The Darley Furious Stakes is a Group 2 graded thoroughbred race that is held at Randwick racecourse in Spring of each year. The Furious Stakes is a great platform for horses heading into spring with bigger race objectives and gives them the opportunity to have a competitive tune up before hitting there big spring targets.
The Furious Stakes is a horse race for 3 year old fillies and is run at set weight conditions. The Furious is a sprint race where competitors duel it out over a distance of 1200m in September of each year. Prize money for the Furious Stakes currently sits at $200,000 for the Group 2 feature.
History Of The Furious Stakes
Given that Randwick Racecourse has been around for nearly 200 years The Furious Stakes don’t seem that old with the inaugural running in 1986 which was won by a horse called La Cadeau over a distance of 1400m.
The Furious Stakes originally started as a Listed Grade Race over the 1400m until 1994 when the race was upgraded to a Group 3 feature. Up until 2005 it remained a Group 3 before The Furious Stakes was upgraded to a Group 2 where i currently sits today.
The distance of the race has also varied across the space of time with The Furious Stakes starting out life as a 1400m race before being reduced to a 1200m race in 2013.
Royal Randwick has always been the home of the Furious however it has had stints at other racetracks over the years. In the year 2000 the race was held at Rosehill and Warwick Farm is hosting the race 3 times in 2004, 2011 and 2012.
However Royal Randwick Racecourse has always remained the most consistent host of The Furious Stakes with it hosting 30 out of 34 editions of the race.
September has always been the date for the running of the Furious Stakes and plays a pivotal role for horses in the lead up to bigger spring carnival races.
The Furious Stakes, now with a shorter distance, acts as a stepping stone for sprinters who are aiming for Group 1 success in Spring. The main route that many sprinters in the past have followed is to tackle the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stake or Tea Rose Stakes into the Furious Stakes.
From there most of the big runners Darley Furious Stakes into the Flight Stakes at Group 1 level to round out a hat trick of sprint races in New South Wales.
There has been one runner who has won the treble of the Tea Rose Stakes, Furious Stakes and Flight Stakes and that was the might Sunline who completed the hat-trick in 1998.
Race Venue Of The Furious Stakes
As mentioned above The Darley Furious Stakes has been hosted at both Rosehill Gardens and Warwick Farm in the past but Royal Randwick has always been the preferred home for the race since it was first run there in 1986.
Royal Randwick is located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and has been labelled New South Wales racing HQ with it the proud home of the Australian Turf Club (ATC), the governing body who looks after Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm.
The Randwick Racecourse is one of the oldest in the country and was designated land for racing by Governer Macquarie back in the 1800s. Prior to racing taking place at Randwick it took place in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
Randwick was given its Royal seal of approval when Queen Elizabeth II approved the use of the Royal term in 1992. Going forward Randwick became Royal Randwick with the inner track named Randwick Kensington.
Away from the buzz of horse racing Randwick Racecourse is also the venue for many festivals and concerts with the likes of Big Day Out hosted there each year.
In 1995 Randwick hosted an audience with Pope John Paul II which attracted an audience of over 250,000.
Horse racing is popular in the country however even with the draw of greats like Winx the racecourse has never been able to equal the feat since.
Previous Winners Of The Furious Stakes
There have been 35 previous winners of the Furious Stakes with the very first winner being La Cadeau back in 1986.
A popular combination is to run in the Silver Shadow as a lead up to the Furious Stakes and there have been several horses who have done both over time with last occasion it happened being back in 2008 when Samantha Miss completed the double.
The other way we have seen runners of The Furious Stakes go on to compete in the Tea Rose Stakes at Rosehill. Again there have been several winners of both with Samantha Miss in 2008, Mnemosyne in 2005, Prisoner Of Love in 2004, Shamekha in 2003 and Victory Vein in 2002
With the races timing and it’s location in the racing calendar we have been some great horses win the race over the years with the likes of Streama in 2011, Dear Demi in 2012 and Foxplay in 2016 all winning an edition of the Furious Stakes.
None more notable on the winners list than a horse by the name of Winx. The mighty mare won the race in 2014 as a 3 year old. Little did we know the great career she would go on to have winning the Cox Plate 4 times.
The Furious Stakes is a great race and fits perfectly in the schedule of Spring. The reduction of distance back in 2013 gave trainers the perfect race to fine tune there fillies before heading off to the big prize in New South Wales and Victoria.
You only have to look back a few years to see the calibre of entrant to the race with Winx adding the Furious stakes to a growing repertoire of wins she had in her career.
The race is definitely one to keep an eye on and a great race to map form lines into other great races like the Tea Rose Stakes as well as the Flight Stakes.
|Year||Furious Stakes Winner|
|2013||Bound For Earth|
|2004||Prisoner Of Love|