The Ladies Day Vase is a Group 3 race for mares aged four years and above over 1600 metres at Caulfield Racecourse during the MRC spring carnival.
The running conditions are set weights plus penalties.
Ladies Day Vase Race Details
Race Distance: 16000m
Prize Money: $200,000
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When Is The Ladies Day Vase: 12/10/24
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Where Is The Ladies Day Vase: Caulfield Racecourse
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More Details About The Ladies Day Vase
Currently, the race is run at the Wednesday meeting of the carnival. The feature race on the day is the Group 1 Thousand Guineas and there are a total of three Group 3 races on the day – the Blue Sapphire Stakes and the Coongy Handicap being the others.
The Caulfield carnival concludes on the following weekend, with six Group races ranging from the Group 1 Caulfield Cup, two Group 2 races – the Caulfield Sprint and the Tristarc Stakes, and three Group 3 races – the Caulfield Classic, the Ethereal Stakes and the Moonga Stakes.
The MRC probably cares little for the racers up in Sydney having The Everest on the same day as the Caulfield Cup, but there are times when the bikkies are not tender for all of us, either.
Prizemoney for the Ladies’ Day Vase is currently set at $200,000, with the 2021 winner, Sirileo Miss, ridden by Linda Meech, received $120,000 for necking Foxy Frida and Harmony Rose. Sirileo Miss stayed near the front, at least for the last 800 metres.
We would normally insert a link to a replay of the race here, but while we did manage to avoid any major YouTube rabbit holes, we did not find a replay of the race, which may provide some insight into how a Wednesday Group 3 mares’ race is viewed by the video platform that has videos of almost anything anyone would ever want to watch.
Sirileo Miss is not totally anonymous, though. There was an amusing video, apparently made by the connections or someone with connections to the connections, of an attempt to lure votes for Sirileo Miss to gain entry to the All Star Mile.
History of the Ladies’ Day Vase
The race jumped for the first time in 1994 as a Handicap quality race. It was promoted to Listed status in 2006 and has jumped as a Group 3 race since 2013.
That is simple enough. Not quite as simple as Principal race to Group 1, but the race did not debut until well after the Group classification system came into use, so the Ladies’ Day Vase was never a Principal race.
The name of the race, however, is anything but simple.
It was the Charles Kerville Handicap for the first four years. We believe that the namesake was Charles Edward Kerville, born 1846 in Auckland, from whence he made stops in Adelaide before moving to the Melbourne vicinity in 1971. There was a Charles Edwin Kerville who was an Aussie serving in the RAAF during World War II and war heroes always make good names for races. In 1998 only, it was Melbourne’s 1377 3Mp Plate. The 1999 race was the Liz Davenport Classic and the MRC could have left it there for our price, but Charles Kerville Handicap was resurrected for 2000 and 2001.
Other names were the Jack Dolby Plate (2002), the Indulgence Marquee Handicap (2003), the Glasshouse Café at Caulfield Tabaret Handicap (2004), the Classic Caulfield Ladies’ Day Vase (2005), the Perri Cutten Classic (2005) the Carsales.com.au Classic (2007 – 2010), the Race-Tech Classic (2011 and 2012), and the Snowhite Maintenance Classic (2013).
The sensible Ladies’ Day Vase has been in use since 2014.
Twenty-eight jumps, 13 names. Extraordinary, even by MRC standards.
Venue for the Ladies’ Day Vase
The Ladies’ Day Vase has managed to jump every time at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.
Caulfield is home to the Caulfield Cup, a Group 1 stayers’ race of 2400 metres.
The first recorded instances of racing being held there dates back to 1859, when the suburbs surrounding Melbourne resembled the wilds of Scotland, leading to the course being dubbed “The Heath.”
Racing takes place there all year and there are 12 Group 1, 8 Group 2 and 19 Group 3 races as of the time drawing near to the 2022 spring carnival.
For 1600-metre races such as the Ladies’ Day Vase, the horses start in the middle of the back straight, with a short, 200-metre run to the first turn, and then run one more turn to the finish on the north side of the track.
