Winners and Past Results for Tancred Stakes
The Group 1 H.E. Tancred Stakes is a 2400-metre weight-for-age race run by any horse aged three and upward at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse.
Prize money for the race, as of 2023, is $1.5 million.
Tancred Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 2400m
Prize Money: $1,500,000
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When Is The Tancred Stakes: 30-3-24
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Where Is The Tancred Stakes: Rosehill Racecourse
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The international French galloper Arapaho was the winner in 2023. The now six-year-old gelding by notable Irish site Lope De Vega raced in France at the ages of two and three. After not racing as a four-year-old, he came across as a five-year-old, running barrier trials at NSW country tracks before making his first jump down under at Randwick in April of 2021.
He is close to $2 million in earnings from 32 jumps for eight wins and eight placings. He was aged six years when he won the H.E. Tancred Stakes (hereinafter: Tancred Stakes, the Tancred).
Arapaho performed as a handy type until his last three jumps found him first in the Listed grade Canberra Cup, winning the Tancred Stakes, and then posting a respectable fourth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup.
Arapaho won the Tancred Stakes by beating the favourite Montefilia and the notable Vow And Declare.
The Tancred Stakes is one of the big feature races during the autumn racing season at Rosehill.
By far Rosehill’s most important autumn meeting, the day also offered in 2023 the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes, and two Group 2 races – the Emancipation Stakes and the Tulloch Stakes. There were four Group 3 races – Doncaster Prelude, Neville Sellwood Stakes, Star Kingdom Stakes and The Schweppervesence.
The flexibility of the racing calendar is such that there was a time when the Tancred Stakes jumped alongside the Golden Slipper Stakes and the George Ryder Stakes and the Storm Queen Stakes, but no one can sledge Rosehill for wanting to spread out its key races.
An important aspect of the Tancred Stakes is that the winner receives ballot exemptions for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Sydney Cup
History of the H. E. Tancred Stakes
The first jump of the Tancred Stakes was in 1963.
It started as the H. E. Tancred Cup from inception until 1977 when Stakes replaced Cup. It was simply the Tancred Stakes from 1981 through 1989.
We would have been grateful had they left it at that, but auto manufacturer BMW got involved and named the race the BMW International Stakes. The worldwide rush to brevity saw the race called The BMW Stakes
, before another German auto manufacturer, Mercedes, snatched the naming rights from 1996 through 2001 and called it the Mercedes Classic.
In 2002, the race became the even shorter The BMW until 2018, when the proper name Tancred Stakes returned.
The race is named for Herbert Eugene Tancred, a Chairman of the Sydney Turf Club well before the merger with the AJC that produced the ATC.
The trip for the race has always been 2400 metres, allowing for the slight variation from when the race was measured in the days before metrication as 1- ½ miles.
In 1964, the race was abbreviated to 2000 metres, but from that point forward, it has always been 2400 metres, with that trip becoming official in 1973, the year of the conversion from British Imperial to the metric system.
The race was Principal grade from the beginning until 1980 saw it made a Group 1 race.
Venue for the H. E. Tancred Stakes
The race has always jumped at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, with the exception of 2022, when Newcastle Racecourse was brought into play.
Rosehill has been hosting races since 1885. The marquee event in terms of history and prestige is the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes. In 2019, the venue began hosting the Golden Eagle, a special race for four-year-olds that offers prize money of $10 million.
Rosehill currently stages nine Group 1, 13 Group 2 and 14 Group 3 races over the course of a year. March and April are when the majority of the big Rosehill races jump.
Twenty-four hundred metres is the longest race held at Rosehill. This trip requires more than one complete circuit of the track. The barriers are near the head of the home straight, with the horses crossing the finish line before tackling the first of two sweeping turns that connect the straights on this egg-shaped course.
A strong run down the back straight around the tighter clubhouse turn leads on to the home straight to the finish line on the northwest end of the track.
Racing History of the H. E. Tancred Stakes
There is no doubt that every winner on the list was of top-class ability, although we might admit to the possibility of a boilover or two.
There are so many great winners, any one of which could command far more screen real estate that we can permit, that we will hope to find some that won from the two ballot exemptions, amassed impressive strike rates, won major victories against top competition, and possibly left some notable offspring.
We begin with 1963 winner Maidenhead, as history would dictate.
The product of an Irish sire and an Aussie dam, Maidenhead instantly gives us our answer to the inquiry about Tancred Stakes winners taking advantage of the ballot exemptions to win the Sydney Cup or the QE Stakes.
Maidenhead won the Sydney Cup in 1963 to go with the Tancred and the Chelmsford Stakes. She would add wins in the Chipping Norton and a third in The Metropolitan in 1964.
There are three primary notables to win the race in the earlier era up through the mid-80s.
The first of these was 1973’s Apollo Eleven.
His form line immediately suggests gelding, but this New Zealand racer kept all his parts and still made 87 jumps for 12 wins and 16 placings. That sort of racing earned Apollo Eleven $137,000.
It is enough to make one shake one’s head in wonder that Apollo Eleven, as part of his prize money haul, had to beat Gunsynd in the 1973 Chipping Norton and the 1973 QE Stakes.
The sort of controversy that gives the sport of racing a bad name involves the suspicion that he was poisoned by the Sydney gangstas while on his way to Randwick to race in the Sydney Cup.
