McNeil Stakes 2023 Race Details

Race 5 at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday the 2nd September 2023.

The HDF McNeil Stakes is a Listed race held at Caulfield Racecourse and is run over 1200 metres on Memsie Stakes day. It is run under set weights and penalties conditions and is for horses aged three-years-old. The total prize money is $200,000 this year.

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

How to pick a winner

McNeil Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Eight colts, three geldings and a filly have accepted for the Group 3 McNeil Stakes.  The familiar combination of Shinn and Cummings combine with the early favourite Barber.  The unbeaten filly Legacies, is the current second elect.  Veight, Hedged and Little Brose are on the next line of betting.  The remaining runners are longer than $10-1.

McNeil Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Little Brose

Group 1 Blue Diamond winner who gets the winkers back on.  Thought he was disappointing first up but it wouldn’t surprise if he improved sharply.

2. Barber

Godolphin colt resuming.  He’s trialled up strongly in Sydney and draws a lovely gate with Blake Shinn in the saddle.  Top hope.

3. Veight

Was a dominant winner of the VRC Sires in the Autumn, then ran fourth in the Sires at Randwick on heavy ground.  He’s a nice horse with plenty of upside.

4. Le Zebra

Another resumer.  Won a couple of off season two year old races in May.  Happy to watch him first up.

5. Scheelite

Thought he was a sneaky good run first up in the Vain Stakes here a fortnight ago.  Layed in back to the inferior ground yet was really strong late and in front past the post.  The extra 100m suits.

6. Make A Call

Is a ten start maiden but has some form around some talented horses in the spring.  Like the booking of John Allen.

7. Coincide

Kicked back to win strongly at Sandown last start.  This is harder but he maps well and has a strong trainer / jockey combo.

8. Armed Forces

Resumes.  Might need the run here first up.

9. Heman

Son of I Am Invincible trained by the Snowdens.  He was placed at listed level at Eagle Farm in June.  Might be looking for a touch further than 1200m.

10. Deadly Press

Was second in the Oaklands Plate in July.  Happy to watch him first up.

11. Hedged

Was a dominant winner at Seymour last start.  Like barrier 3 for him.  He can push forward and run well here.

12. Legacies

Sole filly in the race.  Is unbeaten winning a maiden, then the Listed Anzac Day Stakes by a big space in the Autumn.  Kah goes on for this first up.  One of the chances.

McNeil Stakes 2023 Tips

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

Lewis Oliver’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
5 Scheelite 2 Barber
11 Hedged 12 Legacies
2 Barber 1 Little Brose
12 Legacies 3 Veight

Previews for other races this week

Listed Wyong Gold Cup 2023 (Wyong 2100m)

Listed Mona Lisa Stakes 2023 (Wyong 1350m)

Group 1 Memsie Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 3 The Heath 1100 2023 (Caulfield 1100m)

Group 3 W.W. Cockram Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1200m)

Listed Heatherlie Handicap 2023 (Caulfield 1700m)

Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 2 Furious Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 2 Tramway Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 3 Concorde Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1000m)

Listed City Tatt’s Club Cup 2023 (Randwick 2400m)

Listed Tattersall’s Member Cup 2023 (Eagle Farm 1600m)

McNeil Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 3 Veight
2nd 12 Legacies 0.75 length
3rd 1 Little Brose 1.5 lengths
4th 11 Hedged 1.6 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratchings: 2. Barber, 8. Armed Forces, 9. Heman.