Pago Pago Stakes 2023 Race Details

Race 2 at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday the 11th of March 2023.

The Pago Pago Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Rosehill Racecourse and is run over 1200 metres. It is for colts and geldings aged two-years-old and is run under set weight conditions. 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 Pago Pago Stakes page.

Pago Pago Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

A wide open race with plenty of hopes. Zulifqar has some strong form around it and Nash does the steering from the wide draw. Plenty to like about what Maharba showed for the new stable last start kicking away from its rivals. Shinzo has been around the mark this prep and will just need a bit to go right from the draw to give this a shake. Introducing ran well on debut and kicked late. The runner up has since run well since.

Pago Pago Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Zulfiqar (9)

Couldn’t hack the wide gate last start but prior form is very good for this. The 5th behind Little Brose and Krakarib reads nicely and Nash does the steering from the wide gate. Has to be in the mix against this lot.

2. Maharba (1)

Won nicely last start. There was good late money for it and it found a few gears to win streaking away from its rivals. Drawn to do no work and an in form Michael Dee does the steering. This is a suitable race.

3. Disneck (7)

Prefer others.

4. Shinzo (10)

Good finale last start and hit the line hard. The fact that J-Mac steers tells plenty about its chances and the wide draw may be okay in this given it can find some clean air early.

5. Bases Loaded (5)

Lead and kicked on debut then ran well in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes behind the smart Corniche with Shinzo in second. That looks solid form for this and it is very hard to knock the way the stable are going. Tim Clark sticks.

6. Legolas (11)

Prefer others.

7. Introducing (2)

Got the job done for us last start and can go on with things drawn. Drawn to perfection with Prebble sticking and the horse it beat has run well since. Knock here is the price and the fact that some of these are well proven above maiden grade. Hard to beat but short enough.

8. Godzilla (8)

Good finale and a recent trial was a sound piece of work. Worth keeping an eye on the market.

9. Cap Ferrat (12)

Can’t have.

10. Bold And Blazen (4)

This looks too tough.

11. Gustosisimo (3)

Trials have been solid and drawn to effect in this. Will need to be very smart to be winning but also worth keeping safe and respecting sany market moves.

12. Idhana (6)

Fair trial. Watch for any market moves.

13. Limburg (13)

Respect the market for its chances.

Pago Pago Stakes 2023 Tips

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

Bryce Parker’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
2 Maharba 2 Maharba
7 Introducing 4 Shinzo
5 Bases Loaded 7 Introducing
4 Shinzo 5 Bases Loaded

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 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)

Listed Bunbury Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1400m)

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

Pago Pago Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 4 Shinzo
2nd 2 Maharba 1.66 lengths
3rd 5 Bases Loaded 1.74 lengths
4th 7 Introducing 1.82 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratchings: 3. Disneck, 6. Legolas, 9. Cap Ferrat.