ONE and a half million dollars is on the table for the Coolmore Stud Stakes, run on 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.
2020 Coolmore Stud Stakes betting odds
Anders and Rothfire both head up the markets for bookmakers for the 2020 running of the Coolmore Stud Stakes. Both 3YO’s have returned in fine form in Sydney and look primed for a run in the Coolmore. Doubtland, Farnan and North Pacific are also well in the market.
Horse Betting’s CoolMore Stud Stakes odds will be updated with comparison services closer to the race date.
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.
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2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes result
Recent Coolmore Stud Stakes runnings
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.
Sepoy’s supreme spring of 2011 went undefeated and, while he retired to stud the next year, he ended his career as one of the best sprinters of all time, with 10 wins from 13 starts and almost $4 million in prize money.
Previous Coolmore Stud Stakes winners
|1997||Show No Emotion|
|1996||Encosta De Lago|
|1981||Rose Of Kingston|
For two-year-olds (1863–1965)
The event was run in the autumn.
|1875||Maid Of All Work|
|1872||King Of The Ring|
Most successful trainers and jockeys in the Coolmore Stud Stakes
Master trainer Chris Waller has had his fair share of success in the race, with Japonisme, Brazen Beau and Zoustar all prevailing in consecutive years from 2013-2015.
A trio of jockeys have claimed the Comoro Stud Stakes three times, the most recent Jim Cassidy. He joined Roy Higgins and George Moore in achieving the great landmark.
Tips for betting on the Coolmore Stud Stakes
Make sure it’s fun: Having a bet is one of Australia’s great pastimes. But if you are going to wager your hard earned on the Coolmore Stud Stakes, first and foremost, even before you pick your horse, make sure you actually have the disposable income to use. Don’t use the money earmarked for this week’s power bill to gamble in the hope of greater riches.
Watch where the money goes: If there’s one race over the Carnival to watch significant betting moves it is the Coolmore Stud Stakes, the favourite has gotten up nine times since 2000, whilst the winner of last years Coolmore Stud Stakes was heavily backed the morning of, and saluted as second favourite.
Betting sites and odds on the Coolmore Stud Stakes
Finding a good online bookmaker can be an absolute minefield. You obviously need to find one to place your bet, before you even think about which horse is going to carry your dollars. Don’t sweat it. horsebetting.com.au has gone through the whole deck and found six of the best. Make sure you sign up with more than one to take advantage of the best bonuses and compare odds.