Up And Coming Stakes Race Information

The Up And Coming Stakes is a 1300 metre quality handicap race for three-year-old colts and geldings run by the Australian Turf Club in August. It is held at Randwick and is the feature event of the program.

  • Race type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1300 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap, 3YO colts & geldings
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $160,000
  • Date: Saturday 14 August 2021

Up And Coming Stakes Race History

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.

Up And Coming Stakes Facts

Fastest time (1300m): Dracarys (2017) 1:14.76

Up And Coming Stakes & Caulfield Guineas: Divine Prophet (2016); Our Maizcay (1995); Mahogany (1993)

Leading jockeys: Brian York with 4 wins (Newquay 2001; Zariz 2000; General Nediym 1997; Our Maizcay 1995).

Leading trainers: Gai Waterhouse had a great record in this race (Master Ryker 2018; War 2013; Dreamscape 2008; Snowland 2002; Newquay 2001)

Interesting trivia: Superium was across the line first in 2019, but True Detective won on protest. 2017 winner Dracarys was sired by 2005 winner Snitzel. Dreamscape (2008) won this at his first race start. Not held in 2007 due to equine influenza.

Past winners of the Up And Coming Stakes

Winners of past Up And Coming Stakes Stakes include top class gallopers Snitzel (2005), Fastnet Rock (2004), Exceed and Excel (2003), Testa Rossa (1999), General Nediym (1997), Paint (1996), Our Maizcay (1995), Mahogany (1993), Kinjite (1991), Star Watch (1988), Sky Chase (1987), Sir Dapper (1983), Marscay (1982), Best Western (1981) and John’s Hero (1980).

Year Winner Second Third
2020 North Pacific Bazooka Marsannay
2019 True Detective Superium Lucicello
2018 Master Ash Danawi Smart Elissim
2017 Dracarys Gold Standard Sanctioned
2016 Divine Prophet Derryn Thronum