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Phar Lap Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Phar Lap Stakes

Phar Lap Stakes

The Phar Lap Stakes is a Group 2 race for three year olds and is run under set weight conditions. This 1500 meter event is held every year by the Australian Turf Club at Rosehill Racecourse in March.

Scheduled during the Autumn Racing Carnival, the race offers a prize worth $175,000. The Phar Lap Stakes is usually scheduled on the same day as the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic and the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes.

Named after probably the most famous horse and a symbol of Australian horse racing, Phar Lap, the stakes was established in 1985 in honor of the only horse in history to be the favorite in three successive Melbourne Cups. He won thirty seven of his fifty one starts and four of these thirty seven wins came on continuous days during the Flemington Spring carnival in 1930, which included the Melbourne Cup.

The Phar Lap Stakes usually finds more talented gallopers, mainly due to the level weight conditions of the event.

The event is usually won by a more than handy galloper, rather than a top-liner. The set weight conditions offer the most talented horses the advantage and the winner most often than not, will certainly compete in the Group 1 events later in the year.

This race has proven to be a good guide to the upcoming group races, meant for three year olds. Horses from here go on to compete in a number of events ranging from the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap to the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby.

Recent winners of the event have been Blackie in 2011, Tickets in 2010 and Heart of Dreams in 2009. Some of the winners who have done well for themselves in recent years are Tickets in 2010, Heart Of Dreams in 2009, Apache Cat in 2006, and Arlington Road in 2002.

2014 Phar Lap Stakes

Chateau Lafaite took the lead as the field settled, rolling along the fence with Liberty's Choice on its outside and Traitor beautifully positioned just in behind. Race favourite Guelph was a little further back, but improving gradually as they came to the turn with Define right on its tail. As the field fanned out at the top of the straight, and the frontrunners faded, Traitor went into the lead, and although Define and Guelph both tried hard to chase him down, the gelding had this all wrapped up, winning by a length over Define, a battling with Guelph not far back in third place.

2014 Phar Lap Stakes result

1. Traitor
2. Define
3. Guelph

Then came:

4. All Cerise
5. Best Case
6. Woodbine
7. Equator
8. High Tec
9. Liberty's Choice
10. Chateau Lafaite

Year Phar Lap Stakes Winners
2014 Traitor
2013 Toydini
2012 Colorado Claire
2011 Blackie
2010 Tickets
2009 Heart of Dreams
2008 Acey Ducey
2007 Just Mambo
2006 Apache Cat
2005 Shania Dane
2004 Only Words
2003 Thorn Park
2002 Arlington Road
2001 Maitland Gold
2000 Lord Essex
1999 Mr. Innocent
1998 Northern Drake
1997 Monet's Cove
1996 Encores
1995 Brave Warrior
1994 Arborea
1993 Kaaptive Edition
1992 My Wanderin' Star
1991 Be Happy
1990 Solar Circle
1989 Flight Schedule
1988 Marwong
1987 Merry Ruler
1986 Periscope
1985 Prince Frolic
1984 Mr. Ironclad
1983 Northern Reward
1982 Calm Joe
1981 Private Thoughts
Trench Digger
1980 Blue Dane
1979 Fralo
1978 Luskin Star
1977 Blockbuster
1976 Cheyne Walk
1975 Knight Reign
1974 Imagele
1973 Toltrice

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