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Frances Tressady Stakes

The Frances Tressady Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares that takes place annually in March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over 1400 metres under set weight & penalty conditions and is worth $150,000 in prize money. The 2020 Frances Tressady Stakes was won by Sylvia's Mother from Mamzelle Tess with Fidelia third.

One of three group races on Guineas day at Flemington, the Frances Tressady Stakes is held alongside the Group 1 Australian Guineas for three-year-olds on the first day of the two-day VRC autumn carnival.

Frances Tressady Stakes info

Date: Saturday 27th February 2021
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000
2020 Winner: Sylvia's Mother

The Frances Tressady Stakes is a handy group race on the calendar for mares looking to add a black type race to their resume and the winner is more often than not simply a handy mare who may go on to race well in similar type females only events.

Occasionally the Frances Tressady Stakes race can produce a quality galloper, such as the talented Typhoon Tracy (2009), who won this race before heading to Rosehill to win the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic at Rosehill during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.

The Group 3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield in February is the typical lead-up race for this event as it is raced over the same distance and set weights & penalties conditions, although it has not proven a great guide in recent times.

Any mares contesting this race might consider stepping up in class and distance to tackle the upcoming Gr 3 Matron Stakes the following week at Flemington on Super Saturday of Racing. The Matron Stakes is raced under the same weighted conditions over 1600m, providing a natural progression in distance for those mares looking for further.

Interestingly enough, Scratchy Bottom (10th in 2015) finished last in this race before heading to Sydney at her next start to win the Group 3 Epona Stakes at Rosehill at big odds on Golden Slipper day, while Nadeem Lass (3rd in 2015) travelled to Bendigo on same day to win the Gold Bracelet at the Bendigo Turf Club's standalone Saturday raceday.

Sylvia's Mother (2020) took out the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before scoring a stylish victory in this event for the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes stable.

Recent Frances Tressady Stakes winners include Oregon's Day (2019) and Flippant (2018).

2020 Frances Tressady Stakes result

1. $2.40 Sylvia's Mother 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $10.00 Mamzelle Tess 54.0 Ben Thompson
3. $6.00 Fidelia 54.0 Brett Prebble

then followed
4. $14.00 Parmie 55.0 Damian Lane
5. $6.50 Spanish Whisper 58.5 Regan Bayliss
6. $26.00 The Closer 54.0 Ms Linda Meech
7. $15.00 Benitoite 56.0 Damien Oliver
8. $8.50 Cazabillie 54.0 Jamie Kah
9. $101.00 Lady Loft 54.0 Mitchell Aitken
10. $26.00 Cryptic Jewel 54.0 Craig Williams

Margins: 0.4 len, 0.5 len
Time: 1:21.96

The Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Hcp is also held on Australian Guineas day at Flemington.

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Frances Tressady Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Sylvia's Mother Mamzelle Tess Fidelia 1:21.9
2019 Oregon's Day Clarice Cliffs Aristia 1:22.9
2018 Flippant Oregon's Day Soho Ruby 1:22.2
2017 Turbo Miss Rising Romance Jalan Jalan 1:21.7
2016 Wawail Whistle Baby Choose 1:22.3
2015 Madam Gangster Girl Guide Nadeem Lass 1:23.3
2014 Five All Floria Sino Eagle 1.24.4
2013 Tavarnelle Sheila's Star Koonoomoo 1:22.3
2012 Raspberries Biancon Rose Booklet 1:24.9
2011 Aloha Flying Tessie I'm Discreet 1:22.3
2010 Be Positive Red Flair Flying Ruby 1:23.4
2009 Typhoon Tracy Afterburn Delyara 1:22.6
2008 Coniston Gem Autumn Jeuney Brom Felinity 1:22.8
2007 Laura's Charm Fidemus Brockman's Lass 1:21.5
2006 Breezy Astrodame Con's Army 1:21.9
2005 Skewif Songs Of Vienna Llanga 1:22.1
2004 Demographic Tanacious Spirit Lady Sophia 1:23.0
2003 Galapagos Girl Special Grange Flash Bash 1:22.2
2002 Shelbourne Lass Ramono's Star Spurn 1:22.5
2001 Ticket To Rome Inaflury Kaemess 1:23.0
2000 Northern Song Market Price La Mookta 1:22.6
1999 Fuss Greeting Graceful Encounter 1:22.8
1998 Blue Storm Miss Tessla Vonanne 1:22.4
1997 New Smyrna Misunderstanding Miss Tessla 1:23.0
1996 New Smyrna Calypso Jadeva Belle 1:23.1
1995 Tolanda Pindi Procrastinate 1:24.0
1994 Not Released Lovey Tarare 1:24.3
1993 Tarare Lovey Treen 1:22.5
1992 Aushla Marie Twiglet Holiday Lover/Tisold 1:23.0
1991 O'Deputy Hot Set Memphis Blues 1:24.7
1990 Thelma Josephine Kara's Magic River Gleam 1:24.1
1989 Riva Gleam English Charm Friar's Delight 1:23.2
1988 Aussie Consul Princess Calabrina Classified Lady 1:24.4