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 $150,000 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.
|Date:||Saturday 17th October 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||4yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty|
|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).
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.
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.
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
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
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|2019||Streets Of Avalon||Variation||Royal Meeting||1:23.9|
|2017||Ulmann||Burning Front||Echo Effect||1:23.4|
|2015||Vashka||Under The Louvre||Coronation Shallan||1:23.2|
|2014||Lucky Hussler||Under The Louvre||Generalife||1:23.4|
|2011||Love Conquers All||Albert The Fat||Pinwheel||1:21.9|
|2010||Rothera||Sniper's Bullet||Jungle Ruler||1:25.8|
|2007||Lord Of The Dance||Polish Clown||Solar Secret||1:22.6|
|2006||Perfectly Ready||Live In Vain||Caprizzi Strip||1:22.3|
|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|
|1999||Another Neptune||Strident||Weasel Will||1:23.5|
|1998||Buster Jones||Blazing Steel||Bezeal Bay||1:24.3|
|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|
|1992||Rough Habit||Rare Chance||Black Rouge||1:30.0|
|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|