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Moonee Valley Vase

The Moonee Valley Vase is a Group 2 event for three-year-old gallopers that takes place each year at Moonee Valley racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 2040 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $300,000 in prize money. The 2019 Moonee Valley Vase was won by Soul Patch from Moonlight Maid with Serious Liaison third.

The Moonee Valley Vase is held on the same day as the Moonee Valley Racing Club's most prestigious race, the Group 1 WS Cox Plate. The most recent edition of the race was run as the 'Drummond Golf Vase'.

Moonee Valley Vase info

Date: Saturday 23rd October 2021
Track: Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2040 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2019 Winner: Soul Patch

The Moonee Valley Vase is commonly used for emerging three-year-old stayers as a lead up race to the Group 1 Moonee Valley Victoria Derby the following week at Flemington. The Derby is held on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Run over a distance of 2040 metres, the same distance as the WS Cox Plate, the Moonee Valley Vase typically assembles three-year-olds that may have previously tackled the Gr2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley or the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield, both over 1600m. Others may come via the Gr3 Caulfield Classic held the previous week at Caulfield over 2000m. Whobegotyou (2008), Helenus (2006), Diatribe (1999) and Blevic (1994) all won the Stutt Stakes before going on to win this event the same year.

Three-year-olds who perform well in this race will generally continue on to the Victoria Derby the following week and the Moonee Valley Vase is the last staying test for 3yo gallopers before the Derby. Efficient (2006), Plastered (2004), Helenus (2002), Blevic (1994) and Raveneaux (1986) all won this race before going on to win the AAMI Victoria Derby.

Any fillies capable of taking on the males may consider this race on their way to the Group 1 VRC Oaks at Flemington. Jameka (2015) was the last filly to claim the Moonee Valley Vase & VRC Oaks double. Occasionally, the fillies only Group 1 Thousand Guineas, over 1600m at Caulfield, can provide a classy type who can figure in the finish here. Smart galloper Aloisia (2017) is the most recent winner of the Thousand Guineas & Moonee Valley Vase double.

Soul Patch (2019) ran eighth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield before scoring an outstanding victory in this event for the Ken Keys stable at Cranbourne.

Recent Moonee Valley Vase winners include Stars Of Carrum (2018) and Aloisia (2017).

Spring Carnival Guide

The Ciaron Maher trained Jameka (2015) took out the VRC Oaks in stylish fashion after winning this event while Tarzino (3rd in 2015) scored an outstanding victory in the AAMI Victoria Derby following his third placing in the Moonee Valley Vase.

In recent times, Super Cool (2012) finished runner-up in the AAMI Victoria Derby while Lion Tamer (2nd in 2010) won the Derby after taking out this race. Rekindled Interest (2010) finished fifth in the Derby.

Extra Zero (5th in 2009) went on to run second in the Victoria Derby at his next start and Viking Legend (3rd in 2009) also ran third in the Derby.

Whobegotyou (2008) won both the Stutt Stakes and Caulfield Guineas before winning this race and he then ran second in the AAMI Victoria Derby the following week.

2019 Moonee Valley Vase result

1. $4.40 Soul Patch 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $4.40 Moonlight Maid 55.0 Ben Melham
3. $6.50 Serious Liaison 57.0 Damien Oliver

then followed
4. $8.00 Independent Road 57.0 Luke Nolen
5. $21.00 Craftmanship 57.0 Hugh Bowman
6. $2.80 Battenburg 57.0 James McDonald
7. $31.00 Fabulanski 57.0 Mark Zahra
8. $41.00 Baileys 57.0 Nash Rawiller

Margins: 2.5 len, 3.25 len
Time: 2:06.60

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Moonee Valley Vase winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Soul Patch Moonlight Maid Serious Liaison 2:06.6
2018 Stars Of Carrum Savoie Aramayo 2:05.2
2017 Aloisia Cliff's Edge Salsamor 2:04.2
2016 Sacred Elixir Morvada So Si Bon 2:10.9
2015 Jameka Shards Tarzino 2:06.0
2014 Moonovermanhattan Atmosphere Go Indy Go 2:06.4
2013 Savvy Nature All Rigged Up Pinstripe Lane 2:05.0
2012 Super Cool It's A Dundeel Viking Star 2:08.2
2011 Manawanui Collar Scelto 2:07.1
2010 Rekindled Interest Lion Tamer Hollowlea 2:07.0
2009 Hanks Spacecraft Viking Legend 2:06.2
2008 Whobegotyou Buffett Orca 2:05.3
2007 Marching Kibbutz Barbaricus 2:06.5
2006 Efficient The One Excites 2:05.2
2005 Duelled Manton Benicio 2:14.1
2004 Plastered Mr Martini Count Ricardo 2:07.6
2003 Kempinsky Elvstroem Lifes A Bounty 2:07.1
2002 Helenus Macedon Lady Wild Heart 2:08.0
2001 Ustinov Viking Ruler Pure Theatre 2:06.3
2000 Skalato Universal Prince Sale Of Century 2:09.2
1999 Diatribe Chief Scout Cloth Of Gold 2:06.4
1998 Mossman Runaway Danelagh 2:05.7
1997 Gold Guru Mustang Red Second Coming 2:06.2
1996 Alfa Intergaze Portland Player 2:06.5
1995 Donar Peep On The Sly El Qahiras Son 2:09.2
1994 Blevic Northwood Plume Wild Thunder 2:02.8
1993 Zaremba Prie Of Rancho Mahogany 2:06.1
1992 Kennys Best Pal Kaaptive Edition Shoeshine Henry 2:05.9
1991 Naturalism Green Fever Mac Robert 2:04.9
1990 Rockets Galore What A Hit Centro 2:09.1
1989 Zamoff Stargazer Lemarque 2:06.9
1988 Big Grey Roo Kings High Oakwood 2:10.4