It is Melbourne’s turn to host a Group One, with the Memsie Stakes to be run over 1,400m at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday. We have analysed every aspect of the race to provide you with a runner by runner preview, along with our best Memsie Sta...
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|Date||Saturday, 27th August, 2022|
|Racecourse||Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia|
The Memsie Stakes is a Group One race over 1400m and officially kicks off the Spring Carnival in Melbourne. It is the first Group One of the season in Melbourne and is often the launchpad for horses preparing for a big Spring campaign. The 2022 Memsie Stakes will be held on Saturday, August 27th and was won by Behemoth in 2021.
The Memsie Stakes is a Group One race over 1400m under weight-for-age conditions at Caulfield Racecourse. It is Melbourne’s first Group One of the new season, being the starting place for most low-to-middle distance runners’ Spring campaign.
After being first run in 1899, plenty of historically great horses have won the Memsie Stakes, including Phar Lap, Ajax, Manikato, Sunline and Makybe Diva. Behemoth became the first horse since Sunline to win multiple Memsie Stakes, when winning for the second straight year in 2021.
Check back in next year when we have a better idea of which horses will be running in the race and we can come up with our Memsie Stakes tips for 2022! However, be sure to read on below to get all of the information you need to know on the history and formlines for the race.
The Memsie Stakes is an Australian Group One race that brings some of the best horses and it attracts the attention of many Aussies who like to have a casual punt on. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Memsie Stakes tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
Keep an eye out closer to race time, as we will list The Sharks’ Memsie Stakes best tips for the race this year in the week of the big race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Memsie Stakes in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Memsie Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Memsie Stakes.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
It is important to be sure what stage of the campaign each runner is in, and whether they have the class to take this out early in the season if they aren’t set for the Memsie Stakes, and have bigger aspirations later in the spring. The past decade has seen a mixture of short-priced favourites win the race, as well as a few at long odds with a fitness edge on their side.
When beginning to look at Memsie Stakes betting, there are a lot of important factors to consider. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Form in the Memsie Stakes a Good Indicator of Future Success?
While previously winning a Group One is always a good indicator for future Group One success, Behemoth showed that if you are good enough, you can repeat as champion in Group One races. He became the first horse since Sunline to win multiple Memsie Stakes, as the mare won in 2000 before winning again one year later. They are two of just three horses to win multiple Memsie Stakes since 1980, with Sir Boom (1996 & 1999) the other.
Since the inception of the Memsie Stakes, in 1899, there have been seven horses to win in back to back years, two horses to win in three straight years and one horse, Lord, to win four straight years.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Memsie Stakes?
The Memsie Stakes has a great track record of favourites coming out and winning. Since 2000, the last 22 editions of the Memsie Stakes have seen 12 favourites win, two more come second and four come third, meaning just four favourites haven’t placed over that stretch.
In 2020, Behemoth jumped as a $3.30 favourite and won by 1.5 lengths and when winning in 2021, he was a narrow second favourite, jumping at $3.20 with Tofane, who finished 3rd, jumping as $3 favourite.
Formlines or First Up?
Given how early in the Spring Carnival the Memsie Stakes is, you get a mixture of horses that are first up, second up or deep into their Winter campaigns. It is always important to see what stage of the preparation each horse is in, as it will give a better indicator for how they perform.
Horses that come into the Memsie Stakes second up, like Behemoth in 2020 & 2021, have had the most success since 1990, winning 16/32 races. Horses that are just starting their Spring campaigns, entering the Memsie first up, are next best with 11 wins over the last 32 years.
Behemoth won the Group Three 1200m Spring Stakes in SA before winning the Memsie in both 2020 & 2021, while Scales Of Justice, winner in 2019, came second in the Spring Stakes, making that the most recent good form guide for the race. In 2018, Humidor tackled the Group Two 1400m PB Lawrence Stakes first up, coming eighth, before winning the Memsie.
When looking at the last 12 years of the Memsie Stakes, since 2010, horses aged five and six have had the most success, winning four times each. Horses aged four are next best with three wins over that period while Scales Of Justice, in 2019, was the outlier, winning as a seven-year-old.
While three four-year-olds have won the Memsie Stakes, there hasn’t been a winner that young since 2014, with the last seven winners all being five or older. Behemoth won as a five-year-old in 2020 and then again as a six-year-old in 2021.
Here is a table indicating the ages of winners of the Memsie Stakes since the 2010 edition:
|Age||# of Wins|
While gender doesn’t always impact success in races, especially Group Ones, it is interesting to see that the last seven Memsie Stakes winners have all been geldings.
In fact over the last 21 editions of the race, since 2000, the race has been won by mares in just seven years, for a 33% strike rate. There have been 12 Memsies won by geldings, the most common occurrence, while horses, ungelded males, have won just twice.
Based on our data that we have analysed so far, your Memsie Stakes best bet is to look for a five or six year old gelding that is first or second up, ideally the latter.
Given the Memsie Stakes is a weight-for-age race and it has been dominated by older geldings of late, it isn’t a surprise to see that horses carrying 59kg have had the most success. In fact, since 2010, the last 12 editions of the Memsie Stakes have seen just two horses carry less than 58.5kg to victory, with those carrying 59kg winning 8/12 years.
