AJ Moir Stakes

AJ Moir Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1000m

The Moir Stakes is one of only a few Group 1 races ran at night in Australia.

The Group 1 $1,000,000 sprint is run at Moonee Valley in Melbourne and after years of it running on Cox Plate day, the Moir is now ran on a Friday night, a month before the running of the Plate.

Formally known as the Schweppes Stakes, the 1000m weight-for-age race has been won by Australia’s very best superstars and punters always mark it down as a must-bet race. Gaining Group 1 status in 2013, the Moir is recognised as one of Victoria’s top sprinting prizes.

In 2019 the prize money went from $500,000 to $1,000,000 to help prove that the Moir Stakes is indeed one of the best sprint races in the Country. This was the last running of the race, with it won by the Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip.

The Moir Stakes is the perfect lead up for horses competing in either The Everest in Sydney or the Manikato Stakes the night before the Cox Plate at The Valley.

2021 Moir Stakes betting odds

Markets for the 2022 Moir Stakes are currently unavailable.

Best Moir Stakes bookmakers

After gaining Group 1 status markets on the Moir have been going up earlier every year.

Any bookmaker worth their salt has a market on the Moir Stakes at least a month in advance of the race date.

Check with our bookmakers listed below for updated Moir Stakes markets.

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Betting on the Moir Stakes

Buffering won the Moir Stakes three times but only once as a favourite.

The Moir Stakes is a race for the cream of the crop, with plenty of winners coming in at a nice dividend.

The Robert Heathcote-trained Buffering has won three times (2015, 2014, 2012) making it the horse successful horse in this race’s history. Buffering won as the odds-on favourite in 2012, but paid a much better price of $4.50 when winning in 2014.

Along with its three wins, Buffering also finished second in 2013 behind Samaready when it was the $3.50 favourite. It was the first time in five years a favourite had been beaten in the Moir Stakes with the likes of Black Caviar and Apache Cat headling the superstars to have won this great race.

Champion and unbeaten mare Black Caviar won back-to-back A.J. Moir Stakes in 2010/2011 and although the odds were too short for some punters, the spectacle itself was worth watching. There perhaps has never been a more impressive galloper in the Moir Stakes than the undefeated legend.

Black Caviar won as the shortest-priced favourite in modern racing history when it paid $1.05 in 2011. She had won the Schillaci Stakes in her start prior as the $1.07 favourite and those prices were about the norm for Black Caviar in the height of her career.

The biggest-priced winner was Aquilone in 1985. With Pat Hyland in the saddle, the four-year-old caused the upset in a strong field to score at odds of $40.

2021 Moir Stakes result


1stWild Ruler ($10.00)
2ndThe Inferno ($1.40)
3rdTrekking ($2.40)

