The McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Moonee Valley racecourse each year in September during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1000 metres and worth $150,000 in prize money. The 2020 McEwen Stakes was won by Bella Vella from Ashlor with Brooklyn Hustle third.
Formerly a Group 3 event, the McEwen Stakes was upgraded to Group 2 status for the 2013/2014 racing season and takes place on the same day as the Group 2 Feehan Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 5th September 2020|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|2020 Winner:||Bella Vella|
The McEwen Stakes generally attracts good quality sprinters and the 1000 metre dash around the tight Moonee Valley track can often see track specialist types have good success and it pays to look at horses who have form at the track and distance.
Some talented sprinters have won the McEwen Stakes over the years including top class gallopers Hay List (2010), Nicconi (2009), Miss Andretti (2006) Mistegic (2002), Testa Rossa (2000), Flavour (1998) and Sequalo (1995).
Outstanding sprinter Hay List (2010) went on to win the Group 1 Manikato Stakes in effortless style after taking out this race and the McEwen Stakes generally assembles a field of talented sprinters.
The Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes later in the month at the same track might be on the radar for better sprinters engaged in this event and the highly rated Lankan Rupee (2nd in 2014) finished runner-up in both races.
Faatinah (2019) returned to racing in fine fettle to win this race in strong fashion for the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig stable at Euroa.
Recent McEwen Stakes winners include Nature Strip (2018) and Russian Revolution (2017).
Smart filly Houtzen (3rd in 2017) proved too good for her rivals in the Gr3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley following her third place finish in this race.
Classy galloper Chautauqua (2015) took out the Gr2 Gilgai Stakes over 1200m at Flemington after winning the McEwen Stakes.
Lankan Rupee (2nd in 2014) finished runner-up in the AJ Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley at his next start, while Eloping (3rd in 2014) took out the Gr2 Champagne Stakes at the same Valley meeting.
Moment Of Change (2nd in 2013) ran third in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, while Platelet (4th in 2013) took out the Gr2 Gilgai Stakes at Caulfield.
The 2012 McEwen Stakes did not prove to be a great pointer for the spring but turned out to be a great guide for the following autumn with Bel Sprinter (2013) going on to win the Group 1 The Galaxy at Rosehill in Sydney and Platelet (2nd in 2012) claiming the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes & Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville in Adelaide.
Buffering (2011) ran second to Black Caviar in the VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington and Hay List (2010) won the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley and Gilgai Stakes at Flemington.
1. $4.00 Bella Vella 56.5 Jamie Kah
2. $31.00 Ashlor 58.5 Daniel Stackhouse
3. $3.80 Brooklyn Hustle 56.5 Ben Melham
4. $3.80 Hanseatic 52.0 Craig Williams
5. $31.00 Fine Dane 58.5 Patrick Moloney
6. $12.00 Rulership 52.0 Dean Yendall
7. $31.00 Despatch 58.5 Luke Currie
8. $8.00 Bons Away 58.5 Craig Newitt
9. $14.00 Witherspoon 56.5 Damien Oliver
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.75 len
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|2020||Bella Vella||Ashlor||Brooklyn Hustle||0:58.0|
|2014||Angelic Light||Lankan Rupee||Eloping||0:57.5|
|2013||Kuroshio||Moment Of Change||General Truce||0:57.8|
|2011||Buffering||Crystal Lily||Atomic Force||0:58.5|
|2010||Hay List||Catapulted||Reward For Effort||0:59.6|
|2009||Nicconi||Morgan Dollar||Secret Flyer||0:57.4|
|2008||Kaphero||Morgan Dollar||Lucky Secret||0:59.4|
|2007||Here De Angels||Gold Edition||Dr Nipandtuck||0:57.4|
|2006||Miss Andretti||Sassbee||Cargo Cult||0:58.8|
|2005||Strikeline||Truly Wicked||Titanic Jack||0:59.8|
|2003||Yell||The Big Chill||Dantana||0:59.6|
|1997||Another Excuse||Ossie Cossie||Lord Luskin||0:59.2|