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Memsie Stakes

The Memsie Stakes is a Melbourne Racing Club Group 1 Australian thoroughbred horse race.  This year, it is being held on Saturday August 27th at Caulfield Racecourse over a distance of 1,400 metres. The race is held under weight for age conditions and is for horses over three years old. In 2013 it was won by Atlantic Jewel.

Memsie Stakes History

Previous winners include horses such as Sunline who won it in 2000 and 2001, Makybe Diva (2005), Miss Finland (2007), and So You Think (2010).

First held in 1899, the race is often thought of as a lead up to the Spring Carnival.  Entries include horses that are preparing for the longer races such as the Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne Cup, and the Cox Plate. Certainly, they are up against the short distance sprinters.  Keen bettors will want to see how well they fare and how they look as regards form after their winter break.

Lead up race

Very often, there is more interest in the horses that are running well at the back of the field than there is in the winner, even though the total prize money for the race is $400,000. At least half of the recent races have been won by sprinters that have been trained specifically for the Memsie Cup.  Speed seems to outweigh the longer distance class here. However, stayers also have won, including Makybe Diva, whose win was her only one in a race of less than 2,000 metres, and So You Think who also won the Cox Plate twice.

Frequently it seems that a good run by a class horse in this race bodes well for its chances in the more important races later in the Spring Carnival.

New Zealand Bloodstock (NZB) is the naming rights partner of the Memsie Stakes.  It is also the sponsor of the Spring WFA Championship for the third year running. This Championship is a series of four races run at Caulfield which includes the P B Lawrence Stakes (Group 2), and the Memsie Stakes, the Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes, and the Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes, all of which are Group 1 races. The total prize money for the series of four races is $1.37 million.  Together with trophies to the value of $15,000.

Memsie Stakes Betting

There will be plenty of betting opportunities for the Memsie Stakes.  The online bookmakers (which is all of the major ones) will be offering great deals in order to tempt punters to bet with them rather than their competitors.

Racing at Caulfield on Memsie Stakes day starts at 11.00 am and continues until 6.00 pm. Admission to the course is $15 for adults, $10 for concessions, while kids 13 and under get in free. There is no need to go hungry, since Caulfield has three excellent restaurants, the Manikato Restaurant, named after the famous thoroughbred of the late 1970’s and early 1980’’s, the Black Caviar Restaurant and the Promenade Tiered Restaurant.

Whether you go to Caulfield or watch the race on TV, the Memsie Stakes is an exciting start to the Spring Carnival.