The race dates back to 1984 when it was called the VATC Barton Handicap over 1000m and won by a horse called Centaine. In 1992 the distance was increased to the current 1400m. It was called the MRC Barton Stakes until it became the John Dillon Stakes in 2009.
Last mare to win: Southern Speed (2012)
Fastest time (1400m): Mister Obliging (2001) 1:21:70
Past winners of the John Dillon Stakes
Winners of past John Dillon Stakes include horses that go on to win Group races.