Three-year-old colts and geldings are eligible to race in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes, a 2000-metre set weights event at Rosehill during the autumn racing carnival.
Prize money for the race is at $250,000 as of 2023, up 50 grand from the 2022 level.
Tulloch Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 2000m
Prize Money: $250,000
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When Is The Tulloch Stakes: 30-3-24
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Where Is The Tulloch Stakes: Rosehill Racecourse
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A New Zealand gelding named Tapildoodledo won the race in 2023 and we were not surprised at all to look him up and learn that his name is unique, and that the list was not rotten with Tapildoodledos.
He received $140,000 for beating the other nine horses in the field. He is currently spelling since his May of 2023 jump in the Queensland Derby, where he was 10th in the field of 18.
In so doing, he provided an object lesson that jumping for $20 is a recipe for beating lower priced horses. Six of those he beat were fancied as having better chances, but that is why they run the races rather than simply declaring a winner based on form and price.
Tapildoodledo has had most of his jumps in Queensland and he has supplied a to-date form line of 18 jumps for two wins, three placings and $244,000 in earnings.
There was a time when the Tulloch Stakes went off at the same meeting as Rosehill’s marquee race, the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, but racing calendars change. The race in 2023 was run at the autumn meeting that featured the Group 1 H. E. Tancred Stakes and the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes. The meeting offers one more Group 2 race – the Emancipation Stakes for fillies and mares. Also held on 25 March 2023 were the Group 3 races, the Doncaster Prelude, the Neville Sellwood Stakes, Star Kingdom Stakes and the Schweppervescence.
History of the Tulloch Stakes
It does at times seem as though the decade of the 70s was an incubation period for Australian Thoroughbred racing and the Tulloch Stakes supports that impression.
First run in 1973, it is named in honour of the mighty Tulloch, perhaps second only to Phar Lap in terms of racing lore, although many could make compelling arguments for others, which we acknowledge.
About the only thing Tulloch did not win was the Melbourne Cup. He tried it in 1960 after winning the Cox Plate, but he ran seventh, possible due to the fact that during his six-year-old season, he often had top weight. He was in it as a three-year-old, after winning the Caulfield Cup, as the favourite, but he was scratched.
Tulloch won the Caulfield Cup as a three-year-old.
He left a form line of 53 jumps for 36 wins and 16 placings seems like a typo every time we see it. His results almost seem as though all the other horses against which he raced had one leg tied behind their backs.
This New Zealand champion stayer won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes thrice in 1958, 1960 and 1961.
He is enshrined in the Australian and New Zealand Racing Halls of Fame, leaving us plenty of opportunity to speculate what he might have done had he not missed so much racing due to health issues that nearly killed him.
He died before the race in his honour jumped for the first time in 1973.
The race name has been modified over the years, although with the exception of three editions in 1987 – 1989, when the race was known as the Carringbush Cup, the race name has always included the name of Tulloch.
It has been simply the Tulloch Stakes since 2012.
The race has always been held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, save for the year 2022, when circumstances at Rosehill dictated that the race shift to Newcastle Racecourse.
Likewise, the trip for the race has always been 2000 metres, but it was inaugurated at 1850 metres until 1979. It then went to 2000 metres and remained from 1979 – 2021. It reverted to the original 1850 metres the year the race was moved to Newcastle, resuming as a 2000 metre race in 2023.
The initial race grade was Principal until 1979 and the implementation of the Group grading system made the Tulloch Stakes a Group 2 race.
Venue for the Tulloch Stakes
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney is one of Australia’s premier metro courses. It has been around since 1885.
These days, Rosehill is host to nine Group 1, 13 Group 2 and 14 Group 3 races. The big, prestige race is the Golden Slipper Stakes, but from 2019, the facility has had the Golden Eagle, a race for four-year-olds that has a massive $10 million prize purse.
For 200 metre races such as the Tulloch Stakes, a chute on the northwest side of the oval-shaped triangle gives those spectators in the stands an excellent view of the jump. After a 450-metre straight, the racers head down the back straight to the continuous tight turn that connects the back to the front straight.
