The Century Stakes, also sometimes known as the Absolut Stakes, is a 1000m Listed sprint held at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. The race has set weights plus penalties and a prize pool of $150,000. In 2020, it will be run on Thursday, November 5, which is the same day as the VRC Kennedy Oaks.
Craig Williams rode Soothing to victory in the 2019 Century Stakes, with Ball Of Muscle and Badajoz finishing second and third respectively. The next time Soothing raced was in 2020 in the Group 1 Galaxy, where she finished mid-field.
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The Century Stakes has an impressive history, with some great horses claiming victory in the race over the years. Two-time Everest winner Redzel won the race in 2016 and the year before that The Quarterback crossed the line first. Superstar Lankan Rupee saluted in 2013, which was the same season he won the Oakleigh Plate, Newmarket Handicap and TJ Smith.
Over the last 20 years, only one horse has won the Century Stakes in consecutive years. Into The Night was successful in 2002 and then again in 2003, however, interestingly the wins were with different jockeys.
As of 2011, the Century Stakes has been run over 1000m. Since then, the fastest winning time was recorded by Atmospherical who clocked 0:56.45 in 2014. Soothing, who won the 2019 edition of the race, ran 0:57.30 to cross the line first.
2020 Century Stakes Field, Barriers and Odds
|1||Graff (3)J: Damien Oliver 59kg T: D T O’brien||$4.80||$1.75||Bet Now|
|2||Crystal Dreamer (10)J: Damian Lane 58.5kg T: M Ellerton & S Zahra||$14.00||$3.60||Bet Now|
|3||Garner (6)J: Craig Williams 58kg T: G V Richards||$12.00||$3.40||Bet Now|
|4||I Am Someone (2)J: Ben Melham 57kg T: M M Laurie||$31.00||$6.00||Bet Now|
|5||Mystyko (7)J: Ben Allen 57kg T: T Rogers||$81.00||$16.00||Bet Now|
|6||Ancestry (4)J: Michael Poy 57kg T: P Stokes||$3.90||$1.50||Bet Now|
|7||Fiesta (9)J: Hugh Bowman 56.5kg T: C J Waller||$4.50||$1.65||Bet Now|
|8||Villami (5)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 56kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou||$6.50||$2.20||Bet Now|
|9||Varda (1)J: John Allen 55kg T: James Cummings||$5.50||$1.95||Bet Now|
|10||Knowles (8)J: Jamie Kah 55kg T: J Warren & D Krongold||$91.00||$19.00||Bet Now|
CENTURY STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Soothing (0:57.30)
2018 – Thermal Current (0:57.33)
2017 – Ball Of Muscle (0:56.81)
2016 – Redzel (0:56.72)
2015 – The Quarterback (0:57.96)
2014 – Atmospherical (0:56.45)
2013 – Lankan Rupee (0:57.41)
2012 – General Truce (0:56.65)
2011 – Rocking Force (0:57.58)
2010 – Temple Of Boom (1:04.28) (1100m)