- Date: November 3rd
- Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
- Race Distance: 1000m
- Conditions: 2YO Fillies SWP
- Prize Money: $150,000
The 2015 Ottawa Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day.
The Ottawa Stakes is a fillies only race, restricted to two year olds. It is run under set weights plus penalties conditions over 1000m. The Ottawa Stakes pays a total of $150,000 prize money.
The Ottawa Stakes was previously a listed race, but was upgraded to Group 3 prior to the 2014 edition.
Held on Melbourne Cup Day, the Ottawa Stakes shares a race card with the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), Group 3 Maybe Mahal Stakes (1400m) and three listed events; the Melbourne Cup Day Plate (1800m), Desirable Stakes (1400m) and Always Welcome Stakes (1200m).
There aren’t a lot of lead up races. The Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m), held under set weights at Flemington a month previously, is the best race to look to for form. Beside that, fillies come from fairly varied preparations. Some might head down from Sydney following a run in the listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m), while the fair share of the runners tend to come from local stables.
Following the Ottawa Stakes, fillies can choose a variety of paths to follow. Some are rested, while some continue to glean the most from their two year old spring campaign.
The Ottawa Stakes has been known by an enormous number of sponsor names, including, since 1991, the Beck’s Bier Stakes, Neat N’ Trim Uniforms Stakes, Dr Le Winn’s Sprint, Toyota Victoria Stakes, New Honda Civic Stakes, Subaru Stakes, Adams Platform Stakes, Myer Stakes, Ritzenhoff Stakes, Jayco Stakes, Herald Sun Sprint, Schiavello Stakes, AGL Renewable Energy Stakes, AGL Solar Power Stakes, Emirates Airplane Plate and 7News Plate.
The Ottawa Stakes was not held between 1986 and 1990. It was inaugurated in 1978, when there were two editions. That was also the first and last time the Ottawa Stakes ran as a Principal event.
Notable Ottawa Stakes winners include Catalina Queen (1983), Tennessee Magic (1994), Tennessee Midnight (1999), Royal Asscher (2006) and Oakleigh Girl (2013). In recent years the Ottawa Stakes has started producing better and better winners.
2015 Ottawa Stakes Field
Over recent years, the Ottawa Stakes field has developed a reputation for being fairly strong, and for listing a few future group winners. It was the overall enduring quality of the Ottawa Stakes field that led to the race being upgraded following the conclusion of the 2013 edition. This race is definitely worth watching, because there’s almost a guarantee that a future champion mare will be in the Ottawa Stakes field.
The 2015 Ottawa Stakes field will be published below.
|1||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Vlad Duric||8||55.5kg|
|2||BANGS||Richard Jolly||Dwayne Dunn||3||55.5kg|
|3||MOSHKI||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Hugh Bowman||2||55.5kg|
|4||CONCEALER||Tony McEvoy||Zac Purton||10||55.5kg|
|5||EXILIA MISS (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||7||55.5kg|
|6||INFRA DIG||John O’Shea||James McDonald||15||55.5kg|
|7||JESTER JEWEL||Brent Stanley||Michael Walker||13||55.5kg|
|8||MOTOWN LIL||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||12||55.5kg|
|9||NONE AT ALL||John McArdle||Daniel Stackhouse||6||55.5kg|
|10||PEEKING DUCK||Trent Pennuto||Luke Currie||5||55.5kg|
|11||POP||Clinton McDonald||Blake Shinn||1||55.5kg|
|12||PROMPT RESPONSE||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||14||55.5kg|
|13||SECRETARY OF STATE||Alex Macpherson||Craig Newitt||9||55.5kg|
|14||STOP MAKING SENSE||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||4||55.5kg|
|15||TRIS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||11||55.5kg|
2015 Ottawa Stakes Nominations
The Ottawa Stakes nominations tend to draw fairly quality young fillies from around Melbourne stables and often, if they’re worth the journey, from further abroad. As a Melbourne Cup Day race, the Ottawa Stakes nominations attract somewhat more attention than the average race for two year olds. Of course, this is helped by its increased status.
The 2015 Ottawa Stakes nominations will be published below.
Ottawa Stakes Results
Recent Ottawa Stakes results, winners and winning times are provided below.
|2015||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2014||1 Antelucan||2 Thurlow||3 Dagny||0:57.8|
|2013||1 Oakleigh Girl||2 Top Dolly||3 Singularity||0:57.5|
|2012||1 Villa Verde||2 Purrific||3 Thump||0:56.7|
|2011||1 Applegate||2 Snitzerland||3 Alezan Thunder||0:58.5|
|2010||1 Spectrolite||2 Military Grace||3 Dinner Date||0:59.3|
|2009||1 She’s Got Gears||2 Shaaheq||3 Crystal Lily||0:58.6|
|2008||1 Rostova||2 I’m A Smarty Pants||3 Dancescape||0:58.8|
|2007||1 Hips Don’t Lie||2 Marveen||3 Emma Princess||0:58.3|
|2006||1 Royal Asscher||2 Beauty School||3 Love’s Great||0:57.7|
|2005||1 Follow The Till||2 Satin Robes||3 Catechuchu||0:57.9|
|2004||1 Red Hot Mama||2 Sharna Myst||3 Jestajewel||0:58.3|
|2003||1 Flying Firebird||2 Little Chloe||3 Courtney’s Cuddles||0:58.6|
|2002||1 Rinky Dink||2 Arena Star||3 Lanquin||0:57.6|
|2001||1 Flashed||2 Che Bella Mia||3 Fuji Dancer||Unknown|
|2000||1 True Jewels||2 Twin Peaks||3 Karla Keys||Unknown|