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Grand Prix Stakes

The Grand Prix Stakes is a Group 3 race three-year-old race that takes place in December at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 2200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $250,000 in prize money. The 2019 Grand Prix Stakes was won by Chains Of Honour (Dec) from Mission Phoenix with Mosshiki third.

In 2019 the Brisbane Racing Club made changes to the Brisbane summer racing carnival featuring a new $250,000 race at Eagle Farm named 'The Gateway', for four-year-olds over 1400 metres. The Gateway winner receives a ballot-free exemption into the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in June.

Following the changes, the Grand Prix Stakes moved to its new summer home in December to become the final of the 3YO Stayers’ Series, along with a prize money increase from $150,000 to $250,000.

This race was formerly held during the Brisbane winter racing carnival in May and held twice during the 2019-2020 racing season, in both May & December.

Grand Prix Stakes info

Date: Saturday 19th December 2020
Track: Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 2200 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000
2019 Winner: Chains Of Honour (Dec)

The Grand Prix Stakes was first run in 1974 and is the ideal lead up race for three-year-olds planning to contest the Queensland Derby over 2400m later in the carnival at Eagle Farm racecourse. The set weight & penalty conditions of this race favours the better horses entered for the event.

The most recent Grand Prix Stakes & Queensland Derby double winners have been Hawkspur (2013), Brambles (2012), Ice Chariot (2006) & Half Hennessy (2003), and this race generally attracts handy gallopers rather then the elite. Kutchinsky (2010) finished runner-up in the Queensland Derby after winning the Grand Prix Stakes.

Of late, the Gr3 Rough Habit Plate has been a pivotal guide to this race with both Mackintosh (2016), Hawkspur (2013) and Brambles (2012) all taking out the Rough Habit Plate & Grand Prix Stakes double, with both Hawkspur and Brambles going on to win the Queensland Derby at their next start.

Chains Of Honour (2019 Dec) took out a CL2 race over 1800m at Hawkesbury in New South Wales before heading noth to Queensland to win this event in comfortable fashion for the Gerald Ryan stable.

Recent Grand Prix Stakes winners include Fun Fact (2019 May), Heavenly Thought (2018) and Order Again (2017).

2019 Grand Prix Stakes result

1. $1.90 Chains Of Honour 57.0 Mark Zahra
2. $4.40 Mission Phoenix 57.0 Larry Cassidy
3. $13.00 Mosshiki 57.0 Michael Rodd

then followed
4. $8.00 Smart Meteor 57.0 Justin Huxtable
5. $26.00 Savvy Valentino 57.0 Brad Stewart
6. $21.00 Southern Swing 57.0 Ron Stewart
7. $9.00 Don't Waiver 57.0 Robbie Fradd
8. $101.00 Private Detective 57.0 Micheal Hellyer
9. $61.00 Tears Of Love 57.0 Gary Geran
10. $201.00 Haleighozae 57.0 Luke Tarrant
11. $151.00 Real It In 55.0 Adin Thompson

Margins: 2.5 len, 1 len
Time: 2:17.59

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Grand Prix Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Chains Of Honour (Dec) Mission Phoenix Mosshiki 2:17.5
2019 Fun Fact (May) Angel Of Heaven Home Made 2:16.0
2018 Heavenly Thought Han Xin Dark Dream 2:14.2
2017 Order Again Volatile Mix Violate 2:22.3
2016 Mackintosh Eagle Way Howard Be Thy Name 2:16.4
2015 Upham Redoutable Heart Master Of Arts 2:04.6
2014 Vilanova Pinstripe Lane Rudy 2:14.4
2013 Hawkspur Rhythm To Spare Honorius 2:16.3
2012 Brambles Vatuvei Red Shift 2:16.1
2011 Turnitup Mr Light Blue Alma's Fury 2:18.0
2010 Kutchinsky The Hombre Landlord 2:17.0
2009 Saint Minerva Markus Maximus The Grogoch 2:19.4
2008 Bell Academy Teary Eyed Petushki 2:14.9
2007 Sirmione My Centurion Currigee 2:10.3
2006 Ice Chariot Kincharm Just Grand 2:10.5
2005 Spuruson Willy Leica Atapi 2:07.6
2004 Reclaim Dodgem Russian Pearl 2:08.9
2003 Half Hennessy General Minolta Mahtoum 2:11.4
2002 Distinctly Secret Cassimir Arlington Road 2:11.7
2001 Reenact Air War Feed The Meter 2:14.6
2000 Make Mine Magic Freemason Fairway 2:14.6
1999 Conair Kugelhoph Camarena 2:21.3
1998 Meeting Abandoned
1997 Meeting Abandoned
1996 Faience Valance Super Slew 2:12.7
1995 Perfect Bound Danasinga Turridu 2:13.3
1994 Sky Watch Sapio Love Moves Me 2:14.4
1993 Air Seattle Palate Irish Rort 2:14.6
1992 In The Event Noteworthy Our Honfleur 2:21.7
1991 Dorset Downs Windy Morn Dr Glass 2:18.5
1990 Stargazer Rough Habit Anschluss 2:20.2
1989 Hidden Rhythm Chill Factor Easy Now 2:20.9

The race was held twice in 2019 due to the Grand Prix Stakes moving from a May to December timeslot.