Racing History of the Ladies’ Day Vase
There is not a lot of history associated with the race, being that it has only jumped 28 times as of mid-2022, but what history exists is well documented, as good data was commonplace by the time of the first jump in 1994.
We might find a better type that won at Group 1 or 2 level, but what we are anxious to learn is how these mares fared as breeders and anything exceptional they may have produced, as that often seems to be the reasoning behind a mares only race that seems to have been won exclusively by those that could be called Also Rans.
On balance, though, particularly since the race achieved Group 3 status in 2013, we have to mention that winning any Group race is no mean feat.
The first winner in 1994 was Cyclone Watch. She won again in 1995 to become the first and only dual winner of the race.
Right off, we have a discrepancy.
One reliable source claims that Cyclone Watch was unraced. Another source upon which we rely informs us that she made 48 jumps for 7 wins and 11 placings. That many jumps would indicate that she was not considered a worthy breeder, despite a truly impressive pedigree on her sire Serheed’s side.
She had a couple tries in Group races, but none of her wins were at that level, remembering that in 1994 and 1995, the Ladies’ Day Vase was a handicap.
The same source that claimed Cyclone Watch was unraced also listed her as supplying three named foals, one each in 1997, 1999 and 2004. All three were colts, but none seems to be credited with stakes earnings, let alone race wins.
Kalaring from 1996 was all too real to those who had to foot the bill for her preparation and vet care, but at least there is agreement that she existed and raced 22 times for four wins. She won at Listed level when she won the now Group 2 Rose of Kingston Stakes at Morphettville in 1996. Winning the race was her last time being first, but she managed to run third in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley in 1996.
At stud, she was a dud.
Those first two winners make the 1997 winner, Cheval Place, seem like a great one. She made 30 jumps for 7 wins and 10 placings to amass almost $300,000. Her first significant win was the Group 3 Angus Armanasco Stakes in 1997. She had a close second to Burning Embers in the Group 2 Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 1998. She made the bulk of her prizemoney by finishing well, even when she did not place.
She gave five named foals to racing by being served by some good ones, such as Canny Lad, Flying Spur and Grand Lodge, but the three that did earn stakes accounted for about $60,000 from a combined 42 jumps.
The 1998 winner, Touch Of Fantasy, was sent to race 56 times for 14 wins and 6 placings, but not even when we are feeling generous could we say much for her. She made the majority of her jumps on country tracks.
Touch Of Fantasy left no record of any progeny.
Our Erin from 1999 was much in the pattern of those that won before her. She managed a third place run in a Group 2 race, but she had a stone motherless finish in a Group 3. She raced primarily on satellite tracks, but still managed to earn over $200,000 from 29 jumps.
Her best offspring was a gelding by Street Cry that won $29,000. Three other stakes winners combined for about $24,000.
Market Price from 2000 was respectable enough to earn over $600,000.
Seeing her lined up in the Group 1 Coolmore at Rosehill in the autumn of 2000 had us scratching our heads, as the only way Market Price could have beaten Sunline was by standing on her head. Itch satisfied, we needed our heads again to find her in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap. She had a nice Group 2 win in the Blamey Stakes and she was not all that far behind Shogun Lodge in the 2001 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. She won at Group 2 level again in 2001 by winning the Hardy Brothers Classic from the rail to reward anyone who backed her $10 starting price.
Her racing earned her the choice of the likes of Redoute’s Choice and Danzero, with her best being a 2010 colt by Red Dazzler named Colour Change that won over $280,000.
Piper Star from 2001 won at Group 3 when she took the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington. Her best and final win was the 2002 Clyon Cup.
Four named foals out of Piper Star produced nothing of note.
Latte, the 2002 winner, was on time for eight wins, but nothing that would be considered a major win. She was served by Testa Rossa and twice by Lonhro, with her best being a 2005 filly by Lonhro that earned just over $100,000.
Sweet Corn from 2003 made just 26 jumps for seven wins and eight placings to earn almost $350,000. Her last nine jumps after winning the Ladies’ Day Vase supplied strong results, including a win in the Group 3 Matriarch Stakes.
