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The 2017 Blazer Stakes (previously the Rose of Kingston Stakes) is a Group 2 event run at the start of October each year at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is a race specifically for mares and run under set weight conditions.

The Blazer Stakes is contested across a 1400m journey and is worth $200,000 in prize money to the winners. It is run on the same day as the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes and has been previously known as the Honda Prelude, Hardy Brothers Prelude, Jayco Stakes and the Rose of Kingston Stakes.

Being so early in the Spring Carnival many of the mares may go into the Blazer Stakes first up from a spell or from September races like the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes. This means the event can often be tough for punters but nevertheless is always exciting to watch.

From this race mares have options on some of the biggest race days of the spring carnival. They could run on Caulfield Cup Day in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes or on Victoria Derby Day in the Group 1 Myer Classic.

There have been some quality mares compete in the Blazer Stakes over the decades as shown by the consistently quick times.

The best of them belong to 2004 winner Skewiff and 2009 winner Cats Whisker with 1:22.4.

Other impressive efforts have come from Chlorophyll in 1996, Sky Cuddle in 2005 and recent winner Palacio De Cristal in 2010.

2017 Blazer Stakes Field

The Blazer Stakes field is customarily comprised of more experienced mares who have raced extensively at group level. Because it is run under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Blazer Stakes field is usually dominated by the genuinely talented runners.

The 2017 Blazer Stakes field will be published here on Wednesday, September 30th.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x242212x5 PROMPT RESPONSE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 4 58kg 101
2 x88024105x FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Brad Rawiller 16 58kg 100
3 31311214×0 KENEDNA Darren Weir John Allen 2 58kg 93
4 x342117x51 SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3 58kg 98
5 1113x410x9 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Corey Brown 6 57kg 96
6 x23815x810 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Mark Zahra 19 57kg 90
7 x20407x236 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 57kg 100
8 024x94010x SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 17 57kg 101
9 x19242x144 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Ben Melham 5 55.5kg 107
10 122x2220x7 ELLICAZOOM Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1 55.5kg 82
11 95x5134x61 MERRIEST Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 14 55.5kg 85
12 1403x512x7 PAYROLL Richard Laming Jamie Mott 18 55.5kg 94
13 2264111946 SCHISM Aaron Purcell Beau Mertens (a) 11 55kg 94
14 34x48x04x6 NOW OR LATER (IRE) Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 13 55kg 95
15 1467081318 BABY DON’T CRY Peter Morgan Regan Bayliss 10 55kg 81
16 323x112x32 PETITION Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 15 55kg 76
17e 6410374444 GIVE US A GO Craig Anderson Anthony Darmanin 8 55kg 79
18e 1x350x1730 WRITTEN ERA Aaron Purcell 9 55kg 86
19e 5x34067x70 PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Dean Yendall 12 55kg 82

2017 Blazer Stakes Nominations

Each year, a number of proven mares enter the Blazer Stakes nominations. The Blazer Stakes nominations traditionally list some top quality mares who have all taken out quite a few places at group level. The 2017 Blazer Stakes nominations will be uploaded here on Monday, September 28th.

Blazer Stakes Results

Blazer Stakes winners and placegetters since 2000 with winning times are provided below.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Now Or Later 2 Merriest 3 Payroll 1:24.2
2016 1 French Emotion 2 Pure Pride 3 Vibrant Rouge 1:24.3
2015 1 La Passe 2 Manageress 3 Lucky Lago & Jessy Belle 1:22.9
2014 1 Forever Loved 2 Enquare 3 May’s Dream 1:24.8
2013 1 Fire Up Fifi 2 Peron 3 Catkins 1:23.8
2012 1 Mosheen 2 Bonaria 3 Miss Stellabelle 1:23.5
2011 1 Lady Lynette 2 Booklet 3 Dysphonia 1:24.1
2010 1 Palacio De Cristal 2 No Evidence Needed 3 Strawberry Field 1:23.9
2009 1 Cats Whisker 2 Gold Water 3 Dane Julia 1:22.4
2008 1 Bellini Rose 2 Absolute Glam 3 Viking Turf Belle 1:24.1
2007 1 Vormista 2 Bellini Rose 3 El Pauji 1:23.9
2006 1 Divine Madonna 2 Imana 3 Open Cut 1:23.3
2005 1 Sky Cuddle 2 Dea 3 Astrodame 1:23.5
2004 1 Skewiff 2 Infinite Grace 3 Light Sweeper 1:22.4
2003 1 Vocabulary 2 Gazania 3 Galipagos Girl 1:24.1
2002 1 Hosannah 2 Gentle Genius 3 Purple Groove 1:23.8
2001 1 Tickle My 2 Hula Wonder 3 Calm Smytzer 1:25.7
2000 1 Ramano’s Star 2 Fellowship 3 Bumbelina 1:23.7

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