The Lee Steere Classic is a Listed three-year-old race held in December each year at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia during the Perth summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Lee Steere Classic was won by The Velvet King from Festival Miss with Regal Power third.
Held on the same day as the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic, the Lee Steere Classic is named after former Western Australian Turf Club chairman, Ernest Henry Lee-Steere. The race was downgraded from Group 3 to Listed class during the 2017/2018 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 7th December 2019|
|Track:||Ascot racecourse, Perth|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2018 Winner:||The Velvet King|
The Lee Steere Classic is a set weights race for three-year-olds that suits the better performed gallopers due to the level weighted conditions. Mostly local horses contest this race and the field usually attracts those gallopers who may have contested the Gr2 WA Guineas earlier in the carnival. The shorter trip of this race suits those horses who found the 1600m Guineas distance too far.
The last horse to win the WA Guineas & Lee Steere Classic double was Classy Dresser (1993), while Stormy Nova (2004), Changing Lanes (2003) and Dexian (2001) all ran placings in the WA Guineas before winning this race.
Another race that offers a good guide to the Lee Steere Classic is the listed Placid Ark Stakes, and Liberty's Gem was the last galloper to claim the Lee Steere Classic & Placid Ark Stakes double. Both Hard Ball Get (2012) and Night War (2011) ran placings in the Placid Ark Stakes on their way to winning this event.
The Velvet King (2018) ran fifth in the WA Guineas over 1600m at Ascot before pulling out all stops to win this event for trainer Darren Mcauliffe.
Recent Lee Steere Classic winners include War Room (2017) and Lusaha (2016).
1. $2.40 The Velvet King 57.0 Mitchell Pateman
2. $6.50 Festival Miss 53.0 William Pike
3. $81.00 Regal Power 55.0 Chris Parnham
4. $9.50 Orcein 55.0 Damian Lane
5. $7.00 Shapita 53.0 Joseph Azzopardi
6. $81.00 Regal Counsel 55.0 Shaun Mc Gruddy
7. $4.20 Junipal 55.0 Dean Yendall
8. $18.00 Cup Night 55.0 Patrick Carbery
Margins: 0.25 len, 2.25 len
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|2018||The Velvet King||Festival Miss||Regal Power||1:25.0|
|2015||Lite'n In My Veins||Yoshi Noxious||Pushin' Shapes||1:27.1|
|2014||Liberty's Gem||Outlaw Pete||Hobart Jones||1:23.9|
|2013||Petrol Power||Shades Of Rio||Moet Me||1:23.5|
|2012||Hard Ball Get||Fuddle Dee Duddle||Passion Cantata||1:25.8|
|2011||Night War||Watermans Bay||Born To Excel||1:23.7|
|2010||Playcidium Mint||Black Felix||Veracious||1:23.1|
|2009||Dino Mak||Impressive Jeuney||The Corporation||1:22.2|
|2007||Yuro||Belle Of Kenmare||Black In Time||1:23.1|
|2006||Mansion House||Cash In The Bank||Clarecastle||1:23.1|
|2005||(Jan) Stormy Nova||Moet Magic||My Leo||1:22.4|
|2005||(Dec) Secret Monarch||Homme||Narrnoo||1:22.4|
|2003||Changing Lanes||Hartley's Dream||Chaumont||1:25.0|
|2002||Early Express||Very Auspicious||Zoometric||1:23.3|
|2001||Dexian||Kame's Hope||Shamrock Son||1:23.6|
|2000||Master Park||Old Comrade||The Tin Man||1:25.7|
|1999||Fly My Kite||Highwood||Victory Trump||1:23.1|
|1997||Wolf Pack||Walken||Imperial Act||1:24.1|
|1996||The Medic||Victory Dash||Play Dice||1:22.6|
|1995||Ned's Brother||Cash In The Bank||Journalette||1:24.5|
|1994||Mobile Link||Jacks Or Better||Don Pasquuale||1:23.1|
|1993||Classy Dresser||Top Lunch||Asian Incline||1:23.5|
|1992||Mount Angelo||Ranshow||Evil Lad||1:23.1|
|1991||Paklani||Hall The Chief||Blonde Jev||1:23.7|
|1990||Stray Bullet||Pago Escort||Strip The Moon||1:25.8|
|1989||Lady Of Battle||Magic Message||Sheer Ice||1:22.4|
|1988||Edge Of Darkness||Muros Nymph||Harare Lad||1:23.3|