The Maybe Mahal Stakes is a mares-only Group 3 race run over 1400M at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The race is one of the major events in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is today worth up to $200,000 in prize money. For the better part of the last decade, the Maybe Mahal Stakes has become a popular race especially because of the massive level of talent and quality on show in this race.
In 2013, the Maybe Mahal Stakes title was won by Plucky Belle in what was a quality show from the mare. Coming through to take home second and third respectively was Arinosa and she’s Clean. The Maybe Mahal Stakes was elevated from just a listed race to a Group 3 event in 2013 and even though over the last few years the race was also run as the Lavazza Short Black, the event was renamed in honor of Maybe Mahal who won Group 1 races seven times in her illustrious career.
In the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival the event will share the same date and the same stage with the biggest race of the Carnival – the Melbourne Cup. Generally, the Maybe Mahal Stakes is actually ideal for any mares who have contested sprint races before or new and emerging sprinters looking to test their capabilities on the biggest stage. The event is considered by many horse trainers and jockeys as highly competitive and only the best have emerged victorious in recent years. Horses that contested the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes or the Group 2 Rose of Kingston Stakes can consider taking on this event.
The ideal progression is always the Group 3 Summoned Stakes but mares can also take on other mares-only races run between 1200M and 1600M later in the carnival. The Maybe Mahal Stakes is always a great and exciting prospect in Australian horse racing. Other notable horses to win the race include Jersey Lily who took the title in 2010 and the amazing Strawberry Field who was on hand to claim the title in 2009.
Maybe Mahal Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Mahara||Rose Of Choice||Vibrant Rouge||1:23.3|
|2013||Plucky Belle||Arinosa||She’s Clean||1:22.6|
|2012||Koonoomoo||Cabernet||Mid Summer Music||1:21.0|
|2011||Sophie’s Spirit||Little Surfer Girl||Divorces||1:22.4|
|2010||Jersey Lily||Happy Hippy||Valentine Miss||1:23.4|
|2009||Strawberry Field||Ortensia||Rose Syrah||1:25.4|