The Memsie Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age thoroughbred horse race run at Caulfield Racecourse over 1400 metres (approximately 7 furlongs). The total prizemoney for the race is AUD$201,000. It is run each year in late August as a lead in to the Spring Racing Carnival, and is conducted under the auspices of the Melbourne Racing Club.
The race is often used as a lead-up race by good horses preparing for the longer feature races such as the Caulfield Cup. Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. Such horses typically compete against less glamorous, and usually fitter, sprinter-milers who have been trained specifically for this race. Speed and fitness seem to prevail over class about half the time, as can be seen in the list of recent winners.
As the race comes early in the Spring, it will often indicate how well a horse has come back after its customary Winter spell. There is sometimes just as much interest in the horses running on well from the back of the field, as there is in the actual winner. A good run by a staying horse in this race is often a good indicator of a successful Spring Carnival to come.
The Memsie Stakes is a virtually identical race to the J J Liston Stakes, another 1400m weight-for-age race run at Caulfield the weekend before.
The race is rarely contested by 3 year olds as it comes too early in the Spring and 3yos have many other equally lucrative options racing against their own age at this time of year.
It is typical for the field to include at least a couple of racemares.
In 2004, Regal Roller, a front-running sprinter and a Caulfield track specialist, stole the race from the front.
In 2005, Makybe Diva used her win in the race as the launching pad for a dominant campaign that included victories in the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.