23 Oct, 2020
2020 Cox Plate second favourite Armory has been passed fit to start in Saturday’s $5 million contest. However, Aidan O’Brien’s other runner under veterinary inspection Magic Wand has been withdrawn from Saturday... Continue Reading
The Begonia Belle Stakes, also known as the Furphy Sprint, is a 1100m Group 3 race held at Flemington Racecourse. It is for mares aged four and older, run with set weights plus penalties and has a prize pool of $200,000. In 2020, the Begonia Belle Stakes will be run on Saturday, October 31.
Michael Moroney’s Tofane won 2019 Begonia Belle Stakes, beating Pippie and Miss Iano who finished second and third respectively. Tofane took no further part in the spring, however, in 2020 won the Group 1 All Aged Stakes.
The very first Begonia Belle Stakes was won by Covet Thee back in 2005. It didn’t become a Listed race until 2009 and it’s been classed as a Group 3 since 2013.
Some solid horses have won the race over the years, including Very Discreet and Ortensia. The latter finished her career as a two-time Winterbottom Stakes winner.
Tofane clocked 1:04.21 to win the Begonia Belle Stakes in 2019, however, it was a fair way off the best time the race has seen since it became Listed. In 2014 Damien Oliver rode Vain Queen to victory in an impressive 1:02.70.
2019 – Tofane (1:04.21)
2018 – Divine Quality (1:02.82)
2017 – Lyuba (1:03.29)
2016 – Sheidel (1:02.98)
2015 – Pittsburgh Flyer (1:04.44)
2014 – Vain Queen (1:02.70)
2013 – Dystopia (1:03.75)
2012 – Honey Flower (1:03.23)
2011 – Ortensia (1:03.22)
2010 – Status Symbol (1:04.85)