Autumn Stakes

Autumn Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Autumn Stakes.

The Autumn Stakes is a Group 2 open race for three year old horses run under set weight and penalties conditions at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.  

The 1400 meter race carries prize money worth $200,000. The event is held in February during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival.

Since 2010 the Autumn Stakes is known as the D'Urban Stakes. The race usually serves as a warm up event for the Group 1 Australian Guineas on Super Saturday at Flemington Racecourse in March. Heart of Dreams ran third in the Autumn Stakes before winning the Australian Guineas in 2009. Classier gallopers prove to be tough opposition in the event due to the set weight plus penalty conditions.

The first Autumn Stakes was a principal race held in 1968 with Anvil recorded as the winner.

It became a Group 3 race in 1980 and was run as the VATC Schweppes Cup.

In 1991 it was downgraded as a listed race until 2005 when it was elevated to Group 3 and finally made it to Group 2 in 2008. It was also known as the MRC Schweppervescence Cup between 2006 and 2008.

Among the recognised horses to win the Autumn Stakes are Flying Gem in 1973, Silver Shaft in 1976, Canny Lad in 1991, Eureka Jewel in 1996, Dignity Dancer in 1999, Royal Rubiton in 1994, Dash for Cash in 2002, Special Harmony in 2004, and the chestnut gelding Apache Cat in 2006.

Apache Cat finished his racing career with an impressive 19 wins from 43 starts which included several Group 1 titles including an Australia Stakes and Doomben 10,000 double in 2008 and 2009, and the TJ Smith Stakes, BTC Cup, and Lightning Stakes in 2008. The champion thoroughbred's career was cut short due to a leg fracture sustained during the 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin racecourse.

Laranto, the 1992 winner of the Autumn Stakes has the fastest recorded timing of 1:22.40 with Fravashi coming a close 1:22.80 in 2009.

Runners that gain a forward position before the 1200 meter mark in this 1400 meter event have a distinct advantage at the Caulfield track.

The Zeditave Stakes and the Premier Signs Handicap (1400m) at Sandown serve as the prefect form guide for punters in a lead up to the Autumn Stakes.

Year Autumn Stakes Winners
2018 Holy Snow
2017 Oak Door
2016 Mahuta
2015 San Nicasio 
2014 Thunder Fantasy
2013 Mulaazem
2012 Pied A Terre
2011 Dusty Star
2010 Denman
2009 Fravashi (AUS) 2005
2008 Light Fantastic
2007 Catechuchu
2006 Apache Cat
2005 Shinzig
2004 Special Harmony
2003 Titanic Jack
2002 Dash For Cash
2001 Desert Sky
2000 Sudurka
1999 Dignity Dancer
1998 Blaze The Turf
1997 Tarnpir Lane
1996 Nick On The Run
1995 St. Covet
1994 Royal Rubiton
1993 Just Juan
1992 Laranto
1991 Canny Lad
1990 The Oval
1989 King's High
1988 Havelock's Pride
1987 Northern Copy
1986 Beach Gown
1985 Testimony
1984 Centaine
1983 Lord Ballina
1982 Pure Of Heart
1981 Deck The Halls
1980 Tolhurst
1979 Gondolier
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