The final 400 metres leads the racers to the finish line in front of the stands, not far from where the jump took place.
Racing History of the Tulloch Stakes
There are times when we look at the Tulloch Stake as a consolation race for three-year-old colts and geldings that do not have the ability to compete in the better open age races or the top races for three-year-olds in general.
A closer look at the list though, reveals that some of the better types have won the race. Even some of the lessor known winners have names that suggest ties to great sires and gallopers and we will approach the list of winners with an open mind, looking for major race victories, above average stakes winnings and progeny that made a greater impact on the turf.
The winner of the inaugural running in 1973 was won by Longfella.
He was a New Zealand stallion of mostly British extraction, save for a few near relatives on the side of his dam Longhill.
Longfella won many Principal grade races because he raced before the Group system was started. His form line was 43 jumps for 14 wins and 9 placings, but despite winning races such as the Memsie Stakes, Rosehill Guineas, C. F. Orr Stakes and other races of similar grade, he earned just a bit above $104,000 - less than the 2023 winner earned for winning the Tulloch Stakes.
His output at stud was limited to 10 offspring between 1976 and 1988, none of which equaled Longfella as racers.
We are skipping Asgard (1974) and Mansingh (1975), pausing to examine the 1976 winner Balmerino. We will mention that the first four winners of the race to this point were all Kiwi bred racers.
Balmerino made 47 jumps for 23 wins and 10 placings to earn what was then the considerable sum of $526,000. He won races that would eventually, in some instances soon, be graded at Group 1, including the Autumn Stakes, Rawson Stakes and Brisbane Cup.
He was the 1975 New Zealand Horse of the Year.
Amongst his many offspring were Kessem and the $1.1 million winner Donegal Mist.
The 1976 winner was the champion, Ming Dynasty.
He was by Planet Kingdom and Star Kingdom was his grandsire.
This Aussie gelding made 76 jumps for 17 wins and 21 placings.
He had two wins in the Caulfield Cup, the first in 1977 and the second two years later in 1980. He also won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Metropolitan and two Australian Cups.
In winning the 1980 Caulfield Cup, he relegated the great Hyperno to second, with the greater still Kingston Town in third.
An interesting sidenote is that in 1979, Tulloch Stakes winner Mighty Kingdom was by the same sire as Ming Dynasty, so that line is once again represented with a good racer that won the Caulfield Cup in 1979.
We are finding, as we move through the list of Tulloch Stakes winners that the winners were better than handy and better than we expected.
We are compelled to skip through the list in order to have space for some true notables.
The first of these was the 1981 winner Ring The Bell.
Another Kiwi horse, Ring The Bell had much of his success racing on his home ground, but he was the first New Zealand-trained horse to win the Canterbury Guineas.
Next, the 1994 winner Mahogany needs no introduction.
He was an eight-time Group 1 winning gelding by Last Tycoon. On his dam Alshandegha’s side, his lines connect to Vain and France’s Wilkes, quite possibly the most significant sire of French origin.
He won above $3.6 million from 43 jumps for 19 wins and 12 placings.
He might be best known not for winning, but for running second to Octagonal in the 1995 Cox Plate. Some of his major race wins include the 1993 Sires’ Produce Stakes and Lightning Stakes wins in 1995 and 1997.
Mahogany was the Australian Champion Three Year Old Racehorse for the 1993/94 season and Australian Horse of the Year for that same season.
Moving ahead once again, we find the exceptionally notable Shogun Lodge as the winner in 2000.
This gelding by the American sire Grand Lodge won over $4.6 million from 58 jumps for 13 wins and 20 placings. He raced against such top gallopers as Lonhro and Sunline and Assertive Lad. While we have no record of him beating Lonhro it is possible that there were races with the two competing where Lonhro did not place, although it is not very likely, since Lonhro was unplaced just four times in his entire career.
Shogun Lodge did beat Sunline in the 1999 Group 1 George Main Stakes and he beat Assertive Lad in the 2001 Canterbury Stakes, a Group 2 race at the time.
