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 2 September 2017
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 four 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 2017
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Memsie Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a field of 12 for the $1,000,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes. The early favourite is Vega Magic who has won 11 of his 16 starts and won over 1200m at Caulfield when resuming. On the second line of betting are Black Heart Bart who won this race last year and was mildly lame when 3rd in the PB Lawrence last start, and Le Romain who resumed for 2nd in the Group 2 Missile.
Hey Doc looked good winning the Aurie’s Star over 1200m first-up and has drawn the inside barrier. Tosen Stardom can go well second-up on the dryer track. Yankee Rose has trialed well and is expected to run well first-up. I Am A Star is next in the betting and is expected to run well after her 4th in the Aurie’s Star. Humidor has a great second-up record while Charmed Harmony goes well at this track and distance. The other 3 runners are currently at 40 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Black Heart Bart||1 Black Heart Bart||1 Black Heart Bart|
|5 Vega Magic||2 Le Romain||5 Vega Magic|
|8 Hey Doc||5 Vega Magic||2 Le Romain|
|6 Charmed Harmony||3 Tosen Stardom||8 Hey Doc|
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.
|2017||Vega Magic||Black Heart Bart||Tosen Stardom|
|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|