The Coolmore Stud Stakes is a breathtaking 1200M sprint race run under set weights at the Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The event was run as the Ascot Vale Stakes until the name was changed a few years back and in the history of the race, the Coolmore Stud Stakes has always provided a great stage for emerging and high profile sprinters to make it big in Australian horse racing. The event is today worth up to $500,000 in prize money.
The 2013 edition of the race was won by Zoustar after a remarkable sprint in the final few meters to beat Not Listenin’ To Me and Lion of Belfort to second and third respectively. The Coolmore Stud Stakes will feature during the Melbourne Cup day in this year’s Melbourne Spring and as such the race will feature on the same day as the Melbourne cup, the McKinnon Stakes, the Myer Classic and the AAMI Victoria Derby. The line up should be an enticing prospect for horse racing fans across the city and the country at large.
The event in 2007 was upgraded from a Group 2 Race to a Group 1 event and to this date, the Coolmore Stud Stakes has lived up to its new and elevated status in every respect as far as quality horse racing is concerned. For the better part of the last few decades, the race has done exceptionally well to attract high quality sprinters even though the prize money may not be as relatively higher as it is the case in other major Group 1 races.
The event has produced a number of brilliant horses including the Weekend Hussler who took home the title in 2007, Sepoy in 2011 and Gold Edition in 2006. The Coolmore Stud Stakes is a perfect test for three year old horses keen on making a name in other major sprint races in the Melbourne Spring and in 2014, the race is expected to be among the major highlights for fans, horse trainers and jockeys.
Coolmore Stud Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Zoustar||Not Listenin’ To Me||Lion Of Belfort||1:09.2|
|2008||Northern Meteor||Fist of Fury||All American||1:10.5|
|2007||Weekend Hussler||Bel Mer||Scenic Blast||1:08.9|
|2006||Gold Edition||Splashing Out||Churchill Downs||1:09.6|
|2004||Alinghi||Barley A Moment||Tirade||1:10.5|
|2003||Scaredee Cat||Lago Delight||Dilly Dally||1:08.8|
|2002||Innovation Girl||Cool Trent||Titanic Jack||1:10.8|
|2001||North Boy||Ustinov||Malagra Miss||1:09.6|
|2000||So Gorgeous||Show A Heart||Sort It Out||1:12.9|
|1999||Spargo||Testa Rossa||Fappianos Son||1:11.0|
|1998||Theatre||City Kid||Major Fun||1:10.0|
|1997||Show No Emotion||Cornwall Queen||Schubert||1:09.7|
|1996||Encosta De Lago||Pimpala Prince||My Duke||1:10.3|
|1995||Our Maizcay||Gold Ace||Strategic||1:08.2|
|1994||Racers Edge||Blevic||Cannibal King||1:09.2|
|1993||Brawny Spirit||Bella Sereta||Star Of Maple||1:11.8|
|1991||Tierce||Noble Lancer||Diddy Do It||1:08.9|
|1989||Courtza||Prince Salieri||Tango Master||1:10.0|
|1988||Zeditave||Star Watch||Clay Hero||1:09.1|