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VRC St Leger

Listed race
VRC St Leger Stakes
Location Flemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated 1857
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Victoria Racing Club
Race information
Distance 2800 meters (1.75 miles)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set weights with penalties
Purse $200,000


The Victoria Racing Club's St Leger Stakes is one of Australia's oldest Thoroughbred horse races held on ANZAC Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. First run in 1857, the Listed race is open to three-year-olds and is run on turf over a distance of 2800m (app. 1.75 miles).

Once one of the most prestigious events on the Melbourne racing calendar, until 1980 the St. Leger Stakes carried Group 1 status. After being a Group 2 event for a quarter of a century, it was downgraded to Group 3 and since 2006 is a Listed race.

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Notable winners

File:'Grand Flaneur' from The Powerhouse Museum Collection.jpg
Grand Flaneur winner of the 1881 VRC St Leger

Past St Leger Stakes winners include Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductees Grand Flaneur (1881), Phar Lap (1930), Tulloch (1958), Poseidon (1907), plus Hall of Fame nominee Tranquil Star (1941). Several winners also captured Australia's most prestigious race, the Melbourne Cup. They are: Grand Flaneur (1881), Comic Court (1949), Delta (1950), and Gurner's Lane (1982). In 1956, Sailor's Guide won the race and in 1958 raced in North America where he defeated a top international field in the forerunner to the Breeders' Cup Turf, the then very prestigious Washington, D.C. International Stakes.

Run annually in late April, the St. Leger Stakeswas hosted by Moonee Valley Racecourse in 2001 and again in 2005 due to track refurbishments being carried out at the Flemington racecourse. The race was competed over a distance of 14 furlongs, 132 yards until 1973 when it was modified to the metric distance of 2800 metres (app. 1.74 miles). In 2007, it was modified to 2500 metres when the race was run at Moonee Valley Racecourse while Flemington was under redevelopment.

In an effort to promote the Australian Thoroughbred breeding industry, from 1932 to 1956 geldings were banned from competing in the St. Leger Stakes.

Previously tied with T.J. Smith at six wins, in 2005 Bart Cummings set the record for most victories by a trainer when he won the race for the seventh time.


Winners of the VRC St Leger Stakes since 2001

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2008 Moment In Time (Dead Heat) Damien Oliver Mick Huxtable 3:01.12
2008 Inkster (Dead Heat) Matthew Gatt Mick Price 3:01.12
2007 Lazer Sharp Vlad Duric Jamie Edwards Alan Walkerden 2:38.55
2006 Dolphin Jo Nash Rawiller Terry O'Sullivan Glenys & Lois Herman 2:59.55
2005 Accumulate Blake Shinn Bart Cummings Dato Tan Chin Nam 2:58.68
2004 Desert Clearance Luke Nolen Peter G. Moody Lucky Racing Syndicate 3:00.42
2003 Sir Pentire Nash Rawiller Robbie Laing Robbie Laing NF
2002 Grey Song Damien Oliver Tommy Hughes, Jr. Tommy Hughes, Sr. NF
2001 Big Pat Peter Mertens Peter Tulloch Pindanon Racing Syndicate NF

Earlier winners

  • 2000 - Teddy Bear
  • 1999 - Sunday Gold
  • 1998 - Bohemiath
  • 1997 - Wexford
  • 1996 - St Shannon
  • 1995 - Count Chivas
  • 1994 - Gossips
  • 1993 - Headcutter
  • 1992 - Dark Ksar
  • 1991 - Shivas Revenge
  • 1990 - Frontier Boy
  • 1989 - Waiaupal
  • 1988 - Full At Last
  • 1987 - Sharks Fin
  • 1986 - Enchanteur
  • 1985 - Waratahbay
  • 1984 - Katies Boy
  • 1983 - Lady Plutus
  • 1981 - Rio de Janeiro
  • 1980 - Shogun
  • 1979 - Rough N Tumble
  • 1978 - So Called
  • 1977 - Vacuum
  • 1976 - Lord Dudley
  • 1975 - Taras Bulba
  • 1974 - Herminia
  • 1973 - Godfather
  • 1972 - Stop The Show
  • 1971 - Trader
  • 1970 - Epidaurus
  • 1969 - King Pedro
  • 1968 - Agena
  • 1967 - Khalif
  • 1966 - Prince Grant
  • 1965 - Versailles
  • 1964 - Better Lad
  • 1963 - King Cobbler
  • 1962 - Hansie
  • 1961 - Reinsman
  • 1960 - Nilarco
  • 1959 - Chicola
  • 1957 - Summalu
  • 1954 - Cromis
  • 1953 - Arbroath
  • 1952 - Hydrogen
  • 1951 - Midway
  • 1950 - Delta
  • 1948 - Lungi
  • 1947 - Amelia
  • 1946 - Gay Lad
  • 1945 - New Yorker
  • 1944 - Lawrence
  • 1943 - Amazed
  • 1942 - High Road
  • 1940 - Reading
  • 1939 - Tempest
  • 1938 - Hua
  • 1937 - Peerage
  • 1936 - Allunga
  • 1935 - Sylvandale
  • 1934 - Hall Mark
  • 1933 - Oratory
  • 1932 - Middle Watch
  • 1931 - Veilmond
  • 1929 - Strephon
  • 1927 - Epilogue
  • 1926 - Belgamba
  • 1925 - Spearfelt
  • 1924 - Sandringham
  • 1923 - Caserta
  • 1922 - Furious
  • 1921 - Nautical
  • 1920 - Artilleryman
  • 1919 - Eusebius
  • 1918 - Prince Viridis
  • 1917 - Colbert
  • 1916 - Patrobas
  • 1915 - Mountain Knight
  • 1914 - Radnor
  • 1913 - Wolawa
  • 1912 - Wilari
  • 1911 - Danaus
  • 1910 - Prince Foote
  • 1909 - Even Time
  • 1908 - Mountain King
  • 1906 - Lady Wallace
  • 1905 - Munderah
  • 1904 - Scottish King
  • 1903 - Abundance
  • 1902 - Grasspan
  • 1901 - Finland
  • 1900 - Parthian
  • 1899 - Bobadil
  • 1898 - Aurum
  • 1897 - The Officer
  • 1896 - Cabin Boy
  • 1895 - Preston
  • 1894 - Patron
  • 1893 - Culloden
  • 1892 - Strathmore
  • 1891 - Gibraltar
  • 1890 - Dreadnought
  • 1889 - Volley
  • 1888 - Abercorn
  • 1887 - Trident
  • 1886 - Matchlock
  • 1885 - Silver King
  • 1884 - Martini Henry
  • 1883 - Navigator
  • 1882 - Commotion
  • 1880 - Caspian
  • 1879 - Bosworth
  • 1878 - First King
  • 1877 - Adelaide
  • 1876 - Richmond
  • 1875 - Melbourne
  • 1874 - Sea Spray
  • 1873 - Blue Peter II
  • 1872 - Hamlet
  • 1871 - The Fawn
  • 1870 - Lamplighter
  • 1869 - Gasworks
  • 1868 - Fireworks
  • 1867 - Fishhook
  • 1866 - Angler
  • 1865 - Illumination
  • 1864 - Oriflamme
  • 1863 - Barwon
  • 1862 - Camden
  • 1861 - Presto
  • 1860 - Flying Buck
  • 1859 - Brownlock
  • 1858 - Fusilier
  • 1857 - Artaxerxes


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