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Wakeful Stakes

The Wakeful Stakes is a Group 2 race for 3yo fillies held at Flemington racecourse each year during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in late October or early November. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Wakeful Stakes was won by Aristia from Qafila with El Dorado Dreaming third.

Held on Derby day which is the first day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Wakeful Stakes takes place alongside four Group 1 races. These are the AAMI Victoria Derby, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Cantala Stakes, and Empire Rose Stakes.

Wakeful Stakes info

Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
2018 Winner: Aristia

The Wakeful Stakes is one of the key distance races of the carnival for three-year-old fillies on their way to the Gr1 VRC Oaks over 2500m the following Thursday. The Wakeful Stakes is over 2000m and provides a wonderful lead up to the premier fillies event of the spring. Kirramosa (2013) is the last filly to complete the Wakeful Stakes & VRC Oaks double.

Quality fillies generally assemble for the Wakeful Stakes and most of the field typically come via the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington or the Gr1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield and use the Wakeful as their final lead up race to the Oaks.

In recent times Atlantic Jewel (2011) won the Caulfield Guineas & Wakeful Stakes double, while Brazilian Pulse (2010) ran second in the Edward Manifold Stakes and then third in the Thousand Guineas before winning this race on her way to claiming the VRC Oaks.

Some talented fillies such as Zarita (2007), Tuesday Joy (2006), Grand Archway (1989) and Research (1988) have all won this race over the years. They all continued on to become top mares of the Australian turf.

Aristia (2018) ran second in the Gr3 Ethereal Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield before being ridden a treat to win this event for the mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra stable.

Recent Wakeful Stakes winners include Luvaluva (2017) and Tiamo Grace (2016).

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The Wakeful Stakes has been a great guide to the VRC Oaks in recent times providing numerous winners and placegetters over the years. The most recent fillies to complete the Wakeful Stakes & VRC Oaks double have been Kirramosa (2013), Brazilian Pulse (2010), Faint Perfume (2009), Serenade Rose (2005) and Hollow Bullet (2004).

Winners & placegetters in this event tend to run very well in the VRC Oaks the following Thursday and the Wakeful Stakes has always been the best guide over the years.

2018 Wakeful Stakes result

1. $6.50 Aristia 55.0 Damian Lane
2. $9.00 Qafila 55.5 Jim Crowley
3. $5.00 El Dorado Dreaming 58.5 Damien Oliver

then followed
4. $11.00 Sizzleme 55.0 Ben Melham
5. $2.40 Verry Elleegant 56.0 John Allen
6. $91.00 Sealed 55.0 Jordan Childs
7. $81.00 Skyway Star 55.0 Craig Williams
8. $31.00 Tysonic 55.0 Ben Allen
9. $26.00 Yulong Meteor 55.0 Michael Walker
10. $21.00 Maui Girl 55.0 Luke Currie
11. $101.00 Exclusively Ours 55.0 Ben Thompson

Margins: 0.75 len, 0.30 len
Time: 2:01.36

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Wakeful Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Aristia Qafila El Dorado Dreaming 2:01.3
2017 Luvaluva Glam Guru Rimraam 2:03.9
2016 Tiamo Grace Sebring Dream Missrock 2:04.4
2015 Ambience Beluga Blue Muzyka 2:04.7
2014 Thunder Lady Abduction Fenway 2:03.3
2013 Kirramosa May's Dream Solicit 2:05.1
2012 Zydeco Maraatib Transonic 2:02.8
2011 Atlantic Jewel Rahveel Dowager Queen 2:04.9
2010 Brazilian Pulse Placement Heartsareforlove 2:04.2
2009 Faint Perfume Silent Surround Melito 2:03.2
2008 Rocha Miss Scarlatti Estee 2:05.5
2007 Zarita Riva San Katherine Gold 2:05.8
2006 Tuesday Joy J'adane Anamato 2:02.7
2005 Serenade Rose Astronomia Zenarta 2:02.5
2004 Hollow Bullet Storm Alert Mango Daiquiri 2:02.1
2003 Timbourina Special Harmony Dane Beltar 2:05.5
2002 Hierogram Its Who Deanie Lashed 2:02.9
2001 Quays Gold Lottery Li Lo Lill 2:01.2
2000 Lolita Star Lang Kwai Fong Tanith 2:04.7
1999 My Sienna Forest Express Danglissa 2:01.3
1998 Grand Archway Rose O War Confer 2:02.2
1997 Kensington Palace Marine Spirit Kilmore Quay 2:04.3
1996 Danendri Superb Lady Calm Abiding 2:01.9
1995 Saleous Not On Friday Pontal Lass 2:01.5
1994 Dream Of The Dance Captiva Euphoria 2:05.1
1993 Arborea Alcove Fine Recipe 2:02.0
1992 Love Comes To Town Tempest Command Azzurro 2:03.9
1991 Richfield Lady Yodells Dancefloor Doll 2:02.6
1990 Beachside All Mine Triscay 2:03.6
1989 Tristanagh A Little Kiss La Tristia 2:02.5
1988 Research Salisopra Memphis Blues 2:02.5