The Phar Lap Stakes is a race worth $175,000 in prize money and named after iconic Australian race horse Phar Lap. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres under set weight conditions and it’s one of the major Group 2 races specifically designed for three-year-olds. The Phar Lap Stakes is held in March every year at The Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Sydney Autumn Racing carnival. The 2013 edition was won by Toydini with Ninth Legion and Force Command coming closely in second and third respectively. The event takes place on the same day as the Group 1 Coolmore Classic and Ranvet Stakes.
For the better part of the last two decades, The Phar Lap Stakes has produced a number of skillful 3year olds that have gone on to record great performances in other events in the Australian horse racing calendar. The event is good for horses that do have major ambitions to tackle the longer and more expensive three-year-old events on the Sydney Autumn Carnival. Some of the best and most thrilling performers in this race include, Fast Clip who after finishing 2nd in the Phar Lap Stakes in 2011 went on to claim the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at The Rosehill Racecourse. Al Dhafra also saw the Phar Lap Stakes as a good spring board towards other events and after taking 2nd in 2010 on Derby Day, the horse would then go one step further and claim the Gr3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes.
Other notable performers include the Outstanding Melbourne Mare Whobegotyou in 2009 who also came third in the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap just after finishing runner-up in the Phar Lap Stakes. The Phar Lap Stakes is always an exciting prospect in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and in many occasions, the event has produced remarkable and breathtaking horse racing for fans and riders alike.
Phar Lap Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Toydini||Ninth Legion||Force Command||1:28.9|
|2012||Colorado Claire||Rekindled Alliance||Wild And Proud||1:32.2|
|2011||Blackie||Fast Clip||Sworn To Secrecy||1:30.0|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams||Whobegotyou||Predatory Pricer||1:29.9|
|2008||Acey Ducey||Voice Commander||Our Mosstique||1:32.1|
|2007||Just Mambo||Raheeb||Amory Lane||1:31.7|
|2006||Apache Cat||Racing To Win||Wasp||1:30.6|
|2005||Shania Dane||Al Maher||Svenska||1:32.1|
|2001||Maitland Gold||Star Satire||Glenrowan||1:27.9|
|1999||Mr Innocent||Zola||No Alimony||1:28.4|
|1997||Monet’s Cove||Anthems||Tarnpir Lane||1:29.0|
|1996||Encores||Kidman’s Cove||Catalan Opening||1:28.7|
|1995||Brave Warrior||Ivory’s Irish||Vedodara||1:28.6|
|1993||Kaaptive Edition||Bundy Lad||Burst||1:29.2|
|1992||My Wanderin’ Star||Social Rule||Romanee Conti||1:30.0|
|1991||Be Happy||Bold Rancher||Marinella||1:28.6|
|1989||Flight Schedule||Merimbula Bay||Shipwreck||1:32.6|