Coolmore Stud Stakes

Coolmore Stud Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, 30 October, 2021
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Distance: 1200m

ONE and a half million dollars is on the table for the Coolmore Stud Stakes, run on VRC Derby Day each year.

Once known as the Ascot Vale Stakes until 2007, the open race for three year olds forms part of the best day of racing on the calendar at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse, kicking off the four day Spring Racing Carnival stretch at the track. It’s one of the newer group one races, elevated to the status in 2007, when its name changed. First run in 1863, when Freestone saluted, the event was once open only to two year olds. That all changed in 1969 when, after a four year break, the race switched from the autumn to the spring.

The great Mankato, Encosta De Lago, Alinghi and Weekend Hussler are among the notable winners of the race. Exceedance claimed the 1200 metre race last year and winners have often gone on to be successful at stud, hence many stallions target it.

2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes betting odds

Ingratiating
Can Ingritiating add his name to an impressive honour roll in the Coolmore Stud Stakes?

Four weeks out from the 2021 Coolmore Stud Stakes, the James Cummings-trained Ingratiating is a $5 chance to claim his first Group 1 success following an impressive start to his career.

The quinella from the Golden Rose Stakes; Anamoe and In The Congo shared the second line of betting with odds of $7 available for the duo.

Acrobat, Home Affairs, Profiteer and Ranch Hand all share the quote of $9 with online bookmakers.

Top Bookmakers for the Coolmore Stud Stakes

The Coolmore Stud Stakes is a hot race to bet on as part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and any bookmaker worth their salt will have their odds up nice and early ahead of the colts’ race.

Read our reviews below on Australia’s most trusted races.

Coolmore Stud Stakes History

Held on Derby Day, the Coolmore Stud Stakes is one of four Group 1 races held on the day; the Victoria Derby, Cantala Stakes and the Empire Rose Stakes.

Officially named the Ascot Vale Stakes, the race was first run back in 1863.

The race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2006 when the race was switched with the Danehill Stakes to be run on Derby Day.

Traditionally the Coolmore Stud Stakes has been a target for connections with colts, but in recent times fillies have come to their own in the race. Alinghi (2004), Gold Edition (2006), Headway (2009), Nechita (2012), Sunlight (2018) and September Run (2020) have claimed the race as a three-year-old filly.

The race is the only Group 1 sprint race on the Australian Group 1 racing calendar that is restricted to three-year-olds.

Three-year-old sprint races that are held in Melbourne are notable formlines leading into the Coolmore Stud Stakes such as the Blue Sapphire Stakes, Red Anchor Stakes, Danehill Stakes and Poseidon Stakes are key races to follow.

Chris Waller knows a thing or two about taking out the race, claiming it four times between 2013-2020.

2020 Coolmore Stud Stakes result


1stSeptember Run ($4.00)
2ndSwats That ($2.40)
3rdWild Ruler ($1.90)

Recent Coolmore Stud Stakes runnings

  • Having taken out the Cap D’antibes Stakes and the Poseidon Stakes, the Chris Waller-trained September Run made it three wins from three starts down the Flemington straight with her win in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. On the back of a cracking speed set from the leaders, Craig Williams had to time his run perfectly aboard the filly, and Willow did just that. With a beautiful toe into the race, September Run hit the fron with 100m to go and never looked like getting beaten and went on to stake her claim as one the best three-year-old sprinters in the country.
  • Exceedance was a heavily backed second elect when taking out the 2019 Coolmore Stud Stakes. He was backed off the map, and settled off the pace to come underneath the leaders and prevail by half a length to hold out the favourite Bivouac and score an impressive win for the Hawkes team.
  • The filly Sunlight wasn’t a chief market elect coming into the 2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes, but the girl upset the boys in what is usually their race. Settling just off the pace, the Tony McEvoy-trained filly took to the front at the 100m mark and held on gamely to record a famous win.
  • Merchant Navy wasn’t able to win the Golden Rose Stakes, but it returned in fine order to scorch home in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. The three-year-old for Aaron Purcell was well-back during the run, but it picked a path through runners to nab Invincible Star on the line. It looked the winner with 100m to go, but Merchant Navy showed why it was so highly respected earlier this season.
  • Flying Artie was the second-string runner from the Mick Price stables, but it proved to be the best three-year-old sprinter in Australia with a dominant victory. It was well-backed late with punters, but the bookmakers had a field day with the likes of Astern and Extreme Choice both tasting defeat. Read the race report here.
  • The progeny of superstar Choisir, Japonisme was always going to be a tough one in this race. And it proved to be so, even at the huge odds of $21, he had a sweet rid with jockey Glynn Schofield aboard and knocked over Keen Array and Counterattack. It gave master trainer Chris Waller a third win in as many years in the race.
  • Brazen Beau made it two in a row for Waller, the $6.50 chance beating stable mate Delectation – a gaudy $51 – and Kuro, also $6.50, to win the race and complete a trifecta of Sydney horses.
  • Star Hoop Jimmy Cassidy claimed his 100th group one win aboard Zoustar, giving Waller his maiden win in the race by defeating Notlistenin’tome and Lion of Belfort.
  • Nechita’s brilliant win was over shadowed by stunning revelations by Patinack Farm trainer John Thomson, who told media after the race that fallen billionaire Nathan Tinkler was struggling that much that he had ran out of feed for the horses and gone weeks without farriers and bedding.

