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The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Sandown Racecourse.

Run over 1300m, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a challenging weight-for-age test with $150,000 prize money on offer.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes takes place on the last day of group racing during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Zipping Classic Day. It shares a race program with a host of black type events. These include the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m), Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m), and three listed events, one of which is the Sandown Cup (3200m).

Because the Kevin Heffernan Stakes runs so near to the end of the Spring Racing Carnival, the majority of the contesters are at peak fitness and have had multiple starts in the preceding weeks. There are various paths horses can take to the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, but it pays to keep an eye on the WFA sprints over similar distances.

Following the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, some of the classier types might head over to Perth to contest the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m). For most, however, the paddock will be the next stop.

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 from listed status in 2013. The Kevin Heffernan Stakes was held over 1200m prior to 2004, but that was increased to 1250m for a year. In 2005, the race was contested over 1300m. In 2006 and 2007 it was 1200m, then 1300m again in 2008. In 2013, the race returned to 1200m. In 2014, it was once again 1300m.

Notable Kevin Heffernan Stakes winners include Sports (2000), Super Groove (2003), Gibralter Campion (2007) and Lankan Rupee (2013).

2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Field

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes field usually attracts a fairly talented assortment of runners. As it runs so late in the spring carnival, the vast majority of the Kevin Heffernan Stakes field are well into their campaign and thus have plenty of form for punters to look to.

The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 14119×0725 BURNING FRONT Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 4 59kg 104
2 78×0455129 KEEN ARRAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 7 59kg 104
3 2x50020x26 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 8 59kg 104
4 3512076875 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 3 59kg 105
5 17493×3920 CASINO WIZARD Lee Creek Noel Callow 2 59kg 98
6 11160×8458 BASSETT (NZ) Mick Price Michael Dee 6 59kg 98
7 1121306×1 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5 59kg 82
8 0x8180x781 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Ms Nikita Beriman 1 57kg 103

2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Nominations

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations draw horses from a fairly wide range of preparations and racing backgrounds. Largely, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations hail from Melbourne stables. However, it’s not at all uncommon for an interstate raider to enter the Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations in a final attempt to secure a black-type victory in the spring.

The 2017 Kevin Heffernan Stakes nominations will be listed here.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 11x75x3235 BLACK HEART BART G 7 Darren Weir 1 59kg 114
2 x705x60010 LUCKY HUSSLER G 8 Darren Weir 2 59kg 112
3 14119×0725 BURNING FRONT G 7 Darren Weir 3 59kg 104
4 78×0455129 KEEN ARRAY G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 59kg 104
5 221118×321 HELLOVA STREET G 7 Scott Brunton 5 59kg 104
6 2x50020x26 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 6 Peter Gelagotis 6 59kg 104
7 3512076875 JUNGLE EDGE G 7 Mick Bell 7 59kg 105
8 0x8180x781 OCEAN EMBERS M 5 Shea Eden 8 57kg 103
9 x1111x659x CHETWOOD G 5 James Cummings 9 59kg 104
10 3397374043 RUETTIGER (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 59kg 90
11 17493×3920 CASINO WIZARD G 7 Lee Creek 11 59kg 98
12 1175×31945 GRANDE ROSSO G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 59kg 101
13 11160×8458 BASSETT (NZ) G 5 Mick Price 13 59kg 98
14 51x493x134 RAVI M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 14 57kg 102
15 28x506979x HAZZABEEL (NZ) G 7 Peter Healey 15 59kg 91
16 111x11x257 DESERT LASHES M 4 Shayne Cahill 16 57kg 87
17 1121306×1 THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 59kg 82
18 111x1x35 CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN (NZ) M 4 Anthony Freedman 18 57kg 78
19 20629×7221 RUTHLESS AGENT (NZ) G 4 Kurt Goldman 19 59kg 72

Kevin Heffernan Stakes results, winners and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2016 1 Lucky Hussler 2 Illustrious Lad 3 Super Cash 1:16.4
2015 1 Famous Seamus 2 Generalife 3 Gracious Prospect 1:18.4
2014 1 Fast ‘N’ Rocking 2 Generalife 3 Flamberge 1:17.7
2013 1 Lankan Rupee 2 Hot Snitzel 3 Famous Seamus 1:09.7
2012 1 Mid Summer Music 2 Hot Snitzel 3 Unpretentious 1:17.1
2011 1 Soul 2 Masthead 3 Doubtful Jack 1:18.9
2010 1 Avenue 2 Doubleanny 3 Royal Ida 1:19.3
2009 1 Lucky Secret 2 Posadas 3 Diplomatic Force 1:16.7
2008 1 Captain Bax 2 Posadas 3 Juggle The Books 1:18.5
2007 1 Gibralter Campion 2 Cargo Cult 3 Cocinero 1:11.8
2006 1 Tesbury Jack 2 Cocinero 3 Megadeal 1:08.97
2005 1 Bomber Bill 2 Unabated 3 Air Cooled 1:17.6
2004 1 Brannigan 2 Dandy Kid 3 Mr Lofty 1:17.5
2003 1 Super Groove 2 Recurring 3 Rustic Mist 1:11.0
2002 1 Century Kid 2 Suit 3 Belle du Jour 1:10.1
2001 1 Chattanooga 2 Libidinous 3 Toledo 1:10.1
2000 1 Sports 2 Paint 3 Cullen 1:09.3

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