Moonga Stakes

Moonga Stakes

Group Three Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024
Location: Caulfield Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria
Prize Money: $200,000
Distance: 1400m

The Group 3 Moonga Stakes is a 1400m event held as a set weights and penalty contest for horses aged four-years-old and older at Caulfield.

Since the inaugural edition of the Moonga Stakes, the race has been run over 1400m and at Caulfield Racecourse.

After beginning as a Principal Race from 1988 to 1993, the Moonga Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 level from 1994 onwards.

Horses have used the Moonga Stakes as a lead up for a number of Group 1600m races during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.

Notable winners of the Moonga Stakes include Streets Of Avalon (2019), Voodoo Lad (2016), Lucky Hussler (2014), Boban (2013), Love Conquers All (2011), Thorn Park (2003), Assertive Lad (2002), Flavour (2001), Star Dancer (1994), Rough Habit (1992) and Vo Rogue (1988).


2024 Moonga Stakes Betting Odds

Odds for the 2024 Moonga Stakes are currently unavailable.


Best Moonga Stakes bookmakers

The Moonga Stakes isn’t a race that’s on the tip of every punters’ tongue, but rather it is part of the excellent race offering during the spring.

Some of the top online bookmakers will open up Moonga Stakes all-in markets which don’t provide insurance if your selected runner doesn’t start in the race, but the odds are more appealing.

All of our recommended horse betting sites offer betting on the Moonga Stakes and bookmaker bonuses will also be available in the days leading up to the race. Almost all Australian bookmakers have got betting apps available.


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2024 Moonga Stakes Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 Moonga Stakes final field is released.


Previous Moonga Stakes Field

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Mr Maestro Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 2 58.5kg
    2 Silks The Fortune Teller Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Kah 6 58.5kg
    3 Silks Buffalo River Mike Moroney Celine Gaudray 5 58kg
    4 Silks Cuban Royale Robert & Luke Price TBC 11 58kg
    5 Silks Umgawa Leon & Troy Corstens Harry Coffey 1 58kg
    6 Silks Fender Brett Cavanough Damien Oliver 7 57kg
    7 Silks Cause For Concern Shawn Mathrick Ben Allen 8 57kg
    8 Silks Altivo Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 9 57kg
    9 Silks Times Square Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Carleen Hefel 3 56kg
    10 Silks Nunthorpe Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman TBC 10 55kg
    11 Silks Climbing Star Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 4 55kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Lightsaber Peter Moody Luke Nolen 15 58.5kg
    2 Silks Ayrton Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Jamie Kah 17 58.5kg
    3 Silks Regalo Di Gaetano Patrick Payne Michael Dee 13 58.5kg
    4 Silks Sinawann Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 2 58.5kg
    5 Silks Bandersnatch Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 14 58kg
    6 Silks More Than Exceed Phillip Stokes Daniel Moor 3 58kg
    7 Silks Open Minded Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 1 58kg
    8 Silks Ironclad Will Clarken Todd Pannell 8 58kg
    9 Silks Streets Of Avalon Shane Nichols Zac Spain 16 57kg
    10 Silks Shaquero Chris Waller Brett Prebble 11 57kg
    11 Silks Aegon Andrew Forsman Blake Shinn 12 57kg
    12 Silks Wild Planet Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 6 57kg
    13 Silks Catalyst Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 9 57kg
    14 Silks Riddle Me That Matt Laurie Daniel Stackhouse 5 57kg
    15 Silks Old Flame Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 7 57kg
    16 Silks Lady Of Honour Ben & JD Hayes Damien Oliver 10 56kg
    17 Silks Poland (1E) Michael Moroney Craig Newitt 4 57kg

2023 Moonga Stakes result


1stBuffalo River (+250)
2ndClimbing Star (-333.33)
3rdCause For Concern (+105)

Recent Moonga Stakes results

  • Michael Moroney picked up his second feature of the day, as Buffalo River ($3.70) led all the way in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. Celine Gaudray has taken the reins in his last three starts, reaping the rewards of what’s becoming a terrific association, scoring victory two-back in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1400m) at the same course and distance on September 23. It was another front-running special from Gaudray, as Buffalo River pinged the lids to lead throughout, never allowing rivals to get within reach of the seven-year-old in a rich vein of form. Climbing Star ($4.80) and Cause For Concern ($9.50) were the only real challengers late, however, they were playing for second as Buffalo River was already off and gone with the prize.
  • Aegon (+600) has claimed the Group 3 Moonga Stakes over Bandersnatch (+320) and Lady Of Honour (+300) in the last race of the day on Caulfield Cup Day. The win gave Andrew Forsman a treble across Caulfield Cup day after Mr Maestro and Saint Bathans won. Blake Shinn gave this five-year-old gelding a peach of a ride, by going back to the inside and ultimately winning the race by not going around a single horse. Aegon won the final event at a nice price for punters, winning at +600 with online bookmakers, knocking off Bandersnatch in a very tight photo.
  • Buffalo River (+170) won his first Stakes race in the 2022 Moonga Stakes, displaying his trademark toughness after racing on the pace in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield. Under a great ride from Jye McNeil, the son of Nobel Mission held on in the final stages from a fast-finishing King Magnus (+600), with Justacanta (+1500) sticking on for third place.
  • After letting down with a blistering turn of foot, the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Wild Planet (+450) has nabbed Morrissy (+1600) on the winning post to claim the Group 3 Moonga Stakes. Wild Planet was given a perfect ride from Hugh Bowman who settled him behind the leaders and managed to get him home in a photo, with Fifty Stars (+1100) running home nicely into third place.
  • Streets Of Avalon (+400) returned to the winner’s circle at Caulfield on Saturday by claiming the Group 3 Moonga Stakes with Ben Melham on board. Ben Melham took over with 300m to go, and even though he appeared vulnerable, the son of Magnus kept kicking and held on from Variation (+1300) and Royal Meeting (+260), who filled the placings.

Moonga Stakes past winners list

Moonga Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Buffalo River Celine Gaudray Michael Moroney
2022 Aegon Blake Shinn Andrew Forsman
2021 Buffalo River Jamie Kah Michael Moroney
2020 Wild Planet Hugh Bowman Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2019 Streets Of Avalon Ben Melham Shane Nichols
2018 Sircconi Linda Meech John Sadler
2017 Ulmann Damian Lane Darren Weir
2016 Voodoo Lad Brad Rawiller Darren Weir
2015 Vashka James McDonald John O’Shea
2014 Lucky Hussler Glen Boss Darren Weir
2013 Boban Glyn Schofield Chris Waller
2012 Whateverwhenever Craig Williams Liam Birchley
2011 Love Conquers All Darren Beadman Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2010 Rothera Brent Evans Currie
2009 McClintock Glyn Schofield Mark De Montfort
2008 Royal Discretion Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2007 Lord Of The Dance Danny Nikolic Mark Lewis
2006 Perfectly Ready Glen Boss Mick Price
2005 Voliant Darren Gauci Michael Hibbs
2004 Amtrak Steven King Mick Price
2003 Thorn Park Glen Boss Bob Thomsen
2002 Assertive Lad Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2001 Flavour Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2000 Cellar Darren Gauci John Hawkes

Moonga Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

Moonga Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Another Neptune
1998 Buster Jones
1997 Monets Cove
1996 Mamzelle Pedrille
1995 Royal Blue
1994 Star Dancer
1993 Cogitate
1992 Rough Habit
1991 Steineck
1990 Royal Pay
1989 Heavenly View
1988 Vo Rogue

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