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The Starlight Stakes is a relatively new addition to the Spring racing circuit, with the inaugural race taking place in 1999.  This 1100 metre race has prize money of $100,000 on offer, with horses three years old or more ready to fight it out this Saturday at Rosehill.

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The final prize money pool for this race is $100,000.  First place receives $60,000, second place $20,000, third place $10,000, fourth $5,000, fifth $2,000, sixth, seventh and eighth $1,000, with a starter subsidy of $200.  The Starlight Stakes is one of two races taking place at Rosehill this Saturday, the other being the Group Three San Domenico Stakes for the three year olds, which is also a 1100 metre race.

Last year’s race was won by Zaratone, with New Zealand horse Winter King taking the honours in 2010.  Being held so early on in the season, the Starlight is a good way to judge horses leading into the rest of the Spring program.  There are 15 nominations for this year’s race, although All Too Hard is also entered for the San Domenico Stakes and the Vain Stakes in Melbourne.

Here is a complete list of winners throughout the history of the Starlight Stakes, along with riders, weight, and time, along with second and third place.

YearWinner – TimeJockey2nd3rd
2011Zaratone – 1:04.35K. O’HaraRoyal DiscretionAtomic Force
2010Winter King (NZ) – 1:05.78G. SchofieldCentennial Park (NZ)Motspur
2009Lucky Secret – 1:03.30N. RawillerFist of FuryGold Trail
2008Keen Commander – 1:04.06B. ShinnPosadasFox Lake
2008My Vegas – 1:04.08C. BrownBelong to ManyGerman Chocolate
2006Fast ‘N’ Famous – 1:03.15D. BeadmanRightsonPosadas
2005Mac’s Tune – 1:03.73D. SpriggsSegmentsSam Sung A Song
2004Taikun – 1:02.55D. BeadmanStar of FloridaRed Oog
2003Star of Florida – 1:02.82P. PayneAcademeEmpire
2002Into the Night – 1:03.33D. BeasleyAlibarberEmpire
2001Oamaru Force – 1:03.14G. BossMistegicProgress
2000Au Lion – 1:03.99M. Newman (a)StanzaicHigh Rolling
1999Regulations – 1:05.34L. BeasleyLife of Riley (NZ)Rebel Rock
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