The Memsie Stakes is a 1400 metre weight-for-age race for horses three-years-old and over run by the Melbourne Racing Club. It is held at Caulfield in late August or early September and is now the first Group 1 race of the racing year.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up WFA
- Distance: 1400 metres
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 27 August 2016
The Memsie Stakes was first held over 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres) in 1924 and was won by Veneda. It was held over 9 furlongs (about 1800 metres) from 1890 to 1970 then 1600 metres from 1971 to 1979. It became a Group 2 race in 1979 and in 1980 the distance was reduced to 1400 metres. The field has a maximum of 16 runners. In 2013 it was elevated to Group 1 status.
The race is rarely contested by three-year-olds as it is too early in the spring, with Longfella in 1972 the only 3YO winner. In recent years many of the winners have been having their first start from a spell. The race is a good lead-up to the Underwood Stakes held three weeks later. Mares have a great record in this race and so do stayers. The Memsie Stakes was the only race less than 2000 metres that Makybe Diva, three-times Melbourne Cup winner, ever won.
Memsie Stakes Final Field & Odds 2016
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Memsie Stakes Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Soft Weather: Fine
There is a field of 14 for the $500,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes and Black Heart Bart is the short-priced favourite. He resumes here and was in the quinella for all 5 races last campaign, all at Group level. On the second line of betting are two of his stablemates from the Darren Weir team – Mahuta who has won 4 from 5 over this distance and pulled up lane when he failed here last start, and Australian Guineas winner Palentino who also likes this trip.
Lord Of The Sky likes to lead and all 6 of his wins have been at Caulfield. Tarzino won the Rosehill Guineas and is a staying type but can run well fresh. Alpine Eagle is a talented horse who has trialled well. Sofia Rosa is an Australian Oaks winner with a great first-up record and will be running on strongly at the end. Charmed Harmony has been racing below his best lately but can’t be written off. Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance resumes here and came 2nd at his only start last campaign – watch for him winding up at the end.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Black Heart Bart||2 Black Heart Bart||2 Black Heart Bart|
|8 Mahuta||7 Alpine Eagle||11 Palentino|
|3 Lord Of The Sky||8 Mahuta||8 Mahuta|
|9 Tarzino||14 Sofia Rose||3 Lord Of The Sky|
Previous winners of the Memsie Stakes:
This race is the launching pad for the spring carnival and attracts many quality horses preparing for longer races as well as fitter sprinter-milers who target this race at the end of a winter campaign. Many Memsie winners have gone on to win the Underwood Stakes and seven have won the Cox Plate, including So You Think , Makybe Diva and Sunline. The race has produced three Melbourne Cup winners with Makybe Diva, Comic Court and Artilleryman.
Nine horses have won the race on multiple occasions with Sunline the most recent in 2000 and 2001. Lord won it four times in 1958, 1959, 1969 and 1961. Past winners include many famous racehorses with Manikato, Galilee, Rising Fast, Comic Court, Ajax and Phar Lap. Trainers Bart Cummings and Lee Freedman have both had 3 winners, as did Colin Hayes. Darren Gauci is the most successful jockey in modern times with 3 wins.
|2016||Black Heart Bart||Rising Romance (NZ)||Mahuta|
|2015||Boban||Entirely Platinum||Stratum Star|
|2014||Dissident||Sweet Idea||Puissance De Lune|
|2013||Atlantic Jewel||Ferlax||Super Cool|
|2012||Sincero||Happy Trails||Second Effort|
|2011||King’s Rose||Heart Of Dreams||Red Colossus|
|2010||So You Think||Whobegotyou||Shoot Out|
|2008||Weekend Hussler||Maldivian||Pompeii Ruler|
|2006||El Segundo (NZ)||Casual Pass||Apache Cat|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Barely A Moment||Regal Roller|
|2004||Regal Roller||Pacific Dancer (NZ)||Delzao|
|2003||Le Zagaletta||Super Elegant||Out Of Options|
|2002||Magical Miss||Fields Of Omagh||Dash For Cash|
|2000||Sunline (NZ)||Umrum||Oliver Twist|