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The 2016 Salinger Stakes, registered as the Linlithgow Stakes, is a Group 2 event run every year at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held in late October, the Salinger Stakes are right in the midst of Australia’s most exciting period of horse racing and when all the bets horses are on show.

The Salinger Stakes is worth [cf “prize_money”] and contested over a 1200m sprint. Being on the Flemington circuit means the sprint is down the main straight making it one of the most looked forward to racing spectacles.

Also known as the Linlithgow Stakes, the event has also been run as The Age Classic in previous years. It also used to be run under weight-for-age conditions before the change in 2007 which coincided with the date change.

The Salinger Stakes is traditionally run on the Derby Day card which is day one of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

There are four Group 1 events on the program including the Victoria Derby, Myer Classic, Mackinnon Stakes and the Coolmore Stud Stakes. Other black-type events held on the day are the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes and three Group 3 events, the Carbine Club Stakes, Lexus Stakes and Chatham Stakes.

The Salinger Stakes always has a quality field of horses on hand and the pace is always very quick.

Lead up events can often include races like the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint or the Group 1 Moir Stakes.

Being on a straight track there is no room to hide over the 1200m and only the toughest horses can keep the pace up to the line.

Because of this the list of Salinger Stakes winners is quite impressive and features some of the best race horses Australia has ever produced.

Planet Ruler won back to back races in 1989 and 1990, something no horse has managed to do since.

The time of 1:07.1 set by Rubitano in the 2002 event is the quickest winning time registered in the Salinger Stakes.

One of the best ever Takeover Target won in 2004 with Glamour Puss winning in 2005 and then going on to claim the Group 1 Darley Classic as well.

More recently Hot Danish won in 2008 with Whitefriars taking out the 2010 event.

2016 Salinger Stakes Field

The Salinger Stakes field attracts sprinters from around Australia. While the majority of horses that enter the Salinger Stakes field usually race out of Melbourne stables, you’ll often see a few runners come from Sydney and even Brisbane barns.

The 2015 Salinger Stakes field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 9x4249x232 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2 58kg 107
2 3223x68x26 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Kerrin McEvoy 3 57.5kg 106
3 3x73525x45 DOTHRAKI Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 11 57kg 105
4 52x445x654 GENERALIFE John O’Shea James McDonald 9 57kg 105
5 12x083x211 KEEN ARRAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 4 56.5kg 104
6 x35217x260 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 55kg 101
7 1116x4x638 DURENDAL Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 10 54.5kg 99
8 156×12114 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Craig Williams 1 54.5kg 98
9 152911×632 WE’VE GOT THIS Greg Eurell Chad Schofield 5 54.5kg 97
10 4015121×12 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 6 54.5kg 96
11 45x111x135 SOUTHERN LEGEND Les Bridge Tim Clark 8 54.5kg 96

2016 Salinger Stakes Nominations

The Salinger Stakes nominations are usually released on the Monday prior to the race. Getting a look at the Salinger Stakes nominations early on can give a punter a fairly hefty advantage at the bookmaker. The usual type to enter the Salinger Stakes nominations is a horse that’s had a few successful starts over similar distances, or even up to 1400m during the spring carnival.

The 2016 Salinger Stakes nominations will be published below.

Salinger Stakes Results

Salinger Stakes winners, place getters and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2015 1 Eclair Choice 2 Hot Snitzel 3 Dothraki 1:09.34
2014 1 Deep Field 2 Driefontein 3 In Cahoots 1:11.05
2013 1 Fontelina 2 Spirit Of Boom 3 Rarefied 1:09.01
2012 1 Fontelina 2 Spirit Of Boom 3 Tiger Tees 1:08.8
2011 1 Sister Madly 2 Rarefied 3 Temple of Boom 1:10.4
2010 1 Whitefriars 2 Beaded 3 Chasm 1:11.1
2009 1 Eagle Falls 2 Turffontein 3 Absolutelyfabulous 1:08.9
2008 1 Hot Danish 2 Fighting Fund 3 Sunburnt Land 1:10.1
2007 1 Swick 2 Great is Great 3 Typhoon Zed 1:08.9
2006 1 Dance Hero 2 Shadoways 3 Miss Andretti 1:08.6
2005 1 Glamour Puss 2 Barely A Moment 3 Cape Of Good Hope 1:08.9
2004 1 Takeover Target 2 Recurring 3 St Basil 1:08.2
2003 1 Ancient Song 2 Into The Night 3 Blessum 1:11.0
2002 1 Rubitano 2 Intelligent Star 3 Cosmic Strike 1:07.1
2001 1 Sudurka 2 Hire 3 Camena 1:08.4
2000 1 Easy Rocking 2 Umrum 3 Tilt The Scales 1:10.0