Gothic Stakes


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    Date: Oct 17, 2020
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    Racecourse: Caulfield
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    Race Distance: 1,400m
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    Prize Money: $175,000


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The Gothic Stakes is a 1400m Listed race held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. It is for three-year-old colts and geldings and is run with set weights plus penalties. In 2020, the race has a prize pool of $175,000 and will be run on Saturday, October 17, the same day as the Caulfield Cup.

The Michael Moroney-trained Alabama Express claimed victory in the 2019 edition of the Gothic Stakes. Hilo finished second for the James Cummings’ stable, while Heirborn placed third. Later in the spring, Alabama Express ran in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, and in 2020 he won the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes.

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Disgraced trainer Darren Weir had great success in the Gothic Stakes before he was banned from the sport. He trained four winners between 2014 and 2017, with his victors including Stratum Star and Snitzepeg.

Alabama Express ran 1:23.66 to claim victory in the 2019 Gothic Stakes, however, it wasn’t the fastest time in the race over the last 20 years. That time belongs to Roubechon, who clocked 1:21.86 in 2005, which was less than a second behind Exceed And Excel’s 1400m Caulfield track record.


2019 – Alabama Express
2018 – Ranier
2017 – Snitzepeg
2016 – Peacock
2015 – Mahuta
2014 – Stratum Star
2013 – Hucklebuck
2012 – Al Aneed
2011 – Galah
2010 – Mr Chard