The Chatham Stakes is a quality and thrilling Group 3 race run over a sprint distance of 1400M during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The race is held annually in October or early November at the Flemington Racecourse in Victoria’s biggest city Melbourne. The Chatham Stakes is today worth up to $250,000 in prize money and over the last few years, the event has endured a number of name changes. The race has been run as the Ellerston Capital Stakes, The Great Western, The Yullambee Stud Stakes but today, it is known as the Chatham Stakes.
In the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the race will feature on derby day along with some of the biggest races in the Carnival. Some notable events to keep an eye on the same day include the AAMI Victoria Derby, The Myer Classic, The Coolmore Stud Stakes and The McKinnon Stakes. Smokin Joey was the proud winner if the 2013 edition of the Chatham Stakes with Galah coming through to take second place in a close contest between the two horses.
Strike The Stars was also on hand to take home the third place to complete the three podium places. The race is actually named after the outstanding Australian race horse Chatham who won the WS Cox Plate twice. The event is often associated with above average sprinters and is in most cases it is highly competitive. Horses that perform well in this race can move on to contest the Group 3 Sundown Stakes or the Group 1 Emirates Stakes.
All Silent was the last horse to win the Chatham Stakes and the Emirates Stakes double back in 2008. The Outstanding Scenic Peak also took home the Chatham Stakes in 2001 and 2003 and did well to also bag the 2002 Emirates Stakes title. The talent that is on show at the Chatham Stakes every year is just exceptional. The event will for sure be a major highlight this year especially for horse racing enthusiasts keen on the pulsating short races.
Chatham Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Smokin’ Joey||Galah||Strike The Stars||1:23.4|
|2012||Fawkner||Free Wheeling||Wall Street||1:20.9|
|2010||Poor Judge||Demerit||Centennial Park||1:25.7|
|2009||Centennial Park||McClintock||Royal Ida/Snipers Bu||1:22.2|
|2008||All Silent||Sniper’s Bullet||Stickpin||1:22.4|
|2007||Count To Zero||Spielmeister||Royal Ida||1:23.7|
|2006||Malcolm||Mr Ubiquitous||Live In Vain||1:22.9|
|2004||Great Is Great||Amtrak||Regent Street||1:22.7|
|2003||Scenic Park||Lord Volksraad||Shogun Lodge||1:24.0|
|2002||To Be Fair||Palladium Star||Tarcoola Midnight||1:22.3|
|2001||Scenic Park||Desert Eagle||Super Impressive||1:21.3|
|2000||Matter Of Honour||Typhoon Barney||Aka Bilk||1:23.8|
|1999||Black Bean||Bonotto||Northern Song||1:22.5|
|1998||Bezeal Bay||Pleasure Giver||Rancho Spark||1:20.8|
|1997||Confiscate||Crows Before Dawn||Jugulator||1:24.7|
|1995||Final Temp||Regal Half||Sir Boom||1:26.4|
|1994||New Smyrna||Money Spider||Natural Elegance||1:24.0|
|1993||Cocky Beau||My Wanderin’ Star||Ghost Story||1:24.5|
|1992||Let’s Hurry||Prince Of Praise||Sir Bituate||1:24.6|
|1990||Power Of Destiny||Procol Harum||Looks Great||1:23.0|
|1989||Swiftsynd||Royal Creation||Prince Anton||1:21.4|
|1988||Bowie||Jet Fighter||Prismatic Star||1:21.9|