WH Stocks Stakes

WH Stocks Stakes

WH Stocks Stakes

Date: Friday 25th September 2015
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 4yo+ Mares Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2014 Winner: Dear Demi

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2010 Avienus Belscenica Lady Lynette 1:38.3
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
2005 Flowerdrum Honest Politician Taken 1:38.5
2004 She’s Archie Annie La Vie Zumanity 1:41.9
2003 Sunday Joy Liberty Rose Monde Special 1:36.8
2002 Gold Lottey Tyrolean Visage 1:38.7
2001 Lady Marion Tickle My Tyrolean 1:38.7
2000 Hula Wonder Camarena Mrs Bentley 1:38.4