The Wenona Girl Quality is a Group 3 race of 1200 metres that is staged at Randwick Racecourse in March.
Mares aged four years and above are eligible to compete in the race that is worth $200,000 in prizemoney as of 2023, a boost of $40,000 over the stakes for 2022.
Wenona Girl Quality Race Details
Race Distance: 1200m
Prize Money: $200,000
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When Is The Wenona Girl Quality: 2/3/24
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Where Is The Wenona Girl Quality: Randwick Racecourse
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Jal Lei was the winner in 2023.
She is prepared by trainer John O’Shea and she jumped $13, longer than all but two of the nine racers that lined up. O’Shea seems to be making the most of Sebring’s daughter, although by now, it would seem apparent that she is not anywhere in the same conversation with the race’s namesake champion mare.
She has made 13 jumps for four wins and four placings, with earnings to date of $272,000. Her first two wins were on provincial tracks at Kembla Grange and Kensington.
The Wenona Girl Quality was her most recent race and she can be seen winning in the video at the following link. Where she finished second but was awarded the win on protest.
The race is run on Randwick Guineas Day, with the Canterbury Stakes being the other Group 1 race on the card. There are three Group 2 races for the meeting and one additional Group 3 race, the Aspiration Quality, along with two Listed Grade races.
O’Shea had another racer in the field, Promise Of Success, that finished stone motherless in the process of carrying 59.5 kg., handing Jal Lei a 6.5 kg advantage.
The mares in the Wenona Girl Quality are obviously not top echelon gallopers. The race is more of an attempt to let mares have the chance to prove themselves before they head off to the breeding sheds. Any connections with talented mares and fillies have been aware of that talent for some time and are aimed at better grade races.
History of the Wenona Girl Quality
The race jumped for the first time in 2006 as the Wenona Girl Quality Quality. It remained under that name until it was renamed the Roy Higgins Tribute Quality when that famous hoop died in the week leading up to the race.
It was the Wenona Girl Quality next for two jumps and beginning in 2017, simply Wenona Girl Quality.
The race was staged at Randwick in all years except 2011 and 2013, when Warwick Farm Racecourse was called into service for those two jumps.
It was a Listed Grade race from inception through 2013, with elevation to Group 3 grade coming in 2014.
Venue for the Wenona Girl Quality
Royal Randwick in Sydney is without dispute the premier metro track in New South Wales – some would say in the country, but those that would say that will have to persuade Flemington fans – a tall order, it would seem.
The venue became Royal in 1992, when the Queen paid a visit to her southern hemisphere colony in order to take part in the dedication of a new grandstand.
Racing there first started in 1833.
The race that attracts most of the publicity is The Everest, which is run in October and claims the mantle of the world’s richest turf race with it $15 million dollar prize pool.
Elite legacy races jump in the spring and autumn and all associated with Thoroughbred racing, from connections through trainers, jockeys and everyone else want to prove their mettle and get the nomination to race at Randwick.
For 1200-metre sprints such as the Wenona Girl Quality, the runners jump from a chute at the northeast extremity of the course. They make a slight bend to get on a straight, and then turn for home to finish in front of the stands near the southwest area of the track.
Racing History of the Wenona Girl Quality
We do not expect to find much quality from the winners’ list for the Wenona Girl Quality, but we will hold a modicum of optimism. Maybe some of these mares were better types as two and three-year-olds. There may be a Group 1 winner hiding in there somewhere, maybe a racer that won stakes above its weight, or possibly a dam that supplied a notable colt or filly, so here goes.
We were not expecting much when we recently delved into the Aspiration Quality (fillies and mares 3YO +), but were pleasantly surprised to find some decent winners, along with a winner of the inaugural event that turned out to be a male horse.
The first winner of the Wenona Girl was Wonderer.
Wonderer’s only Australian ancestor was her dam, Endless Wanderer. All the others were northern hemisphere horses and the vast majority of those were U.S. horses.
She supplied a respectable form line of 17 jumps for six wins and four placings, but her prizemoney was just $188,000. The bulk of her racing was done at the junior venues and the Wenona Girl Quality was her best win – Listed grade at the time. She jumped for $14, with five shorter priced in the field of 13. In 2006, the race gave only $48,000 to the winner of the $75,000 pool.
She supplied four colts and three fillies to various sires between 2007 and 2018, but none that would cause excitement for anyone.
In 2007, the race was won by Kakakakatie.
She was similar to Wonderer as far as form goes.
One of her five wins was the Listed grade P. J. Bell at Randwick in 2006. The Wenona Girl Quality was her last jump, where she jumped second favorite and held on to nose the $61 Aunt Betty.
She ran third in a Group 3 race, which is something, we suppose.
She caught the eye of better sires, such as two by All Too Hard, three by Redoute’s Choice, three by Street Cry, Zoustar, Sebring and others. Her total was 12 foals, seven colts and five fillies, four of which won races. The best by far was 2016’s Sebrakate by Sebring that won three races and just under $230,000 without a Group grade race win.
The 2008 winner, Litter, fetched the sum of $860,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions auction for her impressive pedigree. She then proceeded to win a little over $200,000 from 31 jumps for 5 wins and 11 placings.
