The Quezette Stakes is a short and pulsating Group 3 race run under set weights at the Caulfield Racecourse every year in August. The race is exclusive to three year old fillies only and is one of the first races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Run over a distance of 1100M, the Quezette Stakes is one of the shortest group races and is today worth up to $135,000 in prize money. Although the event is not one of the biggest races in Australia, it has done well over the last few years to assemble a number of outstanding fillies.
The 2013 edition of the race was nothing short of exceptional and in the end, Kiss A Rose produced a fine sprint to beat a field of talented sprinters to the title. Metastasio was on hand to finish second with Chloe in Paris settling for third. The Quezette Stakes was elevated from a listed race to a Group 3 event for the 2013-14 season and in this year’s Melbourne Spring Carnival, it will feature along a number of exciting races including the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes and the Group 3 Vain Stakes.
The race is the first race for fillies in the Melbourne Spring and is seen by a lot of horse trainers and jockeys as the perfect start for fillies looking to make it big in the Spring Carnival. Horses that perform well in this event can consider running in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude or the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes. Some outstanding fillies in recent years have emerged from the Quezette Stakes.
In 2011, Satin Shoes came from a well earned victory in this race to finish third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Mosheen back in 2011 is however one of the best fillies to grace the Quezette Stakes. After finishing third in this race, the mare did well to take home the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes and the Group 1 Crown Oaks. All the same, The Quezette Stakes is expected to light up the Melbourne Spring like never before this year.
Quezette Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Sabatini||Royal Snitzel||Novel Dancer||1:04.2|
|2013||Kiss A Rose||Metastasio||Chloe In Paris||1:02.7|