The Asian Beau Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap for horses aged three years and above presented by Perth Racing in late October or early November.
It is an important meeting for Perth Racing and there were 11 races on the card in 2021.
Asian Beau Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1400m
Prize Money: $150,000
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When Is The Asian Beau Stakes: 2/11/24
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Where Is The Asian Beau Stakes: Ascot Racecourse
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More Details About The Asian Beau Stakes
It is a 1400-metre test of sprinters moving up, or milers moving down at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia.
The race offers a prizemoney pool of $150,000 and the race is run on the same Saturday that finds most race fans attention directed toward Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne for the Group 1 Victoria Derby.
The most recent winner, in the lead up to the 2022 jump of the Asian Beau Stakes was 2021’s Western Empire.
Western Empire is spelling as this is being written, but this New Zealand gelding of mainly northern hemisphere lines is carving out an impressive racing career.
To date, he has earned over $1.5 million from just 15 jumps for seven wins and five placings. He made a lot of that money by winning the Asian Beau Stakes and backing with the win in the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot, becoming the seventh galloper to win those two races and compete the Asian Beau – Railway Stakes double.
Western Empire won the Asian Beau by over two lengths and the Railway Stakes by four lengths. On the strength of his stellar results racing in Western Australia, he was taken from trainer Grant Williams and given to Danny O’Brien, but two jumps in elite Group 1 races both resulted in fifth place finishes, one at Caulfield in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes and the other at Flemington in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
He was paid $87,000 for winning the race. He jumped as second favourite for $3.50, while the favoured Kissonallforcheeks had a bad outing and finished over six lengths back.
History of the Asian Beau Stakes
The registered name for the race is the Asian Beau Stakes, but the race did not take that name until 1995, 13 jumps after the 1982 debut of the race. When the race jumped for the first time in 1982, it was called the WATC Kankama Quality Stakes. Kankama was a New Zealand galloper with primarily northern hemisphere lines.
Other names used for the race before 1995 were the Belmont Community Quality Stakes, the Budget Quality Stakes and the Singapore Quality.
The current namesake for the race, Asian Beau, won 12 races with one placing from just 15 jumps. His best win was the Railway Stakes and his other major wins all came in 1979 and all in Western Australia.
The race was run over a trip of 1200 metres from 1985 through 1992, stretching to 1400 metres beginning in 1993. The trip for those first three editions of the race before 1985 escapes us.
The grade for the race was Listed until 1999, when it was promoted to Group 3.
As an open handicap for horses aged three years and above, it was somewhat surprising that there have been no multiple winners of the race.
Western Empire’s 2021 win of the race backed by the win in the Group 1 Railway Stakes made it just the seventh time a racer has won both races.
The others were 2020 winner Inspirational Girl, Galaxy Star (2018), Luckygray (2011), El Presidente (2007), Willoughby (1998) and Bold Extreme (1996).
Venue for the Asian Beau Stakes
The race has always jumped at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse. The lone exception found it moving to Belmont Racecourse in Perth for the year of 2003.
Ascot Racecourse is one of our favourites. Something about watching the gallopers streaking down the long back straight with the scenic Swan River as the background appeals to us.
There has been racing held at the site since 1848.
Ascot has a triangular oval shape with sweeping turns.
For a 1400-metre race, the racers begin on the north end of the track, jumping out a chute that will accommodate races as long as 1500 metres. A short bit of turning is followed by a gallop down the long back straight. After the tighter turn on the west side of the track, it is down the home straight to finish on the south side of the track.
Ascot stages three Group 1 races, six Group 2s and nine Group 3s, as of the latter part of 2022. The flagship race is the Group 2 Perth Cup, which is run sometime in late December or early January on New Year’s Day or a Saturday near to New Year’s Day.
Racing History of the Asian Beau Stakes
We saw some interesting names of the list of winners of the Asian Beau Stakes. The sorts of names that have us looking for connections to horses with famous names from which Asian Beau Stakes winners might have been derived.
We saw Pago Escort (1992) and thought of Pago Pago. There was Bold Extreme, winner in 1996, which put us in mind of Bold Ruler.
