The James HB Carr Stakes is a Group 3 set weight plus penalty turf race of 1400 metres for three-year-old fillies held at Randwick during April.
The race is reportedly getting a prize money boost from $200,000 to $250,000 for 2024.
James HB Carr Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1400m
Prize Money: $250,000
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When Is The James HB Carr Stakes: 20/4/24
What Time Is The James HB Carr Stakes: TBA
Where Is The James HB Carr Stakes: Randwick Racecourse
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More Details about the James H.B. Carr Stakes
The 2023 winner Olentia took the top prize of $109,000 by beating six others, including two shorter priced favourites.
Our limited typing skills and declining motor skills incline us to make future references to the race as the James Carr Stakes.
race is held at an important Sydney autumn meeting at Randwick that offers two Group 1 races that trace origins back to the earliest days of Australian racing. Those two races, the All Aged Stakes and the Champagne Stakes offer a combined 316 years of Racing history as of 2023.
Randwick also offers three other Group 3 races in addition to the James Carr Stakes.
History of the James H. B. Carr Stakes
Named in honour of James H. B. Carr, former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club from 1974 to 1983, the race commemorates his contributions to NSW racing ever since 1986.
From the first jump in 1986 and through 2013, the race tips was Listed grade, finally jumping to Group 3 classification in 2014.
trip has remained constant at 1400 metres, has always jumped at Randwick and has always supplied a clean winner except for 1987, the second year for the race, when a dead heat occurred between Fiorita and Rainbow High.
Venue for the James H. B. Carr Stakes
Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, NSW is the only home the James Carr Stakes has ever had.
Early racing on the site in the 1830s was snuffed out in the 1840s and the facility was used strictly for training purposes. Fresh life was breathed into the track in the 1860s when the Australian Jockey Club made Randwick its headquarters.
Constant growth now finds Randwick hosting 20 Group 1 races annually and enough Group 2 and Group 3 races that Randwick claims the bragging rights for now, although Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne needs about four more Group races to equal the boast.
Along with some of the most prestigious and historically significant races in the country, Randwick is host to The Everest, a special conditions race from 2017 that started out as a $15 million race and is soon or already is a $20 million race.
For a 1400 metre race at Randwick, the jump is from a chute on the west side of the course, directly opposite the grandstands. A short straight run is followed by a slight bend that connects to a short straight ahead of the final turn and the 400 metre home straight to the finish line at the grandstands o the east side of the facility.
Racing History of the James H. B. Carr Stakes
There is not a lot of history for the race, as it started in 1986, but that affords the opportunity to look closer at the winners and see if we can mine any gems from the list of three-year-old fillies to win the James Carr Stakes.
We hope to discover a Group 1 winner or two, some that beat better horses, made good incomes from racing and possibly made bigger contributions to the sport of racing through breeding.
The winner of the first James Carr Stakes was named Signal To Noise.
She was a 1982 foal by Baguette from a British dam named Broken Voice. As a racer, she left us the data that along with winning the James Carr Stakes, she was second to Faris King in the Listed Carbine Club Stakes of that year.
She did record eight wins, but it is safe to assume that those wins were the sorts that young, up-and-coming fillies collect on the non-metro venues. As a daughter of Baguette, she offers a connection to the significant sire Star Kingdom, so her stud output would have had some expectations. She supplied two colts and two fillies. One, Maestros Mischief by Salieri won $240,000.
The year 1987 offered a dead heat between Fiorita and Rainbow High. Rainbow High had Baguette as grandsire. Her Australian sire was Hit It Benny and beyond his sire Baguette and his dam Dark Jewel, the balance of that line was northern hemisphere with the exception of a couple of long-ago mares. After racing, she supplied three foals that left no impression on racing.
The co-winner Fiorita had an impressive pedigree, but we know of only two wins – the dead heat with Rainbow High and some other anonymous race. She supplied four foals, all of which won some money, but the top earner La Moulin earned just $70,000, and the other three considerably less.
The 1987 winner Lanyard was a Kiwi filly resulting from shuttle stallion breeding, with U.S. sire Crested Wave and New Zealand dam Rope Trick.
Her modest earnings from racing were just $71,000 from 12 jumps for two wins and four placings. Her other good results saw her placed in the Group 2 Surround Stakes, the Group 3 Light Fingers Stakes and the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes.
Served by Bletchingly twice, Marscay twice and Al Akbar once, none of Lanyard’s foals were good racers. Four wins between the five of them and less than $70,000 in prize money.
The 1989 winner Galspray was another modest racer to win the James Carr Stakes. In the same calendar year, she placed in the Group 2 Surround Stakes and the Listed Analie Handicap.
Of five foals by lessor sires, Galspray had one handy type in Gullcatcher, a 1996 gelding by Bite The Bullet that won 11 races and placed in 10 to bring in $295,000.
Miss Uvana was the winner in 1990 and she very clearly fits the pattern of James Carr Stakes winners that we have seen thus far. Other than her win in this race, we learned nothing about her as a racer.
Three fillies, two by Forest Glow and one by Bureaucracy could not earn stable fees at the most modest of operations.
