The Lexus Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap race held at Flemington racecourse annually during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in late October or early November. The race is run over a distance of 2500 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. In 2018 The Lexus Stakes was won by A Prince Of Arran from Brimham Rocks with Jaameh third.
Registered as the 'Hotham Handicap' this race has previously been known as 'The Dalgety' & 'SAAB Quality' and has been run as 'The Lexus Stakes' since 2009.
The Lexus Stakes is held on Derby day on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival and features four prestigious Group 1 races. These are the AAMI Victoria Derby, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Cantala Stakes and Empire Rose Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 2nd November 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||A Prince Of Arran|
The Lexus Stakes is the last handicap race over a distance further than 2000m to be held for open horses before the running of the Flemington carnival's major race, the Melbourne Cup on the following Tuesday. The Saab is a good event to give horses a final hit out before contesting the 3200m of the Cup.
More often than not the race will be taken out by more than handy staying types rather than the upper echelon, although every now and then a quality type can find his way into the race and make his presence felt.
A Prince Of Arran (2018) ran third in the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes over 2400m at Caulfield before pulling out all stops to win this event for UK trainer Charlie Fellowes.
Recent The Lexus Stakes winners include Cismontane (2017) and Oceanographer (2016).
The Lexus Stakes has been a more of a moderate guide to the Melbourne Cup over recent years. Maluckyday (2010) ran second to international galloper Americain three days later in the Melbourne Cup, while Shocking (2009) scored an authoritiave win before going on to win our most famous two mile race the following Tuesday.
Jaameh (3rd in 2018) won the Gr3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington on Emirates Stakes day after finishing third in this event..
Moatise (2008) ran sixth in the Melbourne Cup the following Tuesday, while Cape Cover (3rd 2008) and Light Vision (2nd 2008) ran the quinella in VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day of the carnival.
Maybe Better (2006) ran third in the Melbourne Cup that year, while Brew (2000) went on to win the Melbourne Cup in the same year. Kingston Rule (2nd 1990) managed to take out the race that stops the nation the following Tuesday and Tawriffic (2nd in 1988) went on to win the Cup the following year in 1989.
1. $4.40 A Prince Of Arran 57.5 Michael Walker
2. $4.20 Brimham Rocks 56.5 James McDonald
3. $6.50 Jaameh 55.5 Mark Zahra
4. $16.00 Gallic Chieftain 56.5 Damian Lane
5. $91.00 Ladies First 54.0 Michael Dee
6. $31.00 Rising Red 56.0 Regan Bayliss
7. $12.00 Yogi 54.5 Dean Yendall
8. $9.00 Northwest Passage 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
9. $26.00 Tally 57.0 Tim Clark
10. $7.00 Sixties Groove 57.0 Craig Williams
11. $31.00 Sole Impact 58.0 Hugh Bowman
Margins: 0.50 len, 1.75 len
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|2018||A Prince Of Arran||Brimham Rocks||Jaameh||2:37.4|
|2015||Excess Knowledge||Zanteca||Havana Cooler||2:36.8|
|2014||Signoff||Big Memory||La Amistad||2:37.8|
|2013||Ruscello||Let's Make A Deal||Araldo||2:39.8|
|2012||Kelinni||Dare To Dream||Exceptionally||2:37.6|
|2010||Maluckyday||Linton||Once Were Wild||2:35.1|
|2008||Moatise||Light Vision||Cape Cover||2:37.7|
|2007||Sculptor||The Fuzz||Desert Master||2:35.4|
|2005||Strasbourg||Bush Honey||Mr Celebrity||2:40.3|
|2004||Don Raphael||Catchmeifyoucan||Winning Belle||2:36.6|
|2003||Big Pat||Fawaz||Dance On Wood||2:39.4|
|2001||Maythehorsebewithu||Spirit Of Westbury||Touch The Groom||2:35.8|
|1999||The Warrior||Rose O War||Seasquill||2:35.2|
|1998||Star Binder||Second Coming||Prince Iluka||2:34.6|
|1996||Few Are Chosen||Centico||My Kiwi Gold||2:35.6|
|1992||Big Barron||Val D Arno||Sir Winston||2:38.4|
|1990||Mount Olympus||Kingston Rule||La Tristia||2:33.6|