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.
|Date:||Saturday 19th December 2020|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights + Penalty|
|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).
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
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
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|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|
|2013||Hawkspur||Rhythm To Spare||Honorius||2:16.3|
|2011||Turnitup||Mr Light Blue||Alma's Fury||2:18.0|
|2009||Saint Minerva||Markus Maximus||The Grogoch||2:19.4|
|2008||Bell Academy||Teary Eyed||Petushki||2:14.9|
|2006||Ice Chariot||Kincharm||Just Grand||2:10.5|
|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|
|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|
|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.