The Matriarch Stakes is a 2000m Group 2 race for mares aged four and older held at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. It has a $300,000 prize pool and has set weights plus penalties. In 2020, it will be run on the same day as Mackinnon Stakes, which is Saturday, November 7.
Jye McNeil rode Oceanex to victory in the 2019 edition of the Matriarch Stakes, with Miss Siska and Aristocratic Miss running second and third respectively. Greysful Glamour rounded out the first four, less than a length behind the winner. After the win, Oceanex did not race again in 2019.
The first running of the Matriarch Stakes was in 1993, with Gilded Splendor crossing the line first. Arguably the most notable winner was two-time Group 1 winner Suavito, who won in 2014.
No jockey or trainer has quite been able to establish a stranglehold on the race over the last 20 years. However, Damien Oliver did win it in consecutive years in the 2010s, saluting with Suavito in 2014 and following it with a victory aboard Lucia Valentina in 2015.
Oceanex ran 2:03.25 to win the 2019 Matriarch Stakes, however, the fastest race time in the last 20 years belongs to Damaschino. In 2002 the Roger James-trained runner clocked 2:00.69 to win the race.
MATRIARCH STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Oceanex (2:03.25)
2018 – Kenedna (2:03.81)
2017 – Savapinski (2:01.59)
2016 – Jessy Belle (2:04.70)
2015 – Lucia Valentina (2:04.18)
2014 – Suavito (2:01.75)
2013 – Girl Gone Rockin’ (2:04.79)
2012 – Midnight Martini (2:03.15)
2011 – Vintedge (2:01.29)
2010 – Well Rounded (2:02.55)