The Stutt Stakes is a popular Group 2 race that comes around during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The race is exclusive to three year old horses only and is held at the Moone Valley Racecourse in Victoria’s biggest city Melbourne on a Friday night. The Stutt Stakes is a perfect sprint race run over 1600M with a modest prize money of up to $200,000. The race has been an exciting stage that has in recent years produced a number of high profile sprinters especially from the local area.
In 2013, Divine Calling produced a breathtaking sprint and stamina to win the race ahead of Shamus Award and Cluster who both had to settle for second and third respectively. The event shares the same stage and the same date with the Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes which should be a great night for horse racing fans. A lot of horse trainers consider the Stutt Stakes as the ideal build up for the premier sprint race of the carnival for three year olds – the Caulfield Guineas.
Even though the race is not a field for elite and classy horses, the quality of racing and the talent that has emerged from the event is just amazing. In 2012 for example the outstanding Pierro emerged from a hard fought victory in the Stutt Stakes to finish a respectable second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. The horse would then run third in the Group 1 WS Cox Stakes in what was a great performance by the three year old.
Platelet finished second in the Stutt Stakes in 2011 on course towards a well earned victory in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes a few weeks later. Although in most cases the Stutt Stakes is won by an above average horse, it is clear that many of these three year olds go on to make it big in other major races. In the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Spring, the event is expected to be an eye-catching showpiece especially for horse racing enthusiasts looking for a remarkable show of emerging talent.
Stutt Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Divine Calling||Shamus Award||Cluster||1:37.2|
|2011||Chase The Rainbow||Cute Emily||Sabrage||1:38.3|
|2010||Hollowlea||Run For Levi||Bullbars||1:37.2|
|2009||Carrara||Extra Hero||Miss With Attitude||1:39.5|
|2006||Churchill Downs||Magic Jet||Ankh Morpork||1:36.7|
|2005||Red Dazzler||Stratum||Maybe Better||1:38.0|
|2004||Mr Martini||Under Command||Danaurum||1:37.8|
|2003||Casual Pass||Special Harmony||Face Value||1:37.2|
|2002||Helenus||Aint Here||Half Hennessy||1:39.6|
|2001||Viscount||Dash For Cash||Amalfi||1:38.1|
|2000||Sarson Trail||Keeper||Make Me A Miracle||1:38.7|
|1998||St Clemens Belle||Spectacular Gold||Helm||1:36.8|
|1996||Encosta De Lago||My Duke||Mustang Ranch||1:38.7|
|1993||Pearl Prince||Kendel Star||Battle Hawk||1:38.6|
|1992||Bundy Lad||Palace Symphony||Redding||1:40.6|
|1991||Ready To Explode||Tierce||Our Bold Cruiser||1:36.5|
|1988||Almurtajaz||Big Grey Roo||Star Watch||1:34.7|