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VRC Sires Produce Stakes

The VRC Sires Produce Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds held each year in March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres under set weight conditions and has prize money of $200,000. The 2020 VRC Sires Produce Stakes was won by Lunar Fox from Larimer Street with Ole Kirk third.

The VRC Sires Produce Stakes takes place on the Victoria Racing Club's premier race day of the autumn, Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington, headlined by the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and Group 1 Australian Cup.

VRC Sires Produce Stakes info

Date: Saturday 6th March 2021
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: 2yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
2020 Winner: Lunar Fox

The VRC Sires Produce Stakes is a classic event for two-year-olds that gives young horses their first test at greater than 1200m in a group race during the autumn. Youngsters who have previously contested the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield a couple of weeks earlier are best suited to tackle this event.

The race suits horses who run on strongly in the Blue Diamond Stakes which indicates the extra distance of this race may be of benefit. The VRC Sires Produce Stakes is typically won by an above average galloper and interestingly enough, Shamus Award (2nd in 2013) went on to win the Group 1 WS Cox Plate during the Melbourne spring racing carnival as a maiden three-year-old.

The Sydney autumn racing carnival can often be on the agenda for 2yo gallopers competing in this event and Von Costa De Hero (2008) managed to run second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in April after winning this race.

Classy gallopers Rostova (2009) & All Too Hard (2012) finished third & second respectively in the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick after taking out this race, while Yosei (3rd in 2010) managed to win the ATC Sires Produce Stakes after finishing third in this event. Willow Creek (2nd in 2010) won the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill after running second here.

Lunar Fox (2020) took out a 2YO Maiden race over 1200m at Ballarat before graduating to Group 2 success in this event for Stawell training duo Terry & Karina O'Sullivan.

Recent VRC Sires Produce Stakes winners include La Tene (2019) and Not A Single Cent (2018) .

2020 VRC Sires Produce Stakes result

1. $26.00 Lunar Fox 56.5 Brett Prebble
2. $4.80 Larimer Street 56.5 Craig Williams
3. $4.60 Ole Kirk 56.5 Dwayne Dunn

then followed
4. $13.00 Surooj 54.5 Jamie Kah
5. $41.00 Queen Of Rocks 54.5 Daniel Stackhouse
6. $13.00 Cloudbreaker 54.5 Damian Lane
7. $7.50 Maccabee 56.5 John Allen
8. $13.00 Albukhturi 56.5 Regan Bayliss
9. $5.00 Holyfield 56.5 Jye McNeil
10. $31.00 The Catch 56.5 Michael Dee
11. $12.00 The Watchman 56.5 Glen Boss

Margins: 0.75 len, 0.10 len
Time: 1:24.29

Other group races on Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington include the Group 2 Kewney Stakes and Group 3 Matron Stakes.

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VRC Sires Produce Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Lunar Fox Larimer Street Ole Kirk 1:24.2
2019 La Tene Dalasan Fling 1:22.9
2018 Not A Single Cent Seberate Akkadian 1:23.4
2017 Sircconi Aspect Feng Chu 1:22.7
2016 Seaburge Detective Revolving Door 1:23.7
2015 Jameka Lazumba Sampeah 1:24.6
2014 Zululand Awesome Rock Marcado 1:24.3
2013 Twilight Royale Shamus Award Great Esteem 1:23.3
2012 All Too Hard Pronto Pronto Road Trippin 1:22.5
2011 Running Tall Decircles Grand Britannia 1:24.2
2010 Shamrocker Willow Creek Yosei 1:23.5
2009 Rostova Bombay Sling Gathering 1:23.4
2008 Von Costa De Hero Carnero Burgeis 1:23.7
2007 Incumbent Marching Below Zero 1:22.8
2006 De Lago Mist Ulfah Danever 1:22.4
2005 Danger Looms Under The Floor Ferocity 1:22.8
2004 Barely A Moment Big Poppa Pump Kylikwong 1:24.2
2003 Winestock Fresh Boy Hammerbeam 1:23.6
2002 Pillaging Delago Brom Tom Coureuse 1:22.2
2001 Spectatorial Tuscanos Valkyrian 1:25.3
2000 Preserve Ponton Flyer Happy Morning 1:23.5
1999 Testa Rossa Dangerous Downing Street 1:24.5
1998 Coup De Grace Special Edition Admired 1:26.1
1997 Millward Cornwall Queen Evader 1:23.1
1996 My Duke Zeya Clang 1:23.1
1995 Lochrae Donar Flying Spur 1:23.7
1994 Blevic Delsole Racer's Edge 1:24.5
1993 Price Of Rancho Taps Staff Sergeant 1:23.1
1992 King Marauding Just Juan Apopka 1:23.7
1991 Not Related Diddy Do It Umatilla 1:23.8
1990 Canny Lad Century Pike Draw Card 1:24.5
1989 Rechabite Ice Solid Macwind 1:26.0
1988 Wonder Dancer Vitalic Glowing Tribute 1:23.7