The 2017 Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 contest specifically for three year olds held every February at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse. The event is raced under set weight conditions with prize money of $200,000.
The Autumn Stakes is contested over a 1400m trip and grows in importance every year. It is held on the same day as the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes and in the past it has also been known as the D’Urban Stakes.
The Autumn stakes is a crucial event on the Melbourne racing calendar as it leads directly into the Group 1 Australian Guineas held at Flemington nearly a month later.
Some horses may use the Autumn Stakes as a first up test while others may be well into their preps making fitness a key issue, especially given the set weight conditions.
Over the years there have been plenty of horses go on to great things from the Autumn Stakes and a few well recognised names.
Canny Lad won the Autumn Stakes back in 1991 while Royal Rubiton got up in 1994.
Dash For Cash was the 2002 champion and Special Harmony got the prize in 2004.
Apache Cat is undoubtedly one of the biggest winners after his 2006 triumph while recent champs include Denman in 2010 and Dusty Star in 2011.
2017 Autumn Stakes Field
The final 2017 Autumn Stakes field was released on Wednesday, February 8th. You can find the Autumn Stakes field and barrier draw below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2x710210x5||ATTENTION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8||58kg||86|
|2||7x21x531x5||PEACOCK||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||4||57kg||76|
|3||3×21632114||OAK DOOR||Robert Smerdon||Damian Lane||7||56kg||72|
|4||6×1141||SNITZSON||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||3||56kg||74|
|5||112x||RUTHVEN||Ciaron Maher||Luke Nolen||2||56kg||74|
|6||46×131||KNOWABLE||Steve Richards||Regan Bayliss||1||56kg||67|
|7||137×25||REDOUBLE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||6||56kg||69|
|8||31||NONE BETTER||Mitchell Freedman||Ben Melham||5||56kg||62|
2017 Autumn Stakes Nominations
|1||2x710210x5||ATTENTION||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|2||1978×5||AWAKE IN GRINZING (NZ)||G||3||Danny O’Brien|
|4||1x41113x2||JENNIFER LYNN||F||3||Darren Weir|
|6||51429×3||LAND OF PLENTY||C||3||Grahame Begg|
|7||3×21632114||OAK DOOR||C||3||Robert Smerdon|
|9||137×25||REDOUBLE||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|11||6×1141||SNITZSON||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
Autumn Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Autumn Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2018||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2017||1 Oak Door||2 Attention||3 Knowable||1:23.5|
|2016||1 Mahuta||2 Sailing By||3 Snoopy||1:23.4|
|2015||1 San Nicasio||2 Zebulon||3 Firehouse Rock||1:23.6|
|2014||1 Thunder Fantasy||2 Rock Hero||3 Late Charge||1:23.8|
|2013||1 Mulaazem||2 Fiveandahalfstar||3 Super Cool||1:23.7|
|2012||1 Pied a Terre||2 Proliferate||3 Adamantium||1:24.7|
|2011||1 Dusty Star||2 Under The Eiffel||3 Eclair Mystic||1:22.5|
|2010||1 Denman||2 Guru Bob||3 Most Immediate||1:23.3|
|2009||1 Fravashi||2 Nicconi||3 Heart Of Dreams||1:22.8|
|2008||1 Light Fantastic||2 Vivacious Spirit||3 Viatorian||1:23.2|
|2007||1 Catechuchu||2 Haradasun||3 Eclair Passion||1:24.7|
|2006||1 Apache Cat||2 God’s Own||3 Empress Lily||1:24.7|
|2005||1 Shinzig||2 Not A Single Doubt||3 Danehill Express||1:23.4|
|2004||1 Special Harmony||2 Youth||3 Dane Fever||1:23.5|
|2003||1 Titanic Jack||2 Storm Prince||3 Step Ahead||1:25.1|
|2002||1 Dash For Cash||2 Barkada||3 Zonked||1:24.1|
|2001||1 Desert Sky||2 Desert Eagle||3 Crop||1:25.1|
|2000||1 Sudurka||2 Skymaker||3 Noble Sensation||1:24.0|