Leon Macdonald Stakes Race Information

The Leon Macdonald Stakes is a 1400 metre weight-for-age race run by the South Australian Jockey Club in late August or early September. It is held at Morphettville two weeks after the Behemoth Stakes.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Prizemoney: $120,000
  • Date: Saturday 26 August 2023

Leon Macdonald Stakes Race History

In July 2020, Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) and the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) unveiled the new race names of six black-type South Australian races following a joint decision to honour some of South Australian racings greatest icons. The change of race name requests were voted on by the pattern committee and presented to Racing Australia for approval. Trainer Leon Macdonald, former jockeys Clara Lindop and John Letts, industry figure the late David Coles, galloper Tobin Bronze and stallion Without Fear now all have races named in their honour.

Leon Macdonald has won numerous trainers’ premierships since going full-time in 1975, and has prepared some outstanding Group 1 winners. In the 2009/10 season he took on a training partnership with son-in-law Andrew Gluyas, and they won this race in 2012 with mare Southern Speed who also won the 2011 Caulfield Cup. Leon is also a member of the Thoroughbred Racing South Australia Hall of Fame. In 2022 he trained Dalasan to win the race named in his honour.

Generally, the form from the Group 3 Spring Stakes, run two weeks earlier is often a good guide for this race. Although the Leon Macdonald is only a Listed race it has been won by Group 1 horses like Mackinnon Stakes winners Gailo Chop and Alcopop, Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed and dual Cox Plate winner Fields of Omagh.

Leon Macdonald Stakes Facts

Last mare to win: Seonee (2023)

Multiple winners: Penny Edition (1980 & 1981)

Fastest time (1400m): Magical Pearl (2009) 1:22:25

Leading trainers: Two trainers have 3 wins each – Ken Sweeney (Riziz 2015; Future Ethics 1999; Purple Curse 1992), Colin Hayes (Wolveraction 1988; Alshinfarah 1997; Fimnal Child 1985). His son David Hayes won with Pacific in 1991.

Interesting trivia: 2007 winner Sassbee was sire by Blevic who was the broodmare sire of 2011 winner Alcopop.

Past winners of the Leon Macdonald Stakes

Winners of past Leon Macdonald Stakes include Gailo Chop (2017), Southern Speed (2012), Alcopop (2011) and Fields Of Omagh (2004).

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Seonee See You In Heaven Savatoxl
2022 Dalasan Just Folk Oh Mo
2021 Second Slip Ritratto Extreme Thrill
2020 Sky Punch Morvada Dalasan
2019 Behemoth Amberdi Waging War
2018 Theanswermyfriend Widgee Turf Waging War
2017 Gailo Chop Lord Aspen Hermosa Beach
2016 Rocket Commander Riziz Cavaloce
2015 Riziz Alpine Eagle Go Dreaming
2014 Justify That Riziz Extra Virgin
2013 Golden Penny Kneeling Our Freed Man
2012 Southern Speed My Bentley Bagman
2011 Alcopop Glaneuse Magical Pearl
2010 Spacecraft Magical Pearl Viking Turf Belle
2009 Magical Pearl Ocean Challenger Rebel Raider
2008 St Trinians El Maze Road Worker
2007 Sassbee Secret Daughter Truly Beautiful
2006 Temple Hills Royal Ida Made Of Diamonds
2005 Squillani Stamen Fly For Me
2004 Fields Of Omagh Fairessa Unrocel Saint
2003 Aldarch Terminus Prince Ottobello
2002 Oliver Beer Mustaagel Oxford Dollar
2001 At Risk Mustinair Easy Landing
2000 More Action Mr Nelson My Golden Bracelet
1999 Future Ethics Rusty Dusty Grey Pennyweight Point
1998 Bodacious Babe Lithium Lord Shiraz
1997 Honour Code Hero Wind Principality
1996 Hero Wind Secret Hero King Of Rubiton