Run under set weight plus penalty conditions, the 1300-metre Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes is held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney near the end of February or the beginning of March.
The race is restricted to fillies and mares aged three years or older.
Millie Fox Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1300m
Prize Money: $250,000
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When Is The Millie Fox Stakes: 17/2/24
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Where Is The Millie Fox Stakes: Rosehill Racecourse
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More Details About The Millie Fox Stakes
Expat, a mare by Great Britain’s Makfi, won the race in 2022, when the prizemoney was $200,000. The race has since received a boost and the horse that wins in 2023 will get a share of the now $250,000 race.
Expat collected the top prize of $109,350 for winning the race as the Rosehill Bowling Club Millie Fox Stakes.
She is still racing and as of early 2023, she has eight wins and one placing from 19 jumps, good for $533,000 in prizes.
More Details about the Millie Fox Stakes
The race is held on a fairly busy day for Rosehill Gardens.
That same meeting also offers the Group 2 Sliver Slipper Stakes and the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes. Some of the fillies and mares in the race come in after tries in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes or the Group 3 Frederick Clissold Stakes.
The better gallopers might be found in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic, although frankly, the better Group 1 races might be above the ability of many.
History of the Millie Fox Stakes
The race is named in honour of Millie Fox, who we assume much preferred Millie to Mildred. She learned to appreciate the sport of Thoroughbred racing after her husband Stan, preferable to Stanley, gifted her a horse in 1965.
She would assume the leadership, or take the reins, of her husband’s Nebo Lodge stables when Stan passed away in 1974.
There is also a race in Stan’s honour, the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes at Randwick during September that is one rich Group 2, with $1 million on the line.
The Millie Fox Stakes jumped for the first time in 1996. Many sources give 1998 as the inception date, but those sources are inaccurate by two years.
The original race grade was Listed until 2007, when it became Group 3 quality. Group 2 promotion came in 2013.
The race was slightly shorter, 1200 metres from the beginning through 2005. Since 2006, the race has been 1300 metres.
The race has always been called the Millie Fox Something. It was Stakes for a while, Plate for one year, Stakes again, Handicap for two jumps and Stakes again since 2003.
Venue for the Millie Fox Stakes
The race has always been run at Rosehill. We are accustomed to seeing races shifted to another course for one reason or another, but so far, none of those reasons has affected the Millie Fox Stakes.
Rosehill is Sydney’s second metro venue, following Randwick.
Rosehill has been open since 1885. It is a tri-oval shape, like many other tracks, just to make things interesting. It is similarly sized to other tracks, with a circumference of 2,048 metres and a 408-metre home straight.
The course offers nine Group 1, 13 Group 2 and 14 Group 3 races, as of early 2023.
The traditional marquee race for years has been the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, but when Rosehill decided that it needed a mega-prizemoney race in 2019, the $10 Golden Eagle was that race.
For a 1300-metre race at Rosehill, the gallopers jump from a chute on the northeast side of the course that is used for 1200, 1300 and 1400-metre races. After a good straight run of 250 metres, they head around the apex of the oval on the south side of the track, and then proceed down the home straight to finish in front of the stands.
Racing History of the Millie Fox Stakes
When you think of great race mares, the likes of say, Winx or Black Caviar, you do not automatically think of the Millie Fox Stakes. Fillies and mares of the age required to be in the race that have proved their racing credentials have done it by beating colts, geldings and stallions and do not need a restricted Group 2 race to prove anything.
Still, there have been some good winners of the race, especially in more recent years.
In the entire history of the race, there have been two multiple winners. Those were Montana Flyer in 2010 and 2011 and Red Tracer in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
What do you thing would be the odds of the only multiple winners of a race doing it in five consecutive jumps?
We will start with the beginning and look for the better types that won substantial prizemoney and Group 1 races or provided notable racers to the sport.
The first winner in 1996 was Chlorophyll.
Not certain why you would name a race for an anesthetic, as opposed to some name that implies speed, but Chlorophyll was respectably speedy.
The daughter of Zeditave…now we get it, Zeditave, sedative, Chlorophyll…by a northern hemisphere mare, she made 27 jumps for 11 wins and 7 placings. Her prizemoney haul was a little above $560,000.
Chlorophyll’s racing contained a nice four consecutive race-winning patch that was part of a larger patch where she won five of six tries with the non-winning try resulting in second place.
That streak of racing culminated with Chlorophyll winning the Group 1 Coolmore Classic.
After racing, she supplied eight foals, the best of which was a 2006 gelding by Xaar named Innovation that won $325,000. Another by Commands named Green Beret won above $200,000, while a 2003 filly by Octagonal made only three jumps for two placings and $1900 in winnings.
Dashing Eagle by Danehill was the winner of the Millie Fox Stakes in 1997. She won six races and placed in three from 21 jumps to bring in $585,000 in stakes. Her eighth jump saw her winning the Flight Stakes, by which time she had won at Group 3 grade and had high finishes in better races.
Immediately after winning the Flight Stakes, she won the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas been given out as a strong tip. She was a Bart Cummings prepared horse that unlike Chris Waller horses, never once ran a barrier trial. Cummings turned her over to Peter Hayes, but her final three jumps with Hayes as her trainer did not result in a win or placing. She had something of a rivalry with Assertive Lass, with the two taking turns beating the other.
She produced an amazing 13 foals, eight of which earned money racing. She was served by the likes of High Chaparral, three times, and More Than Ready, Zabeel and Encosta De Lago without much success.
The 1999 winner was Wynciti.
She was modest as a racer. Most of her eight wins were on country tracks and none was better than the Millie Fox Stakes. We mention here for her 10 foals, the best of which was Haussmann by Commands that won over $400,000.
