New Zealand International Stakes
|Group I race|
|New Zealand International Stakes|
|Location||Te Rapa Racecourse|
Hamilton, New Zealand
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||2000m (10 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds and up|
|Weight||Weight for Age|
The International Stakes is a Thoroughbred horse race run at Te Rapa Racecourse in Hamilton in early February every year. The 2010 running will be sponsored by the connections of stallion Darci Brahma, after been sponsored for many years by Whakanui Stud.
In the early years the Waikato Racing Club invited jockeys from overseas to ride in the race, this being the reason for the name, and in 1972 Lester Piggott rode Sailing Home to victory in the race. At this time it was run every two years - it became an annual event from 1978.
The race is one of two Group 1 weight-for-age events run on the same day, the other being the 1400m Waikato Sprint.
Winners of the International Stakes
|2000||Bluebird The Word|
|1995||All In Fun|
|1993||The Phantom Chance|
|1991||Fun On The Run|
|1988||Sounds Like Fun|
|1982||Bound To Honour|