The 2017 VRC Sires Produce Stakes is a Group 2 event run at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne every March. It is an event specifically for two year olds and has equivalent events in pretty much every other state in the country.
The Sires Produce Stakes format is well proven and the VRC edition is no different. The race stretches for 1400m around the circuit and weighting is done at a set level. The race is worth $200,000 in overall prize money.
The event is run on Flemington’s Super Saturday of racing, the biggest in Melbourne over the autumn. Alongside the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes is the Group 2 Kewney Stakes worth $500,000 as well as the two million dollar Group 1’s, The Newmarket Handicap and the Australian Cup.
The VRC Sires Produce Stakes is an important journey for juvenile horses as it’s the first time they are likely to have stepped out over 1200m at Group level.
It comes on the back of the Blue Diamond Stakes series meaning stamina and fitness play a big role in determining the winner.
For the horses in the best shape Sydney is the obvious option with their top class two year old series leading right through to the world’s richest juvenile race, the Group 1 Golden Slipper.
Other Group 1’s on the cards up in New South Wales are the AJC Sores Produce Stakes and the Champagne Stakes towards the end of the carnival.
A VRC Sires Produce Stakes title is a huge boost to the prospects of a horse going to stud and can springboard a top level racing career.
Horses to come through this race and win include Canny Lad in 1990 and My Duke in 1996.
After that Testa Rossa won in 1999 and Pillaging in 2002.
More modern winners include Group 1 champion Shamrocker in 2010 and Running Tall in 2011.
2017 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1×79||ASPECT||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||9||56.5kg||74|
|2||16||COLESBERG||David Payne||Hugh Bowman||5||56.5kg||68|
|3||3111||ESHTIRAAK||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||1||56.5kg||71|
|4||2×65||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Damian Lane||2||56.5kg||65|
|5||2×4||GROUNDBREAK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||10||56.5kg||64|
|6||47×43||FENG CHU||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Joao Moreira||3||56.5kg||63|
|7||1||TOGA PICTA||John O’Shea||Ben Melham||7||56.5kg||63|
|8||6×2||SIRCCONI||Peter Morgan||Ms Linda Meech||6||56.5kg||62|
|9||4||BLACK SAIL (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Luke Nolen||8||56.5kg||61|
|10||3||YUE FEI||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||11||56.5kg||61|
|11||22||UNDOUBTABLE MISS||Robbie Griffiths||Ryan Maloney||4||54.5kg||62|
VRC Sires Produce Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the VRC Sires Produce Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2018||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2017||1 Sircconi||2 Aspect||3 Feng Chu||1:22.7|
|2016||1 Seaburge||2 Detective||3 Revolving Door||1:23.7|
|2015||1 Jameka||2 Lazumbah||3 Sampeah||1:12.6|
|2014||1 Zululand||2 Awesome Rock||3 Marcado||1:24.3|
|2013||1 Twilight Royale||2 Shamus Award||3 Great Esteem||1:23.4|
|2012||1 All Too Hard||2 Pronto Pronto||3 Road Trippin||1:22.5|
|2011||1 Running Tall||2 Decircles||3 Grand Britannia||1:24.2|
|2010||1 Shamrocker||2 Willow Creek||3 Yosei||1:23.5|
|2009||1 Rostova||2 Bombay Sling||3 Gathering||1:23.4|
|2008||1 Von Costa De Hero||2 Carnero||3 Burgeis||1:23.7|
|2007||1 Incumbent||2 Marching||3 Below Zero||1:22.8|
|2006||1 De Lago Mist||2 Ulfah||3 Danever||1:22.4|
|2005||1 Danger Looms||2 Under The Floor||3 Ferocity||1:22.8|
|2004||1 Barely A Moment||2 Big Poppa Pump||3 Kylikwong||1:24.2|
|2003||1 Winestock||2 Fresh Boy||3 Hammerbeam||1:23.6|
|2002||1 Pillaging||2 Delago Brom||3 Tom Coureuse||1:22.2|
|2001||1 Spectatorial||2 Tuscanos||3 Valkyrian||1:25.3|
|2000||1 Preserve||2 Ponton Flyer||3 Happy Morning||1:23.5|