John Hawkes Stakes Race Information

The DC McKay Stakes is an 1100 metre quality handicap race run by the South Australian Jockey Club in early May. It is held at Morphettville on the same day as the Robert Sangster Stakes.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1100 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Prizemoney: $150,000
  • Date: Saturday 27 April 2024

John Hawkes Stakes Race History

See the 2024 John Hawkes Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 D C McKay Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 D C McKay Stakes Preview and results.

The race was first held as a Principal Race over 6 furlongs (about 1200m) in 1968 when it was won by a horse called King Stephen. It became a Group 3 race in 1980 and is considered a lead-up race for the Group 1 The Goodwood held two weeks later. It was previously run on Australasian Oaks day but is now on Robert Sangster Stakes day.

In 2024 the name was changed from the D C McKay Stakes to the John Hawkes Stakes

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Sprightly Lass (2018)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Super One (2016); Filly – Boardwalk Angel (1989)

Multiple winners: Savatoxl (2021 & 2023); Comaida Boy (1978 & 1979)

Fastest time (1100m): Streetcar Magic (2011) 1:02:10

Interesting trivia: There was a dead-heat in 2002 between Libidious and Windigo. In 2020 Jungle Edge was first across the line but was later disqualified.

Past winners of the D C McKay Stakes

Winners of past D.C. McKay Stakes include horses that go on to win major spring races.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Extremely Lucky Sans Doute What You Need
2023 Savatoxl Larimer Street General Beau
2022 Free Of Debt Savatoxl The Inferno
2021 Savatoxl Pandemic Street Life
2020 Behemoth Kabini Bold Star
2019 Despatch Zalmona Haunted
2018 Sprightly Lass One More Daisy Santa Ana Lane
2017 Karacatis Reldas Kaepernick
2016 Super One Daytona Grey Heart Of A Lion
2015 Thermal Current Yesterday’s Songs Minaj
2014 Essay Raider Karacatis Siwa Lady
2013 General Truce Karacatis Honey Flower
2012 Outlandish Lad Kulgrinda Go The Knuckle
2011 Streetcar Magic Valentine Miss Pinwheel
2010 Catapulted Solchow Augusta Proud
2009 I Am Invincible Augusta Proud Blahnik
2008 Idalou Tramuntana Blahnik
2007 Here De Angels Terango El Maze
2006 Shablec Leone Chiara Social Glow
2005 Bomber Bill General Bayton Gee I Jane
2004 Paraca Super Elegant Squillani
2003 Super Elegant Deprave Agalia
2002 Libidinious
 * dead-heat 1st John’s Brother
2001 Sudurka Suit Kapuna
2000 Perak Gold Marstic Astig
1999 Loafer Razamataz Appoint
1998 Toledo Declare Appoint
1997 Clang Blazing Reality Billy Dazzler
1996 Dr Zackary Mad Shaviri Hero Wind
1995 Latin Villa Hero Wind Chevite
1994 Harkaway Yankee Dapper Kicks
1993 Colebrook Asian Incline Oozook
1992 Scornsome Umatilla Bar Flyer
1991 Euclase Beau George Sweet Chariot
1990 Medicine Kid Comedy Dancer Silver Dupion
1989 Boardwalk Angel Jet Fighter Kingston Heritage
1988 Beau George Melody Hit Lord Galaxy
1987 Testimony Majestic Moss Princely Heart
1986 Lord Galaxy Brinkman Miss Nisku
1985 Gold Kildare Lord Galaxy Rich Fields Lad
1984 Fire Stick High Polish Vero Re
1983 Penny Edition Above The Stars Mirth
1982 Peta Gay Heavenly Time Very Vague
1981 With Pleasure Young Man Panama City
1980 Ducatoon Pride Of The Plain Emblem Boy
1979 Comaida Boy Foreclosure Sunette
1978 Comaida Boy Lipman Exalting
1977 Ardroy Better Vain Transpak
1976 Puncheon Miss Ollie Better Vain
1975 Miss Lockleys Keep The Change Matmirth
1974 King’s Helmet Transpak Galeola