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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
2 11×5 ANDAZ G 3 Chris Waller 69
3 14x24x14 AZAZEL C 3 Tony McEvoy 79
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
7 11 ESPERANCE G 3 James Cummings 69
8 11×1 JUKEBOX C 3 Ciaron Maher 80
9 3112×4 LIMESTONE F 3 Darren Weir 78
10 2618 LONE EAGLE C 3 Mick Price 69
11 1x MACTIER G 3 Mick Price 63
12 1 METSON G 3 Michael Moroney 63
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.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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