, Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap - Flemington - Melbourne Autumn Carnival
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Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap

The Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap is a Group 3 open handicap race held that takes place in March each year at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and has prize money of $150,000. The 2020 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap was won by Blazejowski from Morvada with Age Of Chivalry third.

Held on the first day of the two-day VRC autumn carnival at Flemington in early March, the Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season and is held on the same day as the Group 1 Australian Guineas.

Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap info

Date: Saturday 27th February 2021
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000
2020 Winner: Blazejowski

The Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap is raced under handicap conditions over 1400 and generally attracts above average types who tend to run around in similar type races during the autumn carnival.

The race is named after star galloper Shaftesbury Avenue, who scored 13 victories in 28 starts, including multiple Group 1 wins and a Japan Cup third placing, and he is fondly remembered for his great battles with the mighty Super Impose.

Any horses competing in this race might continue on to a race like the Group 3 Victoria Handicap over the same distance at Caulfield in April as it is raced under the same conditions.

Blazejowski (2020) ran sixth in an open Handicap race over 1400m at Flemington before scoring a classy on pave victory in this event for Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell.

Recent Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap winners include Violate (2019) and Nozomi (2018).

2020 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap result

1. $3.20 Blazejowski 55.5 Craig Williams
2. $3.40 Morvada 55.5 Zac Spain
3. $2.50 Age Of Chivalry 58.0 Damian Lane

then followed
4. $21.00 Gold Fields 58.0 Brett Prebble
5. $21.00 Sircconi 56.0 Michael Dee
6. $26.00 Royal Ace 54.0 Ms Linda Meech

Margins: 0.4 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:21.70

The Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes also takes place on Australian Guineas day.

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Shaftesbury Avenue Hcp winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Blazejowski Morvada Age Of Chivalry 1:21.7
2019 Violate Streets Of Avalon Zebulon 1:22.8
2018 Nozomi Violate Cool Chap 1:22.9
2017 He Or She Hooked Zebrinz 1:21.2
2016 Red Bomber Burning Front Puccini 1:22.7
2015 Amorino Aeronautical Gracious Prospect 1:22.0
2014 Mouro Mourinho Fat Al 1:23.0
2013 Launay British General Callanish 1:21.8
2012 Rockpecker Playwright Happy Trails 1:22.0
2011 Launay Orbit Express Danzylum 1:22.1