Danehill Stakes

Date: Saturday 12th September 2015
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 3yo – Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $250,000
2014 Winner: Rich Enuff

The Danehill Stakes is an exclusive Group 2 race for three year old horses only and is held every year in September at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The event is run over a sprint distance of 1200M and is regarded as the premier Group 2 sprint race for three year old horses. The Danehill Stakes is today worth up to $250,000 in prize money and has over the years endured a number of name changes since its debut.

The 2013 edition of the Danehill Stakes was spectacular and Charlie Boy was on hand to take home the title after a lightening sprint in the final meters of the race. Kiss a Rose and Éclair Big Bang had to both settle for second and third respectively. The event will feature on the same day as the Makybe Diva during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The HDF McNeil Stakes is a good lead up race for this event. Although a number of horses have come so close to win the Danehill Stakes and the HDF McNeil Stakes double in recent years, the last horse to achieve this remarkable success was Gold Ace in 1995.

The Danehill Stakes has largely been a stage for emerging sprinters and we rarely see an elite horse compete in this event. Nonetheless, the race has produced a number of high profile champions. For example Gregere finished fifth in the Danehill Stakes on course towards a well earned victory in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude.
In 2011 Sepoy was on hand to win the Danehill Stakes and the Manikato Stakes in what was a great spring season for the three year old. The horse would also win the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and Group 2 Caulfield Sprint. The Danehill Stakes is expected to be a big event this year and will be a huge platform to showcase new and emerging champions of the Australian Turf especially over the short sprint distances.

Danehill Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Rich Enuff Looks Like The Cat Ghibellines 1:08.1
2013 Charlie Boy Kiss A Rose Eclair Big Bang 1:10.0
2012 Snitzerland Stralia Rusambo 1.10.5
2011 Sepoy Hallowell Belle Unique Quality 1:08.7
2010 Soul Buffering General Truce 1:11.6
2009 Black Caviar Wanted Rarefied 1:09.9
2008 Aichi Time Chief Niccconi 1:10.4
2007 Tan Tat de Lago Scenic Blast Purrealist 1:10.9
2006 The One Anamato Sharkbite 1:10.4
2005 Jet Spur Queen of the Hill Stratum 1:09.5
2004 Fastnet Rock Brannigan Assafa 1:09.2
2003 Abdullah Critical List Bronc 1:12.0
2002 Planchet Blur Choisir 1:08.7
2001 Chongtong North Boy Spectatorial 1:09.0
2000 St Petersburg Cosset Ceffyl 1:10.4
1999 Falvelon Cullen Fappianos Son 1:09.2
1998 Point Danger Jumalique Shovhog 1:10.3
1997 Dantelah Special Dane Accuse 1:12.3
1996 Armidale Regal Centre Spartacus 1:08.1
1995 Gold Ace Wavetree Padre 1:09.4
1994 Daring Hombre Minyama DH 2 Verdetto DH 2 1:08.8
1993 Dancing Dynamite Sequalo Alannon 1:08.7
1992 Kenfair Inject Campbell Fever 1:11.8
1991 Umatilla Star Video In The Bahamas 1:08.6
1990 Wrap Around Final Card Premier Copper 1:09.0
1989 Gin Rhythm Impressionalism Sir Fear 1:09.2
1988 Speeding Free Leica Western Scollata 1:11.6