Begonia Belle Stakes


Date: Thursday 5th November 2015
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Mares – Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2014 Winner: Vain Queen

The Begonia Belle Stakes is an entertaining Group 3 race run under set weight conditions over a sprint distance of 1100M. The race is held yearly as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is today worth up to $150,000 in prize money. The Begonia Belle Stakes is exclusive to mares only and over the last few years, the event has showcased high quality sprinting for horse racing fans across the country.

The Begonia Belle Stakes features along the Group 1 Crown Oaks at the Flemington racecourse on the same day and last year, the race was gladly won by Dystopia after the mare produced a strong sprint from start to finish. Shamal Wind and She Can Skate both settled for second and third respectively in what was a hotly contested race. The competitive nature of the Begonia Belle Stakes always ensures that fans are treated to a pulsating contest. The event was a listed race until 2013 when it was upgraded to Group 3 status.

Moving on into the future, the race is expected to grow strength by strength and take its rightful place as one of the thrilling sprint races of the Melbourne Spring Carnival. Although in recent years the race has not assembled elite sprinters, it has done exceptionally well to unearth talented and strong mares. The event is normally won by surprise sprinters and it is one of the most unpredictable races in the carnival. The Begonia Belle Stakes is run on a straight stretch and it is all about speed, strength and technique.

The race is ideal but not limited to any mares who have contested sprint races before. Horses that are looking to test their capabilities over sprint distances can use the Begonia Belle Stakes as a great spring board. Some of the major mares to record victories in the race recently include the amazing Honey Flower who took it in 2012 and Ortensia who was the proud winner of the 2011 edition of the Begonia Belle Stakes.

Begonia Belle Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Vain Queen Bounding Lilliburlero/S Wind 1:02.7
2013 Dystopia Shamal Wind She Can Skate 1:03.7
2012 Honey Flower Dystopia Anise 1:03.2
2011 Ortensia Balmont Miss Octopussy 1:03.2