Previous Coolmore Stud Stakes winners

Coolmore Stud StakesPast Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 September Run Craig Williams Chris Waller
2019 Exceedance Dwayne Dunn Team Hawkes
2018 Sunlight Luke Currie Tony McEvoy
2017 Merchant Navy Mark Zahra Aaron Purcell
2016 Flying Artie Hugh Bowman Mick Price
2015 Japonisme Glyn Schofield Chris Waller
2014 Brazen Beau Joao Moreira Chris Waller
2013 Zoustar Jim Cassidy Chris Waller
2012 Nechita Christian Reith John Thompson
2011 Sepoy Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
2010 Star Witness James Winks Danny O’Brien
2009 Headway Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2008 Northern Meteor Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2007 Weekend Hussler Brad Rawiller Ross McDonald
2006 Gold Edition Jim Byrne Ron Maund
2005 Ferocity Steven Arnold Danny O’Brien
2004 Alinghi Damien Oliver Lee Freedman
2003 Scaredee Cat Steven Arnold Cliff Brown
2002 Innovation Girl Kerrin McEvoy Brian Mayfield-Smith
2001 North Boy Damien Oliver Tony McEvoy
2000 So Gorgeous Nash Rawiller Dan O’Sullivan

Coolmore Stud Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Spargo
1998 Theatre
1997 Show No Emotion
1996 Encosta De Lago
1995 Our Maizcay
1994 Racer’s Edge
1993 Brawny Spirit
1992 Quegent
1991 Tierce
1990 Bureaucracy
1989 Courtza
1988 Zeditave
1987 Kaapstad
1986 Zephyr Cross
1985 Campaign King
1984 Royal Troubador
1983 Top Post
1982 Rancher
1981 Rose Of Kingston
1980 Sardius
1978 Manikato
1978 Manikato
1978 Manikato
1977 Ballyred
1976 Surround
1975 Toy Show
1974 Plush
1973 Taj Rossi
1973 Taj Rossi
1972 Century
1973 Taj Rossi
1971 Tolerance
1970 Eleazar
1969 Vain


For two-year-olds (1863–1965)
The event was run in the autumn.

1965 Star Affair
1964 Thredbo
1963 Munich
1962 Royal Centaur
1961 Blue Era
1960 Reinsman
1959 Travel Boy
1958 Nilento
1957 Ace High
1956 Gay Sierra
1955 Sir Newton
1954 Acramitis
1953 Yungawee
1952 Lenity
1951 Beau Silhouette
1950 Flying Halo
1949 St. Comedy
1948 Comic Court
1947 Filgaro
1946 Chaperone
1945 Royal Gem
1944 Delina
1943 Scottish Maid
1942 Hesione
1941 High Road
1940 Industry
1939 High Caste
1938 Tactical
1937 Caesar
1936 Fidelity
1935 Bimilla
1934 Arachne
1933 Shakuni
1932 Powerscort
1931 Auto Pay
1930 Thurlstone
1929 Spanish Galleon
1928 Mollison
1927 Royal Feast
1926 Cyden
1925 Los Gatos
1924 Heroic
1923 The Monk
1922 Rosina
1921 Isa
1920 Midilli
1919 Whiz Bang
1918 Red Fox
1917 Thrice
1916 Deneb
1915 Two
1914 Woorak
1913 Andelosia
1912 Wolawa
1911 Sconser
1910 Beverage
1909 Sunny South
1908 The Brewer
1907 Mazarin
1906 Antonius
1905 Charles Stuart
1904 Koopan
1903 Emir
1902 Brakpan
1901 Hautvilliers
1900 Maltster
1899 Condiment
1898 Bobadil
1897 Aurum
1896 Newhaven
1895 Challenger
1894 Destiny
1893 Projectile
1892 Camoola
1891 Penance
1890 Titan
1889 Spice
1888 Volley
1887 Hortense
1886 Chesham
1885 Uralla
1884 Bargo
1883 Archie
1882 Navigator
1881 Royal Maid
1880 Grand Prix
1879 Petrea
1878 His Lordship
1877 First King
1876 Newminster
1875 Maid Of All Work
1874 Explosion
1873 Lapidist
1872 King Of The Ring
1871 Beatrice
1870 The Roe
1869 Lamplighter
1867 Fenella
1866 Sour Grapes
1865 Sea Gull
1864 Lady Heron
1863 Freestone
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