Premiere Stakes News

Fourteen sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting horses. Our Boy Malachi has not been seen at the races since finishing fourth in the Group 1…


Premiere Stakes

Held at the beautiful Randwick Racecourse in late September or early October as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 race for thoroughbred sprinters.

The 2016 Premiere Stakes will be held on Saturday, October 1st.

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Conducted over 1,200m under weight-for-age conditions, the Premiere Stakes is one of five Group status races held on Epsom Super Saturday. The other major events running on the same program include the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m), the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m).

The Premiere Stakes was previously held on a smaller race day alongside the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Hill Stakes (1900m) and the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m), giving punters plenty of variety and excitement!

The Premiere Stakes is worth $200,000 in prizemoney and can attract a similar field of runners to earlier weight-for-age races including the Group 3 Missile Stakes (1100m) at Randwick in early August and the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Usually contested by handy local gallopers, some of the best Premiere Stakes runners may continue their spring campaigns targeting the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick the following week.

The flagship race of the Australian Calendar is the Melbourne Cup which is on the first Tuesday in November. Check Ladbrokes.com.au for the latest Melbourne Cup odds and field.