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
|2014||Rich Enuff||Looks Like The Cat||Ghibellines||1:08.1|
|2013||Charlie Boy||Kiss A Rose||Eclair Big Bang||1:10.0|
|2011||Sepoy||Hallowell Belle||Unique Quality||1:08.7|
|2007||Tan Tat de Lago||Scenic Blast||Purrealist||1:10.9|
|2005||Jet Spur||Queen of the Hill||Stratum||1:09.5|
|1994||Daring Hombre||Minyama DH 2||Verdetto DH 2||1:08.8|
|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|