The winner in 1991 was Quiet Queen. Like many other winners of the James Carr Stakes, Quiet Queen had a line extending to Star Kingdom through her sire King Hadrian and grandsire Biscay.
She quietly earned $241,000, thanks to wins in the 1990 Mercedes Benz (MRC Twilight Glow Stakes) at Sandown and the 1992 Southern Cross Final at Rosehill, with a second to Whisked in the 1991 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes.
None of her four fillies and one colt earned above $100,000, but four of the five won some money.
Ride The Rapids, the winner in 1992, was the sort we would skip if we were chronicling a big race with a long history and copious notable winners. We think she made 13 jumps for four wins and three placings, but her earnings fell short of $100,000.
As a broodmare, she was the producer of 13 named foals, with top sires such as Elvstroem, Exceed And Excel, Flying Spur and Redoute’s Choice all serving her. Eleven of her 13 earned some money as racers. The top producer was the filly River Dove by Hurricane Sky that won $514,000, including a Group 1 win in the Oakleigh Plate over North Boy with Choisir third.
Flitter won in 1993 and her racing supplied $807,000 in prize money from her 39 jumps for 9 wins and 12 placings. Her big win was the 1994 Doomben 10,000 where she beat better types All Our Mob and Bint Marscay. In 1995, she captured her second Group 1 when she won the Winfield Classic.
She was a top breeding mare, served more than once by Zabeel, with foals by Octagonal, two by Danzero, Flying Spur and Danehill. None of her offspring were big earners, but that happens and often, mediocre racers go on to supply great racers.
The 1994 winner Hot To Race was second in the Group 2 Foster’s Cup, finishing just ahead of Schillaci, so for one brief moment, Hot To Race was racing in the top echelon. She won other races in Queensland and her win in the James Carr was over Group 1 winner Kapchat.
The 1995 winner Georgia Belle shall remain unexamined, although after racing she supplied three foals to Octagonal and another to Canny Lad, but her best, a 2003 gelding by Gilded Time earned just $86,000.
The 1996 winner Seika was a daughter of Canny Lad. She was a handy racer, winner of seven races and $372,000. Group 1 winner Ruffles was behind Seika in the James Carr Stakes.
She was served by the best sires, including Lonhro that got a gelding named Clown Master out of her that won $589,000.
We are at a stage in our history of the James Carr Stakes where we feel it is not necessary to examine in detail the handy types that have won the race. From here on in, if a winner of the race did not do something extraordinary, such as win a Group 1, beat one of the better types, earn $1 million in prize money or serve as dam to a notable champion, we will ignore those winners.
Another Canny Lad daughter, Prairie, won the race in 1997. She was ahead of Cox Plate winner Dane Ripper when she won. She supplied five foals, but none made it to the $100,000 earning plateau.
When Poppett won in 2000, she beat three time Group 1 winner Spinning Hill.
Secret Liaisons, the 2001 winner supplied Reigning To Win, a gelding by King Of Kings that won $888,000 from a staggering 138 jumps.
We finally found a better type in the 2003 winner Private Steer.
Her 20 jumps produced 12 wins and 5 placings for over $3.4 million. She had Group 1 wins in the 2003 Stradbroke Handicap, the ATC All-Aged Stakes and the Doncaster Handicap. She beat Grand Armee to win that one.
She was handy as a broodmare, supplying nine foals, including Second Bullet by Encosta De Lago that won $614,000.
Red Tracer was an exceptional racer that won the James Carr Stakes in 2011.
She won 15 races from 38 jumps, with an additional 14 placings to reel in more than $2.3 million. She had Group 1 wins in 2013 when she beat Streama to win the Tatts Tiara to go with the win in the Myer Classic.
She was a failure at stud; just two foals came out of her, with no wins by either.
The 2013 winner was Missy Cummings.
She made just four jumps for three wins and couch change for prize money. She only supplied three fillies at stud, but one was Mizzy by Zoustar that won over $1.6 million.
Moving into the final few years of the history of the James Carr Stakes, winners often are either active or are too close to the racing careers to present any offspring.
The 2020 winner Rubisaki broke the million dollar barrier with her earnings of $1.2 million from 20 jumps for eight wins and five placings.
She never won after winning the race, despite 10 jumps, but she did place in the Group 1 Robet Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in 2021.
After 2011 winner Red Tracer, with the possible exception of Rubisaki, the winners of the race were average that raced with reasonable expectations of their abilities.
For now, the final winner we will examine is 2022 winner Espiona.
She did exceed her expectations by winning over $1.8 million from just 16 jumps for six wins and three placings. Her Group 1 win was the 2023 Kennedy Stakes (Coolmore Classic) at Rosehill. She received a slot in The Everest in 2023, but she finished seventh in her most recent jump.
The James H.B. Carr Stakes holds a prestigious slot on the racing calendar and has supplied a few better types for winners, as well as some progeny that exceeded the racing of their dams.
We found a few Group 1 winners, a few million dollar earners and some that could have been our answer to what was that one doing in this race.
James HB Carr Stakes Past Winners
|2021||All Hallows' Eve|
|2012||Angel Of Mercy|
|2002||Trail Of Gold|
|1994||Hot To Race|
|1992||Ride The Rapids|
|1986||Signal To Noise|