Group Three Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, November 2, 2024|
|Location:||Flemington Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria|
Looking to get into the Melbourne Cup? This is your absolute last chance.
The final of the four ballot exempt races for the Melbourne Cup, the Group 3 Archer Stakes may not hold much in the way of prize money, but a ticket to the race that stops a nation just three days later is enough of a draw card to entice the best stayers in the country out to play.
While backing up to win the Cup may seem like an onerous task, a total of 11 horses have completed the Melbourne Cup/Lexus Stakes double.
The last horse to do it was Shocking in 2009.
Formally known as The Hotham, the race has over 150 years of history in Australian racing and will continue to be an integral part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the future.
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2024 Archer Stakes Final Field
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Previous Archer Stakes Field
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Ladies Man Allan Sharrock Dean Yendall 5 59kg 2 Kalapour Kris Lees Damien Oliver 1 56kg 3 Athabascan John O’Shea James McDonald 3 55.5kg 4 Mostly Cloudy Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tim Clark 6 54kg 5 United Nations Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Spencer 4 54kg 6 Gan Teorainn Chris Waller Jye McNeil 7 54kg 7 Speak Mike Moroney Billy Egan 2 54kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Alegron James Cummings William Buick 8 59kg 2 Great House Chris Waller Brett Prebble 12 57kg 3 Chapada Mike Moroney Jamie Mott 5 56.5kg 4 Crystal Pegasus Chris Waller Mark Zahra 3 56kg 5 Warning Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 9 56kg 6 Makram Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 4 55kg 7 Realm Of Flowers Anthony & Sam Freedman N/A 13 55kg 8 Surefire Chris Waller James McDonald 7 55kg 9 Serpentine Robert Hickmott John Allen 10 54.5kg 10 Interpretation Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 11 54kg 11 Schabau Robert Hickmott Craig Newitt 6 54kg 12 Paternal Chris Waller Damian Lane 14 54kg 13 King Of The Castle Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 1 54kg 14 Wyclif Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 15 54kg 15 True Marvel Matthew Smith Blaike McDougall 2 54kg
2023 Archer Stakes result
Recent Archer Stakes results
- In what will be his final Melbourne Cup Carnival, Damien Oliver has claimed his first victory aboard Kalapour ($5.00) for great mate Kris Lees in the Group 3 Archer Stakes at Flemington. As a ballot exempt race for the 2023 Melbourne Cup, the son of War Command has now booked his spot in the 3200m classic next Tuesday after winning the Archer. Kalapour is now a ($51.00) chance in the 2023 Melbourne Cup futures market with online bookmakers. The race seemed to have no speed on paper before the jump, and that is exactly what appeared as the runners ran out of the straight for the first time, so Oliver chose to take up the lead from barrier one. Oliver allowed Kalapour to settle and run along at his own pace, clocking a few 13-second sectionals down the back straight, which indicated to spectators and punters that they weren’t breaking any records. At the top of the home straight, Oliver released the brakes on the leader and he kicked two-lengths clear of Athabascan ($2.70), and even though the race favourite chased gamely, the Kris Lees-trained stayer held him at bay in the final 100m.
- James McDonald and Chris Waller combined for their first winner of the 2022 Melbourne Cup Carnival with Surefire in the Archer Stakes, as the odds-on favourite proved to be the stronger horse at the end of 2500m. Many commentators thought that the Archer Stakes was Surefire’s to lose and the punters agreed as he was backed in to red figures, winning as the $1.85 favourite with online bookmakers. It looked as though Crystal Pegasus and the leader in the race, Serpentine, were going to fight it out down the Flemington straight but McDonald eventually got Surefire to the outside of those two and let down very nicely to take out the Group 3 event.
- James McDonald and Chris Waller found themselves with an early double on Derby Day 2021 as short-priced favourite Great House won the Group 3 Lexus Hotham Stakes at Flemington. The son of Galileo defied the late drift in the market and will go on to line up in the $7.75 million Melbourne Cup on the quick backup. Great House was tested after settling a long way back, a tactic that proved to be the difference as McDonald got clear out wide down the straight to eventually wear down Mankayan. The five-year-old will now test himself over two miles for the first time on Tuesday, but with only 50kg’s on his back, there’s no question he’s capable of seeing it out.
