Ladbrokes Tip: Vain Stakes horses can go on to run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes
The Vain Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-old colts and geldings run at the start of August at Caulfield Racecourse during the early stages of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Run under set weights plus penalties conditions the race takes place over a short sprint distance of 1100m and offers $150,000 in total prize money. This is one of two Group 3 races on the Caulfield card for PB Lawrence Stakes Day along with the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m), which is the fillies’ equivalent.
The meeting is headlined by the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m). The Vain Stakes is a good early season lead-up for three-year-olds heading towards tougher sprint races over the carnival including the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day. The last horse to complete the Vain Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double was Sepoy (2011).
The next edition of the Vain Stakes is scheduled for Saturday August 18th, 2018.
2018 Vain Stakes Results
- 1st: Tony Nicconi
- 2nd: Long Leaf
- 3rd: Native Soldier
Vain Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday August 18th
- Track: Caulfield
- Distance: 1100m
- Conditions: Set weight
- Status: Group 3
- Prize Money: $150,000
- First Run: 1992
Vain Stakes Field
Vain Stakes graduates have a host of next-up options including the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) at the same track / distance a fortnight later, a double last completed by Gold Symphony (2015). In 2013 the runner-up Fast ‘N’ Rocking also backed-up to win the McNeil Stakes two weeks later.The Vain Stakes field attracts a line-up of smart young male sprinters heading towards other similar Group events for their age group over the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Most of the three-year-old colts and geldings in the field are contesting the race first-up off a winter spell.
The Vain Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week followed by the release of the final field and barriers on the Wednesday before the Group 3 runs on the Saturday.
Vain Stakes Odds & Betting
Vain Stakes betting markets open the Wednesday before the race following the field and barrier draw for the Group 3 sprint showdown. Each year the Vain Stakes odds are led by resuming three-year-olds with a good first-up record that have previous experience over the distance.
Melbourne runners and past Caulfield performers that had a good two-year-old season last time in also sit high up the race’s betting odds. Upsets are not uncommon and the last winner to jump at double-figures in the Vain Stakes markets was Get The Nod ($10 in 2014).
Vain Stakes Tips
Good Vain Stakes tips to consider before placing your spring bets include looking at resuming runners with a strong record when fresh, past winners over the distance and youngsters with form the Melbourne way of going.
Favourites also have a strong recent record in the race so sticking with the punters’ pick is also a top Vain Stakes betting tip.
Vain Stakes Form Guide
The Vain Stakes form guide is released as soon as the field of final acceptors is out the week of the race and features crucial information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the line-up. The Vain Stakes form has stacked up in other Melbourne Group races many times in recent years including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington the next month that the 2013 Vain Stakes winner Safeguard ran fourth in next time out.
In 2011 Sepoy won the Vain Stakes – Danehill Stakes double and also went on to win three more times later in the Carnival including in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Vain Stakes Results
The Vain Stakes results have been dominated by single-figure favourites and the most notable recent winner is Sepoy (2011).
Vain Stakes Winners
|2018||Tony Nicconi||Long Leaf||Native Soldier||1:04.8|
|2016||Russian Revolution||Highland Beat||Hardham||1:05.1|
|2015||Gold Symphony||Top Me Up||Star Planet||1:04.4|
|2014||Get The Nod||Stingray||Boomwaa||1:03.8|
|2013||Safeguard||Fast ‘n’ Rocking||Hill Spy||1:04.8|
|2012||Psychic Mick||Planet Voyage||Free Of Doubt||1:06.1|
|2011||Sepoy||Golden Archer||Grand Brittania||1:03.9|