The Red Anchor Stakes is an exceptional sprint race that is held annually at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run under pre-determined weight conditions over a distance of 1200M and is exclusive to three year old horses only. The Group 3 race is today worth up to $150,000 in prize money and even though the purse might not be as huge as it is the case in other big sprint races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the event in recent years has done remarkably well to assemble above average and quality sprinters from different parts of the country.
The 2013 edition of the Red Anchor Stakes was taken by Thermal Current after the outstanding three year old sprinted her to the title with a strong push in the final hundred meters. Coming through second and third was Not Listenin’ To Me and Selectify respectively.
The race will take center stage on the same day as the big money WS Cox Plate at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in what should be a great line up of exciting races. For the better part of the last decade, the Red Anchor Stakes has largely been won by an in-form or quality sprinter. The race is seen by a number of horse trainers as the best start for new and emerging three year olds to launch themselves into the top level of Australian Horse Racing.
However, the event has done well to unearth a number of high quality talents some of who have gone on to become super stars of the turf. In 2009, the outstanding Avenue won this race and later went on to win a number of races in the carnival. Other notable three year olds to win it include Sound The Alarm who took home the title in 2000, Millbank in 2009 and Hidden Warrior back in 2012.
Red Anchor Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Thermal Current||Not Listenin’tome||Selectify||1:11.3|
|2012||Hidden Warrior||Haussmann||Chosen Moment||1:11.2|
|2011||Karuta Queen||Miss Stellabelle||Amah Rock||1:10.6|
|2010||That’s Not It||Happy Trails||Lone Rock||1:11.6|
|2008||Millbank||Gold In Dubai||Montana Flyer||1:11.1|
|2007||Royal Asscher||El Mandon||Wilsons Promontory||1:11.2|
|2006||Corton Charlemagne||Far Horizons||Evacuate||1:11.6|
|2005||Coronga||Facing The Breeze||Angkhasa||1:12.6|
|2002||Yell||Tycoon Ruler||Before Too Long||1:10.9|
|2000||Sound The Alarm||Wurabinda||Senet Pete||1:12.1|
|1996||Spartacus||Blazing Reality||Tarnpir Lane||1:13.1|
|1995||Captive||Tuscany Flyer||Aural Sculpture||1:10.3|
|1994||Cannibal King||Hunza Court||Danzero||1:11.1|
|1992||Snow Lord||Awesome Force||Simonstad||1:14.8|
|1991||Hula Grey||Laser Beam||Naturalism||1:14.0|
|1989||Hot Arch||Street Ruffian||Rechabite||1:09.9|
|1988||Clay Hero||Kingston Heritage||Candy Is Dandy||1:10.7|