Recent A.J Moir Stakes winners


  • At the fifth time of asking, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Wild Ruler claimed his maiden Group 1 when taking out the 2021 Moir Stakes. Having settled off the hot speed Profiteer set, Wild Ruler managed to produce a barnstorming turn of foot to claim victory. Having entered the home straight needing a touch of luck, jockey Daniel Moor managed to find a gap and have Wild Ruler storm clear to claim a maiden Group 1 success. The win handed Daniel Moor a second Group 1 win in six days, having paired with Sierra Sue in taking out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
  • On a night where it was favourable to be up on speed, Damian Lane sent Pippie to the front in the Moir Stakes and they simply could not be caught. The way Pippie won the AJ Moir Stakes was similar to how she took out the Oakleigh Plate early in the year. She got an uncontested lead out in front and simply was too fast for the elite field of sprinters trying to run her down.
  • Chris Waller’s superstar galloper Nature Strip came into the 2019 Moir Stakes after a disappointing run in the Concorde Stakes in Sydney. He was able to lead the Moir Stakes field throughout and held out a wall of runners with roughie Miss Leonidas running the race of her life for second and South Australian galloper Sunlight charging home for third.
  • South Australian sprinter Viddora went into the 2018 Moir Stakes having failed in its Melbourne Group 1 attempts, but had success in the west and the south. That changed in September. Nature Strip was all the rage heading into the headline event but when Viddora circled the field at the turn it didn’t look like it was going to get beaten. Brave Smash ran second in its tune up race heading to The Everest.
  • She Will Reign defied a strong on-pace bias to win the 2017 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley. The talented three-year-old filly for Gary Portelli was well-backed in the market, but Russian Revolution held most of the money. It was gone on the turn and She Will Reign used its superior turn-of-foot to fly quickly down the outside with Viddora coming between runners at the same speed. Sheidel ran another quality placing in a big race. Read the report here.
  • Craig Newitt rode Extreme Choice to a famous victory over more well-known rivals Chautauqua and Buffering. There was no doubt over Extreme Choice’s ability, but the Mick Price-trained three year old’s age had raised doubts, with other horses in the race having more experience. A wide barrier draw meant Newitt settled his mount back in the race, but a blistering run home to defeat Heatherly ($16) and Wild Rain ($26). Read full report.
  • You’ve heard it before right? Buffering took up his customary position at the head of affairs and drove the field into the ground. The old boy looked to be wilting heading around the famous Valley turn but he found a kick to hold off Group 1 performer Ball OF Muscle and the fast finishing Angelic Light.
  • If Buffering wasn’t already the people’s horse his second Moir win would go a long way to engineering that moniker. The superstar Lankan Rupee came into the race as the $1.55 favourite but the gelding failed to run down the long-time leader, who once again offered a kick as the long approached.
  • Buffering was looking to record a second-straight win in the Moir but the star had no chance of toppling the gun Mick Price Mare Samaready. Froggy Newitt settled the horse midfield and was caught in sixth position turning the corner a decision to take her wide paid dividends as Samaready streaked away to win by four lengths on the line.
  • In what would be the last time the Moir Stakes would be a Group 2 event, Buffering put on a show for the favourite backers. Leading the entire race, the champ looked tired as the line approached but found his trademark kick as the line approached to hold off a flying Ready To Rip.
  • Peter Moody knew a thing or two about getting sprinters up for Melbourne features and there was no better horse in his stable than Black Caviar. Jumping as a $1.05 favourite, backers had no issues as the champ sat just off the pace before coming to the front at the 400m and going on to record a six length win.


AJ Moir Stakes winners

AJ Moir StakesPast Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Wild Ruler Daniel Moor Peter & Paul Snowden
2020 Pippie Damian Lane Chris Meagher
2019 Nature Strip Kerrin McEvoy James Cummings
2018 Viddora Joe Bowditch Lloyd Kennewell
2017 She Will Reign Kerrin McEvoy Garry Portelli
2016 Extreme Choice Craig Newitt Mick Price
2015 Buffering Damian Browne Robert Heathcote
2014 Buffering Damian Browne Robert Heathcote
2013 Samaready Craig Newitt Mick Price
2012 Buffering Hugh Bowman Robert Heathcote
2011 Black Caviar Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2010 Black Caviar Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2009 Apache Cat Damien Oliver Greg Eurell
2008 Lucky Secret Danny Brereton Tony Vasil
2007 Miss Andretti Craig Newitt Lee Freedman
2006 California Dane Kieren Fallon Lee Freedman
2005 Virage De Fortune Craig Williams Bruce McLachlan
2004 Bomber Bill Steven Arnold Bob Thomsen
2003 Our Egyptian Raine Nash Rawiller Grahame Begg
2002 Spinning Hill Frankie Dettori Guy Walter
2001 Mistegic Glen Boss Lee & Cherie Curtis
2000 Falvelon Damien Oliver Danny Bougoure

AJ Moir Stakes winners pre-2000

AJ Moir Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Magic Music
1998 Show No Emotion
1997 Al Mansour
1996 Spartacus
1995 Quality Gold
1994 Sequalo
1993 Sports Works
1992 Schillaci
1991 With Me
1990 With Me
1989 Good Old Ted / Clay Hero
1988 Scarlet Bisque
1987 Placid Ark
1986 Special
1985 Aquilone
1984 Foystaan
1983 Bold Jet
1982 Manikato
1981 Bold Prospect
1980 Victoria Peak
1979 The Judge / Grey Sapphire
1978 The Judge
1977 Tetranate
1976 Scamanda

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Pete Callander
Pete Callander
3 days ago

Masked Crusader is not even in the filed!