The winner of the first jump of the Asian Beau Stakes in 1982 was Nitro Lad. He had another major win the year prior when he won the 1981 Perth Quality Stakes.
The winner in 1983 was Questilla, a mostly anonymous entire that won little. His progeny, two of which won money and a combined nine races from a combined 69 jumps, out earned Questilla.
The 1984 winner was named for something to which we are often compared, Paragon of Virtue. He won two other good Western Australia races and managed a win in Queensland. The three wins outside of the Asian Beau Stakes were over longer trips, so he might have been viewed as a Paragon of Staying Races.
A gelding named Coal Pak won the race in 1985. He was okay, we suppose, as he won 21 times with 16 placings from 61 jumps, but his money total of about $333,000 suggests that none of his wins came in major races.
The winner of the 1986 race, Fimiston, earned about the same as Coal Pak, but only needed 24 jumps. All of his good wins were in Western Australia.
Fimiston was a prolific sire from around 1990 through 2004.
More than a few of his offspring won well above $100,000, with his best being a 1990 colt out of Cantanette named Willoughby that won almost $1 million.
Earlier, we mentioned the name of 1996 winner Bold Extreme, suspecting connections to Bold Ruler, but the 1988 winner, Ableson, definitely had lines to Bold Ruler four generations back. Other than that, Ableson was a mediocre racer and a gelding, too.
The 1989 winner was Medicine Kid.
He won the Group 1 Railway Stakes the next year. He was an entire, so it surprised us to see that he made 85 jumps for 16 wins and 24 placings. We did not find any progeny credited to him, but after 85 jumps, we would be willing to consider that he died in his 85th race, or at least did not have anything left to pass on.
We found a mare in the 1991 winner, Future Edition.
She did not do anything truly noteworthy, on the track or in the breeding sheds.
Earlier, we mentioned the 1992 winner of the Asian Beau Stakes, Pago Escort, because we suspected a connection to Pago Pago.
We were right this time. Pago Pago was the sire of Pago Escort, although Pago Escort was nothing near the ability of his sire and since he was gelded, he did not equal Pago Pago in the offspring department.
Asian Incline won the race in 1993.
She was not much of a racer, but we mention her just so we can point out that Western Australian mares are often raced much longer than their counterparts from the east. She made 49 jumps for 16 wins and 12 placings, but all of that barely exceeded the $350,000 mark.
She produced eight named foals, but nothing notable.
The 1994 winner was Classy Dresser.
We mention him for his 83 jumps for 14 wins and 18 placings. This is a lot of racing, even by gelding standards. He had won the Group 2 WA Guineas in 1992 and run second in the 1994 Railway Stakes after winning the Asian Beau.
The 1996 winner, Bold Extreme, came up nil when we checked for a connection to Bold Ruler, so we are one from two today, which will still keep us boasting for days to come.
At his high point, he won the Asian Beau, followed by the Group 3 WATC Stakes, the Group 1 Railway Stakes and the Group 3 A. J. Scahill Stakes. Fifteen subsequent jumps after that final win failed to produce a win or a placing.
Bold Extreme was the first to win the Asian Beau/Railway Stakes double.
Willoughby was the winner in 1998 and he was sired by 1986 winner Fimiston. Like father, like son?
Not quite, but Willoughby did make 70 jumps for 24 wins and 24 placings on his way to winning over $919,000. Willoughby was the second galloper to fill the Asian Beau/Railway Stakes double.
Willoughby had one patch of racing where he won five consecutive races, including the Group 1 Railway Stakes, the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes at Ascot and the Group 2 Blamey Stakes at Flemington, becoming one of the few Western Australia horses to race in the east to this stage in the history of the Asian Beau Stakes.
The winner from 1999, Umah, won the Group 1 Karrakatta Plate at Ascot in his second start. He won after, but nothing above Group 3. He was a moderate sire and none of his progeny amounted to much.
Another Fimiston offspring, Fair Alert, won the race in 2000.
He also won the Winterbottom Stakes in 2001, when the race was Group 2 grade.
The winner in 2001 for the Asian Beau Stakes was Old Fashion.
