The 2018 Pago Pago Stakes is a Group 2 contest bringing together the best two year old talent from the colts and geldings ranks. The event is held annually at the end of March at Rosehill during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.
The race is contested over a trip of 1200m under set weight conditions and pays out $175,000 in prize money.
The Pago Pago Stakes takes on even extra importance as well with the winner gaining a ballot exemption for the Golden Slipper a week later.
The race can often be a desperate and hard fought affair with trainers and jockeys having one last shot at getting their horse into the Golden Slipper field.
This guarantees fantastic racing and is a must watch for punters with a view ahead to the Golden Slipper.
Stratum is the latest horse to have claimed a Pago Pago Stakes / Golden Slipper double with his wins in 2005.
The Pago Pago Stakes is held on Rosehill Guineas Day at Rosehill, one of the biggest days on the entire calendar.
Previous winners of the event include Strategic in 1995, Shogun Lodge in 1999, Tickets in 2009 and recently Salade in 2011.
2018 Pago Pago Stakes Field
Nominations for the Pago Pago Stakes are usually released on the Monday prior to the race, alongside the nominations for most other events held on the day.
The Pago Pago Stakes field is usually announced on the Wednesday, allowing punters a solid chance to get into the form guide prior to the race itself.
Because it’s a major event for top quality two year old colts and geldings, the Pago Pago Stakes field often features some of the best rising talent in the country.
The 2018 Pago Pago Stakes field is below.
|1||1×11||WRITTEN BY||Grahame Begg||Jordan Childs||4||55.5kg|
|2||212×6||RAGGED RASCAL||Paul Perry||Stephen Baster||7||55.5kg|
|3||116||SANDBAR||Brad Widdup||Christian Reith||6||55.5kg|
|4||1x48x||LEGISLATION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Corey Brown||1||55.5kg|
|5||42×2||SPIN||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||2||55.5kg|
|6||14||ZOUSAIN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||10||55.5kg|
|7||8×2||IRUKANDJI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||13||55.5kg|
|8||1||RINGERDINGDING||Edward O’Rourke||Jason Collett||14||55.5kg|
|9||1||ROOSEVELT||James Cummings||Tye Angland||3||55.5kg|
|10||3×6||TOULOUSE||David Payne||Tim Clark||8||55.5kg|
|11||3||VIRTUAL INSANITY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Blake Shinn||11||55.5kg|
|12||43||VEGA ONE||John P Thompson||Michael Dee||9||55.5kg|
|13||4||CHABREET||Peter & Paul Snowden||Joshua Parr||5||55.5kg|
|14||5||MANDALONG TAPIT (USA)||Gary Nickson||Jay Ford||12||55.5kg|
Pago Pago Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Pago Pago Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2018||1 Written By||2 Sandbar||3 Spin||1:10.2|
|2017||1 Single Bullet||2 Ducimus||3 Coruscate||1:12.4|
|2016||1 Souchez||2 Chimboraa||3 Mount Panorama||1:10.4|
|2015||1 Tarquin||2 Rageese||3 Odyssey Moon||1:11.5|
|2014||1 Time For War||2 Kumaon||3 Klammer||1:12.8|
|2013||1 Sidestep||2 Dothraki||3 Fuerza||1:10.5|
|2012||1 All Too Hard||2 Narcissus||3 Limes||1:11.2|
|2011||1 Salade||2 Boys On Tour||3 Exceed And Exalt||1:11.5|
|2010||1 Brightexpectations||2 Blackball||3 Hinchinbrook||1:10.8|
|2009||1 Tickets||2 New Day Rising||3 Stryker||1:11.2|
|2008||1 Sidereus||2 Over The Wicket||3 Dubai To Sydney||1:11.9|
|2007||1 Deferential||2 Cecconi||3 Acey Ducey||1:10.5|
|2006||1 Tarleton||2 Empires Choice||3 Rubric||1:10.6|
|2005||1 Stratum||2 Power Of Destiny||3 Seidnazar||1:09.2|
|2004||1 Genius And Evil||2 Fastnet Rock||3 High Priority||1:10.1|
|2003||1 Danbird||2 Hipwell||3 Winestock||1:10.2|
|2002||1 Planchet||2 Choisir||3 Strictly Smart||1:09.9|
|2001||1 Red Hannigan||2 Dash For Cash||3 Shags||1:09.9|
|2000||1 De France||2 Ombra Della Sera||3 Veteran||1:11.5|