The Heath 1100 is a high profile Group 3 race exclusive to four year old and above horses. The race is held annually at the Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria’s biggest city, Melbourne. Run over 1100M, the Heath 1100 is actually one of the shortest Group races in the Melbourne Spring and in the 2013 edition of the race, Samaready carried the day with a remarkable sprint beating Chiaramonte and Anise to second and third respectively.
The Heath 1100 is today worth up to $135,000 in prize money and in the last few years, the event was actually staged as TheShark.com.au Stakes until the name was changed to The Heath 1100. The race was also elevated from a listed event to a Group 3 showpiece in line with the quality racing showcased here every year. For the better part of its sort history, The Heath 1100 has largely been a race for average horses.
However, this has only served to unearth some remarkable sprinters and in fact, a number of horses have made it big in Australian racing after making a name in this event first. The best lead up race for The Heath 1100 is actually the Group 3 Aurie’s Star handicap. Horses that perform well in the race can also consider running in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality which is held a few weeks later.
Testa My Patience is one of the most successful horses to take part in The Heath 1100 and after finishing second in this race back in 2011, the horse would go on to take home the Group 2 Crystal Mile. Platelet also finished third in the 2012 edition of The Heath 1100 and did well to take a respectable runner up place in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes. For horse racing fans looking for high quality and pulsating sprint races, The Heath 1100 should be a great pick in this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The Heath 1100 recent winners & placegetters
|2012||Golden Archer||Mr Make Believe||Platelet||1:02.7|
|2011||Atomic Force||Testa My Patience||Chosen to Fly||1:02.7|