Memsie Stakes


Date: Saturday 29th August 2015
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $400,000
2014 Winner: Dissident

The Memsie Stakes is an annual Group 1 race that takes center stage at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria, South East Australia. The race is run over a distance of 1400M and is regarded as the premier Group 1 sprint race of the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The Memsie Stakes is actually the first Group 1 race in the carnival and is today worth up to $350,000 in prize money. In its rich history, the race has managed to build a strong identity as one of the most exciting racing events and every year, the Memsie Stakes has always recorded a full house at the Caulfield Racecourse.

Atlantic Jewel was the proud winner of the Memsie Stakes last year after outclassing a field of remarkable sprint talent to cross the finish line first. Ferlax and Super Cool both had to settle for second and third respectively. The event was upgraded from a Group 2 race to a Group 1 showpiece in line with the high quality racing showcased every year. The weight-for-age race has been graced with a number of great sprinters and the perfect progression is always the Group 1 WS Cox Plate.

Some outstanding sprinters have done exemplary well to win the Memsie Stakes and the WS Cox Plate double with some of the notable ones including So You Think who took the double in 2010, Makybe Diva back in 2005, El Segundo in 2006 and the outstanding Dane Ripper back in 1998. The Memsie Stakes is always a perfect spring board for horses looking to make a name in other major events in the Melbourne Spring. Happy Trails for example finished second in the race but would later emerge victorious in the Group 2 Data Tan Chi Nam Stakes. The horse also won the Group 1 Emirates Stakes in what was a great run of form.

It’s a Dundeel went on to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes after finishing Fourth in the Memsie Stakes and Green Moon in 2012 was on hand to win the Melbourne Cup after finishing fifth in this race back in 2012. The sheer talent on show at the Memsie Stakes is the main reason why a lot of super stars have emerged from the race and even in the future, the event is expected to remain one of the major horse races in Australia.

Memsie Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Dissident Sweet Idea Puissance De Lune 1:22.7
2013 Atlantic Jewel Ferlax Super Cool 1:24.4
2012 Sincero Happy Trails Second Effort 1:23.2
2011 King’s Rose Heart Of Dreams Red Colossus 1:23.4
2010 So You Think Whobegotyou Shoot Out 1:26.6
2009 Mic Mac Whobegotyou Zarita 1:24.4
2008 Weekend Hussler Maldivian Pompeii Ruler 1:23.2
2007 Miss Finland Haradasun Tipungwuti 1:24.2
2006 El Segundo Casual Pass Apache Cat 1:23.2
2005 Makybe Diva Barely A Moment Regal Roller 1:26.7
2004 Regal Roller Pacific Dancer Delzao 1:23.0
2003 Le Zagaletta Super Elegant Out Of Options 1:25.2
2002 Magical Miss Fields Of Omagh Dash For Cash 1:24.0
2001 Sunline Piavonic Rum 1:25.5
2000 Sunline Umrum Oliver Twist 1:25.4
1999 Sir Boom The Message Londolozi 1:24.8
1998 Dane Ripper Willoughby La Volta 1:22.8
1997 Tarnpir Lane Bradson Doriemus 1:23.9
1996 Sir Boom Seascay Poetic King 1:23.9
1995 Island Morn Station Hand Blevic 1:23.2
1994 Bundy Lad Spanish Mix Redding 1:23.2
1993 Palace Reign Never Undercharge Naturalism 1:25.4
1992 Naturalism Star Of The Realm Durbridge 1:27.1
1991 Redelva Street Ruffian Mannerism 1:25.9
1990 The Phantom Pago Mystery Ark Regal 1:25.6
1989 Almurtajaz Dark Beau Kairau Lad 1:27.7
1988 Rancho Ruler My Steely Dan Fair Sir 1:26.6