The next we will examine is the 2004 winner Starcraft.
He was yet another of the many New Zealand bred horses to win the Tulloch Stakes.
He did a good deal of his racing in Europe, where he won at Group 1 level with wins in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in England and the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in France.
His Group 1 wins in Australia were the Australian Derby and the Chipping Norton Stakes. His racing record causes some confusion as to the number of starts, but we will err, if necessary, by giving Starcraft the benefit of the doubt to say that he made 22 jumps for 11 wins and 7 placings for a bit above $3 million.
He was the Australian Champion Three Year Old in 2004 and if we had to pick a race where he beat a true notable, it would be the 2004 Group 3 Debonair Stakes, where one of those he beat multiple Group 1 winner Elvstroem.
After racing, Starcraft was a competent sire, with many racers that did well in Hong Kong, where they routinely add zeros to prize money statistics. His best while standing in Australia was the 2008 filly out of Bella Inez, Hallowell Belle that won just under $900,000.
Another progeny was Star Witness that won two Group 1 races in 2010, the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
A gelding that won the race in 2010, the name of the winner pinged our radar.
It was Count Encosta and his sire was the champion racer and breeder Encosta De Lago.
Once again, we are finding a vast disparity in the various sources we rely on for data.
One source says that Count Encosta made 28 jumps, while another puts the number at 72.
This is notable for its rarity. We often see the number of jumps vary by one or two races, but a variance of 44 races has no precedent.
A fairly recent winner of the race was 2015’s Hauraki.
He raced 25 times for 5 wins and 11 placings, earning more than $2.5 million in prize money.
He might have won six additional races. That is the number of times Hauraki was a victim of Winx. He also raced the likes of Chautauqua, Le Romain and Awesome Rock and he was often in second behind other good gallopers, such as Mongolian Khan and Group 1 winner The United States.
The 2017 winner was Jon Snow.
Now, while we certainly enjoyed The Game of Thrones, we doubt that we would name our galloper Jon Snow, unless we wanted to indicate that we had a horse that could not be killed no matter how hard anyone tried.
John Snow, yet another Kiwi to win the Tulloch Stakes, made 22 jumps for four wins and eight placings to earn just below $2 million. His major win was the Group 1 Australian Derby in 2017. That win came immediately after the win in the Tulloch Stakes.
His stud output is limited as of mid-2023, but he has time left on his clock to serve at wherever it was to which he was exported.
Our next look will be at the 2020 winner Quick Thinker.
If that name sounds familiar, it is because Quick Thinker was sired by New Zealand’s So You Think.
Quick Thinker made 23 jumps for five wins, five placings and $1.2 million in prize money.
Like other winners of the Tulloch Stakes, Quick Thinker was a winner of the Group 1 Australian Derby.
Since retiring following the Group 1 Metropolitan in 2021, he has yet to supply offspring.
The winner in 2022, the year the Tulloch Stakes shifted to Newcastle and was shortened the one time back to 1850 metres was Character.
Character was sired by the notable Irish sire Teofilo. Character made 28 jumps for six wins and five placings. He earned $731,000 despite never having won above Group 2 grade.
It does seem as though since the race had to be moved to Newcastle, where there are zero cameras of any kind, we could not locate a replay of the 2022 jump of the Tulloch Stakes.
The Tulloch Stakes racing tips has supplied some better types for winners over the years of its existence.
Colts and geldings seem to get short shrift when it comes to age and gender restricted races, as it often seems that the fillies and mares get more attention.
The race seems to be attracting strong runners and the nice aspect, currently at least, is the race jumping on the same race card as the equivalent event for fillies and mares, the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes.
His win in the Tulloch Stakes was over Descardo and Maluckyday.
Tulloch Stakes Past Winners
|2019||Angel Of Truth|
|2008||Book Of Kells|
|2002||Prince Of War|
|1996||Peep On The Sly|
|1990||Fill The Bill|
|1981||Ring The Bell|