Stutt Stakes


Date: Friday 25th September 2015
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo Open – Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2014 Winner: Almalad

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Almalad Moonovermanhattan Kumaon 1:38.8
2013 Divine Calling Shamus Award Cluster 1:37.2
2012 Pierro Carringbush Jack Jimando 1:36.3
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
2008 Whobegotyou All American Carnero 1:36.3
2007 Barbaricus Davcon Cecconi 1:36.0
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
1999 Diatribe Align Mr Endurance 1:36.9
1998 St Clemens Belle Spectacular Gold Helm 1:36.8
1997 Schubert Bonfires Kalastaire 1:37.0
1996 Encosta De Lago My Duke Mustang Ranch 1:38.7
1995 Burrito Donar Aerosmith 1:39.1
1994 Blevic St Covet Punctual 1:35.9
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
1990 Canny Lad Bureaucracy Storaia 1:35.3
1989 Zabeel Dr Grace Courtza 1:35.2
1988 Almurtajaz Big Grey Roo Star Watch 1:34.7