The Concorde Stakes is a Group 3 1000m sprint raced with set weights plus penalties at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. It is available to horses aged three years and older and has a total prize pool of $160,000. In 2020, it will be run on Saturday, September 5.
Redzel capped off a sensational three-peat by winning the Concorde Stakes in 2019. The star sprinter beat a small field, with Pierata and Graff finishing second and third respectively. Later in the spring, the gelding would try to complete a three-peat in The Everest, however, finished eighth with Yes Yes Yes taking home the victory.
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The Concorde Stakes was first run in 1990 as a listed race at Rosehill, with West Dancer claiming victory. As of 1997, it has been classed as Group 3, and in 2013 it moved to Randwick after a brief stint at Warwick Farm.
In 2007 the race was not held due to the outbreak of equine influenza, which wreaked havoc in the racing industry.
Superstar sprinter Redzel is the only horse to ever win the race in consecutive year, having claimed victory in 2017, 2018 and 2019. It is worth noting that Decision Time has won the race twice, but did so in 2011 and 2013.
In 2019, Redzel clocked 0:56.28 to win the Concorde Stakes, which was actually the slowest time of its three wins. The fastest time since it became a 1000m race (2011) belongs to Decision Time, who won with a time of 0:56.09. The Randwick 1000m course record is 0:55.72, which was posted by Super Too in 2017.
CONCORDE STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Redzel (0:56.28)
2018 – Redzel (0:56.19)
2017 – Redzel (0:56.23)
2016 – Felines (0:59.33)
2015 – Shiraz (0:57.72)
2014 – Wouldnt It Be Nice (0:59.43)
2013 – Decision Time (0:56.09)
2012 – Tiger Tees (1:04.13) (1100m)
2011 – Decision Time (1:02.80) (1100m)
2010 – Reward For Effort (1:03.38) (1100m)