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Moonga Stakes

The Moonga Stakes is a Group 3 event for open horses raced held each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres under set weight plus penalty conditions and worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2019 Moonga Stakes was won by Streets Of Avalon from Variation with Royal Meeting third.

Taking place on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day racing carnival, the Monnga Stakes is held alongside the MRC's most prestigious race, the Caulfield Cup.

Moonga Stakes info

Date: Saturday 16th October 2021
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: 4yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000
2019 Winner: Streets Of Avalon

The Moonga Stakes is a set weights and penalty race for 4yo and upwards horses and has been won by some quality types over the years including Assertive Lad (2002), Flavour (2001), Rough Habit (1992) and the mighty frontrunner Vo Rogue (1988).

Suiting horses who might go on to similar or stronger races from 1400m to 1600m during the carnival period, the Moonga Stakes typically attracts more than handy gallopers who might go on and pick up a major race every now and then.

Streets Of Avalon (2019) finished down the track in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield before scoring a strong win in this event for Mornington trainer Shane Nichols.

Recent Moonga Stakes winners include Sircconi (2018) and Ulmann (2017).

Spring Carnival Guide

Winners and placegetters of this race might tackle the major races from 1200m to 1600m during the spring carnival and be very competitive without winning too many.

Dreamforce (2018) headed to Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival to capture the Gr3 Chatham Stakes on the final day.

In recent times the Moonga Stakes has provided multiple Group 1 Emirates Stakes winners with Boban (2013) and Albert The Fat (2nd in 2011) taking out the feature mile race on the final day of Flemington carnival, while Hurtle Myrtle (5th in 2011) won the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes on the first day.

Gathering (5th in 2010) travelled to Perth the following month to win the Group 1 Railway Stakes over 1600m at Ascot racecourse.

2019 Moonga Stakes result

1. $5.00 Streets Of Avalon 58.5 Ben Melham
2. $14.00 Variation 57.0 Damien Oliver
3. $3.60 Royal Meeting 60.0 Patrick Cosgrave

then followed
4. $12.00 Manolo Blahniq 58.0 Jake Noonan
5. $5.00 Land Of Plenty 60.0 Damian Lane
6. $51.00 Moss 'n' Dale 58.5 Jack Martin
7. $15.00 Tom Melbourne 58.0 Michael Walker
8. $31.00 Terbium 58.5 Luke Nolen
9. $4.60 Desert Lord 57.0 Dwayne Dunn

Margins: 1 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:23.94

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Moonga Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Streets Of Avalon Variation Royal Meeting 1:23.9
2018 Sircconi Dreamforce Perast 1:24.9
2017 Ulmann Burning Front Echo Effect 1:23.4
2016 Voodoo Lad Takedown Turnitaround 1:24.5
2015 Vashka Under The Louvre Coronation Shallan 1:23.2
2014 Lucky Hussler Under The Louvre Generalife 1:23.4
2013 Boban Strawberry Boy Galah 1:23.8
2012 Whateverwhenever King's Rose Mcclintock 1:23.7
2011 Love Conquers All Albert The Fat Pinwheel 1:21.9
2010 Rothera Sniper's Bullet Jungle Ruler 1:25.8
2009 McClintock Rightfully Yours Kiloton 1:22.7
2008 Royal Discretion Turffontein Stickpin 1.23.6
2007 Lord Of The Dance Polish Clown Solar Secret 1:22.6
2006 Perfectly Ready Live In Vain Caprizzi Strip 1:22.3
2005 Volitant Yell Shadow 1:21.3
2004 Amtrak Pink Fit Monahan Tweed 1:24.6
2003 Thorn Park Lord Volksraad Regal Roller 1:22.5
2002 Assertive Lad El Nino Prince Rubiton 1:22.9
2001 Flavour Inspire Make Mine Magic 1:24.8
2000 Cellar Hire Weasel Will 1:21.8
1999 Another Neptune Strident Weasel Will 1:23.5
1998 Buster Jones Blazing Steel Bezeal Bay 1:24.3
1997 Monets Cove Delsole Confiscate 1:22.6
1996 Mamzelle Pedrille Hero Wind Hunza Court 1:24.6
1995 Royal Blue Taos Social Rule 1:24.2
1994 Star Dancer Chemin De Fer Sportsbeat 1:23.2
1993 Cogitate Cocky Beau Unequalled 1:22.7
1992 Rough Habit Rare Chance Black Rouge 1:30.0
1991 Steineck Pontormo Prince Ormenium 1:23.8
1990 Royal Pay Sioux Chief Procol Harum 1:27.3
1989 Heavenly View Better Loosen Up Acid Print 1:23.2
1988 Vo Rogue Prismatic Star Jet Fighter 1:23.1