The Vain Stakes is a major Group 3 race run during the Melbourne spring Racing Carnival at the iconic Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run under set weights over a sprint distance of 1100M and is exclusive to three year old geldings and colts only. The 2013 edition of the Vain Stakes was won by Safeguard after producing a strong and quality sprint to score an easy victory in the race. Coming through in second and third respectively was Fast ‘n’ Rocking and Hill Spy. The Vain Stakes is today worth up to $135,000 in prize money.
All the same, the race has in recent years attracted great sprinters most of who have also done well in other sprint races later in the carnival. The Vain Stakes will take center stage on the same day along with a number of other exciting races including the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes and the Group 3 Quezette Stakes. In its illustrious history, the quality of racing on show at the Vain Stakes has been exceptional to say the least and last year, based on this the event was elevated from a listed race to a Group 3 showpiece.
The HDF McNeil Stakes is a good progression for horses that perform well in this race. The Group 2 Danehill Stakes is also a good progression. Fast ‘n’ Rocking came close to a Vain Stakes and Danehill Stakes double last year after winning the Danehill Stakes just weeks after running second in the Vain Stakes.
In 2011 though, Sepoy was on hand to win the double and would also go on to win the Group 1 Manikato Stakes, The Caulfield Sprint, and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in what was an amazing spring performance from the horse. Toorak Toff won the Vain Stakes in 2010 and did well to finish a respectable second in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude a few weeks later. The quality and talent on show at the Vain Stakes is always high and the race should be a great pick for horse racing lovers across Australia.
Cockram Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Get The Nod||Stingray||Boomwaa||1:03.8|
|2013||Safeguard||Fast ‘n’ Rocking||Hill Spy||1:04.8|
|2012||Psychic Mick||Planet Voyage||Free Of Doubt||1:06.1|
|2011||Sepoy||Golden Archer||Grand Brittania||1:03.9|