Herbert Power Stakes

  • Date: Saturday October 8, 2016
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $400,000

2016 Herbert Power Stakes News

Big Memory right for first up tilt at Villiers Stakes

Big Memory right for first up tilt at Villiers Stakes

Big Memory has recovered from a hock injury that kept him out of the Caulfield Cup and is ready for a first up tilt at the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on December 17.

Big Memory, above with yellow cap, is on target to run in the Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo …

The 2016 Herbert Power Stakes is a Group 2 event held in the first couple of weeks of October every year during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on Caulfield Guineas Day. It’s hosted at Caulfield Racecourse where $400,000 in prize money is paid out to the winning connections.

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The Herbert Power Stakes is run over a distance over 2400m which provides a solid staying test to the horses taking on the challenge. In past years it’s also been known as the Presentation Stakes and it is traditionally run on the opening day of the three day Caulfield Racing Carnival. The Herbert Power Stakes shares a bumper race program with the Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Stakes, Toorak Handicap, Thousand Guineas, Schillaci Stakes, Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Sportingbet Sprint Series Final and two listed events.

In recent years the best lead up event coming into the Herbert Power Stakes has been the Group 3 JRA Cup with Alcopop claiming the double in 2009.

From this race the Caulfield Cup is the logical Group 1 test however the record for these runners isn’t good. In fact Master O’Reilly (2007) is the only horse to complete the double in the last two decades.

Surprisingly they have fared better later in the spring when running over 3200m in the Melbourne Cup, Rogan Josh managed the Herbert Power Stakes / Melbourne Cup double in 1999 and a decade later Shocking almost did the same after running 2nd in this event and then winning the Cup.

If this race is producing the odd Melbourne Cup winner it’s not surprising the winners of the Herbert Power Stakes are usually top class.

The time of Rogan Josh was one of the quickest ever in 1999 beaten only by Alcopop in 2009.

Other names prominent on the list include Magneto in 1998, Freemason in 2001, Leica Falcon in 2005 and Dolphin Jo in 2008.

2016 Herbert Power Stakes Field

The Herbert Power Stakes field draws very talented runners each year. It’s one of the classier Group 2 events on the calendar, so you can always expect some Group 1 winners to target the Herbert Power Stakes field.

The 2016 Herbert Power Stakes field is now published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 5821x2x069 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 4 60kg 113
2 2111134×07 HOWARD BE THY NAME Darren Weir Damian Lane 6 53.5kg 100
3 86x8222x30 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Craig Williams 2 53kg 97
4 x8x1153x92 ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 3 53kg 92
5 131130×911 PEMBERLEY (NZ) Ciaron Maher Daniel Stackhouse 1 53kg 89
6 24210×8525 DANDY GENT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Ms Michelle Payne 7 53kg 88
7 976144×362 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) Darren Weir Craig Newitt 5 53kg 87

2016 Herbert Power Stakes Nominations

The Herbert Power Stakes nominations usually attract quite a broad selection of talent, from Victorian stables and also interstate and internationally. The Herbert Power Stakes nominations usually feature a few multiple black-type winners, with the odd Group 1 level horse getting on there as well.

The 2016 Herbert Power Stakes nominations will be published here on Tuesday, October 4th.

Herbert Power Stakes Winners & Results

Herbert Power Stakes results and winning times since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Assign 2 Big Memory 3 Pemberley 2:29.1
2015 1 Amralah 2 Excess Knowledge 3 Bohemian Lilly 2:27.7
2014 1 Big Memory 2 Signoff 3 Let’s Make Adeal 2:26.7
2013 1 Sea Moon 2 Oasis Bloom 3 Simenon 2:29.98
2012 1 Shahwardi 2 Excluded 3 Exceptionally 2:28.8
2011 1 Shewan 2 Tanby 3 Moyenne Corniche 2:30.7
2010 1 Linton 2 Cedarberg 3 Precedence 2:29.4
2009 1 Alcopop 2 Shocking 3 Hissing Sid 2:27.2
2008 1 Dolphin Jo 2 The Wolverine 3 Cefalu 2:30.2
2007 1 Master O’reilly 2 Zavite 3 Reggie 2:30.0
2006 1 Growl 2 Dracs Back 3 Siamun 2:29.3
2005 1 Leica Falcon 2 Sarrera 3 Hugs Dancer (Fr) 2:29.5
2004 1 Rizon 2 Grey Song 3 Zazzman 2:31.7
2003 1 Yakama 2 Physique 3 Vicksburg 2:30.7
2002 1 The Secondmortgage 2 Requiem 3 Thong Classic 2:29.8
2001 1 Freemason 2 The Secondmortgage 3 Rain Gauge 2:30.7
2000 1 Majestic Avenue 2 Bulkhead 3 Bohemiath 2:31.4