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.
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.
|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|