Phar Lap Stakes
Winners and Past Results for the 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 topliner. 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.
2013 Phar Lap Stakes
Indianapolis led the way through the middle stages with Ninth Legion not far behind, while Toydini stayed out of trouble after settling worse than midfield for jockey Blake Shinn. At the turn, Ninth Legion looked strong, taking the lead while Toydini was guided to the outside of the field. Toydini, with plenty of racing room, wound up nicely and produced a barnstorming finish which took him past Ninth Legion and all the way to the post, more than two lengths clear of the runner-up. Force Command got an inside run down the straight and was able to sneak along the fence for third place.
2013 Phar Lap Stakes result
2. Ninth Legion
3. Force Command
6. High Shot
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||Heart of Dreams
||My Wanderin' Star