The Memsie Stakes is the first Group 1 contest in of the racing season in Melbourne, and it is contested over the 1400m at Caulfield. In 2020, the race will be run on Saturday, August 29th.
With the race being run so early in the season, it generally attracts a high quality field of top-line middle distance runners who are kick starting their spring campaigns, as well as a crop of slightly less talented, but fully fit sprinter-miler types who are looking to snag a Group 1 before the stars are wound up and peaking.
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There are some exceptional names in the past winners’ list, with Phar Lap, Ajax, Comic Court, Manikato, Rubiton, Naturalism, Dane Ripper, Sunline, Makybe Diva, El Segundo, Miss Finland, Weekend Hussler, and So You Think some of the stars that have saluted.
Scales Of Justice took out the 2019 Memsie Stakes, clocking 1:22.14, a race record time, beating Dissident’s 1:22.7 in 2014, and Dane Ripper’s 1:22.8 in 1998.
Memsie Stakes Field
As mentioned, the Memsie Stakes usually attracts a high quality field, including top class middle distance runners aimed at bigger races later in the spring, as well as fully fit sprinter-milers looking to secure a Group 1 against their more fancied counterparts.
A good lead up race for the Memsie Stakes is the P.B. Lawrence Stakes, a Group 2 over the 1400m that is held two weeks prior at Caulfield. Horses that resume in that event can often perform well in the Memsie Stakes.
Here is the field for the 2020 Memsie Stakes:
|1||Regal Power||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||112|
|2||Harlem||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Jamie Mott||107|
|3||Gatting||Peter Moody||Luke Nolan||110|
|4||So Si Bon||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Daniel Stackhouse||106|
|5||Streets Of Avalon||Shane Nichols||Ben Melham||110|
|6||Mr Quickie||Phillip Stokes||Dwayne Dunn||105|
|7||Behemoth||David Jolly||Craig Williams||105|
|8||Iconoclasm||Danny O'Brien||Daniel Moor||101|
|9||Cascadian||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||106|
|10||Begood Toya Mother||Daniel Bowman||Declan Bates||105|
|11||Mystic Journey||Adam Trinder||Billy Egan||112|
|12||Arcadia Queen||Grant & Alana Williams||Damian Lane||110|
|13||Savatiano||James Cummings||Mark Zahra||111|
|14||Princess Jenni||David Brideoake||Ethan Brown||102|
|15||Glenfiddich||Peter Moody||Craig Newitt||88|
Memsie Stakes Results and Betting
Punters have had a good time in the Memsie Stakes as of late, with 10 of the past 12 winners having a starting price of $7.50 or less, with only Humidor ($21) and Dissident ($12) being the knockout results.
|2020||Behemoth||David Jolly||Craig Williams||3.3|
|2019||Scales Of Justice||Lindsey Smith||Dean Yendall||3.7|
|2018||Humidor||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||21|
|2O17||Vega Magic||Hayes & Dabernig||Craig Williams||2.3|
|2016||Black Heart Bart||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||2.1|
|2015||Boban||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||5.5|
|2014||Dissident||Peter Moody||Ben Melham||12|
|2013||Atlantic Jewel||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||2.25|
|2012||Sincero||Stephen Farley||Michael Rodd||3.5|
|2O11||King's Rose||Peter Moody||Luke Nolen||7.5|
|2010||So You Think||Bart Cummings||Steven Arnold||6.5|
|2009||Mic Mac||Greg Eurell||Danny Nikolic||3|
|2008||Weekend Hussler||Ross McDonald||Brad Rawiller||1.73|