The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes, also known as the Desirable Stakes, is a 1400m Group 3 race held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It has a prize pool of $200,000, is for mares aged four and older and has set weights plus penalties. In 2020, it will be run on Tuesday, November 3, which is Melbourne Cup Day.
Akari won the 2019 edition of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes for the Widdup stable. Betcha Flying and Xilong finished second and third respectively, with It’s Kind Of Magic rounding out the first four. After winning the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes, Akari took no further part in the spring.
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Lee Freedman had great success in the race during the 2000s, winning it three times between 2001 and 2007. The first of those victories was with Moon Dragon and it was followed by wins with Flame Of Sydney and Belcentra.
Akari ran 1:23.93 to win the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes in 2019, and although it was a solid time, the fastest in the race over the last 21 years came in 1999. Frankie Dettori rode La Zoffany to victory that year and clocked 1:22.00. The Flemington 1400m track record belongs to Lovey, who ran 1:20.60 in 1992.
2020 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes Field, Barriers, and Odds
|1||Fascino (6)J: Hugh Bowman 58kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$17.00||$5.00||Bet Now|
|2||Wild Vixen (7)J: Mark Zahra 56kg T: Levi Kavanagh||$9.50||$3.10||Bet Now|
|3||Lyre (5)J: James Mcdonald 55kg T: A & S Freedman||$4.00||$1.75||Bet Now|
|4||Fabric (15)J: Craig Williams 55kg T: D T O’brien||$9.50||$3.10||Bet Now|
|5||Music Bay (14)J: William Pike 55kg T: P Stokes||$9.00||$3.00||Bet Now|
|6||My Pendant (3)J: Jamie Kah 55kg T: D T O’brien||$26.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|7||Delectation Girl (11)J: Fred W Kersley 55kg T: Matthew Cumani||$51.00||$10.00||Bet Now|
|8||Into The Abyss (13)J: Jordan Childs 55kg T: John Thompson||$34.00||$7.00||Bet Now|
|9||La Tigeresa (10)J: Michael Rodd 55kg T: J Warren & D Krongold||$20.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|10||Parmie (4)J: Damian Lane 55kg T: M Ellerton & S Zahra||$26.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|11||Goldifox (12)J: Lachlan King 55kg T: L & T Corstens||$34.00||$7.00||Bet Now|
|12||Thousand Wishes (2)J: Jye Mcneil 55kg T: D T O’brien||$31.00||$7.00||Bet Now|
|13||The Closer (1)J: John Allen 55kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$16.00||$4.80||Bet Now|
|14||Rich Hips (8)J: Michael Dee 55kg T: T Busuttin & N Young||$14.00||$4.20||Bet Now|
|15||Cordilla (9)J: Damien Oliver 55kg T: D T O’brien||$4.80||$1.95||Bet Now|
HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Akari (1:23.93)
2018 – Pohutukawa (1:23.61)
2017 – Our Crown Mistress (1:22.97)
2016 – Jennifer Lynn (1:23.15)
2015 – Don’t Doubt Mamma (1:22.34)
2014 – Hijack Hussy (1:23.63)
2013 – Moderate (1:23.42)
2012 – Walk With Attitude (1:22.21)
2011 – Combat Kitty (1:23.29)
2010 – Palomares (1:24.45)