The Ottawa Stakes is a three year old filly’s only Group 3 sprint race held annually at the Iconic Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The event is one of the shortest races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival run over a sprint distance of 1000M under set weights. The event was previously known as the 7News Plate and will feature on the same day as the Melbourne Cup- the biggest and richest race of the Melbourne Spring.
The Ottawa Stakes is today worth up to $100,000 in prize money and in recent years, the event has been a great platform for talented sprinters to compete with the best of the best in Australia. In 2013, the race was graciously won by the outstanding Oakleigh Girl after out-sprinting a number of talented fillies to take home the title. Top Dolly and Singularity were both on hand to finish second and third respectively.
The Ottawa Stakes is in most cases contested by above average and emerging fillies. The prize money is not that big and as such the event is not attractive to elite sprinters. However, this has only done well to make the race even better. The talented sprinters who have emerged from this race and the massive crowds that grace it every year is a perfect show of the quality in the event.
Some notable fillies to take home the Ottawa Stakes title in recent years include Villa Verde who won it in 2012 and the outstanding Applegate who won the race in 2011. The Ottawa Stakes is a perfect race for horse racing fans keen on exciting sprint races. Run over a straight stretch at the Flemington Racecourse, the race is a remarkable show of lightening speed, stamina and technique. In the 2014 Melbourne Spring, the Ottawa Stakes is definitely expected to be in the must see list of a significant portion of horse racing fans in Victoria and Australia at large.
Ottawa Stakes recent winners & placegetters
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