He survived, but his output as a stud was just one filly.
In 1978, the winner was Hyperno, a name that gives a clear indication of the sort of fields that were turned out for the Tancred Stakes.
We have written extensively about Hyperno. Here, we will just note his 1979 win in the Melbourne Cup.
It feels as though we have not made much mention, surprisingly, of the 1980 winner, one Kingston Town.
We will place him in the same category as Hyperno but include that he won the Sydney Cup off the ballot exemption. The rest, including his three Cox Plate wins, needs no further expounding.
Moving forward to the period of the race encompassing 1986 through 2006, the best middle-distance/staying horses, the cream of Australian flats racing, all added their notable names to the Tancred Stake’s winners list.
Bonecrusher from 1986 was a New Zealand gelding that basically owned 1986 with wins in the Australian Derby, Caulfield Stakes, Underwood Stakes, and the Cox Plate were highlights of this great racer’s career.
Three consecutive greats won the race from 1988 – 1990.
The first of these was 1988’s Beau Zam.
He, too, was a Kiwi horse that won over $2.3 million under the tutelage of Bart Cummings. Beau Zam was a solid sire after racing, with all his best offspring born and raced in Japan.
Our Poetic Prince was the 1989 winner who had lines to Biscay and Star Kingdom through his dam Finisterre. We credit him with five Group 1 wins and he beat Bonecrusher into third in the 1988 Cox Plate. He went on to be a good sire to winners in South Korea and some better than average types that won money in Australia.
The 1990 winner was Sydeston.
We see the name often associated with major wins in races such as the 1990 Caulfield Cup and Caulfield Stakes in a year when he was quite dominant. He won over 3 million and was good enough to beat Super Impose in the Caulfield Stakes and Better Loosen Up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The first multiple winner appears in 1996 and 1997.
It was another well-known hereabouts by the name of Octagonal.
For this point in time, we will say about Octagonal just that he won the 1995 Cox Plate as part of his $5.8 million in winnings. He won half of his 28 jumps as the son of New Zealand’s Zabeel.
Octagonal was successful at topping some of the best of his period, beating the likes of Juggler, Arcady, Filante, Seascay, Nothin Leica Dane, Our Maizcay and Mahogany.
He was sire to Lonhro, as well as to a truly remarkable number of offspring that made respectable money racing.
This champion Kiwi racer by Zabeel won over $5.2 million and is one of the select group of two that have won the Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate in the year following the Cups Double. Might And Power beat the formidable Doriemus in both Cups. Juggler and Tie The Knot were other notables that saw Might And Power cross ahead of them.
The aforementioned Tie The Knot won the Tancred Stakes in 1999 and 2000. No galloper has since won more than once.
Tie The Knot was the winner of the Sydney Cup in 1998 and 1999 and he won over $6.2 million and left an impressive credential of having won the Chipping Norton Stakes four times in a row from 1999 – 2002.
The excess of riches presented by the list of Tancred Stakes winners is almost embarrassing as we write that we are forced to jump past Ethereal (2002), Freemason (2003), Grand Zulu (2004), Makybe Diva (2005) and Eremein (2006).
We resume with 2014, when the good but lesser known mare Silent Achiever was the winner.
Silent Achiever won over $3.1 million from her 10 wins and 6 placings from 36 jumps. Two of her four Group 1 wins came over Dundeel, including the Tancred, where Fiorente was another top racer beaten by Silent Achiever.
Hartnell was the 2015 winner that earned more than $7.4 million by winning the major races, such as the Epsom Handicap in 2018, along with the C. F. Orr Stakes.
We remember him fondly for facing off against Winx seven times, with Hartnell finishing second three times.
It pains us to skip Preferment (2016) and Jameka (2017), but we get our relief from the 2018 winner, Almandin. Almandin won the 2016 Melbourne Cup and he would have been aged eight or nine when he won the Tancred Stakes in 2018.
The gelding Avilius was the winner of the Tancred in 2019. This bloke won over $3.7 million from 39 jumps for 11 wins and 9 placings. Other good wins were the Kingston Town Stakes, The Bart Cummings, Ranvet Stakes and George Main Stakes.
Verry Ellegant needs little by way of explanation.
She won the Tancred in 2020 and the Melbourne Cup in 2021. The racing career for this New Zealand mare found her making 40 jumps for 16 wins and 12 placings – over $14.8 million. She won 11 Group 1 races by our count.
Sir Dragonet was the 2021 winner.
He is notable for winning the 2020 Cox Plate, so he picked the right spots to have a good day.
The mare Duais was the 2022 winner of the Tancred Stakes.
She is having a spell after making jumps in Queensland in June of 2023.
Her lines trace to Snitzel and Redoute’s Choice through her sire Shamus Award. Her other Group 1 wins to date are the Australian Cup in 2022 and the Australian Oaks in 2021.
Her form line to date is 26 jumps for seven wins and six placings and over $3 million in prize money.
The Tancred Stakes is one of the premier Group 1 races on Rosehill’s autumn calendar.
The winners have been some of the best ever and the number of Australian Horses of the Year, Melbourne, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate winners, Hall of Fame inductees and some most competent breeders.
Tancred Stakes Past Winners
|2000||Tie The Knot|
|1999||Tie The Knot|
|1998||Might And Power|
|1989||Our Poetic Prince|
|1981||My Blue Denim|