Memsie Stakes

Memsie Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: August 28, 2021
Location: Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1400m

The Group 1 Memsie Stakes is the first Group 1 of the Victorian racing season and is one of the premiere sprint races in country.

The 1400m weight-for-age event has a purse of $1 million and is a major lead-in race to the spring carnival features which include the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October.

Gaining Group 1 status in 2013 after the victory of Sincero a year prior, the Memsie Stakes features a long list of champion winners and it provided them with a good starting point for the new season.

Markets typically open mid-year for the Memsie Stakes, once bookmakers get a better feel of which horses will be competing in the spring carnival. With the Memsie Stakes being a major form race for the likes of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, bookmakers will offer plenty of betting options and Memsie Stakes promotions leading into the race.

2021 Memsie Stakes betting

Can Behemoth claim back-to-back Memsie Stakes?

Behemoth has been installed as a $6 joint-favourite as he looks to become the first horse to win consecutive Memsie Stakes since Sunline did so in 2000 and 2001.

Joining Behemoth at the top of the market is with $6 also available for the 2020 Futurity Stakes winner.

Doncaster Handicap winner and Tofane who took out the Stradbroke Handicap and Tatts Tiara are the other runners in single figures.

Best Memsie Stakes bookmakers

Given the Memsie Stakes is the first Group 1 cab off the rank in Victoria, it’s understandable that the punters make plenty of moves in this race.

All our trusted bookmakers offer markets on the sprint race well in advance of the race date. You can find our comprehensive reviews below.

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Betting on the Memsie Stakes

The Memsie Stakes is loved by punters as the favourites have performed well in the past. Six of the last 10 favourites have won with an average price of $6.30 and only one of 10 have failed to fill a placing.

Only three winners since 1983 have paid double figures which included Dissident in 2014 and Group 1-winning star Humidor in 2018. The worst finish by a favourite was Poetic King (11th) and champion Octagonal which finished a disappointing seventh as the $1.80 favourite.

The Memsie Stakes has an honour roll that is up there with some of the best races in Australia. The likes of Atlantic Jewel, King’s Rose, Miss Finland, Maybe Diva, Magical Miss, Sunline and Dane Ripper all taking this race out in the last 25 years.

2020 Memsie Stakes result

1stBehemoth ($3.30)
2nd ($3.90)
3rdGlenfiddich ($2.15)

