See the 2021 Vinery Stud Stakes Preview and Results.
The Vinery Stud Stakes is quite a recent race. It was first held as a principal race over 1900 metres in 1979 and was won by Impede. In 1980 it was given Group 2 status and the distance increased to 2000 metres where it has remained apart from 1979 when it was held at Canterbury over 1900 metres. It became a Group 1 race in 1992.
The race was named after Storm Queen, a daughter of Coronation Boy, who was foaled in 1963. In early 1966 as a two-year-old trained by Bart Cummings she won 8 successive races including the Golden Slipper. The race has also been known as the Ansett Australia Stakes, Arrowfield Stud Stakes, Storm Queen Stakes and Vinery Stud Stakes. The only Golden Slipper winner to win the Storm Queen is Miss Finland (2007).
Lead-up races include the Group 2 Surround Stakes, the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes and the Group 1 Coolmore Classic, although in the last twenty years many winners had their lead-up race in Melbourne. Fillies that run well in the Storm Queen and can stay the distance will go on to the AJC Australian Oaks over 2400 metres in two weeks and fillies that have won both include Heavenly Glow (2008) and Serenade Rose (2006). Outstanding fillies may contest the AJC Australian Derby against the three-year-old males, although Research (1989) was the last to win that double.