Here is a table indicating the weights of winners of the Memsie Stakes since the 2010 edition:
|Weight||# of Wins|
Our Memsie Stakes best bets for 2022 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
If you want the best racing tips for this week’s races, you’ll have to chat to The Shark!
Long before the Memsie Stakes field is officially announced – online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Memsie Stakes betting. This is prime time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on strong contenders for the 2022 Memsie Stakes at double-digit odds.
The 2022 Memsie Stakes odds will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better idea of which horses will be targeting the race and if some horses have a first up run heading into the big race.
Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $10 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.
Depending on when you place a futures bet on the 2022 Memsie Stakes, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
The odds for the 2022 Memsie Stakes are yet to be released, so take a look back at the odds from the most recent running of the event, won by Behemoth. The below table shows the 2022 Winx Stakes odds on Tuesday, August 24th, four days before the running of the event, courtesy of Sportsbet:
|Streets Of Avalon||$15|
* indicates the winner of the race.
^ indicates did not run in the race.
As mentioned, the Memsie Stakes field 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 after a strong winter campaign.
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. However, the past three years has seen the winner come out of the Group 3 Spring Stakes in South Australia. If you are looking for a Memsie Stakes best bet, you can typically look at the P.B. Lawrence or Spring Stakes as a good indicator of who you should follow.
It is way too far away from the 2022 Memsie Stakes to know the field for that event! However, have a look back at the official Memsie Stakes field from 2021, won by Behemoth:
|1. Fifty Stars (59kg)||5||John Allen||Tom Dabernig|
|2. Behemoth (59kg)||8||Brett Prebble||David Jolly|
|3. Streets Of Avalon (59kg)||9||Dean Yendall||Shane Nichols|
|4. Archedemus (59kg)||10||Fred Kersley||M, W & J Hawkes|
|5. Red Can Man (59kg)||7||Michael Dee||David Brideoake|
|6. Sansom (59kg)||2||Ben Allen||Phillip Stokes|
|7. Aegon (58.5kg)||6||Jye McNeil||M Baker & A Forsman|
|8. Beau Rossa (58.5kg)||1||Linda Meech||Will Clarken|
|9. Colette (57kg)||11||Damien Oliver||James Cummings|
|10. Tofane (57kg)||4||Craig Williams||Michael Moroney|
|11. Inspirational Girl (57kg)||3||Damian Lane||Danny O’Brien|
|12. Sierra Sue (57kg)||SCR||SCR||T Busuttin & N Young|
With the race just being run, we have analysed the Memsie Stakes results for 2021! Read on below to get a detailed description of the run.
Behemoth won the race in a tight finish, beating Beau Rossa by just 0.2 lengths, with Tofane 0.7 lengths back in third. Behemoth jumped from barrier eight of 11 and pushed forward to settle fifth in the running. He was forced three wide when Tofane slowed down in front of him, however this enabled him to put the favourite into a pocket and keep her there.
He then had clean air for the entire straight and powered ahead but was slowing down late, just holding on ahead of the fast finishing Beau Rossa.
Both Beau Rossa and Tofane were asked to do too much entering the straight, needing to make room to find a clear path to the line, whereas Behemoth had done his work early and gave himself the best chance of winning.
The two pace setters, Sansom and Red Can Man, finished near the back of the field, while Aegon, Inspirational Girl and Colette all had impressive runs to come from the back of the pack to finish 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2021 Memsie Stakes race:
Take a look back at the full Memsie Stakes results from 2021 below:
|1st||7. Behemoth (8)||Brett Prebble||–|
|2nd||8. Beau Rossa (1)||Linda Meech||0.2L|
|3rd||10. Tofane (4)||Craig Williams||0.7L|
|4th||7. Aegon (6)||Jye McNeil||2.2L|
|5th||11. Inspirational Girl (3)||Damian Lane||2.5L|
|6th||9. Colette (11)||Damien Oliver||2.7L|
|7th||3. Streets Of Avalon (9)||Dean Yendall||2.8L|
|8th||4. Archedemus (10)||Fred Kersley||3.8L|
|9th||6. Sansom (2)||Ben Allen||4L|
|10th||1. Fifty Stars (5)||John Allen||4.3L|
|11th||5. Red Can Man (7)||Michael Dee||6.05L|
The results for the upcoming Memsie Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2019||Scales Of Justice||So Si Bon||Alizee|
|2018||Humidor||Kementari||Kings Will Dream|
|2017||Vega Magic||Black Heart Bart||Tosen Stardom|
|2016||Black Heart Bart||Rising Romance||Mahuta|
|2015||Boban||Entirely Platinum||Stratum Star|
|2014||Dissident||Sweet Idea||Puissance De Lune|
|2013||Atlantic Jewel||Ferlax||Super Cool|
|2012||Sincero||Happy Trails||Second Effort|
|2011||King’s Rose||Heart Of Dreams||Red Colossus|
|2010||So You Think||Whobegotyou||Shoot Out|