HDF McNeil Stakes

  • Date: Saturday August 27, 2016
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3yo, Set Weight
  • Prize Money: $150,000

2016 HDF McNeil Stakes News

Blinkers fire up Hardham for Danehill Stakes

Blinkers fire up Hardham for Danehill Stakes

A dashing gallop with the blinkers on at Caulfield this morning has convinced trainer Mick Price to run Hardham in the Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Defcon, above in green colours, is the early favourite for the Danehill Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Price had originally planned …

The 2016 HDF McNeil Stakes is a Group 3 contest raced annually at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. Scheduled in late August it’s one of the preliminary black type events of the carnival with big ramifications for future events.

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The HDF McNeil Stakes is specifically for three year olds and is raced under set weight conditions. The journey itself stretches for 1200m with $150,000 in prize money on offer to the winners.

The event is held on the Memsie Stakes Day card, a program that really starts to heat up the intensity of horse racing around the country.

Pretty much all the three year olds with ambitions of Group 1 glory later in the carnival will be back racing by the time of the HDF McNeil Stakes meaning there’s always a quality field assembled.

From this race there’s a host of options to be considered for horses of Group 3 ability right up to Group 1 types.

The Thousand Guineas Prelude is often used next up at Caulfield and that can lead into something like the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes as well.

Of course the Group 1 Thousand Guineas itself is another popular option as the first of the top echelon races, along with the Group 1 Crown Oaks for fillies.

Others on the list include the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas as well as the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic.

The biggest of the lot though comes towards the end of the carnival with the Group 1 Victoria Derby the pick of the lot.

Other races to watch out for in between include the likes of the Danehill Stakes and the AAMI Vase.

Given the horses which have passed through this race it’s no surprise to see such talented names printed on the HDF McNeil Stakes winners list.

Danzero won this race back in 1994 with Gold Ace getting up the next year in 1995.

Bel Esprit proved its class with a 2002 win and Miss Finland continued the trend in 2006.

After that Scenic Blast, Starspangledbanner and Sistine Angel have all won the HDF McNeil Stakes.

2016 McNeil Stakes Field

The 2016 McNeil Stakes field is published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2210x DEFCON Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 4 58.5kg 80
2 1216x SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 6 58.5kg 80
3 12020212×2 HIGHLAND BEAT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 3 56kg 72
4 35x45512x PYX CHAMBER John O’Shea Michael Dee (a) 13 56kg 67
5 2x11x BLUE TYCOON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 1 56kg 70
6 413×6 REVOLVING DOOR Clinton McDonald Nicholas Hall 10 56kg 70
7 1225 WAZZENME Stuart Webb Luke Nolen 9 56kg 67
8 330×23 CHINA DREAM Mick Price Craig Newitt 7 56kg 66
9 1×3 HARDHAM Mick Price Damien Oliver 8 56kg 66
10 1 AWAKE IN GRINZING (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 5 56kg 66
11 26 SO SI BON Robbie Laing 14 56kg 63
12 67×342 SIMPLY INVINCIBLE Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Harry Coffey 2 56kg 59
13 5 I’M TOO HOT Mark Riley Stephen Baster 12 56kg 59
14 26x07x KINETIC DESIGN Stuart Webb Luke Currie 11 54kg 66

HDF McNeil Stakes Past Winners & Results

Here you will find a comprehensive list of results for the HDF McNeil Stakes since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD  TBD
2015 1 Gold Symphony 2 Ready For Victory 3 Demonstrate  1:10.5
2014 1 Chivalry 2 Nordic Empire 3 Awesome Rock  1:10.3
2013 1 Fast ‘N’ Rocking 2 Prince Harada 3 Thermal Current  1:10.8
2012 1 Lady Of Harrods 2 Kabayan 3 Shamexpress  1:10.2
2011 1 Golden Archer 2 Cross Of Gold 3 Vatican  1:09.0
2010 1 Sistine Angel 2 Servant 3 Intencion  1:13.4
2009 1 Starspangledbanner 2 Tollesprit 3 Eclair Fastpass  1:10.2
2008 1 Sugar Babe 2 Whogotbeyou 3 Cardinal Virtue  1:10.4
2007 1 Scenic Blast 2 Pins On Parade 3 Marching  1:10.6
2006 1 Miss Finland 2 Haradasun 3 Due Sasco  1:10.6
2005 1 Danerich 2 Line Account 3 Izanami  1:06.7
2004 1 Tahni Girl 2 Classiconi 3 Oratorio  1:04.1
2003 1 Cahula 2 Cross Current 3 Abdullah  1:05.4
2002 1 Bel Esprit 2 Yell 3 Before Too Long  1:01.9
2001 1 Tully Dane 2 Raja Lane 3 King of Prussia  1:05.6
2000 1 Rapid Man 2 Little Dozer 3 Homewrecker  1:06.1