The Batman Stakes is a Listed 1800m race held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. The handicap if three-year-olds and has a prize pool of $150,000. In 2020, it will be run on Thursday, November 5, the same day as the VRC Kennedy Oaks.
Pancho won the 2019 edition of the Batman Stakes, racing past the leaders in the final 150m. Damien Oliver rode Russian Camelot to second, while the Robert Hickmott-trained Highland Jakk placed third. After the victory, Pancho did not race again in 2019.
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Some strong horses have won the Batman Stakes over the years, including Scenic Warrior (2000) and Petrology (2014). However, the most notable of them all is 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare. The Danny O’Brien-trained gelding crossed the line first in the 2018 edition of the Batman Stakes ahead of Junipal and Tavidance.
David Hayes has had good success in the Batman Stakes in the past, claiming victory in the race three times between 2007 and 2014. Two of those wins were in consecutive years, both with Craig Williams riding. Miss Marielle raced home first in 2007 and a year later the trainer and jockey combination won again with Stokehouse.
Pancho clocked 1:51.55 to win the 2019 edition of the Batman Stakes but the fastest time in the race over the last 20 years belongs to Mr. Trickster. The Mick Price galloper ran 1:48.27 to win in 2001.
BATMAN STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Pancho (1:51.55)
2018 – Vow And Declare (1:49.46)
2017 – All Too Huiying (1:49.67)
2016 – Anaheim (1:49.84)
2015 – Hursley (1:54.28)
2014 – Petrology (1:49.20)
2013 – Surge Ahead (1:51.55)
2012 – Flying Skipper (1:48.75)
2011 – Proliferate (1:50.62)
2010 – Backgammon (1:51.85)