The WH Stocks Stakes is a popular weight for age race held at the Moone Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The Group 2 race is exclusive to mares only and is run over a sprint distance of 1600M. The WH Stocks Stakes is today worth up to $200,000 in prize money and is regarded as one of the major Group 2 races for mares in the Melbourne Spring Carnival. In its illustrious history, the WH Stocks Stakes has provided horse racing enthusiasts with breathtaking and competitive racing and even in 2013 the tale was not any different.
In the end though, Oasis Bloom did exemplary well to take home the title after outclassing a field of great sprinters including second placed Spirit Song. Chateau Margaux had to settle in for third in what was one of the most thrilling races last year. The event is a great build up for a number of relatively bigger mares-only races including the Group 2 Blazer Stakes and the Group 3 Tristarc Stakes.
However, horses that perform exemplary well in the race can also consider rubbing shoulders with elite sprinters at the Group 1 Myers Classic held a few weeks later at the Flemington Racecourse. The WH Stocks Stakes takes center stage on the same date as the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes and the Group 3 McEwen Stakes. The WH Stocks Stakes has always produced great champions over the last few years.
In 2011 for example King’s Rose won the WH Stocks Stakes on course towards a respectable second place finish in both the Toorak Handicap and the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. In the same year, Pinker Pinker finished second behind King’s Rose but would then continue and win the WS Cox Plate title a few weeks later. In most cases, the race is won by quality and in form sprinters but there have been numerous occasions where we have managed to see a surprise winner. The 2014 edition of the WH Stocks Stakes is definitely going to be a major stop for horse racing enthusiasts looking for exciting and quality sprint racing.
WH Stocks Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Dear Demi||Solicit||Commanding Jewel||1:37.8|
|2013||Atlantic Jewel||Oasis Bloom||Oriental Ruby||1:36.8|
|2012||Oasis Bloom||Spirit Song||Chateau Margaux||1:36.9|
|2011||King’s Rose||Pinker Pinker||Lady Lynette||1:37.0|
|2009||Zarita||Cats Whisker||Soul Diva||1:37.0|
|2008||Tuesday Joy||Devil Moon||Bird of Fire||1:36.3|
|2007||Devil Moon||Brom Felinity||Hidden Strings||1:36.4|
|2006||Astrodame||Brockman’s Lass||Belle Bizaare||1:36.1|
|2004||She’s Archie||Annie La Vie||Zumanity||1:41.9|
|2003||Sunday Joy||Liberty Rose||Monde Special||1:36.8|
|2001||Lady Marion||Tickle My||Tyrolean||1:38.7|
|2000||Hula Wonder||Camarena||Mrs Bentley||1:38.4|