The BMW is a major Sydney Autumn Racing event that is held in April every year at the Rosehill Racecourse. The Group 1 Race is a weight-for-age event that features some of the best mares in Australia. The BMW is run over a distance of 2400M with a prize of $2,250,000 up for grabs among the competing horses. The Fiveandahalfstar is the current holder of The BMW Title. The Silent Achiever and the Sungster both took second and third respectively in 2013.
The BMW is seen as the prime 2400m Race at the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is also one of the big money championship races this year. The race attracts horses from as far as New Zealand and today, The BMW is one of the most widely anticipated races in the Australian Horse Racing Calendar. There have been a number of high profile mares that have won The BMW.
The Makybe Diva is arguably one of the most outstanding mares to ever grace The BMW race in 2005. Other notable horses include The Octagonal in 1997, Tie The Knot in 1999 and, Our Poetic Prince from New Zealand in 1989. One of the major curtain raisers for The BMW has been the group 1 Ranvest Stakes. Notable horses that have claimed both the Ranvest Stakes and The BMW in one year include, Tie The Knot in 2000, Tuesday Joy in 2008 and Manighar in 2012.
However, another mare that used the BMW as a good platform to build a successful horse racing career is the Niwot. After finishing fourth at the BMW in 2012, the horse went on to claim the Sydney cup in the same year. In this year’s 2014 Sydney Autumn, The race is set to feature alongside some exciting events including The group 3s Star Kingdom Stakes, TL Baillieu Handicap and the Neville SellWood Stakes. Others include the Group 1 Vinery Club Stakes, Group 2 Tulloch Stakes and The Emancipation Stakes.
The BMW recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Silent Achiever||It’s A Dundeel||Fiorente||2:34.2|
|2010||Littorio||Zavite||No Wine No Song||2:29.3|
|2008||Tuesday Joy||Princess Coup||Sirmoine||2:35.8|
|2006||Eremein||Railings||Our Smoking Joe||2:27.0|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Grand Armee||Vouvray||2:26.9|
|2004||Grand Zulu||Mummify||Makybe Diva||2:25.7|
|2002||Ethereal||Universal Prince||Rain Gauge||2:29.3|
|2001||Curata Storm||Kaapstad Way||Giovana||2:27.7|
|2000||Tie The Knot||Arena||Showella||2:30.8|
|1999||Tie The Knot||Intergaze||Arena||2:29.0|
|1998||Might And Power||Gold Guru||Doriemus||2:27.2|
|1994||Miltak||Dark Ksar||It’s All In Fun||2:29.5|
|1993||Kaaptive Edition||Rough Habit||Veandercross||2:27.1|
|1989||Our Poetic Prince||Top Class||Apollo Run||2:32.2|
|1988||Beau Zam||Highland Chieftain||Vaguely Pleasant||2:36.2|