Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||August 28, 2021|
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 Melbourne 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
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.
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.
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
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 Doncaster 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|
|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 & Ben Hayes & 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||Luke Nolen||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||Colin Little|
|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|