When it comes to horses with staying talent, Maluckyday’s co-trainer Michael Hawkes has no doubts where the comeback galloper fits in.
Fields & Results
The feature race at Caulfield racecourse on Satursay is the Group 2 Memsie Stakes over 1400m. The Western Australian galloper Luckygray has opened as the $4.20 favourite ahead of Sincero at $4.40. On the third line of betting is Rekindled Interest at $6.50. View our full Memsie Stakes betting market.
About the Memsie Stakes
The Memsie Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Caulfield Racecourse each year. Taking place during the Melbourne spring racing carnival, the Memsie Stakes is run over 1400 metres and worth $200,000 in prize money.
The Memsie Stakes has only recently been upgraded to Group 1 status, being a Group 2 event prior to September 2012. This race is held on the same day as the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes, which also attracts a lot of attention from punters. The Memsie Stakes has become known as a good predictor of later Group 1 events, including the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate.
Being such an important pivotal race, the Memsie Stakes is watched keenly by punters. Horses who do well in this event and prove their ability to run the mile often go on to bigger and better things later in the season. It’s not just the winners you have to pay attention to however, with keen interest also given to those horses running well from the back of the field.
Because it is normally held towards the beginning of September, the Memsie Stakes often favours horses who are fresh from a winter break. The JJ Liston Stakes can be a good indicator for this event however, with Regal Roller winning the double in 2004 and Shoot Out recently placing third in both events in 2010.
The Memsie Stakes has been run since 1899, with Veneda taking out the inaugural event. A number of fine horses have made the winner’s list since then, including Dane Ripper in 1998, Sunline in 2000 and 2001, Segundo in 2006, Makybe Diva in 2006, and So You Think in 2010. The 2011 edition of the Memsie Stakes was won by King’s Rose, with Sincero victorious in 2012.
2011 winner King’s Rose went on from the Memsie Stakes to win the Group 2 Stocks Stakes at Monee Valley and place second in two Group 1 races; the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield and the Emirates Stakes at Flemington. Fourth place holder in 2011, Rekindled Interest, also had a good season going on to place third in the WS Cox Plate.
The 2010 results were just as telling, with Memsie Stakes winner So You Think going on to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes, the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes, and experience his second successive WS Cox Plate victory. Makybe Diva also has an interesting history with this event, winning the Memsie Stakes in 2006 after three successive victories in the Melbourne Cup between 2003 and 2005.