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AJ Moir Stakes

The AJ Moir Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race that takes place in September each year at Moonee Valley during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1000 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prize money. The 2020 AJ Moir Stakes was won by Pippie from Trekking with Bella Vella third.

This race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2013 after previously being a Group 2 race. In 2015, the AJ Moir Stakes was reduced from 1200m to 1000m providing the ideal lead-up to the Group 1 Manikato Stakes on Cox Plate eve. The AJ Moir Stakes has been run on AFL Grand Final eve since the 2013/2014 racing season.

AJ Moir Stakes info

Date: Friday 24th September 2021
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
2020 Winner: Pippie
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The AJ Moir Stakes is one of the MVRC's major weight-for-age sprint events during the spring and while it does not quite have the status of races like the Manikato Stakes on Grand Final eve at the same track or the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington on Emirates Day, the race often attracts quality sprinters as history shows.

Over the years, top class gallopers such as Buffering (2012, 2014-15), Black Caviar (2010-2011), Apache Cat (2009), Miss Andretti (2007), Falvelon (2002), Schillaci (1992) and With Me (1990-91) have all won this race.

The AJ Moir Stakes is a race that suits good weight-for-age horses, especially those with an affinity for the tight Moonee Valley race track. The Gr2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield has generally been the best guide, although with the AJ Moir Stakes now taking place in September before the Schillaci Stakes in October, the AJ Moir Stakes may now prove to be the best guide to the Schillaci Stakes in years to come.

in recent times, class gallopers Buffering (2012) & Black Caviar (2011-2010) captured the AJ Moir Stakes & Schillaci Stakes double in the same year.

A race such as the Gr2 McEwen Stakes, run over 1000m at the same track a couple of weeks earlier, is likely to provide the best lead up to the AJ Moir Stakes, as it is raced under the same weight-for-age conditons and offers a natural progession in distance.

Nature Strip (2019) ran fourth in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes over 1000m at Randwick in Sydney before showing sustained speed to win this race in exciting style for the Chris Waller Stable.

Recent AJ Moir Stakes winners include Viddora (2018) and She Will Reign (2017).

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Buffering (2012), Black Caviar (2010-11), Spinning Hill (2002), Mistegic (2001), Falvelon (2000), Magic Music (1999) and Show No Emotion (1998) have all taken out the AJ Moir Stakes & Schillaci Stakes double in recent times. Placegetters from the AJ Moir Stakes are likely to go on and run well in the Schillaci Stakes.

Miss leonidas (2nd in 2019) captured the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint at Caulfield at her next start, while classy mare Sunlight (3rd in 2019) took out the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes at Moonee Valley. Trekking (8th in 2019) went on to win the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield after finishing unplaced here.

Black Caviar (2010-11) claimed the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival for the second successive year, while Hot Danish (2nd in 2010) finished third in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington.

2020 AJ Moir Stakes result

1. $6.50 Pippie 56.5 Damian Lane
2. $8.00 Trekking 58.5 John Allen
3. $7.00 Bella Vella 56.5 Jamie Kah

then followed
4. $17.00 Brooklyn Hustle 56.5 Mark Zahra
5. $8.50 Diamond Effort 56.5 Ben Melham
6. $21.00 Bold Star 58.5 Craig Williams
7. $41.00 Ashlor 58.5 Daniel Stackhouse
8. $20.00 Hey Doc 58.5 Luke Currie
9. $7.00 Hanseatic 52.0 Jye McNeil
10. $51.00 Jungle Edge 58.5 Ms Jade Darose
11. $5.50 Fabergino 56.5 Peter Knuckey
12. $20.00 Bella Nipotina 50.0 Dean Yendall

Margins: 0.75 len, 0. 2 len
Time: 0:58.39

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AJ Moir Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Pippie Trekking Bella Vella 0:58.3
2019 Nature Strip Miss Leonidas Sunlight 0:57.7
2018 Viddora Brave Smash Spright 0:57.7
2017 She Will Reign Viddora Sheidel 0:58.3
2016 Extreme Choice Heatherly Wild Rain 0:58.7
2015 Buffering Ball Of Muscle Angelic Light 0:57.2
2014 Buffering Lankan Rupee Rebel Dane 1:10.9
2013 Samaready Buffering Le Bonsir 1:11.2
2012 Buffering Ready To Rip Thankgodyou'rehere 1:10.9
2011 Black Caviar Doubtful Jack Here De Angels 1:10.1
2010 Black Caviar Hot Danish True Persuasion 1:11.0
2009 Apache Cat Mic Mac Bank Robber 1:10.0
2008 Lucky Secret Bel Mer Mr Baritone 1:09.9
2007 Miss Andretti Gold Edition Let Go Thommo 1:10.6
2006 California Dane Let Go Thommo Poets Voice 0:58.4
2005 Virage De Fortune Miss Mooney Mooney Imprisoned 0:59.1
2004 Bomber Bill Regimental Gal Dance The Waves 0:58.4
2003 Our Egyptian Raine Spinning Hill Dantana 0:57.7
2002 Spinning Hill Bomber Bill Mistegic 0:57.7
2001 Mistegic Regal Shot Appoint 0:58.7
2000 Falvelon Notoire Super Elegant 0:59.8
1999 Magic Music Paint Spargo 0:57.5
1998 Show No Emotion Appoint Dance Beat 0:58.0
1997 Al Mansour Spartacus Ossie Cossie 0:57.4
1996 Spartacus Wry Hero Apple Danish 0:58.3
1995 Quality Gold Moss Rocket Poetic King 0:58.3
1994 Sequalo Alannon Keltrice 0:56.3
1993 Sports Works Schillaci Keltrice 0:56.5
1992 Schillaci Mookta Barcurra 0:57.4
1991 With Me Joanne Wrap Around 0:57.2
1990 With Me Street Ruffian Show County 0:56.3
1989 Clay Hero = 1 Good Old Ted =1 Prismatic Star 0:56.9
1988 Scarlet Bisque Redelva Rancho Ruler 0:58.6