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).