Cyril Flower Stakes Race Information

The Cyril Flower Stakes is a 1200 metre quality handicap race run by the Western Australian Turf Club in February. It is held at Ascot as one of the feature events of the meeting.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap, 2YO & upwards
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
  • Prizemoney: $125,000
  • Date: Saturday 10 February 2024

Cyril Flower Stakes Race History

See the 2024 Cyril Flower Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 Cyril Flower Stakes Preview and results.

The race was first held over 1200m in 1974 when it was won by a five-year-old called Cambana Lad. In 1975 the distance was increased to 1800m and it was won by Comet Again. The distance returned to 1200m for 1976 and 1977 then was increased to 1400m from 1978 to 1981, In 1982 it returned to the current 1200m distance apart form 1983 and 1985 when it was 1400m.

The race is mainly won by four-year-old geldings and Heron Bridge was the oldest horse to win at nine-years-old. Only three mares and two fillies have ever won this race. When My Bella Mae won in 2023 she was the first filly to win since Pure Gamble in 1980. In 2024 it is being run at Bunbury due to extreme heat forecast at Ascot.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: This’ll Testya (2020)

Last 3YO to win: C&G  – Dark Beau (1986); Filly – My Bella Mae (2023)

Multiple winners: On Target (2005 & 2007); Corporate Gun (1999 & 2000).

Fastest time (1200m): Noble Steed (2008) 1:09:11

Leading jockeys : Two jockeys have won this race on three occasions – Mark Sestich (Corporate Gun 2000,  Island Gossip 1990 & White Tiger 1985) and Rod Kemp (Even Row 1986, Wynton Lad 1984 & Western Coast 1979).

Leading trainers: Neville Parnham was won three times (Platoon 2021, Tarzi 2009 & Irish Pride 2002) Two trainers have won this race on two occasions – Peter Giadresco (Watermans Bay 2013 & Devils Dance 2004), and Chris Stelmach (On Target in 2007 & 2005).

Interesting trivia: Race not held in 1991. Battle Hero carried the biggest weight to win with 60kg in 2018.

Past winners of the Cyril Flower Stakes

Winners of past Cyril Flower Stakes include Black Heart Bart (2015), Watermans Bay (2013), Heron Bridge (1987) and Marjoleo.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Real Danger My Bella Mae Mood Swings
2023 My Bella Mae Sniparoochy Halatorian
2022 This’ll Testya Kissonallforcheeks Carocapo
2021 Platoon Yeah Dardy Cryptic Love
2020 Flower Of War Valour Road Floyd
2019 Rebel King River Dance First Among Equals
2018 Battle Hero Royal Missile Infathuated
2017 Great Shot Dream Lifter Potent Secret
2016 Dream Lifter Red Ora Cool Trade
2015 Black Heart Bart Watermans Bay Sireeze
2014 Amorino Watermans Bay Dueton
2013 Watermans Bay Sir Hallowell Kerrific
2012 Westriver Kevydonn Mabel Grace Werd
2011 Escadaire Phenomenons Wolfe Dreams
2010 Hadabeclorka Ballroom Crown Moccasin Bend
2009 Tarzi Keytomoney Harvard
2008 Noble Steed Captain Woodrow I Command
2007 On Target Keyton Grace Grasspatch Girl
2006 Rescuer Lukaboom Zanella
2005 On Target Stockie’s Yarn Mercury Halo
2004 Devil’s Dance Hot Shot Brother Early Express
2003 Mr. Callahan Tribula Kame’s Hope
2002 Irish Pride Kensyl Bay Mr. Callahan
2001 Bumbelina Mr. Callahan Paris Heartbeat
2000 Corporate Gun Clever Jev Double Blue