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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.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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