THE Group 2 Danehill Stakes is a three-year-old race held at Flemington during the Melbourne spring carnival in September.
It’s run over 1200m with a stake of $250,000 and the race gained massive worldwide popularity when champion unbeaten mare Black Caviar won in 2009.
Run down the Flemington straight on the same day as the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes, the Danehill Stakes is a stallion-making race as past winners have included top stallion Fastnet Rock and also the likes of Jet Spur and Falvelon.
It is one of the must-win races for three-year-olds which are looking to increase the stud value and it carries a VOBIS bonus of $10,000, but it’s also a great betting race for punters. The Danehill Stakes usually attracts a big field of quality runners and the bookmakers have taken a hit over the last few years.
Danehill Stakes bookmakers
Being such a popular betting races, the Danehill Stakes market is offered by all of our recommended bookmakers.
Markets will open in August for the September feature and the all-in market is popular with punters which have been following the two-year-old form from the previous season.
Sportsbet offers specials in the week prior to the Danehill Stakes, but BetEasy will open its market early. This suits futures betting punters that want to lock in the early value.
Notable Danehill Stakes winners
- Black Caviar:
The champion unbeaten mare won in 2009, but it wasn’t as easy as many had predicted. The three-year-old didn’t jump well, but it went forward quickly and eventually held off the fast finishing Wanted by 0.8 of a length. Black Caviar was a short-priced favourite throughout the majority of its career, but punters were able to secure $1.44 for the champion which was a good price at the time. The win sparked the Danehill Stakes back into life and it’s now a major target for most three-year-old sprinters.
- Fastnet Rock:
Less known for its racing prowess and more about its stallion qualities, the win of Fastnet Rock in 2004 proved that great sires can come out of the Danehill Stakes. By Danehill, Fastnet Rock won the race which was then called the L’oreal Paris Plate and it would later become one of Australia’s greatest ever stallions – especially for two and three-year-olds. The race also featured the high-profile New Zealand runner Assafa which was trained by Trevor McKee. It was purchased for $640,000 but managed only a third placing.
In 1999 the Danehill Stakes was called the Chivas Regal and future stallion Falvelon took home the prize. The three-year-old by Alannon scored by 1.3 lengths and the punters enjoyed the win as it paid only $2 in an eight-horse field. It would later carve out a solid career on the track and at stud.
2018 Danehill Stakes result
Recent Danehill Stakes winners
Godolphin gun Encryption surprised the punters at big odds in the 2018 edition of the race. Settling towards the back of the field it looked like victory would be unlikely but after an enterprising ride from Craig Williams the horse pierced through the wall of horses to hit the front and win in the shadows of the post.
Catchy was becoming somewhat of a money pit for punters after winning the Blue Diamond Stakes, failing in the Golden Slipper before finishing second Quezette Stakes, but thankfully the faithful were rewarded in the Danehill. Settling in the back half of the field, Catchy unleashed an withering run to hit the front late in the piece and run away with the race.
New Zealand colt Saracino was having its first Australian start in the Danehill Stakes and it was a winning one. The Murray Baker-trained three-year-old had scored its first career win the start prior and it made it consecutive wins when scoring by just under a half-length over subsequent carnival winner Archives. Saracino was ridden by Damien Oliver and paid $6 with bookmakers. Read the race report here.
The 2015 Danehill Stakes wasn’t one of the better fields, but the Peter Moody-trained Kinglike put away the field by 1.3 lengths. Ridden by Glen Boss, Kinglike settled midfield before charging late down the outside. The wider barrier draws at best down the Flemington straight and the $12 chance used that nicely. Race-favourite Ready For Victory finished in third.
A wide open field was on show at Flemington with the favourite starting at $5. That was Brazen Beau which finished fifth, but since carved out a tremendous career in both Australia and Europe. The winner was the Ken Keys-trained Rich Enuff which started as the second favourite at $6 and only narrowly held on from Looks Like The Cat. Rich Enuff wasn’t able to kick on with it career wise, but the beaten brigade included plenty of class.
Charlie Boy caused a big upset in what turned out to be a tricky race for punters. Safeguard and Gregers were the two hot favourites, but Charlie Boy ran best, winning at odds of $21 with Kiss A Rose in second at $16 and Eclair Big Bang at $17 for third. The win gave Michael Rodd a much-needed win at that time in his career and it turned out to be one of the most competitive Danehill Stakes fields in history.
The bookmakers got burnt big time in 2012 when $1.44 favourite Snitzerland scored the win. Punters didn’t enjoy the run, however, as the Gerald Ryan-trained filly was in trouble down the straight, but a smart ride from Damien Oliver got it into the clear and it edged away on the line. The only problem with this win is that it didn’t beat anything worth noting. Stralia finished in second and Rusambo was in third. There were no other subsequent superstars, but it got the job done well.
Sepoy was another bookmaker buster when it won at extremely short odds of $1.14. The Peter Snowden-trained colt was highly-regarded throughout its entire career and this run was no different. The son of Elusive Quality scored by a length over Hallowell Belle and Unique Quality with future star Mosheen back in fifth place. The three-year-old would eventually race in Dubai without any success.
Danehill Stakes past winners list
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