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.
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.
|Year||Winner – Time||Jockey||2nd||3rd|
|2011||Zaratone – 1:04.35||K. O’Hara||Royal Discretion||Atomic Force|
|2010||Winter King (NZ) – 1:05.78||G. Schofield||Centennial Park (NZ)||Motspur|
|2009||Lucky Secret – 1:03.30||N. Rawiller||Fist of Fury||Gold Trail|
|2008||Keen Commander – 1:04.06||B. Shinn||Posadas||Fox Lake|
|2008||My Vegas – 1:04.08||C. Brown||Belong to Many||German Chocolate|
|2006||Fast ‘N’ Famous – 1:03.15||D. Beadman||Rightson||Posadas|
|2005||Mac’s Tune – 1:03.73||D. Spriggs||Segments||Sam Sung A Song|
|2004||Taikun – 1:02.55||D. Beadman||Star of Florida||Red Oog|
|2003||Star of Florida – 1:02.82||P. Payne||Academe||Empire|
|2002||Into the Night – 1:03.33||D. Beasley||Alibarber||Empire|
|2001||Oamaru Force – 1:03.14||G. Boss||Mistegic||Progress|
|2000||Au Lion – 1:03.99||M. Newman (a)||Stanzaic||High Rolling|
|1999||Regulations – 1:05.34||L. Beasley||Life of Riley (NZ)||Rebel Rock|