The AJ Moir Stakes is an exciting Group 1 race run under weight for age conditions at the iconic Moonee Valley Racecourse in September each year. The race is one of the major events in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is today worth up to $300,000 in prize money. The AJ Moir Stakes was previously known as the Schweppes Stakes and was in 2013 upgraded to a Group 1 race as recognition to the high quality racing the event has showcased in recent years.
The AJ Moir Stakes is run over 1200M making it an energy filled sprint contest that normally attracts a number of high profile horses. The 2013 race was nothing short of spectacular and in the end Samaready did remarkably well to take home the title despite massive competition from a number of talented sprinters. Buffering came through to take home second place while Le Bonsir was on hand to complete the final podium places in third.
For the better part of the last decade, the AJ Moir Stakes has produced remarkable champions most of who have made it big in other sprint races later in the carnival. Horses that contested the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes can consider tackling this event. Buffering was the last horse to win the two races in the same year back in 2012 while the outstanding Black Caviar also replicated the same feat two years earlier after winning the double in a row back in 2010 and 2011. The Horse would also go on and take home the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic later in the carnival.
Horses that contested the Group 2 McEwen Stakes over 1000M are also ideal candidates for the AJ Moir Stakes. notable horses to take part in this race include Hot Danish who ran second back in 2010 on course towards a third place finish in the Group 1 Myer Classic. Falvelon also won the AJ Moir Stakes in 2000 and did remarkably well to take home the Schillaci Stakes the same year. In 2014, the AJ Moir Stakes is expected to light up the Melbourne Spring like never before.
AJ Moir Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Buffering||Lankan Rupee||Rebel Dane||1:10.9|
|2012||Buffering||Ready To Rip||Thankgodyou’rehere||1:10.9|
|2011||Black Caviar||Doubtful Jack||Here De Angels||1:10.1|
|2010||Black Caviar||Hot Danish||True Persuasion||1:11.0|
|2009||Apache Cat||Mic Mac||Bank Robber||1:10.0|
|2008||Lucky Secret||Bel Mer||Mr Baritone||1:09.9|
|2007||Miss Andretti||Gold Edition||Let Go Thommo||1:10.6|
|2006||California Dane||Let Go Thommo||Poets Voice||0:58.4|
|2005||Virage De Fortune||Miss Mooney Mooney||Imprisoned||0:59.1|
|2004||Bomber Bill||Regimental Gal||Dance The Waves||0:58.4|
|2003||Our Egyptian Raine||Spinning Hill||Dantana||0:57.7|
|2002||Spinning Hill||Bomber Bill||Mistegic||0:57.7|
|1998||Show No Emotion||Appoint||Dance Beat||0:58.0|
|1997||Al Mansour||Spartacus||Ossie Cossie||0:57.4|
|1996||Spartacus||Wry Hero||Apple Danish||0:58.3|
|1995||Quality Gold||Moss Rocket||Poetic King||0:58.3|
|1991||With Me||Joanne||Wrap Around||0:57.2|
|1990||With Me||Street Ruffian||Show County||0:56.3|
|1989||Clay Hero = 1||Good Old Ted =1||Prismatic Star||0:56.9|
|1988||Scarlet Bisque||Redelva||Rancho Ruler||0:58.6|