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The 2017 Matriarch Stakes is a Group 2 event held each year at Flemington Racecourse in November during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Matriarch Stakes is exclusively for mares and run over 2000m with $300,000 up for grabs.

It is featured on the Emirates Stakes Day card meaning there is plenty of attention on the race which runs on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are two Group 1’s run after this event, the Emirates Stakes and the Darley Classic.

Run towards the end of the spring season, only the mares which have handled the campaign the best will go on to run in this event. While the numbers may be smaller the quality is good given that only the toughest horses can handle the 2000m Group 2 this late in the spring.

For the occasional horse still running at peak after this event the Group 2 Zipping Classic or Group 3 Eclipse Stakes are both options after Flemington, however it’s not a strong form guide.

The Matriarch Stakes has a habit of throwing up the odd roughie every now and again with form lines becoming strained late into the prep.

2010 winner Well Rounded is a good example, jumping at around 50 to 1 with some bookies.

There have been some great performances in the Matriarch stakes over the years headlined by Big Colony which won back to back in 1991 and 1992.

One of the best to win the race was Demerger in 2004 over a game Aint Seen Nothin.

No horse has recorded a time under two minutes but Purple came the closest in 2009 when falling just a tenth of a second short.

She couldn’t repeat the performance in 2010 though running home second to Well Rounded.

2017 Matriarch Stakes Field

The 2017 Matriarch Stakes field will be officially announced on Wednesday, November 2nd, the day after Melbourne Cup Day. The final 2015 Matriarch Stakes field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x910x5668 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Adam Hyeronimus 12 58.5kg 107
2 42212×5034 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 5 58.5kg 102
3 1x67x20220 FLYING JESS John Moloney Jordan Childs 4 56.5kg 99
4 13x3116x59 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent (late alt) 6 56.5kg 93
5 403x512x73 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 10 56kg 95
6 12x2x82111 FALIKA (NZ) Greg Eurell Kerrin McEvoy 2 55kg 89
7 5430×46461 TAHANEE (ARG) Darren Weir Damian Lane 9 55kg 83
8 7683×55427 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle Corey Brown 3 55kg 80
9 0x94122312 TOKEN OF LOVE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Stephen Baster 11 55kg 77
10 1×41142 SAVAPINSKI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 13 55kg 81
11 860×850723 STAR PATRIOT Todd Balfour Noel Callow 7 55kg 62
12 31310×543 CEDAR GRANDE (NZ) Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 8 55kg 65
13 3x600x9623 DANCING HARE Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 1 55kg 61

2017 Matriarch Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Matriarch Stakes nominations will be provided below.

Matriarch Stakes Results

Matriarch Stakes winners and place getters since 2000 are shown below, along with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Savapinski 2 Payroll 3 Token of Love 2:01.5
2016 1 Jessy Belle 2 Sort After 3 Happy Hannah 2:04.7
2015 1 Lucia Valentina 2 Manageress 3 Casino Dancer 2:04.1
2014 1 Suavito 2 Girl In Flight 3 Amanpour 2:01.8
2013 1 Girl Gone Rockin’ 2 Queenstown 3 Keep De Rose 2:04.8
2012 1 Midnight Martini 2 Lake Sententia 3 Crafty Irna 2:03.2
2011 1 Vintedge 2 Stole 3 Skyerush 2:01.2
2010 1 Well Rounded 2 Purple 3 Keep The Peace 2:02.5
2009 1 Purple 2 Moment in Time 3 Lady Lynette 2:00.1
2008 1 Bird of Fire 2 Tan Tat De Lago 3 El Daana 2:05.0
2007 1 Hidden Strings 2 Sovereign Miss 3 Danevade 2:03.9
2006 1 Brom Felinity 2 Pin Up 3 Purde 2:02.1
2005 1 Sutology 2 Storm Alert 3 Aqua D Amore 2:02.1
2004 1 Demerger 2 Aint Seen Nothin 3 Full Spec 2:04.8
2003 1 Sweet Corn 2 Sylvaner 3 Mrs Tendulkar 2:04.4
2002 1 Damaschino 2 Little Miss Quick 3 Terrenora 2:00.6
2001 1 Piper Star 2 Umaline 3 Tickle My 2:01.5
2000 1 Flushed 2 Nova Clause 3 Tickle My 2:02.6

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