Mitchell McKenzie Stakes Race Information

The Mitchell McKenzie Stakes is a 1200 metre set weights plus penalties race for three-year-old colts and geldings run by the Moonee Valley Racing Club in late August. It is held at Moonee Valley as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, 3YO colts and geldings
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $140,000
  • Date: Saturday 22 August 2020

Mitchell McKenzie Stakes Race History

See the 2020 McKenzie Stakes Preview and Results.

The race was originally a Listed race over 1000m and began in 1994 when it was won by talented colt St Covet who had already won the Black Opal Stakes in Canberra, ran 2nd in the 1994 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and won the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes. Later on he went on to win the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. Not all winners have been so talented, although many winners have gone on to win Group races and some, like Bel Esprit, went on to be quality sires that have produced many winners.

In 2007 the distance was increased to 1200m and it has remained at that distance. It was won by Light Fantastic in that year and he still holds the race record for fastest time. The race is held on the first Moonee Valley race day of the racing season and the Listed Carlyon Stakes is also held at the same meeting.

Mitchell McKenzie Stakes Facts

Fastest time (1200m): Light Fantastic (2007) 1:09:85

Mitchell McKenzie Stakes & Caulfield Guineas: Anacheeva (2010), St Covet (1994)

Mitchell McKenzie Stakes & Doncaster Mile: Brutal (2018)

Leading jockeys: Dwayne Dunn has done well in this race in recent years (Brutal 2018; Overshare 2017; Rich Enuff 2014).

Interesting trivia: 2019 winner Condo’s Express cost $3000 as a yearling. 1994 winner St Cover still holds the race record for the Black Opal Stakes.

Past winners of the Mitchell McKenzie Stakes

Winners of past races include Carrara (2009), Anacheeva (2010). Light Fantastic (2008), Bel Esprit (2002), Blazing Reality (1996) and St Covet (1994).

Year Winner Second Third
2019 Condo’s Express Hightail Hawker Hurricane
2018 Brutal Tavisan Leonardo Hinchi
2017 Overshare Bandipur Sunquest
2016 Ken’s Dreami Dam Ready Throssell