The The Heath 1100 is a Group 3 race run at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. Some further reference to this race in the body of this article will find us calling the race simply The Heath.
It is for horses aged four years and above, is run under set weight + penalty conditions at the end of August or early September.
2022 The Heath 1100 Information
Date Of The Heath 1100: 27/8/22
Time Of The The Heath 1100: TBA
Venue For The The Heath 1100: Caulfield Racecourse
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The trip is currently 1100 metres, so the older sprinters may find The Heath ideal for early spring preparation ahead of the better grade of races in the heart of the spring carnivals. The race is held at the Saturday Caulfield meeting that highlights the Group 1 Memsie Stakes.
The 2021 edition of the race went to Masked Crusader that came from dead last at the 400-metre mark and blow past the other 10 horses in the field for the victory, which earned him $120,750.
The Heath received a prizemoney infusion for 2021. When Diamond Effort won in 2020, she was paid $96,750, so the race seems to be safely established and gaining attention.
History of The Heath 1100
Chocolate fanciers such as us would like to think this race is sponsored by the candy bar, but the name actually derives from the nickname by which Caufield Racecourse is familiarly known – “The Heath.”
The race celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021, having first been run in 2002.
It was an unlisted handicap race for the first two years, rising to Listed grade from 2005 through 2012. It was lifted to Group 3 for the 2013 race and has remained so since.
It has always been held at Caulfield and it has always been 1100-metres. An 1100-metre race such as The Heath will jump from about mid-starting-chute on the south side of the course, run one turn and finish in front of the stands. This starting point means that the horses have a straight 750-metre run before the sweeping home turn, meaning that inside barriers are not greatly advantageous.
The Heath has gone by various names. Prior to becoming The Heath in 2002, the race was known as the Thomas North Handicap. There is still a race by that name, but it is run in early May and is restricted to two-year-old horses.
We tried to hunt Thomas North down in order to learn whom he is/was, but we were stymied. We do not mind guessing, though, that this being a race run by the MRC, that Thomas North was a club chairman, secretary, or some such sort of dignitary.
The race has had various sponsors’ named associated with it. There were some years when the word Heath did not figure into the race name. The first time it is mentioned as The Heath 1100 was in 2006. From 2016, the race is named the Resimax Stakes, but we are reluctant to abandon The Heath 1100 for obvious reasons.
Race Venue for The Heath 1100
Caulfield Racecourse began racing in the mid-1800s. The land reminded many people of the desolate moors of Scotland, so many began to refer to the venue as the “Heath.” The appellation has persisted because it is much easier to say the Heath than it is to say Caulfield Racecourse. Aussies are at times stingy with their syllables.
Caulfield is a mere nine kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. The train that pulls into the Caulfield station is less than 100 metres from the track.
The most prestigious race held there is the Caulfield Cup and once the winner is determined, the watch begins for a possible Cups Double if the winner of the Caulfield can go on to win the Melbourne Cup.
Racing History of The Heath
There is not a whole lot of history associated with The Heath.
It has only lately celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first running in 2002 as of mid-2022.
Many of the racers in The Heath are prepping for the bigger sprint races of the spring carnival. Some will come to the race from the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap and some may be targeting the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality that follows in September.
The winner of the first race in 2002 was Crystal Finale.
He was by Hurricane Sky from Crystal Century. We would have to say that he did not live up to his lines, as he want connected to such greats as Bletchingly, Vain, Biscay and a host of northern hemisphere giants, such as Nijinsky, Northern Dancer and Star Kingdom. Crystal Finale was okay, winning over $300,000. Group 3 was his highest quality win. He came close in one Group 2 race, but when he was thrown into a couple of Group 1 races, he was far back at the finish.
Next came Lovely Jubly in 2003.
She was a better type that won over $1.5 million from 19 jumps for seven wins and five placings. She reached her zenith in 2002 when she won the Group 1 Sires Produce at Eagle Farm, and then came back less that a fortnight later to win the Group 1 T J Smith at Eagle Farm. Those two wins culminated a patch of racing that saw her win three of four jumps.
Monahan Tweed won in 2004.
He made 53 jumps for 10 wins and 18 placings, so he could have made far more than his career earnings of $416,000 if he had been in the right races. Most of his wins came at provincial tracks. When thrown into the Group 1 Manikato Stakes in 2004, he only beat two of the nine horses that jumped.
Classiconi, the 2005 winner of The Heath, was less classy and more macaroni. He raced 22 times for five wins and eight placings for just under $400,000 in stakes earnings. He made three jumps in Group 1 races and produced two respectable fifth place efforts.
The second best earner to win The Heath to this stage was 2006 winner Shadoways. He turned 36 jumps into six wins and four placings on his way to earning almost $700,000. Shadoways was strong enough to run well at Caulfield and Flemington on multiple occasions, but his break through win was the 2008 Group 1 Goodwood in South Australia.
The winner in 2007 was Undue.
This galloper managed to earn over $1.1 million by winning 13 times and placing in nine. He had a streak in 2005 through early 2006 when he won seven consecutive races, but those wins were mostly Class races. He ran well in Group races and managed to win at Group 1 level when he took out the Doomben 10000 in 2006 and the Oakley Plate in 2007.
