See the 2020 Up And Coming Stakes Preview and Results.
The Up And Coming Stakes was first run as a Listed race over 1200m at Warwick Farm racecourse in 1979 when it was won by Spear. It was upgraded to a Group 3 race in 1980, then to a Group 2 race in 1993. Since then it went back to a Group 3 in 2005, a Group 2 in 2013 and then back to a Group 3 from 2014 onwards. From 2011 onwards the distance was increased to 1300m. It has also been held at multiple venues.
The race is often used as a return to racing for three-year-olds that showed talent during their two-year-old year, and some first-class gallopers have won this race. A few runners may have had a lead-up run in The Rosebud at Rosehill. Before 2014 it was run under set weights and penalties conditions and was restricted to colts and geldings, making it the male equivalent of the Toy Show Quality for fillies and mares.
Horses that run well in this race may go on to other three-year old races in the Spring like the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle, the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes, the Group 2 Stan Fox over 1500m or the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes over 1400m.
The race is named after a horse called Up And Coming who won the Warwick Stakes (now called the Winx Stakes) back in 1959.