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Schillaci Stakes

The Schillaci Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival each October. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $300,000 in prize money. The 2020 Schillaci Stakes was won by Dirty Work from Diamond Effort with Octane third.

From 1970 to 1999 the race was known as the ‘Chirnside Stakes’, and from 2000 onwards the ‘Schillaci Stakes’, and is named after former outstanding sprinter Schillaci. This race takes place on the first day of the three-day Caulfield spring carnival in October, which is Group 1 Caulfield Guineas Day.

Other feature races on the day include the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, Group 1 Toorak Handicap and Group 1 Caulfield Stakes.

Schillaci Stakes info

Date: Saturday 9th October 2021
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2020 Winner: Dirty Work

The Schillaci Stakes is a good horse's race run over the sprint distance of 1100 metres under weight-for-age conditions and is a race that always attracts quality sprinters who often go on to be stars of the spring.

A number of outstanding sprinters have won the Schillaci Stakes in recent times including topliners such as Buffering (2012), Black Caviar (2010-11), Gold Edition (2007), Miss Andretti (2006), Falvelon (2000) and Mahogany (1997).

Races such as the Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes are handy lead-up races to this event and horses contesting this race may go on to the Group 1 Manikato Stakes on Cox Plate eve at Moonee Valley. Another suitable race is the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Trekking (2019) finished eighth in the AJ Moir Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley before showing his rivals a clean pair of heels in this event for the James Cummings stable.

Recent Schillaci Stakes winners include Ball Of Muscle (2018) and Super Cash (2017).

Spring Carnival Guide

The Schillaci Stakes has provided winners and placegetters in a number of spring group races over the years. Champion mare Black Caviar (2010-11) won this event in consecutive years, along with the AJ Moir Stakes.

Apache Cat (2nd in 2009) went on to run second in the AJ Moir Stakes on Cox Plate day while Wanted (3rd in 2009) then ran second in the VRC Sprint Classic.

Lucky Secret (2nd 2008) went on to win the AJ Moir Stakes on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley and Gold Edition (2007) went on to run 2nd in the AJ Moir Stakes and then the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic on Emirates day.

Royal Asscher (2nd in 2007) won the Gr3 Red Anchor Stakes on WS Cox Plate day and Let Go Thommo (3rd in 2007) then ran 3rd in both the AJ Moir Stakes and Gr2 Caulfield Sprint.

Quality mare Miss Andretti (2006) won both the AJ Moir Stakes and the VRC Sprint Classic.

2019 Schillaci Stakes result

1. $4.00 Trekking 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $8.00 Ball Of Muscle 58.5 Craig Williams
3. $7.00 The Bostonian 58.5 Damian Lane

then followed
4. $16.00 Viridine 58.5 Hugh Bowman
5. $4.60 Bons Away 58.5 Mark Zahra
6. $51.00 Ashlor 58.5 Daniel Stackhouse
7. $12.00 Booker 56.5 Damien Oliver
8. $31.00 Rebel King 58.5 Jamie Kah
9. $4.40 Despatch 58.5 James McDonald

Margins: 0.4 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:02.32

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Schillaci Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Dirty Work Diamond Effort Octane 1:03.3
2019 Trekking Ball Of Muscle The Bostonian 1:02.3
2018 Ball Of Muscle Spirit Of Valor Missrock 1:02.5
2017 Super Cash Illustrious Lad Rock Magic 1:03.2
2016 Star Turn Malaguerra Fell Swoop 1:02.8
2015 Alpha Miss Cashed Lankan Rupee 1:03.5
2014 Rubick Platelet Overreach 0:56.6
2013 Unpretentious Pago Rock Kuroshio 57.6
2012 Buffering Golden Archer Stirling Grove 0:56.9
2011 Black Caviar Karuta Queen Stirling Grove 0:56.7
2010 Black Caviar Winter King General Truce 0:56.6
2009 Lucky Secret Apache Cat Wanted 0:55.9
2008 Wilander Lucky Secret Gamble Me 0:58.0
2007 Gold Edition Royal Asscher Let Go Thommo 0:57.3
2006 Miss Andretti Green Birdie Nediyms Glow 0:57.2
2005 Segments Danerich Miss Mooney Mooney 0:57.6
2004 Patpong Alizes Regimental Gal 0:58.2
2003 Halibery Dantana Spinning Hill 0:56.7
2002 Spinning Hill Falvelon Mistegic 0:57.1
2001 Mistegic Windigo Falvelon 0:57.6
2000 Falvelon Mannington Super Elegant 0:58.0
1999 Magic Music Paint Northeast Sheila 0:56.9
1998 Show No Emotion Theatre Scandinavia 0:58.3
1997 Mahogany Spartacus Be Discreet 0:57.5
1996 Sequalo Gold Ace Sword 0:57.8
1995 Moss Rocket Chief De Beers Sequalo 0:56.1
1994 Bint Marscay Alannon Barcurra 0:56.6
1993 Green Sweeper Our Pompeii Prince Acumen 0:58.5
1992 King Marauding Mamzelle Perdu Grey Man 0:58.0
1991 Street Ruffian Redelva Sonic Express 1:00.2
1990 Street Ruffian Benbara King Dancers Choice 1:00.3
1989 Scarlet Bisque Disputed Pearl Vain Veleric 1:00.0
1988 Rancho Ruler Special Disputed Pearl 1:00.8