- Andreas Wohler has given himself a shot at a second Melbourne Cup triumph after Ashrun secured the final place in the field with a late-charging win in the Hotham Stakes. Wohler won the Cup with the Australian Bloodstock-owned Protectionist in 2014 and Ashrun is set to take his place on Tuesday in the same colours. The German trainer was at Flemington on Saturday after serving the mandatory quarantine period for international travellers and said he had a few anxious moments during the run. Kerrin McEvoy settled Ashrun ($5.50) towards the tail of the field and made a sweeping move down the outside to nail Sound ($7.50) in the final bounds. The judge could not separate Brimham Rocks ($6.50) and Future Score ($12) for third, the pair producing the second dead-heat of the program.
- Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien will have four runners in his quest for a second Melbourne Cup after Downdraft booked his spot with a strong win in the Hotham Stakes at Flemington. The European import was borderline to gain a start in Tuesday’s race but his Hotham (2500m) win has sealed the deal. Downdraft joins O’Brien-trained stablemates Master Of Reality, Latrobe and Twilight Payment in Australia’s most famous race.
- Prince Of Arran was the favoured runner to secure the last place in the race that stops a nation, but he didn’t do it as easily as the market suggested. Travelling three and four wide for a lot of the race, A Prince Of Arran hit the front at the 300m and delivered a strong staying performance to hold off a flashing Brimham Rocks to book a place in the Cup.
- Gai Waterhouse had a high opinion of Kiwi import Cismontane, and the horse delivered on her promise. Cismontane lead the entire race and looked to be getting swamped in the final 200m but somehow found a way to fight back and book a spot in the Melbourne Cup just three days later.
- In what could be the best performance in the race’s history, Kerrin McEvoy guided the horse from last to first in a spectacular showing. In what would also become a regular occurrence for punters the luckless Tom Melbourne recorded a second placed finish, a sign of things to come.
- In a driving finish that is the closest margin in recent memory, Excess Knowledge fought on gamely to hold off Zanteca in nail-biting finish. The horse would go on to finish seventh in the Melbourne Cup and sadly never won again.
- Favourite backers were happy after Joao Moreira guided Signoff to a strong win at Racing HQ in Melbourne. Settling midfield, the Magic Man took the horse out at the optimal time and streaked away to win comfortable. The Weir runner went on to round out the first-four just three days later in the Cup.
- Ruscello was a double figure outsider heading into the Lexus but the Irish raider was able to hold out gun runner Let’s Make Adeal in great fashion. The horse would go on to finish a disappointing second last three days later.
- Chris Waller runner Kelinni was somewhat of an afterthought in the market, but the Lexus win proved it had grit to couple with the talent. Kelinni was eighth at the 400m mark but hit the front in the final 100m. Despite looking the goods the horse had to fight to the line to secure the win. The Waller runner went on to finish fourth three days later.
Archer Stakes winners
|Archer Stakes Past Winners|
|2023||Kalapour||Damien Oliver||Kris Lees|
|2022||Surefire||James McDonald||Chris Waller|
|2021||Great House||James McDonald||Chris Waller|
|2020||Ashrun||Kerrin McEvoy||Andreas Wohler|
|2019||Downdraft||John Allen||Joseph O’Brien|
|2018||Prince Of Arran||Michael Walker||Charlie Fellowes|
|2017||Cismontane||Stephen Baster||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|2016||Oceanographer||Kerrin McEvoy||Charlie Appleby|
|2015||Excess Knowledge||Dwayne Dunn||Gai Waterhouse|
|2014||Signoff||Joao Moreiera||Darren Weir|
|2013||Ruscello||Kerrin McEvoy||Ed Walker|
|2012||Kelinni||Nash Rawiller||Chris Waller|
|2011||Niwot||Dean Yendall||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|2010||Maluckyday||Jim Cassidy||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|2009||Shocking||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh|
|2008||Moatize||Michael Rodd||Bart Cummings|
|2007||Sculptor||Lisa Cropp||Peter Mckenzie|
|2006||Maybe Better||Steven Arnold||Brian Mayfield-Smith|
|2005||Strasbourg||Luke Nolen||Bart Cummings|
|2004||Don Raphael||Glen Boss||Kerry Parker|
|2003||Big Pat||Peter Mertens||Robbie Griffiths|
|2002||Requiem||Greg Childs||Tony McEvoy|
|2001||Maythehorsebewithu||Jason Patton||Mike Moroney|
|2000||Brew||Chris Munce||Mike Moroney|
Archer Stakes winners pre-2000
|Archer Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1996||Few Are Chosen|
|1972||Scotch And Dry|
|1956||Fighting Force / Ark Royal / Pandie Sun|
|1941||Son Of Aurous|
|1927||Eridanus / Bicolor|
|1925||King Of Mirth|