The Sandown Stakes is an eye-catching quality sprint race run over 1500M under handicap conditions. The event is staged every year at the Sundown Racecourse, in Melbourne Victoria. The race is actually one of the few races that come during the final stages of the Melbourne Spring racing carnival and is today worth up to $125,000 in prize money. The 2013 edition of the race however was held at the Caulfield racecourse due to maintenance works at the Sundown Racecourse.
The event was also run over 1400M and in the end it was Mahisara who gladly took home the title after a fine and breathtaking finish in the final few meters. Coming through to take second and third respectively was the outstanding Go The Knuckle while Galah had to settle in for third. All the same, the race this year will return to the Sundown Racecourse and will feature on the same day along with a number of exciting events.
Some of the major races to watch out for include the Group 2 Sundown Classic, The Group 3 Sundown Guineas and the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes. The line up provides a great prospect for horse racing fans around Melbourne. The event is regarded by many horse trainers as one of the last high quality sprint races in the Melbourne Carnival and as such it always attracts quality and able sprinters looking to end the spring on the high.
The race is always open for horses who are experienced in short distance races not exceeding a mile distance of 1600M. A number of talented and quality sprinters have won this event in recent years. Some notable names include the amazing Mahisara who took home the 2012 and the 2013 title consecutively, Titanic Jack in 2005, and Chong Tong in 2003. In this year’s Melbourne Spring, the event is expected to be even bigger and better.
Sandown Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Mahisara||Go The Knuckle||Galah||1:23.5|
|2011||Under The Eiffel||Sistine Angel||Orbit Express||1:32.4|
|2010||Larry’s Never Late||Demerit||Rockpecker||1:33.2|
|2009||Nine Tales||Jungle Ruler||Itsamonty||1:30.6|
|2007||Gotta Have Heart||Royal Ida||Great Is Great||1:24.9|
|2004||Amtrak||Smart And Mighty||Shadowmaker||1:27.8|
|2003||Chong Tong||Lord Volksraad||Green Pick||1:23.5|
|2002||Salgado||Mr Magoo||Lord Erin||1:22.7|
|2001||Little Dozer||Le Zagaletta||Dynamic Love||1:23.2|
|2000||Normal Practice||Ab Initio||Cellar||1:21.4|
|1999||Buster Jones||Royal Voyage||Evocative||1:21.9|
|1998||Any Rhythm||Oliver Twist||Major Victory||1:25.9|
|1997||Cut Up Rough||Hes Regal||Coaltar||1:26.0|
|1996||Wavertree||Royal Discard||Nick On The Run||1:22.5|
|1994||Another Victor||Rouslan||Blue Boss||1:21.3|
|1991||Wrap Around||Welcome Knight||Steineck||1:23.4|
|1990||Procol Harum||Grey Man||Marwong||1:23.4|
|1989||Marabous Phantom||Black Blaze||Heavenly View||1:24.6|