Bel Mer won The Heath in 2008. She made just 19 jumps for four wins and seven placings and in that light, her $600,000 in prizemoney looks good. She had a Group 1 win in South Australia in 2009 when she won the Robert Sangster Stakes. She was strong in several other Group 1 races as well. Her current status is given as Breeder. She has supplied eight named foals, with her best being All Too Royal by All Too Hard from 2014. All Too Royal earned almost $400,000.
First Command won in 2009.
He won nearly $1 million from 36 jumps for 12 wins and 10 placings. He won six in a row early in his career and The Heath was win number six in that streak. He won the Caulfield Sprint in 2009 at Group 2. He produced a second in a Group 1 in New Zealand, which we would say was his best win, even allowing for where the race took place.
Rightfully Yours was first over the line in 2010. He was okay, good enough to win over half a million dollars from 32 jumps for 10 wins and five placings. His efforts in several Group 1 races produced no placings. Maybe if they had raced him in New Zealand…
Atomic Force from 2011 raced 45 times for 11 wins and 13 placings. He earned $911,000, which is okay for the years he was racing. He did lose, quite badly, to Black Caviar in the Group 1 T J Smith at Randwick, but they all lost to her, didn’t they? Chris Waller had him when he started, but when Atomic Force did not win every Group 1 race on the calendar, Waller sent him to John Hawkes.
The Hawkes operation sent Atomic Force to Kevin Moses.
Atomic Force had a Group 1 breakthrough when he took the top spot in the 2011 The Galaxy. He surprised the racing world again in 2012 when he took out the Group 1 Railway Stakes after Kevin Moses transferred the horse to Darren Smith. This Railway Stakes was at Ellersie Racecourse in New Zealand. It was Smith calling the shots when Atomic Force won his Group 1s and The Heath. The Railway Stakes was his last win, but Mick Price and then back to Darren Smith were to be his last trainer changes.
Golden Archer from 2012 was a more than handy type.
He won over $676,000 from just 20 jumps for eight wins and six placings. Golden Archer was strong early in his career. He was third to Black Caviar in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington, but he was barely in the same postal code, finishing almost six lengths back. He placed well in races in Victoria and NSW, but he came close to winning the Schillaci Stakes and he might well have won, but to do so, he would have had to beat Buffering.
The good mare Samaready was the 2013 winner.
She won almost $1.7 million and only needed 13 jumps to do it. She had six wins and two placings and she would have been a favourite of the racing public for winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes in 2012. Soon after, she placed third in the Golden Slipper Stakes. After winning The Heath, she backed a month later with a Group 1 win in the A J Moir Stakes for her last win.
Flamberge, from 2014, by Exceed And Excel from Razor Blade was better than average. The chestnut gelding earned over $1.8 million from 47 jumps for 11 wins and 10 placings. He ran well in many top class races, but it seemed as though he was always running into class horses, including Santa Ana Lane, although he did beat Lankan Rupee in a Flemington handicap race in 2013. Chautauqua and Lucky Hussler were two others that Flamberge had the misfortune to take on. He had two consecutive Group 1 wins in the Oakleigh Plate and the William Reid Stakes. Redzel and Terravista were two more top echelon gallopers that beat Flamberge.
Bounding won The Heath in 2015.
She only made 19 jumps for eight wins and seven placings. Her sire was Lonhro. Like Atomic Force, she won the Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand. The Heath was to be her last win, after which she was exported. She has produced two stakes winners to date from three named foals in the United States.
The first and only true notable winner of The Heath was 2016’s Redzel.
One of the top earners in history, Redzel won The Everest in 2017 and 2018, the first two years for the world’s richest turf race. Redzel had another Group 1 win when he took the Darley Classic from Terravista in 2017. Redzel was good beyond winning The Everest the first two times and he had strong runs in Group 1 and Group 2 races and with a bit of luck, might have won more than the 15 times he did win from 39 jumps with 13 placings to go along with the wins.
Voodoo Lad from 2017 was a good one.
He won almost $2 million from 36 jumps for 13 wins and 11 placings. He was losing to the likes of Santa Ana Lane, Brave Smash and Nature Strip. His Group 1 win came near the end of his racing days when he won the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Western Australia, beating the good horses Enticing Star and Malaguerra.
Ball Of Muscle won the race in 2018.
Ball Of Muscle won over $1.8 million from 47 jumps for 13 wins and 17 placings. He never quite had the racing luck necessary to win at Group 1 level, but he ran strongly in several races at that level and he won at Group 2 level.
The winner of The Heath in 2019 was Crystal Dreamer.
He was good enough to bring in almost $700,000 in prizemoney by winning 11 times and placing in an additional 11 jumps. He tried The Heath in 2017 and finished third to Voodoo Lad and So Si Bon. He tried again in 2020 but could do no better than 10th. He never jumped in a Group 1 race.
Diamond Effort won in 2020.
The Heath was her last win in Australia. She was transferred, but to where we do not know. Progeny records do not indicate whether she has produced any foals.
Our list of winners of The Heath concludes with 2021 winner Masked Crusader. His racing record came right at the opening of this article.
The Heath, for a newer race, draws good fields and we think most of that derives from the four years and above racing conditions.
Many of the winners managed to win at Group 1 and Group 2 level and produced good finishes in major races.
The Heath 1100 Past Winners
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