Recent Memsie Stakes results

  • Behemoth finally broke through for his maiden Group 1 success when demolishing a star-studded field in the 2020 Memsie Stakes. Having drawn barrier two, Craig Williams lobbed the David Jolly-trained Behemoth in the box seat on the rails just off the leaders. When the gap appeared at the top of the straight, Williams quickly had his mount levelled up to the leaders and the quickly exploded away to stamp his claim as one of the horses to follow in the spring.
  • Scales Of Justice produced a fine turn of foot on the back of a genuine tempo to claim the 2019 Memsie Stakes. Dean Yendall rode him a treat and despite need to hold out proven Group 1 performers like Avilius and Hartnell in a gripping edition of the Memsie Stakes, it was trainer Lindsey Smith who had the last laugh with his seven-year-old gelding.
  • In a field filled with Group 1 talent everywhere you look it was the Darren Weir-trained Humidor that registered the first major title of the 2018/19 Melbourne spring. Short-priced favourite Vega Magic looked to have the race sewn up at the 200m mark but a charge of horses came, including Weir’s Australian Cup winner. Humidor surged up the inside and recorded a brilliant win at huge odds.
  • Lindsay Park sprinter Vega Magic was considered one of Australia’s best sprinters, but many put him at the top of the list after a dominant Memsie win. After jumping well Vega Magic took to the front of the field and was never headed. The champ railed beautifully and kicked away at the 300m mark to win from Black Heart Bart and Tosen Stardom.
  • Darren Weir had a four-horse charge in 2016 and it was Black Heart Bart which prevailed. A strong pace was set up front by Charmed Harmony which allowed the multiple group-one winner to charge late. Cups aspirant Rising Romance battled on well for second and Mahuta put in a seasons-best effort for third. Black Heart Bart was the clear $2 favourite in the market.
  • South African jockey Glyn Schofield provided an absolute gem of a ride aboard Boban to score the win in 2015. Boban had been well-favoured in the betting at $4.50, but it looked beaten during the run as it was cramped for room along the inside. Schofield didn’t panic, however, and produced a great rails-run ride to give five-time group one winner Boban the victory.
  • The Peter Moody-trained Dissident came into the Memsie Stakes as a $10 chance with bookmakers, but no-one told the horse that. Dissident stalked the pace before pulling three wide around the Caulfield home bend and produced a scintillating sprint to score the easy win. That kick-started what was an Australian Horse of the Year-winning season for Dissident which added another four group 1s to its list. The $10 price was the longest odds in the last 10 years.
  • Atlantic Jewel won three group ones in a career cut short by injury. The mare won nine of 10 starts which featured the 2013 Memsie Stakes and what a race that was. Coming back from a 16-month break, Atlantic Jewel was the red-hot favourite to win, but not many believed it would trounce the field with distinct ease. The champion mare breezed up to its rivals on the turn and jockey Michael Rodd didn’t even move a muscle. It won by two lengths easing down and could have won by 10. It was one of the best modern-day performances we have ever seen and one that deserves more attention.
  • Sincero came into the Group 2 2012 Memsie Stakes as a former group one winner and its run for fourth in the Handicap earlier that year gave punters confidence to make it the $2.50 favourite. Sincero was a fan favourite, coming from the provincials to win some of Australia’s biggest races and the Memsie Stakes was the last race Sincero ever won. Sadly it was never the same horse again, but what a way to bring up its last win.
  • Peter Moody scores another Memsie Stakes with King’s Rose which fought off numerous challengers down the Caulfield straight. Bookmakers closed it at $6.50 in the betting as the Memsie Stakes field was very even that year. The talented type proved too tough over Heart Of Dreams which was a more than capable type in its own right.

Memsie Stakes winners

Memsie StakesPast Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Behemoth Craig Williams David Jolly
2019 Scales Of Justice Dean Yendall Lindsey Smith
2018 Humidor Damian Lane Darren Weir
2017 Vega Magic Craig Williams David & & Tom Dabernig
2016 Black Heart Bart Brad Rawiller Darren Weir
2015 Boban Glyn Schofield Chris Waller
2014 Dissident Ben Melham Peter Moody
2013 Atlantic Jewel Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
2012 Sincero Michael Rodd Stephen Farley
2011 King’s Rose Peter Moody
2010 So You Think Steven Arnold Bart Cummings
2009 Mic Mac Danny Nikolic Greg Eurell
2008 Weekend Hussler Brad Rawiller Ross McDonald
2007 Miss Finland Craig Williams David Hayes
2006 El Segundo Darren Gauci
2005 Makybe Diva Stephen King Lee Freedman
2004 Regal Roller Mark Flaherty Clinton McDonald
2003 Le Zagaletta Brett Prebble Lee Freedman
2002 Magical Miss Steven Arnold Bart Cummings
2001 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee
2000 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee

Memsie Stakes winners pre-2000

Memsie Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Sir Boom
1998 Dane Ripper
1997 Tarnpir Lane
1996 Sir Boom
1995 Island Morn
1994 Bundy Lad
1993 Palace Reign
1992 Naturalism
1991 Redelva
1990 The Phantom
1989 Almurtajaz
1988 Rancho Ruler
1987 Rubiton
1986 Dazzling Duke
1985 Delightful Belle
1984 King Delamere
1983 Red Tempo
1982 Manikato
1981 Silver Bounty
1980 Tolhurst
1979 Arbre Chene
1978 Crepellox
1977 Wave King
1976 Plush
1975 Battle Sign
1974 Nandalie Lass
1973 Zambari
1972 Longfella
1971 Cyron
1970 Ahjay
1969 Fileur
1968 Galilee
1967 Grey Spirit
1966 Yangtze
1965 Yangtze
1964 Future
1963 Coppelius
1962 Webster
1961 Lord
1960 Lord
1959 Lord
1958 Lord
1957 Syntax
1956 Rising Fast
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