The BMW Stakes is a 2400 metre weight-for-age race run by the Australian Turf Club held in late March. It is run at Rosehill and is the only Group 1 weight-for-age race over 2400 metres in Australia.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 2,400 metres
- Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 25 March 2017
The BMW Stakes was first held as a quality handicap over 12 furlongs in 1963 and was won by a mare called Maidenhead. In 1964 the race was held over 10 furlongs but reverted back to 12 furlongs in 1965. In 1973 the distance was converted to 2400 metres, in 1977 it became a weight-for-age race, and it 1980 it reached Group 1 status.
Over the years the BMW Stakes has also been called the H.E. Tancred Stakes, the Tancred Cup and the Mercedes Classic. It is Australia’s richest weight-for-age staying event and attracts top class horses from throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as the top trainers and jockeys, and is one of the highlights of the Autumn Racing Carnival.
Runners use the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes over 2000 metres as the major lead-up in Sydney while Melbourne horses can arrive via the Group 1 Australian Cup over 2000 metres. The Ranvet – BMW double has been won by horses like Tuesday Joy (2008), Eremein (2006) and Tie The Knot (2000), while the Australian Cup – BMW double has been won by horses like Makybe Diva (2005) and Octagonal (1997).
BMW Stakes Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for betting markets for this years BMW Stakes.
|Who Shot Thebarman||17.00|
BMW Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Heavy Weather: Overcast
There are only nine stayers in the $1,500,000 The BMW and three of them are trained by Chris Waller. The early favourite is Caulfield Cup winner Jameka who was 2nd in the Australian Cup last start. Just behind in the betting is Our Ivanhowe who won the Ranvet Stakes when resuming in his first run since the Melbourne Cup. Third in the market is Humidor who won the Australian Cup.
Tavago was impressive winning the Group 3 Sky High by 3.3 lengths last start. Exospheric hit the line strongly for 3rd in the Australian Cup. Who Shot Thebarman was 2nd in this race last year. Lasqueti Spirit has history against her as she is a three-year-old filly, but she can handle heavy going and beat home all except Winx in the Chipping Norton. Libran and Grand Marshal are at long odds.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Our Ivanhowe|
|9 Lasqueti Spirit|
Past winners of the BMW Stakes:
Winners of past BMW Stakes include horses that have won races like the Melbourne Cup, Sydney Cup, Doomben Cup, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Cox Plate. It has been dominated by colts and geldings and no three-year-old filly has ever won, but the few mares who have won have all been great including Tuesday Joy (2008), Makybe Diva (2005) and Ethereal (2002). Good horses that won this race as three-year-olds include Grand Zulu, Octagonal, Beau Zam, Myocard, Bonecrusher and Kingston Town.
|2016||Preferment||Who Shot Thebarman||Grand Marshal|
|2015||Hartnell||To The World (JPN)||Beaten Up|
|2014||Silent Achiever||It’s A Dundeel||Fiorente|
|2010||Littorio||Zavite (NZ)||No Wine No Song|
|2008||Tuesday Joy (NZ)||Princess Coup||Sirmione|
|2007||Blutigeroo||Railings||Gorky Park (NZ)|
|2006||Eremein||Railings||Our Smoking Joe|
|2005||Makybe Diva (GB)||Grand Armee||Vouvray (NZ)|
|2004||Grand Zulu||Mummify||Makybe Diva (GB)|
|2002||Ethereal (NZ)||Universal Prince||Rain Gauge|
|2001||Curata Storm||Kaapstaad Way (NZ)||Giovana (NZ)|
|2000||Tie The Knot||Arena||Showella (NZ)|