She was a frequent consort of Exceed And Excel and her best was by him, a filly from 2006 named Baby Corn that won about $165,000.
We expect to be later having some sweet corn for dinner – the vegetable, not the horse.
Loyal Lauren, the 2004 winner, hardly deserves mention as a racer, although she was often well placed, simply not in major races.
Four named foals, two by Commands, one by Fastnet Rock and one by Foxwedge accomplished almost nothing.
The next winner was Matras in 2005. She had to make only 14 jumps, as the DNA from her sire Zabeel was too precious to risk. Next up after winning the Ladies’ Day Vase, she took the Group 3 Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley.
She was the best breeder of the lot to date, with stakes winners by Encosta De Lago (2x) that combined for about $240,000 in earnings. Her best was by Northern Meteor, a 2010 colt that won almost $200,000.
Gawne won the race in 2006, its first year as a Listed race.
She was desultory as a racer, recording just three wins. The Ladies’ Day was her last win. It was also her best.
Her best progeny was a 2017 colt by Written Tycoon named Milton Park that won almost $500,000.
The 2007 winner, Post Thyme, was next to nothing as a racer. There is not much to say about any of the five named foals she supplied.
Miss Badoura from 2008 made some money, but she had to make 60 jumps to bring in just over $400,000. She won the Group 3 Inglis Mile that same year. One named foal from 2011 did nothing.
We finally found a good one from 2009 in Lady Lynette. She won over $1.1 million, from 51 jumps for 14 wins and 18 placings. Her best win was the Group 2 Blazer Stakes at Flemington in 2011. None of her four offspring has done anything notable.
Royal Commands from 2010 was better as a breeder than as a racer, with a 2013 filly by Snitzel named Just Dreaming that won almost $400,000.
We promise, we looked at the 2011 winner, Hi Belle, but we have nothing further to say about her.
Star Of Giselle from 2012 was better than most of the earlier winners, earning over $650,000 from just 24 jumps for nine wins and six placings. Her final win was her best when she took out the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes at Morphettville.
Served by Snitzel, More Than Ready and Exceed And Excel, she has produced three foals to date, the best a 2017 filly by More Than Ready named Starelle that has won almost $375,000.
Zonza from 2013, the first year the race was run as a Group 3 race, was by Zabeel and that blood paid off with four stakes winners, the best being Pinarello by Tavistock in 2018 that has won over $700,000.
Star Fashion by Street Cry won in 2014. She came within a head of Group 1 glory when she charged from the back to nearly nip May’s Dream in the 2014 Schweppes Oaks at Morphettville. She has two named foals to date with minimal stakes earnings.
Miss Rose De Lago from 2015 did her daddy proud, considering she was by Encosta De Lago. She won almost $1 million with Group 2 wins in the Sunline Stakes in 2016 and the P. B. Lawrence Stakes that same year. She has yet to produce a stakes winner.
The race was won by Euro Angel in 2016.
A 2018 colt by Snitzel name Mr. Mozart has won over $500,000.
Quilate, the 2017 winner of the Ladies’ Day Vase, was average at best and the win in the race was her best and last.
She has produced one named foal, a filly by Spirit Of Boom in 2020, but it is early and she may have better to come.
I Am A Star by I Am Invincible won the Ladies’ Day Vase in 2018.
She retired from the track with over $1.5 million. She won the Group 1 Myer Classic in 2016 and four Group 2 races.
The now retired 2019 winner, Spanish Reef, earned almost $900,000. She won at Group 2 level and had strong runs in major races. She has yet to supply offspring.
Sovereign Award, the 2020 winner, won nine races, but nothing above Group 3. She is retired from racing, but has yet to produce offspring.
A mid-week Group 3 race will never be mistaken for even a weekend Group 3 race.
We found one Group 1 winner and some decent breeders, but even after the race was lifted to Group 3 in 2013, none of the winners were the types that inspire admiration, although we would have been more than happy to take any of them home to meet mother.
Ladies Day Vase Past Winners
|2018||I Am A Star|
|2015||Miss Rose De Lago|
|2012||Star Of Giselle|