Coolmore Stud Stakes

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 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 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 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 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.

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

2019 Coolmore Stud Stakes result

1stExceedance ($3.80)
2ndBivouac ($1.30)
3rdLibertini ($4.80)

Recent Coolmore Stud Stakes runnings

  • 2019:
    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.
  • 2018:
    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.
  • 2017:
    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.
  • 2016:
    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.
  • 2015:
    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.
  • 2014:
    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.
  • 2013:
    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.
  • 2012:
    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.
  • 2011:
    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

Year Winner
2019 Exceedance
2018 Sunlight
2017 Merchant Navy
2016 Flying Artie
2015 Japonisme
2014 Brazen Beau
2013 Zoustar
2012 Nechita
2011 Sepoy
2010 Star Witness
2009 Headway
2008 Northern Meteor
2007 Weekend Hussler
2006 Gold Edition
2005 Ferocity
2004 Alinghi
2003 Scaredee Cat
2002 Innovation Girl
2001 North Boy
2000 So Gorgeous
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
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
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

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 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. 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.

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