (NZ)||Shane Nichols||Ben Melham||–||7||56.5kg||$3.50F|
|2||6||FLYING JESS||John Moloney||Tye Angland||0.4L||8||56.5kg||$18|
|3||1||HELL OR HIGHWATER||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dean Yendall||0.9L||9||57kg||$4.20|
|4||11||SMART AS YOU THINK||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||2.4L||11||56.5kg||$18|
|5||5||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||2.7L||10||57kg||$41|
|6||3||LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Hugh Bowman||2.8L||1||57kg||$7|
|7||9||JENNIFER LYNN||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||3.1L||4||56.5kg||$11|
|8||10||EXOCET||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||3.2L||6||56.5kg||$20|
|9||4||HAPPY HANNAH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||5.2L||2||57kg||$26|
|10||8||MONTOYA’S SECRET||Leon & Troy Corstens||Joao Moreira||5.7L||12||56.5kg||$12|
|11||12||HEAVENLY DESCENT||Mick Price||Jake Noonan||5.8L||5||56.5kg||$17|
|12||2||RISQUE (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||7.05L||3||57kg||$51|
Stocks Stakes Winners
|2017||I Am A Star||Flying Jess||Hell Or Highwater||1:37.3|
|2016||Don’t Doubt Mamma||Kaniana||Miss Rose De Lago||1:38.7|
|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|