Blamey Stakes Race Information

The Blamey Stakes is a 1600 metre set weights plus penalties race run by the Victoria Racing Club in late February or early March. It is held at Flemington as part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 2
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $300,000
  • Date: Saturday 2 March 2024

Blamey Stakes Race History

See the 2024 Blamey Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 Blamey Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 Blamey Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2021 Blamey Stakes Preview and results.

From 2020, the Blamey Stakes winner earns a ‘win and you’re in’ ballot exemption for the $5 million Special Conditions All Star Mile  (1600m) in mid-March.

The race was first held as a Principal Race over 1.25 miles (about 2000m) under weight-for-age conditions in 1955 and was won by Prince Cortauld. In 1973 the distance became the current 1600m. In 1979 it was given the current Group 2 status. From 1981 to 1986 it was run as a handicap, then was weight-for-age from 1987 to 1997 before set weights and penalties from 1998. It was held at Sandown in 2007 while work was being done at Flemington.

Blamey Stakes Facts

Last mare to win: Atishu (2024)

Last 3YO to win: C&G  – Lord Dudley (1976); Filly – Surround (1977)

Multiple winners: Fifty Stars (2019 & 2020); Durbridge (1994 & 1995); Better Loosen Up (1990 & 1991); Vo Rogue (1988 & 1989); Hyperno (1980 & 1981); Tobin Bronze (1966 & 1967); Dhaulagiri (1961 & 1962); Sailor’s Guide (1957 & 1958)

Fastest time (1400m): Rosden (2006) 1:33:85

Leading trainers: David Hayes has had a lot of success in this race.

Interesting trivia: Vo Rogue won the Blamey Stakes in 1988 and 1989, was 3rd to Better Loosen Up in 1990 and was 2nd to the same horse in 1991.

Past winners of the Blamey Stakes

Winners of past Blamey Stakes include some of the best horses in Australian racing.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Atishu Holymanz Ayrton
2023 Nonconformist Pounding Bankers Choice
2022 Inspirational Girl Zaaki Corner Pocket
2021 Star Of The Seas Fifty Stars Buffalo River
2020 Fifty Stars Secret Blaze Admiral’s Joker
2019 Fifty Stars So Si Bon Cool Chap
2018 Humidor Cool Chap Hellova Street
2017 Palentino Tosen Stardom Harlem
2016 He Or She The United States Stratum Star
2015 Suavito Sertorius Kourkam
2014 Lidari Foundry Sertorius
2013 Budriguez
Puissance De Lune
 * dead heat 2nd Wall Street
2012 Green Moon Pied A Terre Wall Street
2011 Whobegotyou Dao Dao Fanjura
2010 Lord Tavistock Vigor Dao Dao
2009 Largo Lad Playright Just Look
2008 The Fuzz Barlinnie Orange County
2007 Apache Cat Bon Hoffa Molotov
2006 Rosden Great Is Great Roman Arch
2005 Grey Song Roman Arch Gallic
2004 Gold Wells Lord Erin Pretorius
2003 Walk On Air Mr Murphy Mr Magoo
2002 Tears Royal Weasel Will Consular
2001 Market Price Emission Second Coming
2000 Oliver Twist Royal Voyage Noircir
1999 Thackeray Prime Address Zuccherino
1998 Willoughby Rustic Dream Royal Blue
1997 Zuccherino Saleous Istidaad
1996 Racer’s Edge Starstruck Paris Lane
1995 Durbridge Station Hand Starstruck
1994 Durbridge Our Pompeii Credit Account
1993 Prince Salieri Jolly Old Mac Mannerism
1992 Shiva’s Revenge Shavano Miss Dr Grace
1991 Better Loosen Up Vo Rogue Kingston Rule
1990 Better Loosen Up Super Impose Vo Rogue
1989 Vo Rogue Marwong Apollo Run
1988 Vo Rogue Bonhomie Cossack Warrior
1987 Playful Princess Cossack Warrior Dazzling Duke
1986 Lord Of Camelot Playful Princess Ocean Cloud
1985 Beechcraft Chiamare Penny Edition
1984 Penny Edition Maiden Century Poachinellar
1983 Trissaro Torbek Avatar
1982 Kip Oriental Ruler Full On Aces
1981 Hyperno My Brown Jug Prince Ruling
1980 Hyperno Minuetto Meliador
1979 Leonotis Stormy Rex Family Of Man
1978 Opposition Lefroy Crepellox
1977 Surround Ashbah Cheyne Walk
1976 Lord Dudley Taras Bulba Shiftmar
1975 Zambari Leica Show Asgard
1974 Sobar Asgard All Shot
1973 Gunsynd Gossiper All Shot
1972 Surrender Cyron Sir Goglio
1971 Gay Icarus Trial And Error Silver Sharpe
1970 Cyron Future Scholar
1969 Fileur Future Alcatraz
1968 Future Alcatraz Galance
1967 Tobin Bronze Galilee Khalif
1966 Tobin Bronze Midlander Craftsman
1965 Sir Dane Bon Filou Yangtze
1964 Teppo Star Gallant Quest Mamburdi
1963 Mamburdi Comicquita Mullin
1962 Dhaulagiri Havelock Nilarco
1961 Dhaulagiri Nilarco Jacks Count
1960 Wool Man Prince Lea Joss Sticks
1959 But Beautiful Vogel Sir Blink
1958 Sailor’s Guide Zariba Ray Ribbon
1957 Sailor’s Guide Sir William Radiant Blue
1956 Rising Fast Sailor’s Guide Golden Doubles
1955 Prince Cortauld Wodalla Royal Radiant