The 2017 WH Stocks Stakes is a Group 2 event that lights up Moonee Valley Racecourse every September as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is a 1600m test under weight-for-age conditions which is worth [cf “prize_money”].
The WH Stocks Stakes is a mares only event for horses four years and older which provides the perfect lead up to bigger races later in the carnival. The Group 2 Blazer Stakes over 1400m at Flemington and the Group 3 Tristarc Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield are both options for horses that run well in this event.
For the very best of the mares they may even be targeted towards Group 1 level in the Myer Classic at Flemington on derby day.
The Stocks Stakes doesn’t usually attract an absolute top line field and is often overshadowed by the Group 1 Moir Stakes on the same night. Other events held on the night include the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes, the Group 3 JRA Cup and the Group 3 Champagne Stakes.
Having said that there has still been more than a couple of handy mares to win the Stocks Stakes as part of a very good racing career.
Sunday Joy won this race in 2003 with Tuesday Joy taking the race in 2008.
She’s Archie (2004), Devil Moon (2007) and Avienus (2010) are all among the winners of the event.
2017 Stocks Stakes Field
The Stocks Stakes field tends to attract mares who had decent three or four year old campaigns. The mares who race in the Stocks Stakes field are very much usually group winners with quite a racing history behind them.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||23×0653111||HELL OR HIGHWATER||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dean Yendall||9||57kg||101|
|2||1x1380x000||RISQUE (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||3||57kg||92|
|3||16151021×7||LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Hugh Bowman||1||57kg||105|
|4||333x6759x0||HAPPY HANNAH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||2||57kg||92|
|5||213x3116x||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||10||57kg||94|
|6||0471x67x20||FLYING JESS||John Moloney||Tye Angland||8||56.5kg||93|
|7||271183×477||I AM A STAR (NZ)||Shane Nichols||Ben Melham||7||56.5kg||107|
|8||35x2111x08||MONTOYA’S SECRET||Leon & Troy Corstens||Joao Moreira||12||56.5kg||98|
|9||113x256x68||JENNIFER LYNN||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||4||56.5kg||77|
|10||49x30411x0||EXOCET||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||6||56.5kg||85|
|11||x577683x55||SMART AS YOU THINK||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||11||56.5kg||80|
|12||3x6111x02||HEAVENLY DESCENT||Mick Price||Jake Noonan||5||56.5kg||74|
2017 Stocks Stakes Nominations
The Stocks Stakes nominations usually feature a range of mares. While rarely exceeding the acceptance limit greatly, the Stocks Stakes nominations nevertheless are observed by punters to gather a bit of understanding of the expected spring campaign of several horses.
When the 2017 Stocks Stakes nominations are made public on Monday, September 21st, they will be uploaded here.
WH Stocks Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the WH Stocks Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2017||1 I Am A Star||2 Flying Jess||3 Hell or Highwater||1:37.3|
|2016||1 Don’t Doubt Mamma||2 Kaniana||3 Miss Rose De Lago||TBD|
|2015||1 Fenway||2 May’s Dream||3 Scratchy Botttom||1:34.9|
|2014||1 Dear Demi||2 Solicit||3 Commanding Jewel||1:37.8|
|2013||1 Atlantic Jewel||2 Oasis Bloom||3 Oriental Ruby||1:36.9|
|2012||1 Oasis Bloom||2 Spirit Song||3 Chateau Margaux||1:36.9|
|2011||1 King’s Rose||2 Pinker Pinker||3 Lady Lynette||1:37.0|
|2010||1 Avienus||2 Belscenica||3 Lady Lynette||1:38.3|
|2009||1 Zarita||2 Cats Whisker||3 Soul Diva||1:37.0|
|2008||1 Tuesday Joy||2 Devil Moon||3 Bird of Fire||1:36.3|
|2007||1 Devil Moon||2 Brom Felinity||3 Hidden Strings||1:36.4|
|2006||1 Astrodame||2 Brockman’s Lass||3 Belle Bizaare||1:36.1|
|2005||1 Flowerdrum||2 Honest Politician||3 Taken||1:38.5|
|2004||1 She’s Archie||2 Annie La Vie||3 Zumanity||1:41.9|
|2003||1 Sunday Joy||2 Liberty Rose||3 Monde Special||1:36.8|
|2002||1 Gold Lottey||2 Tyrolean||3 Visage||1:38.7|
|2001||1 Lady Marion||2 Tickle My||3 Tyrolean||1:38.7|
|2000||1 Hula Wonder||2 Camarena||3 Mrs Bentley||1:38.4|