Gentle Genius, the Millie Fox Stakes winner from 2003, never won anything better. Her crowning achievement was a 2005 colt named Ironstein by Zabeel that won just under $1 million. Foals by More Than Ready and Testa Rossa were insignificant.
The 2004 winner was Seances.
She was a handy type it might be said. She won $260,000 from just 11 jumps for five wins and three placings and none of those wins was any better than the Millie Fox Stakes horse racing tips.
Her sire was the great Canny Lad, so she had her pick of suitors once she retired from racing. She had three foals by Lonhro, two by Street Cry, two by Commands and one each by Exceed And Excel, Starcraft and Helmet.
The best of her 10-foal crop was a 20014 colt by Lonhro named Haunted that won almost $500,000.
Tivoli Dancer, the winner from 2005, won nothing better than the Millie Fox Stakes. Three other wins completes her win total. She supplied foals to All Too Hard, More Than Ready, Street Cry, Fastnet Rock and Flying Spur. The best of the bunch was a 2006 colt by Fastnet Rock named Supreme Win that won over $6 million (approx. $1 million AUD).
Wild Queen, winner from 2006, was one of the better racers we have encountered. She had 10 wins and 7 placings from 21 jumps, earning above $550,000. Her last race and win was the Millie Fox Stakes. Her other good win was the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup in 2005.
She was a productive breeder, with nine foals, the best of which was Varda by Lonhro, a 2016 filly that won over $370,000.
Our next notable winner came along in 2008 in the guise of November Flight. She was one of those average mares of the sort we have been finding as we examine the Millie Fox Stakes list of winners. The Millie Fox Stakes was her best win, by a sizeable margin.
She supplied eight foals, though, five of which earned prizemoney. The best of the bunch, a 2014 colt by Pierro, was Pierata that won over $4.5 million.
Anytime you get a $4.5 million galloper out of an average racing mare such as November Flight, you count your blessings and treat the mare as nicely as possible.
In 2009, the Group 1 winning mare Neroli won the race, one trial and one jump after she won the Millie Fox Stakes. Her form line was 21 jumps for 7 wins and 4 placings for about $770,000 in prizemoney.
She was served by Street Cry, Exceed And Excel twice and Shooting To Win, but none of her four foals had much success.
Next, we come to an interesting juncture in the history of the Millie Fox Stakes.
The next five jumps of the race went to just two gallopers.
The first was Montana Flyer, winner in 2010 and 2011.
She was pretty good, with a form line of 37 jumps for 4 wins and 7 placings and $520,000 in prizemoney. Considering that two of her four wins were the one race, it was nice to see that she won the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes in 2008.
The next three years, 2012 – 2014 belonged to Red Tracer.
In addition to the three Millie Fox Stakes wins, she won 12 additional races and placed in 14 races to earn over $2.3 million.
She won twice at Group 1 grade, winning the 2013 Myer Classic and the Tatt’s Tiara. She won three Group 2 races and had placings in five Group 1 races.
Her stud career has been disappointing by comparison to her racing career.
Another good one was the 2015 winner, Catkins.
She won over $2 million form 38 jumps for 16 wins and 13 placings. She never broke the Group 1 barrier, but some of her 13 placings earned her plenty of money when she ran second in three Group 1 races.
Yet another winner of the race to come by Fastnet Rock was the 2016 winner, First Seal.
She won above $1.2 million from 21 jumps for 6 wins and 7 placings.
She had a Group 1 win in the 2014 Flight Stakes and a Group 2 wins in the Tea Rose Stakes, Surround Stakes and Tristarc Stake.
Served by Snitzel, she has supplied Naval Seal that appears to be capable of more winning. He has made 12 jumps and run seven barrier trials, so without even looking, we knew this was a Chris Waller horse, because Waller does not appreciate gallopers lingering in the loafing shed.
In Her Time was the 2017 winner.
She could not even have her $40,000 reserve met at the 2014 Inglis Sale, which belies the fact that she won above $3.7 million from 31 jumps for 9 wins and 9 placings. She had Group 1 wins in The Galaxy and the Black Caviar Lightning. She was sold to Newgate Stud Farm for $2.2 million.
We suspect that buyers who passed on spending $40,000 for her have some regrets that may never go away.
She has supplied one foal in 2021 by I Am Invincible and it remains to be seen what that pairing can produce.
Another million-dollar winner was the 2018 winner, Daysee Doom.
She won above $1.2 million from 27 jumps for 9 wins and 6 placings.
Her Group 1 win was the 2018 Kennedy Stakes, aka the Coolmore Classic.
White Moss came along in 2019.
The daughter of the good racer and stud Mossman, she won over $800,000 from 25 jumps, 8 wins and 4 placings. She won the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes twice and was second to Savatiano in the 2020 Millie Fox Stakes.
Speaking of Savatiano, she won in 2020 and amassed over $2.3 million from 41 jumps for 12 wins and 13 placings.
She managed just one Group 1 win, the 2021 Canterbury Stakes, but she was stripped of the win a year later when she returned a positive swab of a prohibited substance. She was a great galloper when it came to Group 2s, of which she won five.
A replay of Savatiano winning the 2020 Millie Fox Stakes is available at the following link.
The 2021 winner was subpoenaed.
She is now retired after 22 jumps for 5 wins and 5 placings for about $680,000.
The Millie Fox race has improved through the years, with million dollar winners and Group 1 horses coming along, especially in the recent years.
We have been trying to think of another husband/wife team where each has a race named in his or her honour. Aside from the Royals, with things like the Queen Elizabeth and the King Charles, we were unsuccessful.
Millie Fox Stakes Past Winners
|2017||In Her Time|
|2007||A Country Girl|
|1998||Just Like Crystal|