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Maybe Mahal Stakes

The Maybe Mahal Stakes is a Group 3 race for mares held at Flemington racecourse each year in November during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run under set weight & penalty conditions over a distance of 1400 metres and offers $200,000 in prize money. The 2019 Maybe Mahal Stakes was won by Teleplay from La Tigeresa with Sweet Scandal third.

Previously a listed race, the Maybe Mahal Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2012/2013 season and takes place on Melbourne Cup day. The race is named in honour of classy galloper Maybe Mahal, a seven-time Group 1 winning mare for trainer Bart Cummings, and has been run as the 'Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes' in recent times.

Maybe Mahal Stakes info

Date: Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000
2019 Winner: Teleplay

The Maybe Mahal Stakes is a mares only event and the weighted conditions of the race lends itself to the classier females engaged. Any mares with higher prize money earnings and better race records are typically more suited to a race like this.

Most of the time a capacity field of mares will assemble to contest this race, making it a tough affair for punters to find a winner. There's always value to be had if you're prepared to do the form and find a mare ready to fire on the day at good odds.

Earlier carnival races such as the Gr2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes at Flemington or the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield are ideal lead up races to the Maybe Mahal Stakes as they are raced under the exact same conditions.

Many of the mares contesting this event will head off to the spelling paddock after this race, while others may head on to the Gr3 Summoned Stakes for mares during the upcoming Sandown carnival following Melbourne Cup week. Cabernet (2nd in 2012) finished runner-up in the Summoned Stakes following her second place finish in this event.

Cool Passion (2018) ran seventh in the Listed Black Pearl over 1200m at Geelong before scoring a stylish victory in this event for trainer Tomy McEvoy. The consistent mare captured the Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes on Zipping Classic Day at Sandown at her next start.

Recent Maybe Mahal Stakes winners include Pedrena (2017) and Artistry (2016).

2019 Maybe Mahal Stakes result

1. $12.00 Teleplay 56.0 Nash Rawiller
2. $4.00 La Tigeresa 55.0 Jamie Kah
3. $4.20 Sweet Scandal 55.0 Michael Walker

then followed
4. $31.00 River Jewel 55.0 Damian Lane
5. $7.50 Into The Abyss 55.0 James McDonald
6. $17.00 Kings Brook 55.0 Jye McNeil
7. $17.00 Gina’S Hope 55.0 Ben Melham
8. $14.00 Dunbrody Power 55.0 Craig Williams
9. $6.50 Bella Martini 55.0 Tommy Berry
10. $101.00 Miss Belisa 55.0 Beau Mertens
11. $12.00 Victory Kingdom 55.0 Joao Moreira

Margins: 1 len, 1.5 len
Time: 1:24.35

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Maybe Mahal Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Teleplay La Tigeresa Sweet Scandal 1:24.3
2018 Cool Passion Princess Posh Savatiano 1:24.0
2017 Pedrena Cool Passion Swampland 1:22.7
2016 Artistry Shillelagh Silent Sedition 1:22.9
2015 Scarlet Billows Wawail She's Clean 1:22.4
2014 Mahara Rose Of Choice Vibrant Rouge 1:23.3
2013 Plucky Belle Arinosa She's Clean 1:22.6
2012 Koonoomoo Cabernet Mid Summer Music 1:21.0
2011 Sophie's Spirit Little Surfer Girl Divorces 1:22.4
2010 Jersey Lily Happy Hippy Valentine Miss 1:23.4
2009 Strawberry Field Ortensia Rose Syrah 1:25.4