Lexus Stakes

Lexus Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Lexus Stakes.

The Lexus Stakes is an open Group 3 race held at Flemington Racecourse in November during the spring racing carnival in Melbourne.

The Group 3 race is open to horses of all ages and is held under quality handicap conditions. The 2500 metre event offers prize money worth $300,000 from The Victoria Racing Club, the host of the event. One notable feature of the Lexus Stakes is that the winner is exempt from ballot for the prestigious Melbourne Cup held three days later on the same track. For the majority of horses, the race is a final warm up leading up to the Melbourne Cup.

Triple Dead Heat

The 1956 triple dead-heat in the Hotham Handicap (now called the Lexus Stakes) at Flemington between (from the outside) Fighting Force (J. Purtell), Ark Royal (R. Heather) and Pandie Sun (W. Williamson).

The Lexus Stakes is held on Derby Day along with other popular Group 1 races such as the Mackinnon Stakes, Coolmore Stud Stakes and Myer Classic.

The Lexus Stakes has a rich history with the first event held as the Hotham Handicap way back in 1869. It remained a principal race until 1979 when it was granted Group 3 status and was once again elevated to Group 2 in 1981. Since 2004, the Lexus Stakes has been a Group 3 event. It has also been known as the VRC The Dalgety and Saab Quality over the years. The event usually favours more than handy stayers who continue to remain in top form during the season in a lead up to the Melbourne Cup. Some horses fancy their chances in the Lexus Stakes after an outing in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup over 2400 metres. After finishing poorly in the Caulfield Cup, Niwot came back strongly in the Lexus Stakes to take victory. In his next outing, Niwot finished eighth in the Melbourne Cup.

Some horses may make their way to the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the same track at Flemington over 2600 metres. Prior to running third in the 2011 Lexus Stakes, Anudjawun placed fourth in the Group 2 Drake International Cup over 2400 metres at Moonee Valley and then finished the season with a fifth spot in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Prior to winning the 2009 Lexus Stakes/ Melbourne Cup double, Shocking was runner up in the 2500 M Group 3 David Jones Cup at Caulfield.

Among the other outstanding stayers to win the Lexus Stakes include Star Binder in 1998, Don Raphael in 2004, and Maluckyday in 2010.

Year Lexus Stakes Winners
2017 Cismontane
2016 Oceanographer
2015 Excess Knowledge
2014 Signoff
2013 Ruscello
2012 Kelinni
2011 Niwot
2010 Maluckyday
2009 Shocking
2008 Moatize
2007 Sculptor
2006 Maybe Better
2005 Strasbourg
2004 Don Raphael
2003 Big Pat
2002 Requiem
2001 Maythehorsebewithu
2000 Brew
1999 The Warrior
1998 Star Binder
1997 Backslapper
1996 Few Are Chosen
1995 Coachwood
1994 Pindi
1993 Tennessee Jack
1992 Big Barron
1991 Rasheek
1990 Mount Olympus
1989 Coshking
1988 Copatonic
1987 Scarvila
1986 Sea Legend
1985 Silver Award
1984 Chagemar
1983 Chagemar
1982 Allez Bijou
1981 Mr. Cromwell
1980 Bohemian Grove
1979 Karu
1978 Jury
1977 Major Till
1976 Reckless
1975 Suleiman
1974 Think Big
1973 Daneson
1972 Scotch And Dry
1971 Not Again
1970 Sudani
1969 Tails
1968 Raad
1967 Midlander
1966 Aveniam
1965 Sail Away
1964 Celero
1963 River Seine
1962 Le Storm
1961 Oreka
1960 Nilarco
1959 Grand Garry
1958 Baystone
1957 Baron Boissier
1956 Fighting Force
Ark Royal
Pandie Sun
1955 Better Boy
1954 Plato
1953 My Hero
1952 Morse Code
1951 Glenvue
1950 Thracian Lad
1949 Foxzami
1948 Howe
1947 Dark Marne
1946 Chaytor
1945 Arduli
1944 Sirius
1943 Dark Felt
1942 Dark Felt
1941 Son Of Aurous
1940 Dashing Cavalier
1939 Catalogue
1938 Spear Chief
1937 Frill Prince
1936 Balkan Prince
1935 Sarcherie
1934 Panto
1933 Pretze
1932 Roc
1931 White Nose
1930 Cimbrian
1929 Shadow King
1928 Epilogue
1927 Eridanus
Bicolor
1926 Beedos
1925 King Of Mirth
1924 Lilypond
1923 Englefield
1922 King Ingoda
1921 Wirriway
1920 Luteplayer
1919 Sea Bound
1918 Court Jester
1917 Lingle
1916 Dame Quickly
1915 Hush Money
1914 Uncle Matt
1913 Gladwyn
1912 Lord Alwyne
1911 Prizefighter
1910 Flavian
1909 Footpad
1908 Moani
1907 Tulkeroo
1906 Invergordon
1905 Demas
1904 Elvo
1903 Martyr
1902 Sojourner
1901 Ohio
1900 War God
1899 Miss Carbine
1898 Plutus
1897 Metford
1896 Mischief
1895 The Trier
1894 Foxtail
1893 Straightfire
1892 Hopetoun
1891 Pigeontoe
1890 Grey Gown
1889 Meteor
1888 Mara
1887 The Levite
1886 Claptrap
1885 Lesbia
1884 Favo
1883 Wallangra
1882 Odd Trick
1881 Saunterer
1880 Wellington
1879 Trump Yoss
1878 Levant
1877 The Vagabond
1876 Troy
1875 Kinchrachnie
1874 Newbold
1873 Imperial
1872 Early Morn
1871 Saladin
1870 Nimblefoot
1869 Aurora
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