The Wakeful Stakes is a breathtaking Group 2 race that is exclusive to three year old fillies only. The event is run during the Melbourne Spring carnival at the Flemington Racecourse in November or late October each year. The Wakeful Stakes is a 3000M race making it the longest Group 2 race of the Carnival. The event is today worth up to $300,000 in prize money and over the last few decades, the quality of talent and racing that has been on show in the Wakeful Stakes has been nothing short of spectacular.
The event features on the same day along a number of exciting Group 1 races including the AAMI Victoria Derby, The Myer Classic, the Coolmore Stud Stakes and The McKinnon Stakes. Kirramosa was the gracious winner of the 2013 edition of the Wakeful Stakes after doing well to beat a strong challenge from May’s Dream who crossed the finish line in second. The outstanding Solicit had to settle for third despite a remarkable performance.
A lot of horse trainers consider this event as the major long distance race for three year old fillies and as such the race often attracts above average and more than handy runners every year. The race is seen as the best build up to the Group 1 Crown Oaks and the 2013 champion of the Wakeful Stakes Kirramosa was on hand to claim the Crown Oaks in what was a great double triumph for the talented horse. The Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes and the Group 1 Thousand Guineas are also good events for horses that perform well in the Wakeful Stakes.
The race has never been short of exiting and talented superstars. In 2011 for example, Atlantic Jewel was on hand to win the Wakeful Stakes and the Caulfield Guineas double. Brazilian Pulse in 2010 also did well to claim the Wakeful Stakes and the Edward Manifold Stakes double. Other notable horses to win this race include Zarita back in 2011, Tuesday Joy in 2006 and Rocha back in 2008.
Wakeful Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2011||Atlantic Jewel||Rahveel||Dowager Queen||2:04.9|
|2009||Faint Perfume||Silent Surround||Melito||2:03.2|
|2007||Zarita||Riva San||Katherine Gold||2:05.8|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||Storm Alert||Mango Daiquiri||2:02.1|
|2003||Timbourina||Special Harmony||Dane Beltar||2:05.5|
|2002||Hierogram||Its Who Deanie||Lashed||2:02.9|
|2001||Quays||Gold Lottery||Li Lo Lill||2:01.2|
|2000||Lolita Star||Lang Kwai Fong||Tanith||2:04.7|
|1999||My Sienna||Forest Express||Danglissa||2:01.3|
|1998||Grand Archway||Rose O War||Confer||2:02.2|
|1997||Kensington Palace||Marine Spirit||Kilmore Quay||2:04.3|
|1996||Danendri||Superb Lady||Calm Abiding||2:01.9|
|1995||Saleous||Not On Friday||Pontal Lass||2:01.5|
|1994||Dream Of The Dance||Captiva||Euphoria||2:05.1|
|1992||Love Comes To Town||Tempest Command||Azzurro||2:03.9|
|1991||Richfield Lady||Yodells||Dancefloor Doll||2:02.6|
|1989||Tristanagh||A Little Kiss||La Tristia||2:02.5|