This gelding won over $700,000 from 34 jumps for 10 wins and 8 placings. He won his first five jumps. The last three of those five were at Listed grade. He won the Railway Stakes in 2002 for his lone Group 1 win.
A mare named Suspicion won the race in 2002 and like other mares that won the Asian Beau Stakes; she did quite a bit of racing, making 42 jumps for 10 wins and 12 placings to earn over $250,000.
She supplied racing with seven named foals. Regal Commander by Nadeem was her best and Share Trader by Second Empire combined to earn more money than Suspicion.
The winner of the Asian Beau Stakes in 2006 was Idyllic Prince.
This gelding by Scenic from Uma Princess managed to win over $1 million by winning 15 times, although the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes seems to have been as far up the ladder as he was able to get.
The 2007 winner, El Presidente, not only completed the Asian Beau/Railway Stakes double, he managed to win over $1million from just 14 jumps for 10 wins and 2 placings. In between those two wins, El Presidente won the Group 3 R. J. Peters Stakes at Ascot.
Gilded Venom, from 2008, won over $1.1 million from just 20 jumps for eight wins and eight placings. He also won the Group 1 Railway Stakes that same year, so we are at a loss to explain why he was not on the list of horses to fill that double. After winning the Railway, he ran second to Niconero in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes, but he was beaten almost two lengths. Luckygray, a gelding by Bradbury’s Luck, won the Asian Beau Stakes in 2011, along with the Railway Stakes.
He was the top galloper we encountered to date on the list of Asian Beau Stakes winners.
He won nearly $2.7 million from 33 jumps for 14 wins and 4 placings. Another of his significant wins was the 2012 Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes. He won the Railway Stakes again in 2013, followed by a second in the 2013 Kingston Town.
We found another mare in 2013’s Platinum Rocker.
She was an adequate racer, making 24 jumps for eight wins and eight placings to win over $600,000.
She brought an impressive pedigree to racing, with names such as Danehill, Danzig, Northern Dancer and Nearctic on her sire’s side. On her dam’s side, names such as Last Tycoon, Pago Pago and Star Kingdom burnish her lines.
She was less successful as a breeder, especially when the DNA she brought with her is considered.
Another mare, Balmont Girl won the race in 2014.
She was one of the better winners, by Western Australia racing standards. She won almost $900,000 from 42 jumps for 5 wins and 11 placings. She was versatile and won as far out as 2400 metres. She came within three quarters of a length of adding her name to the list of Asian Beau/Railways Stakes double winners.
Balmont Girl died before she could make any meaningful contributions to racing in the form of offspring.
It was a mare again winning the race in 2015.
Her name was Real Love and she won above $1.4 million. She had lines similar to Platinum Rocker. She won as high as Group 2 and made several jumps in the east, winning a Listed race at Flemington and a couple of Group 3s at Doomben.
The gelding Pounamu won the race in 2017.
He won more than $1.5 million from 46 jumps for 10 wins and 17 placings. His best win was the Kingston Town Stakes, also in 2017.
Galaxy Star from 2018 was another to win the Asian Beau/Railway Stakes double.
She won over $1.5 million from 19 jumps for 13 wins and 6 placings, a fitting resume considering that she was by Redoute’s Choice out of Galaxy Queen. She won other good races, but no more Group 1s.
Inspirational Girl is our last Asian Beau Stakes winner for this article and her 2020 win included the Railway Stakes to fill the double.
It appears that she is still racing, but to date, she has won above $1.5 million from 18 jumps for 10 wins and 4 placings. She won the Railway Stakes by almost two lengths, followed by a second place run in the Kingston Town Stakes. She won the Group 2 Blamey Stakes in 2022, and then lined up in the All-Star Mile at Flemington, but she finished sixth, with Zaaki the winner, after she had been Zaaki to win the Blamey.
The Asian Beau Stakes is a good Western Australia race.
A couple of the winners have been better types, but the majority has been average geldings that had a good day at the right time.
Many of the winners have had northern hemisphere origins, which is not all that surprising since Perth is on the way for horses from Europe, the U.S. and Canada take the short way into Australia, hoping to prove themselves worthy of earning some slots in the eastern states.
Asian Beau Stakes Past Winners
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