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The race was first run as an unlisted handicap over 1100m at Caulfield in 2002 and was won by Crystal Finale. In 2005 it was upgraded to Listed race, then in 2013 it was upgraded again to its current Group 3 status. It has gone by many names over the years including the Jayco Cup, Martha Cove Classic, Clamms Seafood Stakes, Slickpix Stakes, Theshark.com.au Stakes and the Resimax Stakes as well as The Heath 1100. “The Heath” is a local historical name for Caulfield Racecourse from its early days of scrub land.
It is held on Group 1 Memsie Stakes day along with the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes over 1200 for three-year-olds, the Group 3 WW Cockram Stakes over 1200m for mares and the Listed Heatherlie Handicap over 1700m. History has shown that many horses from this race go on to be Group 1 sprinters.
Horses that are not first-up from a spell often come into The Heath via the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap held at Flemington three weeks before. Sprinters may then head to the McEwen Stakes, Bobbie Lewis Quality, The Shorts in Sydney or the AJ Moir Stakes.
The Heath is the second leg of the MRC Everest series. The first leg is the Listed Regal Roller Stakes held a fortnight earlier, and the third leg is the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes held in late September. Winners of the three legs will each receive a place in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes in October, exempt from any ballot. The connections of the winner of the Schillaci Stakes are then offered a “Win and you’re In” place in The Everest, Australia’s richest turf race, which is held on the same day as the Caulfield Cup.