The Salinger Stakes is a popular open handicap race run over a sprint distance of 1200M during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Group 2 race is held at the iconic Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and is today worth up to $300,000 in prize money. The Salinger Stakes was known as the Linlithgow Stakes before the name was changed back in 2007. In the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring the race will feature on the same day as a number of great Group 1 races including the AAMI Victoria Derby, The Myer Classic, The McKinnon Stakes and the breathtaking Coolmore Stud Stakes.
In its proud history, the Salinger Stakes has never been short of talent and exciting competition. In the 2013 edition of the race Fontelina claimed the spoils with a remarkable performance to defend the title she had won in 2012 ahead if Sprit of Boom and Rarefied who both had to settle for second and third respectively.
The Salinger Stakes is often a great stage for horses that did well in the Group 1 Caulfield Sprint. The Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes is also a great lead up for this race and a number of high profile champions have graced this event in recent years. Some notable horses to take part in the Salinger Stakes include the outstanding Takeover Target back in 2004, Sister Madly back in 2011 and Hot Danish back in 2008.
The best progression for hoses that do well in this race is actually the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic. The Salinger Stakes is not a prestigious race yet it tends to attract a number of great sprinters from different parts of the country. The race is expected to be a major Group 2 highlight in the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Salinger Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Deep Field||Driefontein||In Cahoots||1:11.0|
|2013||Fontelina||Spirit Of Boom||Rarefied||1:09.0|
|2012||Fontelina||Spirit Of Boom||Tiger Tees||1:08.8|
|2011||Sister Madly||Rarefied||Temple Of Boom||1:10.4|
|2008||Hot Danish||Fighting Fund||Sunburnt Land||1:10.1|
|2007||Swick||Great is Great||Typhoon Zed||1:08.9|
|2006||Dance Hero||Shadoways||Miss Andretti||1:08.6|
|2005||Glamour Puss||Barely A Moment||Cape Of Good Hope||1:08.9|
|2004||Takeover Target||Recurring||St Basil||1:08.2|
|2003||Ancient Song||Into The Night||Blessum||1:11.0|
|2002||Rubitano||Intelligent Star||Cosmic Strike||1:07.1|
|2000||Easy Rocking||Umrum||Tilt The Scales||1:10.0|
|1996||Gold Ace||Seika||Masked Party||1:07.5|
|1995||Brawny Spirit||Sword||Racers Edge||1:08.4|
|1992||Unspoken Word||Tanjian Prince||Ghost Story||1:10.6|
|1991||Final Card||Barrosa Boy||Mr Tiz||1:07.8|
|1990||Planet Ruler||Redelva||Gypsy Rogue||1:08.1|
|1989||Planet Ruler||Heavenly View||Glenview||1:08.3|
|1988||Special||Prismatic Star||Our Westminster||1:09.9|