The HDF McNeil Stakes is an exclusive three year-olds only Group 3 race that takes center stage annually in August during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The race is held at the Caulfield racecourse and is run over a sprint distance of 1200M. In the last decade or so, the HDF McNeil Stakes has grown remarkably to become one of the most popular sprint races especially for emerging and upcoming super stars of the turf.
The event is today worth up to $125,000 in prize money and last year, Fat ‘n’ Rocking capped a modest start to the spring carnival with a hard fought victory in this race. Coming through in second and third respectively was the outstanding Prince Harada and Thermal Current. The HDF McNeil Stakes often attracts above average horses and shares the same date with the Group 1 Memsie Stakes.
Although the event is not considered one of the biggest horse races in Australia, the race often produces great champions of the turf. Satin Shoes for example finished a distant eighth in the 2011 edition of the HDF McNeil Stakes but did remarkably well to finish third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Sistine Angel on the other hand won the 2010 edition of the HDF McNeil Stakes on course towards a great victory in the Edward Manifold Stakes a few weeks later.
Such is the quality and talent that graces the HDF McNeil Stakes every year and even in 2009, StarsPangledbanner won this race and later produced a strong performance to take home the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. In the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the HDF McNeil Stakes is expected to prove yet another ideal and popular stage for emerging and talented sprinters to showcase their capabilities for horse racing lovers in Victoria and beyond to enjoy.
HDF McNeil Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Chivalry||Nordic Empire||Awesome Rock||1:10.2|
|2013||Fast ‘n’ Rocking||Prince Harada||Thermal Current||1:10.8|
|2012||Lady Of Harrods||Kabayan||Shamexpress||1:10.2|
|2011||Golden Archer||Cross Of Gold||Vatican||1:09.0|
|2008||Sugar Babe||Whogotbeyou||Cardinal Virtue||1:10.4|
|2007||Scenic Blast||Pins On Parade||Marching||1:10.6|
|2006||Miss Finland||Haradasun||Due Sasco||1:10.6|
|2002||Bel Esprit||Yell||Before Too Long||1:01.9|
|2001||Tully Dane||Raja Lane||King of Prussia||1:05.6|
|2000||Rapid Man||Little Dozer||Homewrecker||1:06.1|
|1999||Honour Thy Name||Fappianos Son||Miss Pennymoney||1:06.1|
|1995||Gold Ace||Sykes||Street Talk||1:03.6|
|1993||Sequalo||Lady Jakeo||King Kora||1:05.2|
|1992||Simonstad||Tanjian Prince||Forever Intrigue||1:07.1|
|1989||Goold Old Ted||Street Ruffian||Parotime||1:06.9|