Mitchell McKenzie 2023 Race Details

Race 5 at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday the 9th September 2023.

The Mitchell McKenzie Stakes is a Listed race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse and is run over 1200m. It is for three-year-old colts and geldings and is run under set weights plus penalties conditions. The total prize money is $175,000 this year.

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

How to pick a winner

McKenzie Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Soft Weather: Chance of a shower

A boutique field of six are set to go around in the $175,000 Listed McKenzie Stakes.  Three of them resume, including the unbeaten favourite Steparty.  He was very impressive winning twice at Flemington in June – times and margins suggest he can measure right up here.  The second pick in the market is Brave Mead. He has been heavily supported since prices went up on Wednesday.

McKenzie Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Amur

Godolphin colt who closed off well here first up against easier company.  Think he’s looking for further.

2. Heuristic  – SCRATCHED

3. Brave Mead

Did some nice things in his first prep and has been jumping out very nicely ahead of this first up assignment.  Expect him to sit outside lead and offer a kick on the turn.

4. Steparty

Loved what this colt did in his first campaign.  Was all style in his three wins.  The stable is absolutely airborne and he maps to get a gun trail for J Allen here first up.  Top pick.

5. Scentify

Was an amazing win here first up, unleashing a big sprint from last on the fence.  Wouldn’t surprise to see him step his rating at least a length or two off that which gives him a hope here if the resumers are a touch rusty.

6. Introducing

Waterhouse Bott runner who should fine the top from the inside alley.  He’s no world beater but should be suited around the Valley.

7. Armed Forces

Waller resumer.  He needs to lift on what he’s done to date to be a factor here.  Happy to watch him.

McKenzie Stakes 2023 Tips

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

Lewis Oliver’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
4 Steparty 4 Steparty
3 Brave Mead 5 Scentify
5 Scentify 3 Brave Mead
1 Amur 6 Introducing

Previews for other races this week

Group 2 Feehan Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)

Group 2 McEwen Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1000m)

Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1200m)

Group 2 Run To The Rose 2023 (Rosehill 1200m)

Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1300m)

Group 2 Sheraco Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1200m)

Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality 2023 (Rosehill 1400m)

Listed Farnley Stakes 2023 (Belmont 1400m)

McKenzie Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 4 Steparty  
2nd 5 Scentify 1.25 lengths
3rd 3 Brave Mead 1.45 lengths
4th 6 Introducing 2.2 lengths

The track was rated as Good 3.

Scratching: 2. Heuristic.