2023 Bunbury Stakes Race Details

Race 7 at Ascot on Saturday 11th March 2023.

The Bunbury Stakes is a Listed race over 1400 metres run by the Bunbury Turf Club at Ascot. It is a handicap race for runners two-years-old and upwards. This year it has prizemoney of $150,000.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Bunbury Stakes page.

Bunbury Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

There are 11 runners for the $150,000 Bunbury Stakes, with 9 geldings and two mares. There is one 4YO, five 5YOs, three 6YOs, one 7YO and one 9YO. Eight runners had their last start in the Listed Pinjarra Classic over 1300m at Pinjarra Park on 26 February, and the remaining 3 all came via different races. Last year’s winner Carocapo returns to defend his title. Trainer Chris & Michael Gangemi has 2 runners.

The early favourite is the talented Burnya To Survive who has 6 wins from 10 starts. Second favourite is Creator who comes off 2nd in the Pinjarra Classic. Third favourite is Halatorian who ran 5th in that race after being held-up for the majority of the straight. Last Of The Line resumes after a 16 week spell, while Em Tee Aye also resumes. All other runners are currently $10 or more.

2023 Bunbury Stakes Runner by Runner

1. Last Of The Line (10)

Resumes after a 16 week spell. Finished last campaign with 1.5 lengths 4th in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes over 1500m then 3.3 lengths 5th in the Group 1 Railway Stakes over 1600m. Has 5 wins at this distance, with 4 at this track and distance. Has won twice first-up and should make his presence felt.

2. Titan Blinders (6)

One of 2 runners for Chris & Michael Gangemi. Ran 2.4 lengths 7th in the Pinjarra Classic where he tired after leading early. Usually runs an honest race and should go well.

3. Son Of A God (7)

Was brilliant earlier in his career but was the last horse home in the Pinjarra Classsic when resuming from a spell. Prefer others at this stage.

4. Em Tee Aye (11)

Resumes after a 16 week spell after being runner-up in the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes over 1400m. Was super consistent last campaign and comes to hand quickly. One of the chances despite drawing the widest barrier.

5. Burnya To Survive (4)

The talented Burnya To Survive has 6 wins and 2 places from 10 starts. Normally he swoops from the back of the field with a withering run, but last outing he couldn’t produce that dazzling finishing burst and finished 3rd over 1200m when back from a 9 week break. Rates highly.

6. Buzzoom (1)

Drawn perfectly in barrier 1 this 4YO mare is the youngest runner this year. She has a good record at the track and distance. Not the worst.

7. Carocapo (5)

Won this race last year. The oldest runner this year at 9YO. Has finished back in the field at his last two starts. Looks tested.

8. Creator (3)

Finished 2nd in the Pinjarra Classic with the best closing splits in a fast-run race. One of the main chances.

9. Gunmetal Grey (2)

Ran 4th on the Pinjarra Classic – her third 4th placing in a row. Has only won 3 of her 30 starts but gets in the minor money often.

10. Halatorian (8)

Came 5th in  the Pinjarra Classic after being held-up for the majority of the straight. Prefer him over 1200m but a sneaky chance.

11. The Spruiker (9)

Looked gone at the turn but kept coming gamely for 0.9 length 3rd in the Pinjarra Classic. In the mix.

Bunbury Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo Jackson’s Tips
8 Creator
5 Burnya To Survive
1 Last Of The Line
4 Em Tee Aye

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic 2023 (Kembla Grange 1600m)  – Friday

Group 1 Coolmore Classic 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 2 Ajax Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 2 Sky High Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 2 Magic Night Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1200m)

Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1200m)

Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 1 Newmarket Handicap 2023 (Flemington 1200m)

Group 2 Kewney Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1400m)

Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap 2023 (Flemington 1400m)

Group 3 Matron Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Listed Bunbury Cup 2023 (Ascot 2100m)

Group 3 Black Opal Stakes 2023 (Canberra 1200m)  – Sunday

Listed National Sprint 2023 (Canberra 1400m)  – Sunday

Listed J.C. Roberts Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1800m)  – Sunday

Listed Natasha Stakes 2023 (Ascot 2200m)  – Sunday

Group 2 Adelaide Cup 2023 (Morphettville 3200m)  – Monday

Listed Cinderella Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1050m)  – Monday

Listed Matrice Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1200m)  – Monday

Listed Morphettville Guineas 2023 (Morphettville 1600m)  – Monday

Listed C S Hayes Cup 2023 (Morphettville 1600m)  – Monday

Listed Canberra Cup 2023 (Canberra 2000m)  – Monday

Listed Canberra Guineas 2023 (Canberra 1400m)  – Monday

2023 Bunbury Stakes Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 5 Burnya To Survive
2nd 7 Carocapo 0.77 length
3rd 2 Titan Blinders 0.95 length
4th 9 Gunmetal Grey 1.44 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

There were no scratchings.