The Mona Lisa Stakes is a 1350 metre set weights plus penalties race for fillies and mares run by the Wyong Race Club in late August or early September. It is held at Wyong at the start of the Spring Racing Carnival.
Race Type: Listed
Distance: 1350 metres
Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, Fillies and mares
The Mona Lisa was first held in 2005 when it was won by a four-year-old mare called Johan’s Toy, trained by Guy Walter. Since then it has mainly been won by four or five-year-olds, with the occasional older mare. Bouzy Rouge was a seven-year-old when she won in 2014, and 2019 winner Foxy Housewife was a six-year-old.
The race is held on the same day as the Wyong Gold Cup, and like that race it attracts many Sydney trainers. It is nearly always won by Sydney trainers.
Multiple winners: none
Fastest time (1350m): Impetuous (2013) 1:18:66
Mona Lisa Stakes & Tibbie Stakes: Moti (2009)
Leading jockeys: Two jockeys have 2 wins each. Nash Rawiller with 2 wins (Miss Stellabelle 2012; Moti 2009) and Chris Munce with 2 wins (Sweetest Melody 2011; Pasikatera 2006)
Leading trainers: Gai Waterhouse with 4 wins (Miss Stellabelle 2012; Sweetest Melody 2011; Moti 2009; Pasikatera 2006)
Interesting trivia: Race not held in 2007 due to equine influenza.
Past winners of the Mona Lisa Stakes
Winners of past races often head to the Tibbie Stakes at Beaumont Racecourse in Newcastle. 2017 winner Lubiton went on to win the Group 3 Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley