Tancred Stakes Race Information

The Tancred Stakes is a 2400 metre weight-for-age race run by the Australian Turf Club held in late March. It is run at Rosehill and is the only Group 1 weight-for-age race over 2400 metres in Australia.

  • Race Type: Group 1
  • Distance: 2400 metres
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $1,500,000
  • Date: Saturday 27 March 2021

Tancred Stakes Race History

See the 2021 Tancred Stakes Preview and Results.

The Tancred Stakes was first held as a quality handicap over 12 furlongs in 1963 and was won by a mare called Maidenhead. In 1964 the race was held over 10 furlongs but reverted back to 12 furlongs in 1965. In 1973 the distance was converted to 2400 metres, in 1977 it became a weight-for-age race, and it 1980 it reached Group 1 status.

Over the years the Tancred Stakes has also been called the BMW Stakes, H.E. Tancred Stakes, the Tancred Cup and the Mercedes Classic. It is Australia’s richest weight-for-age staying event and attracts top class horses from throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as the top trainers and jockeys, and is one of the highlights of the Autumn Racing Carnival.

Runners use the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes over 2000 metres as the major lead-up in Sydney while Melbourne horses can arrive via the Group 1 Australian Cup over 2000 metres. The Ranvet – BMW double has been won by horses like Tuesday Joy (2008), Eremein (2006) and Tie The Knot (2000), while the Australian Cup – BMW double has been won by horses like Makybe Diva (2005) and Octagonal (1997).

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Verry Elleegant (2020)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Fiveandahalfstar (2013); Filly – none

Multiple winners: Tie The Knot (1999 & 2000); Octagonal (1996 & 1997)

Fastest time (2400m): Grand Zulu (2004) 2:25:78

Interesting trivia: In 2000 the same three horses ran the trifecta in the Ranvet Stakes and the Tancred – Tie The Knot, Arena and Showella.

Past winners of the Tancred Stakes

Winners of past Tancred Stakes include horses that have won races like the Melbourne CupSydney CupDoomben CupQueen Elizabeth Stakes and Cox Plate. It has been dominated by colts and geldings and no three-year-old filly has ever won, but the few mares who have won have all been great including Verry Elleegant (2020), Tuesday Joy (2008), Makybe Diva (2005) and Ethereal (2002). Good horses that won this race as three-year-olds include Grand Zulu, Octagonal, Beau Zam, Myocard, Bonecrusher and Kingston Town.

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Sir Dragonet She’s Ideel Miami Bound
2020 Verry Elleegant Mustajeer Avilius
2019 Avilius Big Duke Rondinella
2018 Almandin (GER) Ambitious (JPN) Who Shot Thebarman (NZ)
2017 Jameka Humidor (NZ) Exospheric (GB)
2016 Preferment Who Shot Thebarman Grand Marshal
2015 Hartnell To The World (JPN) Beaten Up
2014 Silent Achiever It’s A Dundeel Fiorente
2013 Fiveandahalfstar Silent Achiever Sangster
2012 Manighar Americain Drunken Sailor
2011 Cedarberg Mourayan Linton
2010 Littorio Zavite (NZ) No Wine No Song
2009 Fiumicino (NZ) Theseo Viewed
2008 Tuesday Joy (NZ) Princess Coup Sirmione
2007 Blutigeroo Railings Gorky Park (NZ)
2006 Eremein Railings Our Smoking Joe
2005 Makybe Diva (GB) Grand Armee Vouvray (NZ)
2004 Grand Zulu Mummify Makybe Diva (GB)
2003 Freemason Northerly Republic Lass
2002 Ethereal (NZ) Universal Prince Rain Gauge
2001 Curata Storm Kaapstaad Way (NZ) Giovana (NZ)
2000 Tie The Knot Arena Showella (NZ)

From the archives:

Tancred Stakes Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

Following the early scratching of Libran, there are only nine stayers in the $1,500,000 Kia Tancred Stakes. The early favourite is Gailo Chop who won the Ranvet Stakes by 3 lengths following a good 2nd in the Australian Cup. Second favourite is 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who was 4th in the Australian Cup last start. Third in the market is Single Gaze who has come 2nd at three of her four runs this campaign with the latest 2nd in the Ranvet Stakes.

Auvray has a good record at this distance and won the G2  Sky High Stakes over 2000m last outing. Ambitious is a Japanese horse who kept grinding away for 9th in the Australian Cup at his Australian debut. Harlem won the Australian Cup at big odds before 6th in the Ranvet. Ventura Storm was 3rd in the Australian Cup then only 7th in the Ranvet. Who Shot Thebarman has ran in this race for the last 3 years, each time using the G3 Sky High as his lead-up and has finished 4th in 2015, 2nd in 2016 and 4th in 2017. Lasqueti Spirit finished 5th in this race last year and has also used the Sky High as her lead-up this year and last year.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
1 Gailo Chop
2 Almandin
9 Single Gaze
5 Who Shot Thebarman