The Schillaci Stakes is a popular weight for age Group 2 race that takes center stage at the Caulfield racecourse every year in October. The event is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is run over a Sprint distance of 1000M. The Schillaci Stakes is one of the shortest Group 2 races in the Melbourne Spring and is today worth up to $200,000 in prize money. Since its debut back in 1970, the race was run as the Chirnside Stakes until the name was changed to the Schillaci Stakes in 2000 to honor one of Australia most revered Sprinters Schillaci.
The 2013 edition of the race was full of intrigues with Unpretentious doing remarkably well to shake off a strong challenge from a number of strong competitors. Pago Rock settled for second with Kuroshio coming through to take the third place. The race will feature along a number of exciting Group 1 races including the Caulfield Stakes, the Toorak Stakes and the breathtaking Caulfield Guineas. The Schillaci Stakes has provided a great stage through which a number of outstanding sprinters have emerged in recent years.
Notable horses to win the race include Buffering back in 2012, the Black Caviar who won the race consecutively in 2010 and 2011 and Miss Andretti in 2006. The AJ Moir Stakes is always a typical lead up race for the Schillaci Stakes and horses that perform better in the event can consider taking part in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes. The Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic is also a great progression.
The last horse to take the Schillaci Stakes and the AJ Moir Stakes double was the outstanding Black Caviar who took the double in 2010 and 2011. In 2006 though, Miss Andretti did well to win the Schillaci Stakes on course towards hard fought victories in the AJ Moir Stakes and the Patinack Farm Classic. The Schillaci Stakes is always a great stage for talented sprinters and is one of the most thrilling short distance races in the Melbourne Spring.
Schillaci Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2012||Buffering||Golden Archer||Stirling Grove||0:56.9|
|2011||Karuta Queen||Sistine Angel||Stirling Grove||0:56.7|
|2010||Black Caviar||Winter King||General Truce||0:56.6|
|2009||Lucky Secret||Apache Cat||Wanted||0:55.9|
|2008||Wilander||Lucky Secret||Gamble Me||0:58.0|
|2007||Gold Edition||Royal Asscher||Let Go Thommo||0:57.3|
|2006||Miss Andretti||Green Birdie||Nediyms Glow||0:57.2|
|2005||Segments||Danerich||Miss Mooney Mooney||0:57.6|
|1999||Magic Music||Paint||Northeast Sheila||0:56.9|
|1998||Show No Emotion||Theatre||Scandinavia||0:58.3|
|1995||Moss Rocket||Chief De Beers||Sequalo||0:56.1|
|1993||Green Sweeper||Our Pompeii||Prince Acumen||0:58.5|
|1992||King Marauding||Mamzelle Perdu||Grey Man||0:58.0|
|1991||Street Ruffian||Redelva||Sonic Express||1:00.2|
|1990||Street Ruffian||Benbara King||Dancers Choice||1:00.3|
|1989||Scarlet Bisque||Disputed Pearl||Vain Veleric||1:00.0|
|1988||Rancho Ruler||Special||Disputed Pearl||1:00.8|