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Phar Lap Stakes

The Phar Lap Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds that takes place each year in March at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the autumn carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres under set weight conditions and worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2020 Phar Lap Stakes was won by Funstar from Probabeel with Quick Thinker third.

The race is named after legendary Australian racehorse Phar Lap and is held on the same day as the Group 1 Coolmore Classic.

Phar Lap Stakes info

Date: Saturday 13th March 2021
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1500 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
2020 Winner: Funstar

The Phar Lap Stakes is a set weight race for three-year-olds that favours the more talented gallopers entered for the event due to the level weights conditions of the race. It's typically a race won by a more than handy galloper, rather than a topliner, and is tends to suit those horses who do not plan to go on to the longer three-year-old events of the autumn carnival.

In recent years the Phar Lap Stakes has proven a reliable guide to upcoming feature 3yo group races during the Sydney autumn racing carnival. Hauraki (2nd in 2015) and Fast Clip (2nd in 2011) went on to win the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill while Al Dhafra (2nd in 2010) went on to snare the Group 3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick.

Classy Melbourne galloper Whobegotyou (2nd in 2009) ran third in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap after finishing runner-up here, while Predatory Pricer (3rd in 2009) went on to run third in the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby later in the carnival.

Verry Elleegant (2019) ran second in the Group 3 The Vanity Stakes over 1400m at Flemington in Melbourne before heading north to Sydney to win this event in fine style for Rosehill trainer Chris Waller.

Recent Phar Lap Stakes winners include Unforgotten (2018) and Foxplay (2017).

2020 Phar Lap Stakes result

1. $1.55 Funstar 54.5 James McDonald
2. $3.20 Probabeel 54.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $15.00 Quick Thinker 56.5 Tim Clark

then followed
4. $41.00 Aspect Ratio 54.5 Andrew Adkins
5. $20.00 Kubrick 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
6. $51.00 Trust The Process 56.5 Michael Walker

Margins: 1.3 len, 1.5 len
Time: 1:35.26

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Phar Lap Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Funstar Probabeel Quick Thinker 1:35.2
2019 Verry Elleegant Seabrook Aristia 1:32.3
2018 Unforgotten Holy Snow Hiyaam 1:29.1
2017 Foxplay Zenalicious Comic Set 1:30.5
2016 Hattori Hanzo Man Of Choice Believe 1:29.9
2015 Winx Hauraki Supara 1:30.2
2014 Traitor Define Guelph 1:29.4
2013 Toydini Ninth Legion Force Command 1:28.9
2012 Colorado Claire Rekindled Alliance Wild And Proud 1:32.2
2011 Blackie Fast Clip Sworn To Secrecy 1:30.0
2010 Tickets Al Dhafra Descarado 1:29.6
2009 Heart Of Dreams Whobegotyou Predatory Pricer 1:29.9
2008 Acey Ducey Voice Commander Our Mosstique 1:32.1
2007 Just Mambo Raheeb Amory Lane 1:31.7
2006 Apache Cat Racing To Win Wasp 1:30.6
2005 Shania Dane Al Maher Svenska 1:32.1
2004 Only Words Kingside Skittles 1:28.5
2003 Thorn Park Sportsman Bumptious 1:28.6
2002 Arlington Road Ugachaka Gordo 1:30.5
2001 Maitland Gold Star Satire Glenrowan 1:27.9
2000 Lord Essex Dangerous Over 1:28.8
1999 Mr Innocent Zola No Alimony 1:28.4
1998 Northern Drake Dodge Noise 1:28.8
1997 Monet's Cove Anthems Tarnpir Lane 1:29.0
1996 Encores Kidman's Cove Catalan Opening 1:28.7
1995 Brave Warrior Ivory's Irish Vedodara 1:28.6
1994 Arborea Nias Futile 1:31.4
1993 Kaaptive Edition Bundy Lad Burst 1:29.2
1992 My Wanderin' Star Social Rule Romanee Conti 1:30.0
1991 Be Happy Bold Rancher Marinella 1:28.6
1990 Solar Circle Hermoso Pumpernickel 1:30.0
1989 Flight Schedule Merimbula Bay Shipwreck 1:32.6
1988 Marwong Lanyard Pleasant Express 1:29.8