The Moonga Stakes is a popular Group 3 race open to any four year old and above horses experienced in short distance races. The event is run under pre-determined weights over a 1400M distance and is today worth up to $125,000.
The race was until some years back known as the Betfair Stakes and today has the pleasure of sharing the same date and the same stage with the Group 1 Caulfield Cup. In the 2013 edition of the race, the outstanding Boban produced one of the sizzling sprint performances of the spring carnival to win the race ahead of Strawberry Boy and Galah who both had to settle for second and third respectively.
Since its debut, the Moonga Stakes has been graced by a number of high profile horses. The event is a great build up for horses looking to build some positive momentum before tackling any other competitive sprint races. In 2011, Albert The Fat came from a second placed finish in the Moonga Stakes to win the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. Hurtle Myrtle in the same year finished fifth in the Moonga Stakes but did well to take home the Group 1 Myer Classic.
The Moonga Stakes has a proud history of showcasing a remarkable field of great talent and even though the event assembles more than handy sprinters, it has played an important role in unearthing some of the most exciting sprinters in recent years. In the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the event is expected to elicit wild and thrilling reactions from fans and jockeys alike.
Moonga Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Lucky Hussler||Under The Louvre||Generalife||1:23.4|
|2011||Love Conquers All||Albert The Fat||Pinwheel||1:21.9|
|2010||Rothera||Sniper’s Bullet||Jungle Ruler||1:25.8|
|2007||Lord Of The Dance||Polish Clown||Solar Secret||1:22.6|
|2006||Perfectly Ready||Live In Vain||Caprizzi Strip||1:22.3|
|2004||Amtrak||Pink Fit||Monahan Tweed||1:24.6|
|2003||Thorn Park||Lord Volksraad||Regal Roller||1:22.5|
|2002||Assertive Lad||El Nino||Prince Rubiton||1:22.9|
|2001||Flavour||Inspire||Make Mine Magic||1:24.8|
|1999||Another Neptune||Strident||Weasel Will||1:23.5|
|1998||Buster Jones||Blazing Steel||Bezeal Bay||1:24.3|
|1996||Mamzelle Pedrille||Hero Wind||Hunza Court||1:24.6|
|1995||Royal Blue||Taos||Social Rule||1:24.2|
|1994||Star Dancer||Chemin De Fer||Sportsbeat||1:23.2|
|1992||Rough Habit||Rare Chance||Black Rouge||1:30.0|
|1990||Royal Pay||Sioux Chief||Procol Harum||1:27.3|
|1989||Heavenly View||Better Loosen Up||Acid Print||1:23.2|
|1988||Vo Rogue||Prismatic Star||Jet Fighter||1:23.1|