Phar Lap Stakes

Date: Saturday 14th March 2015
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1500 metres
Race Type: 3yo – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $175,000
2014 Winner: Traitor

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Traitor Define Guelph 1:29.4
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
2010 Tickets Al Dhafra Descarado 1:29.6
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
2004 Only Words Kingside Skittles 1:28.5
2003 Thorn Park Sportsman Bumptious 1:28.6
2002 Arlington Road Ugachaka Gordo 1:30.5
2001 Maitland Gold Star Satire Glenrowan 1:27.9
2000 Lord Essex Dangerous Over 1:28.8
1999 Mr Innocent Zola No Alimony 1:28.4
1998 Northern Drake Dodge Noise 1:28.8
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
1994 Arborea Nias Futile 1:31.4
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
1990 Solar Circle Hermoso Pumpernickel 1:30.0
1989 Flight Schedule Merimbula Bay Shipwreck 1:32.6
1988 Marwong Lanyard Pleasant Express 1:29.8