The Chatham Stakes is a Group 3 open handicap race held at Flemington racecourse annually during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in late October or early November. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $250,000 in prize money. The 2019 Chatham Stakes was won by Reykjavik from Admiral's Joker with Noble Boy third.
A number of difference sponsors have put their name to the Chatham Stakes over the years and the most recent edition was held as the L'Oreal Paris Stakes'. The Chatham Stakes takes placee on Oaks day, on the third day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival, featuring the Group 1 VRC Oaks for three-year-old fillies.
|Date:||Saturday 7th November 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The Chatham Stakes is named after dual WS Cox Plate winner Chatham and is generally a race for more than handy types who are typically competitive in these types of races but not up to the higher class races on offer throughout the spring.
The Chatham Stakes is usually the last race on the program on Derby Day and will typically assemble a capacity field of horses with a high number of them having genuine chances, making it a tough betting race for punters to get out on.
Horses contesting this race might consider going on to tackle the Group 1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival or the Gr3 Sandown Stakes the following week at Sandown racecourse.
Dreamforce (2018) finished runner-up in the Gr3 Moonga Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before leading all the way to win this event for Sydney trainer John Thompson.
Recent Chatham Stakes winners include Hellova Street (2017) and Rageese (2016).
Famous Seamus (6th in 2015) took out the Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Sandown after finisning unplaced in this event, while Smokin' Joey (2013) and Fawkner (2012) both finished second in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington after winning the Chatham Stakes. Fawkner stepped up a gear the following spring to win the Group 1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Galah (2nd in 2013) ran third in the Sandown Stakes at Sandown at his next start.
All Silent (2008) managed to win the Chatham Stakes & Emirates Stakes double in the same year while Valedictum (3rd in 2005) won the Emirates the same year before finishing 3rd the following year in 2006.
Scenic Peak (2001 & 2003) won the Emirates Stakes in 2002 and Bezeal Bay (1998) went on to win the Emirates Stakes the same year.
1. $11.00 Reykjavik 54.5 Dean Yendall
2. $3.60 Admiral's Joker 57.0 Craig Williams
3. $9.00 Noble Boy 54.0 Brodie Loy
4. $3.90 Iconoclasm 56.0 Damien Oliver
5. $21.00 Manolo Blahniq 55.0 Jake Noonan
6. $7.00 Haunted 56.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $31.00 Rich Itch 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
8. $31.00 Ken's Dream 54.0 Ms Linda Meech
9. $8.50 Streets Of Avalon 59.0 Clayton Douglas
10. $101.00 Kaspersky 56.0 Ms Michelle Payne
11. $26.00 Tom Melbourne 57.0 James McDonald
12. $151.00 Willi Willi 54.0 Beau Mertens
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.1 len
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|2019||Reykjavik||Admiral's Joker||Noble Boy||1:23.2|
|2017||Hellova Street||Supply And Demand||Fox Hall||1:22.4|
|2013||Smokin' Joey||Galah||Strike The Stars||1:23.4|
|2012||Fawkner||Free Wheeling||Wall Street||1:20.9|
|2010||Poor Judge||Demerit||Centennial Park||1:25.7|
|2009||Centennial Park||McClintock||Royal Ida/Snipers Bu||1:22.2|
|2008||All Silent||Sniper's Bullet||Stickpin||1:22.4|
|2007||Count To Zero||Spielmeister||Royal Ida||1:23.7|
|2006||Malcolm||Mr Ubiquitous||Live In Vain||1:22.9|
|2004||Great Is Great||Amtrak||Regent Street||1:22.7|
|2003||Scenic Park||Lord Volksraad||Shogun Lodge||1:24.0|
|2002||To Be Fair||Palladium Star||Tarcoola Midnight||1:22.3|
|2001||Scenic Park||Desert Eagle||Super Impressive||1:21.3|
|2000||Matter Of Honour||Typhoon Barney||Aka Bilk||1:23.8|
|1999||Black Bean||Bonotto||Northern Song||1:22.5|
|1998||Bezeal Bay||Pleasure Giver||Rancho Spark||1:20.8|
|1997||Confiscate||Crows Before Dawn||Jugulator||1:24.7|
|1995||Final Temp||Regal Half||Sir Boom||1:26.4|
|1994||New Smyrna||Money Spider||Natural Elegance||1:24.0|
|1993||Cocky Beau||My Wanderin' Star||Ghost Story||1:24.5|
|1992||Let's Hurry||Prince Of Praise||Sir Bituate||1:24.6|
|1990||Power Of Destiny||Procol Harum||Looks Great||1:23.0|
|1989||Swiftsynd||Royal Creation||Prince Anton||1:21.4|
|1988||Bowie||Jet Fighter||Prismatic Star||1:21.9|