W J Adams Stakes Race Information

The W J Adams Stakes is a 1000 metre open handicap race run by the Melbourne Racing Club in late January. It is held at Caulfield as one of the feature races of the meeting.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1000 metres
  • Conditions: Handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $175,000
  • Date: Friday 26 January 2024

W J Adams Stakes Race History

See the 2024 W.J. Adams Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 W.J. Adams Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 W.J. Adams Stakes Preview and results.

The race dates back to at least 1982 when it was held as the Listed VATC Herald Sprint over 1200m and was won by a horse named Allez Bijou. In 1991 the name was changed to the VATC Autumn Sprint, and in 2000 it became the W J Adams Stakes. It was not held in 2011 and from 2012 it has been held over the current 1000m distance.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Lady Esprit (2018)

Multiple winners: Shamal Wind (2014 & 2015); Luther’s Luck (1986 & 1987)

Fastest time (1000m): Lady Esprit (2018) 0:56:57

Interesting trivia: Race not run in 2011

Past winners of the W.J. Adams Stakes

Winners of past W J Adams Stakes include horses that go on to win major races.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Queman Najem Suhail Sweet Ride
2023 Star Patrol On The Lead Starry Legend
2022 Streetcar Stranger Mossman Gorge Esta La Roca
2021 All Banter Causeway Girl Riding The Wave
2020 Jungle Edge I Am Immortal Causeway Girl
2019 Bons Away Written By Encryption
2018 Lady Esprit Snitty Kitty Nasdex
2017 Thermal Current Shakespearean Lass Sunday Escape
2016 Shakespearean Lass Trevinder Grane
2015 Shamal Wind Vatican Moment Of Change
2014 Shamal Wind General Truce Brilliant Bisc
2013 Avoid Lightning Canali First Command
2012 Bel Sprinter Kulgrinda Faster Son
2011 **Race not held**
2010 Velocitea Time Matters Solchow
2009 Falaise Nine Tales Let Go Thommo
2008 Bel Mer Cocinero Zyzxx
2007 Cinque Cento Stickpin Let Go Thommo
2006 All Bar One Raid The Royals Gonski
2005 Raid The Royals Smoking Barrel Blessum
2004 Tycoon Ruler Grey Song St Chrisoph
2003 Super Elegant Prince Rubiton Sir Chuckle
2002 Rubitano St Chrisoph Roktzar
2001 Super Impressive Slipstream Jiver
2000 Paint French Clock Gilded Angel