The Ladies’ Day Vase is a 1600m Group 3 race for mares aged four and older that is held at Caulfield Racecourse. It is run with set weights and penalties and has a total prize pool of $200,000. In 2020, the Ladies’ Day Vase will be run on Wednesday, October 14, the same day as the Blue Sapphire Stakes and Coongy Cup.
The Ken Keys-trained Spanish Reef won the 2019 edition of the Ladies’ Day Vase, with Rondinella and Fidelia finishing second and third respectively. After the victory, Spanish Reef placed third in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes behind Aristia and Melody Belle.
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The race was first run in 1994 as the Charles Kerville Handicap, with Cyclone Watch claiming the first of back-to-back victories. It had a variety of names before being called the Ladies’ Day Vase in 2014.
No trainer or jockey has been able to establish consistent success in the Ladies’ Day Vase in recent years. In saying that, Craig Williams did manage to ride consecutive winners in the last decade, riding Hi Belle to victory in 2011 and Star Of Giselle in 2012.
Spanish Reed ran 1:38.05 to win the race in 2019, however, it is not the fastest time in the Ladies’ Day Vase over the last 10 years. That honour belongs to Star Fashion, who clocked 1:35.97 to win in 2014.
LADIES’ DAY VASE WINNERS
2019 – Spanish Reef (1:38.05)
2018 – I Am A Star (1:38.73)
2017 – Quilate (1:36.13)
2016 – Euro Angel (1:36.84)
2015 – Miss Rose De Lago (1:36.78)
2014 – Star Fashion (1:35.97)
2013 – Zonza (1:38.05)
2012 – Star Of Giselle (1:37.12)
2011 – Hi Belle (1:36.40)
2010 – Royal Commands (1:40.69)