Matron Stakes Race Information

The Matron Stakes is a 1600 metre set weights plus penalties race for mares four-years-old and upwards run by the Victorian Racing Club in early March. It is held at Flemington as part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, 4YO & upwards, Mares
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Saturday 9 March 2024

Matron Stakes Race History

See the 2024 Matron Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 Matron Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 Matron Stakes Preview and results.

The race was first held as a Listed race over 1616m in 1994. In 2006 it was upgraded to its current Group 3 status.

Also known as the Schweppervescence Trophy from 2010 to 2020.

From 2023 it is only for mares and the age conditions have changed from 3YO & upwards to 4YO & upwards

Useful Facts

Last filly to win: Pinker Pinker (2011)

Multiple winners: Spanish Reef (2018 & 2019); Bonaria (2013 & 2014)

Fastest time (1600m): Noble Protector (2015) 1:34:76

Interesting trivia: 2011 winner Pinker Pinker went on to win the Cox Plate.

Past winners of the Matron Stakes

Winners of past Matron Stakes include Spanish Reef (2018 & 2019), Pinker Pinker (2011), Translate (2008), Uprize (2005), Lady Marion (2001), Noircir (1999), Miss Tessla (1998), French Resort (1997), Aunty Mary (1995) and Excited Angel (1994).

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Eternal Flame Running By Foxy Cleopatra
2023 Sirileo Miss Excelida Barb Raider
2022 Flying Mascot Groovy Kinda Love Rocha Clock
2021 Sovereign Award Quantum Mechanic Scarlet Dream
2020 Paint The Town Bam’s On Fire Fidelia
2019 Spanish Reef Naantali Pure Scot
2018 Spanish Reef Samovare Jester Halo
2017 Circular Zasorceress Miss Rose De Lago
2016 Felicienne Metaphorical Alaskan Rose
2015 Noble Protector Marianne Set Square
2014 Bonaria Text’n Hurley Bippo No Bungus
2013 Bonaria  Spirit Song Hi Belle
2012 Spirit Song Marveen Seduced
2011 Pinker Pinker Platinum Scissors Gail
2010 Response Delta Gee Midnight Wine
2009 Fifth Avenue Lady Divine Rebel Princess Marizza
2008 Translate Trick Of Light Like It Is
2007 Like It Is Danevade Brockman’s Lass
2006 Umber Maxerelle Astrodame
2005 Uprize Songs Of Vienna Hidden Strings
2004 Ruling Eyes Star Of Grechen Sweet Corn
2003 Lady Knockout Class Eulogy Rose Archway
2002 La Zoffany Tyrolean Sylvaner
2001 Lady Marion Lava Lady Pattern Of Bells
2000 Dance The Night Miss Cheri Ciao Baby
1999 Noircir Londolozi Discretion
1998 Miss Tessla Baby Boomer Sunny Lane
1997 French Resort Miss Tessla New Smyrna
1996 Jadeva Belle Country Lane Leica Vista
1995 Aunty Mary Tristera Pindi
1994 Excited Angel Delgara Merry Maiden