The Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes is a Group 3 race for Fillies & Mares only that takes place each February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weights & penalty conditions and offers prize money of $150,000. The 2020 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes was won by Sylvia's Mother from News Girl with Invictus Salute third.
Previously a listed race until promoted to Group 3 status in 2007, the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes is held on Group 1 CF Orr Stakes day, the second biggest race day of the Melbourne Racing Club's autumn carnival, after Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes day.
|Date:||Saturday 8th February 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2020 Winner:||Sylvia's Mother|
The Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes is a race for females only and the set weight & penalty conditions of the race advantages the better performed mares involved. Mares contesting this event may consider going on to similar mares races during the autumn, including the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield later in the month. Tycoon Tara (2015) is the last mare to win the Bellmaine Stakes & Mannerism Stakes double while Bonaria (3rd in 2014) won the Manneriism Stakes after finishing third in this race.
Generally not a race for superstars, the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes typically assembles a more than handy field of mares, where the winner is simply a more than handy type, rather than anything special. Griante (4th in 2015) travelled to Sydney the following month to win the Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap at Randwick during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.
Sylvia's Mother (2020) resumed from a 5-month spell to score a slashing victory in this event for the training combination of Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes. The talented Snitzel mare captured the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes at Flemington at her next start.
Recent Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes winners include Princess Of Queens (2019) and Prussian Vixen (2017-2018).
1. $3.60 Sylvia's Mother 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $8.50 News Girl 55.0 Damian Lane
3. $12.00 Invictus Salute 55.0 Tim Clark
4. $15.00 Mamzelle Tess 55.0 Jye McNeil
5. $16.00 Spanish Reef 57.0 Mark Zahra
6. $13.00 My Pendant 55.0 Craig Williams
7. $3.50 Bam's On Fire 55.0 Michael Poy
8. $8.50 Fidelia 55.0 Ben Melham
9. $51.00 Benitoite 56.0 Zac Spain
10. $61.00 Angelic Spirit 55.0 Ms Linda Meech
11. $41.00 Graceful Storm 55.0 Jordan Childs
12. $201.00 Camelle 55.0 Beau Mertens
13. $101.00 Raven's Blaze 55.0 Jake Noonan
Margins: 0.20 len, 1.75 len
A number of group races are held on CF Orr Stakes Day alongside the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, including the Group 2 Autumn Stakes, Group 3 Rubiton Stakes, Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G), Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F), Group 3 Carlyon Cup & Group 3 Boronia Stakes.
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|2020||Sylvia's Mother||News Girl||Invictus Salute||1:08.4|
|2019||Princess Of Queens||Fuhryk||I Am A Star||1:10.5|
|2017||Prussian Vixen||Silent Sedition||Ameristralia||1:09.5|
|2014||A Time For Julia||Danestroem||Bonaria||1:09.8|
|2013||There's Only One||Loveyamadly||Koonoomoo||1:10.1|
|2012||Psychologist||Slow The Flow||Let's Be Happy||1:10.4|
|2011||Beaded||Varenna Miss||Das Machen||1:08.9|
|2008||Lucky Diva||Bella Cassani||Star Rose||1:09.9|
|2007||Coniston Gem||Hanna Rossa||Lucky Diva||1:09.0|
|2006||Beautiful Gem||Truly Wicked||Umber||1:09.6|
|2004||Given||Royal Sash||Size Her Up||1:09.5|
|2003||Skewiff||Special Grange||Card Queen||1:09.4|
|2001||Rose Archway||Harping||White Hart Lane||1:36.4|