She jumped in a couple of Group 1 races without placing and a few Group 2 races for no placings, finishing dead last in the 2009 Group 2 Sapphire Stakes. She tried the Wenona Girl Quality a second time in 2009 and finished last in that race.
Litter provided three fillies and one colt. That colt was Mr. Monaco by Monaco Consul that won a little above $197,000 from 32 tries.
The race in 2009 belonged to Belong To Many.
She was the best stakes earner to date, with more than $575,000 from 32 jumps for 8 wins and 13 placings. She won the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes in 2008.
In the Wenona Girl Quality, she jumped second favourite in the race where the 2008 winner Litter finished stone motherless.
Belong To Many supplied Majestic Lass by Redoute’s Choice that won above $100,000. Her best was the 2015 colt Native Soldier by Sepoy that won more than $356,000.
In 2010, the race belonged to Beaded.
Beaded was by Lonhro, so her grandsire was Octagonal and her great grandsire Zabeel.
She provided a form line of 27 jumps for 10 wins and 13 placings, with her best win being her last win in the 2011 Group 1 Doomben 10,000.
She ran third in the 2011 Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, well within sight of winner Black Caviar. She jumped favourite in the Wenona Girl and carried Hugh Bowman first across the line.
After racing, she supplied a colt by Street Cry that won above $100,000. She was served twice by Exceed And Excel, with the 2014 mare Resin winning more than $276,000.
Ofcourseican was the 2011 winner.
She provided a form line of 28 jumps for 8 wins and 11 placings. Her stakes winnings were just under $800,000. She had enough class that her last three jumps were in Group 1 races. Right after winning the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup at Warwick Farm, she won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic, was unplaced in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes that was won by More Joyous, and concluded her racing with a third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick.
Of her six named foals, the best was the 2016 gelding Persan by Pierro that won above $1.7 million.
Our tips included the Rose Of Peace 2012 winner, but given her impressive lines, she was probably viewed as an under achiever, with 23 jumps for two wins and five placings. We think she died before she could produce offspring.
The last year the Wenona Girl Quality jumped as a Listed grade race, Arinosa was the winner.
She made 39 jumps for nine wins and six placings for just under $580,000. She won consecutive races in 2013, with wins in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes and the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes.
She was the provider of three colts and two fillies by some of the best sires to be found at the time, including the American Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, but none of those offspring appears to have been noteworthy.
In 2014, the winner of the Wenona Girl Quality was A Time For Julia.
She was by Redoute’s Choice out of Procrastinate, with a form line of 18 jumps for four wins and six placings for earnings a little over $444,000. Her win in the Wenona Girl was the first year the race jumped at Group 3 and was the year it was run in honour of Roy Higgins.
Just three foals for A Time For Julia, none worth mentioning.
Griante was a million dollar winner that won the race in 2015. She returned a form line of 29 jumps for seven wins and eight placings, with a Group 1 win in The Galaxy in 2016 as her last win.
Griante suppled three foals, two by Redoute’s Choice and the other by Pierro, with nothing approaching the ability of either the sires or Griante.
Savoureux was the 2016 winner.
She was average only and the Wenona Girl Quality was her best victory. We did not locate any offspring out of Savoureux.
Rocket Commander won in 2017.
She required 49 jumps for 7 wins and 18 placings to earn just under $450,000. The Wenona Girl was her best and final win, although she did have some good finishes in a few better races, but most of her racing was on country tracks.
Neither of her two foals appears to have done anything significant.
Sugar Bella by Not A Single Doubt was the winner in 2018.
She made nine jumps for six wins and one placing and is now deceased without credit for any offspring that we could locate.
The 2019 winner was Winter Bride.
She was another Not A Single Doubt offspring and she won almost $675,000 from 30 jumps for nine wins and nine placings. Her best three wins were all Group 3 races, with 2018 wins in the How Now Stakes and the Northwood Plume Stakes to go along with the Wenona Girl Quality.
Now deceased, she did not supply any identifiable progeny.
In 2020, it was Fasika across the line first.
She was by So You Think and made 15 jumps for five wins, five placings and above $760,000 in prizemoney. She won at Group 2 grade in the 2021 Sapphire Stakes. She is now a breeder, but has nothing to show for it that we could uncover.
Vulpine won the Wenona Girl Quality in 2021.
Her form line of 32 jumps for seven wins, seven placings and $615,000 in winnings was at least respectable.
She was by Snitzel with Redoute’s Choice as grandsire. She did not win anything above Group 3 and has not left us a progeny record, but she is just six years of age, so she may yet drop a foal or two.
Belluci Babe was the winner in 2022. Now retired with a form line of 24 jumps, six wins and nine placings, she won a bit above $500,000. After winning the Wenona Girl Quality, she ran fourth in The Galaxy at Group 1 grade and fourth again in the Group 1 T. J. Smith Stakes to Nature Strip.
The quality of the winners of the Wenona Girl Quality was better than anticipated.
There was a remarkable number of winners with U.S. sires, an outcome of shuttle stallions. Many better Australian sires contributed winners as well.
We found a couple of Group 1 winners, a few that earned above $1 million in stakes, and a few that supplied better offspring.
Wenona Girl Quality Past Winners
|2014||A Time For Julia|
|2012||Rose Of Peace|
|2009||Belong To Many|