The Matriarch Stakes is an eye-catching middle distance race that comes around during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The event is run over 2000M at the iconic Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne every year in November. The Matriarch Stakes is exclusive to mares only and the race is today worth up to $300,000 in prize money.
The event was renamed a few years back from the Momentum Energy Stakes and will feature on the same day along the Group 1 Emirates Stakes and the Patinack Farm Classic. In its proud and cherished history, the Matriarch Stakes has produced a number of high profile and talented middle distance runners. The 2013 edition of the race was a remarkable contest and in the end, Girl Gone Rockin’ was on hand to claim the spoils after a breathtaking and resilient run from start to finish. Coming through in second and third respectively was Queenstown and Keep De Rose.
In recent years, the Matriarch Stakes has largely been a stage for above average and handy mares looking to make a name on the big stage of Australian horse racing. The event is run under set weights and mares that do well in the race can consider taking on the Group 3 Ellipse Stakes or the Group 2 Sundown Classic. A lot of horse trainers look at the race as a great warm up and a test for new or mares coming back from a bad run in form.
However, the competitive nature of the event and the quality has remained high making the Matriarch Stakes one of the must see races in the Melbourne Spring racing Carnival. Other notable mares to win the race in recent years include the outstanding Well Rounded who took the title in 2010, Bird on Fire back in 2008, Sutology in 2005 and Midnight Martini who graciously won the Matriarch Stakes in 2012.
Matriarch Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Suavito||Girl In Flight||Amanpour||2:01.7|
|2013||Girl Gone Rockin’||Queenstown||Keep De Rose||2:04.7|
|2012||Midnight Martini||Lake Sententia||Crafty Irna||2:03.1|
|2010||Well Rounded||Purple||Keep The Peace||2:02.5|
|2009||Purple||Moment in Time||Lady Lynette||2:00.1|
|2008||Bird of Fire||Tan Tat De Lago||El Daana||2:05.0|
|2007||Hidden Strings||Sovereign Miss||Danevade||2:03.9|
|2006||Brom Felinity||Pin Up||Purde||2:02.1|
|2005||Sutology||Storm Alert||Aqua D Amore||2:02.1|
|2004||Demerger||Aint Seen Nothin||Full Spec||2:04.8|
|2003||Sweet Corn||Sylvaner||Mrs Tendulkar||2:04.4|
|2002||Damaschino||Little Miss Quick||Terrenora||2:00.6|
|2001||Piper Star||Umaline||Tickle My||2:01.5|
|2000||Flushed||Nova Clause||Tickle My||2:02.6|
|1999||Sly Sandra||Our Erin||Nova Clause||2:03.3|
|1997||Battochi||Burning Embers||Star Cossack||2:01.7|
|1996||Gold City||Palos Verdes||Central Express||2:01.4|
|1995||Magical Storm||Amuse Us||Our Brigetta||2:03.0|
|1994||Sudden Wonder||La Poundage||Tristera||2:03.0|
|1993||Gilded Splendor||Antwerp||Dream About It||2:02.1|
|1992||Big Colony||Tarare||Late For Breakfasat||2:03.2|
|1991||Big Colony||Rich Dreams||Hermoso||2:00.5|
|1990||Bassies Pride||Fun Is Racing||Mrs Joe Gargery||2:03.8|
|1989||French Icing||Lady Jess||Imposing Bloom||2:02.7|
|1988||Concordance||Conbituate Lady||Papal Princess||2:05.9|