The race began as a Listed race over 1000m in 1982 when it was called the VRC Carnival Handicap and it was won by a horse called Bold Jet. The distance was increased to 1100m in 1986 , then in 2011 returned to 1000m. It has had many name changes including VRC Carnival Handicap, VRC Australian Airlines Flying Handicap, Qantas Australian Flying, VRC Hilton On The Park Sprint, The Lexus Stakes, MFS Stakes, Swisse Vitamins Stakes, 50 Years of Fashion on the Field Stakes (2012), Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes, Mumm Stakes, Absolut Stakes and GH Mumm Century Stakes.
Last mare to win: Soothing (2019)
Multiple winners: Into The Night (2002 & 2003), Bomber Bill (1998 & 2000), Western Sovereign (1990 & 1991),
Fastest time (1000m): Atmospherical (2014) 0:56:45
Past winners of the Century Stakes
Winners of past Century Stakes include Ball Of Muscle (2017), Redzel (2016), Lankan Rupee (2013), Temple Of Boom (2010) and St Clemens Belle (1999).