Herbert Power Stakes
Herbert Power Stakes is a 2400m Group 2 race held at Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria. Often used as a lead-up race to for the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, the handicap race has a $400,000 prize pool and is run under handicap conditions. In 2020 it will be held on Saturday, October 10, the same day as the Group 1 Toorak Handicap.
The Chosen One won the 2019 edition of the Herbert Power Stakes, with Prince Of Arran and Sully finishing second and third respectively. Both The Chosen One and Prince Of Arran went on to race in the Melbourne Cup` with the latter finishing second, just 0.2L behind Vow And Declare.
The race was first run as the Eclipse Stakes back in 1898, with Cocos taking out the victory. It has since been renamed the Herbert Power Stakes, taking its name from the former chairman of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club, Herbert Power.
A number of champion horses have claimed victory in the Herbert Power Stakes, amongst them are Wakeful, Poseidon, Rising Fast, Arwon and Rogan Josh. Both Wakeful and Poseidon won the race in consecutive years, a feat that the likes of Dashing Beau and Durham have both since replicated.
The Chosen One clocked 2:27.52 to win the race in 2019 but it wasn’t the fastest winning time in the race over the last 20 years. That belongs to Yucatan, who in 2018 managed to run a 2:26.47.
HERBERT POWER STAKES WINNERS
2019 – The Chosen One (2:27.52)
2018 – Yucatan (2:26.47)
2017 – Lord Fandango (2:27.67)
2016 – Assign (2:29.15)
2015 – Amralah (2:27.77)
2014 – Big Memory (2:26.68)
2013 – Sea Moon (2:29.98)
2012 – Shahwardi (2:28.82)
2011 – Shewan (2:30.75)
2010 – Linton (2:29.43)