Moir Stakes

Group 1

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    Date: Sep 25, 2020
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    Racecourse: Moonee Valley
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    Race Distance: 1,000m
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    Prize Money: $500,000


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The Moir Stakes is a Group 1 1000m sprint held run at Moonee Valley Racecourse. The weight-for-age race has a total prize pool of $500,000 and will be run on Friday, September 25.

Often many horses you see compete in the Moir Stakes will push towards the Manikato and the VRC Sprint Classic.

In 2019, star sprinter Nature Strip saluted as the favourite in the Moir Stakes, edging past Miss Leonidas and Sunlight in a great race. The gelding then went onto compete in The Everest before winning the VRC Classic.

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The first edition of the Moir Stakes was run back in 1976, with Scamanda claiming victory. Since then, some of the greatest to take to the turf have won the race, including Manikato, Schillaci, Miss Andretti, Apache Cat, Buffering and the legendary Black Caviar.

The Moir Stakes was a Group 2 known as the Schweppes Stakes when Black Caviar claimed victory in 2010 and 2011. However, as of 2013 it has been classed as a Group 1.

There have been a number of horses who have been good enough to win the race in consecutive years. With Me did it in 1990 and 1991 and as mentioned earlier Black Caviar achieved the feat by winning in 2010 and 2011. The most recent horse to do it was Buffering, who won in 2014 and 2015.

Nature Strip clocked 0:57.78 to win in 2019, however it’s not the fastest 1000m Moir Stakes of the last 20 years that has been run. Bart Cummings’ Magic Music claimed victory in 1999 in a stunning time of 0:57.56. It’s worth noting that from 2007 to 2014 the race was 1200m.

Moir Stakes Field

The Moir Stakes is a Group 1 that leads into many more of the top sprint races in the Spring Racing Carnival so the fields are normally very strong. This year nominations close on September 21 and final acceptances are announced on September 23.

1Trekking (2)J: John Allen 58.5kg T: James Cummings$9.00$3.00
2Hey Doc (11)J: Luke Currie 58.5kg T: T & C Mcevoy$15.00$4.40
3Jungle Edge (10)J: Ms Jade Darose 58.5kg T: M A Bell$12.00$3.70
4Ashlor (4)J: Daniel Stackhouse 58.5kg T: D J Mccarthy$41.00$8.50
5Bold Star (13)J: Craig Williams 58.5kg T: G V Richards$26.00$6.00
6Bella Vella (1)J: Jamie Kah 56.5kg T: Will Clarken$7.00$2.50
7Pippie (5)J: Damian Lane 56.5kg T: J & C Meagher$8.00$2.80
8Diamond Effort (6)J: Ben Melham 56.5kg T: C W Mcdonald$10.00$3.30
9Fabergino (8)J: Peter Knuckey 56.5kg T: Tiarnna Robertson$4.50$1.90
10Brooklyn Hustle (9)J: Mark Zahra 56.5kg T: J Warren & D Krongold$17.00$5.00
11Hanseatic (7)J: Jye Mcneil 52kg T: A & S Freedman$14.00$4.00
12Away Game (3)J: Dean Holland 50kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$8.00$2.80
13Bella Nipotina (12)J: Dean Yendall 50kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$20.00$5.00


Moir Stakes Betting

In 2019 punters were very pleased with James McDonald riding Nature Strip to victory in the Moir Stakes as the horse was well backed and had a starting price of $3.30. Of late, it has been a handy race for punters with a lot of horses who have had decent supporting managing to cross the line in first.

Moir Stakes Results

As mentioned, Nature took home the 2019 Moir Stakes for Chris Waller, beating out Miss Leonidas by just 0.2L. Luke Currie wasn’t far behind onboard Sunlight, while Faatinah rounded out the first four.

1Nature StipChris WallerJames McDonald$3.30
2Miss LeonidasShaun DwyerStephen Baster$31
3SunlightTony & Calvin McEvoyLuke Currie$6
4FaatinahDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigJamie Kah$31
5Bons AwayCiaron Maher & David EustaceMs Linda Meech$15
6MerylLee CurtisDean Yendall$101
7EduardoSarah ZschokeBrian Park$15
8TrekkingJames CummingsKerrin McEvoy$6.50
9The BostonianTony PikeDamian Lane$13
10BookerMathew Ellerton & Simon ZahraDamien Oliver$18
11ViridineJames CummingsBen Melham$19
12Tactical AdvantageKris LeesBrenton Avdulla$31
13Winter BrideToby & Trent EdmondsTommy Berry$51
14Assertive ApproachMichael, Wayne & John HawkesDwayne Dunn$26
15Ball of MuscleJoseph PrideGlyn Schofield$20


2020 – Pippie
2019 – Nature Strip
2018 – Viddora
2017 – She Will Reign
2016 – Extreme Choice
2015 – Buffering
2014 – Buffering
2013 – Samaready
2012 – Buffering
2011 – Black Caviar
2010 – Black Caviar