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.
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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.
2020 Begonia Belle Stakes Field, Barriers and Odds
|1||Exhilarates (5)J: Damien Oliver 57kg T: James Cummings||$16.00||$4.50||Bet Now|
|2||Fiesta (13)J: Hugh Bowman 57kg T: C J Waller||$8.00||$2.70||Bet Now|
|3||Diamond Effort (8)J: Ben Melham 57kg T: C W Mcdonald||$4.20||$1.80||Bet Now|
|4||California Zimbol (11)J: Mark Zahra 57kg T: P & P Snowden||$5.50||$2.15||Bet Now|
|5||How Womantic (7)J: John Allen 57kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$14.00||$4.00||Bet Now|
|6||Sisstar (9)J: Michael Poy 57kg T: T & C Mcevoy||$26.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|7||Wayupinthesky (6)J: Luke Currie 56kg T: P & P Snowden||$34.00||$6.50||Bet Now|
|8||Fituese (1)J: Craig Williams 56kg T: John Thompson||$5.00||$2.00||Bet Now|
|9||Miss Iano (14)J: Brian Park 55kg T: Mark C Webb||$91.00||$21.00||Bet Now|
|10||From Within (3)J: Daniel Moor 55kg T: D T O’brien||$26.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|11||Prophet’s Thumb (10)J: Damian Lane 55kg T: A & S Freedman||$21.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|12||Bless Her (2)J: Jye Mcneil 55kg T: Shea Eden||$8.50||$2.90||Bet Now|
|13||Too Good Too Hard (4)J: Luke Nolen 55kg T: P Stokes||$34.00||$6.50||Bet Now|
|14||Zaniah (12)J: James Mcdonald 55kg T: K A Lees||$20.00||$5.00||Bet Now|
BEGONIA BELLE STAKES WINNERS
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)