The 2017 Danehill Stakes is a Group 2 race held every September at Flemington Racecourse during Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. The 1200m sprint for three-year-old’s is worth a quarter of a million dollars and has previously been known as the Black Douglas Stakes, Hilton on the Park Stakes and the L’oreal Plate.
The Danehill Stakes always attracts a big crowd as every 1200m event does at Flemington because it’s run down the famous straight meaning nothing but sheer pace will get your runner home. It’s a follow up of the HDF McNeil Stakes run at Caulfield the week before except obviously with no turn.
The HDF McNeil Stakes aren’t a great form guide for the Danehill Stakes though with the last horse to complete the double coming way back in 1995 with Gold Ace.
The very top three-year-old’s don’t always turn out in force for the event but there’s certainly been more than a few handy winners in its existence.
Point Danger won in 1998 and the classy Fastnet Rock triumphed in 2004.
What will likely go down in history as the most famous horse to ever win the race though is Black Caviar, the best rated horse in the world in 2011 claimed this event in 2009.
2017 Danehill Stakes Field
The Danehill Stakes field is usually comprised of a decent selection of Victorian horses, interstate runners and the occasional foreign raider. Those horses which make it through the acceptances into the final Danehill Stakes field are by and large competent sprinters with a good run in set weights with penalties events. The Danehill Stakes field races over 1200m, making it ideal for most sprinters to have a crack at.
As soon as all details are finalised, the 2017 Danehill Stakes field will be published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2112x||SUMMER PASSAGE||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Mark Zahra||9||57kg||90|
|2||11×1||JUKEBOX||Ciaron Maher||Craig Williams||2||57kg||80|
|3||14x24x14||AZAZEL||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||11||56.5kg||79|
|4||3220x123x6||TAKING AIM||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ben Melham||6||56.5kg||82|
|5||45×141||OVERSHARE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Damien Oliver||5||56.5kg||75|
|6||11110×2||CATCHY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||8||56kg||100|
|7||112×5||AL PASSEM||Ken Keys||Ben Thompson (a)||3||56kg||71|
|8||12×2||PLUTOCRACY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Beau Mertens (a)||10||56kg||71|
|9||11||ESPERANCE||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||1||56kg||69|
|10||3112×4||LIMESTONE||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||7||55kg||78|
|11||12×2||BOOKER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||4||54kg||73|
2017 Danehill Stakes Nominations
The 2017 Danehill Stakes nominations will feature quite a few proven performers who without doubt will present strong runs on Saturday. Due to be released on September 11th, the Danehill Stakes nominations usually attract around two dozen horses. Danehill Stakes nominations will be provided below.
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||112×5||AL PASSEM||C||3||Ken Keys||71|
|4||12×2||BOOKER||F||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||73|
|5||11110×2||CATCHY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||100|
|6||2x26x1x2||ECLAIR SUNSHINE||G||3||Phillip Stokes||65|
|10||2618||LONE EAGLE||C||3||Mick Price||69|
|13||45×141||OVERSHARE||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||75|
|14||12×2||PLUTOCRACY||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||71|
|15||2112x||SUMMER PASSAGE||C||3||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||90|
|16||3220x123x6||TAKING AIM||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||82|
Danehill Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Danehill Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2017||1 Catchy||2 Jukebox||3 Booker||1:10.3|
|2016||1 Saracino||2 Archives||3 Samara Dancer||1:09.8|
|2015||1 Kinglike||2 Raphael’s Cat||3 Ready For Victory||1:09.0|
|2014||1 Rich Enuff||2 Looks Like The Cat||3 Ghibellines||1:08.1|
|2013||1 Charlie Boy||2 Kiss A Rose||3 Eclair Big Bang||1:10.0|
|2012||1 Snitzerland||2 Stralia||3 Rusambo||1:10.5|
|2011||1 Sepoy||2 Hallowell Belle||3 Unique Quality||1:08.7|
|2010||1 Soul||2 Buffering||3 General Truce||1:11.6|
|2009||1 Black Caviar||2 Wanted||3 Rarefied||1:09.9|
|2008||1 Aichi||2 Time Chief||3 Niccconi||1:10.4|
|2007||1 Tan Tat de Lago||2 Scenic Blast||3 Purrealist||1:10.9|
|2006||1 The One||2 Anamato||3 Sharkbite||1:10.4|
|2005||1 Jet Spur||2 Queen of the Hill||3 Stratum||1:09.5|
|2004||1 Fastnet Rock||2 Brannigan||3 Assafa||1:09.2|
|2003||1 Abdullah||2 Critical List||3 Bronc||1:12.0|
|2002||1 Planchet||2 Blur||3 Choisir||1:08.7|
|2001||1 Chongtong||2 North Boy||3 Spectatorial||1:09.0|
|2000||1 St Petersburg||2 Cosset||3 Ceffyl||1:10.4|