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The Lexus Stakes is a Group 3 horse race that takes place during the spring racing carnival in Melbourne every November.  Open to all ages and held under handicap conditions, the Lexus Stakes is run over a distance of 2500 metres.  The winner of the Lexus Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Melbourne Cup, with many horses using this event as a final lead-up to the famous race held three days later.

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The Lexus Stakes has a long and rich history in Australian racing, with the first event held way back in 1869.  However, the Lexus Stakes has undergone a number of name changes over this time, where it has been known as the VRC The Dalgety and Saab Quality among others.  This event was a Principal Race up until 1979, which is when it gained Group 3 status.

 

While it enjoyed Group 2 status for a few years between 1981 and 2004, it was recently down graded back to a Group 3 event.  Some of the more well known horses to have won the Lexus Stakes include Star Binder in 1998, Don Raphael in 2004, and Maluckyday in 2010.  However, the most famous race took place in 1965, with a triple dead heat between Fighting Force (J. Purtell), Ark Royal (R. Heather) and Pandie Sun (W. Williamson).

The 2011 edition of the Lexus Stakes was won by Niwot, who took the lead ahead of Macedonian in second position and Anudjawan in third.

 

2011 The Lexus Stakes Result

 

1. Niwot

2. Macedonian

3. Anudjawun

4. Raffaello

5. Showcause

6. Reprisal

7. Spechenka

8. Tactic

9. Booming

10. Galizani

11. Older Than Time

12. Green Moon

13. Midnight Martini

 

Past Results

 

Year     Winner                        Race Name That Year             Status             Distance

 

2011     Niwot                           VRC Lexus Stakes        Group 3            2500m

2010     Maluckyday                  VRC Lexus Stakes        Group 3            2500m

2009     Shocking                      VRC Lexus Stakes        Group 3            2500m

2008     Moatize                        VRC Saab Quality         Group 3            2500m

2007     Sculptor                       VRC Saab Quality         Group 3            2500m

2006     Maybe Better                VRC Saab Quality         Group 3            2500m

2005     Strasbourg                    VRC Saab Quality         Group 3            2500m

2004     Don Raphael                 VRC Saab Quality         Group 3            2500m

2003     Big Pat                                    VRC Saab Quality         Group 2            2500m

2002     Requiem                       VRC Saab Quality         Group 2            2500m

2001     Maythehorsebewithu      VRC Saab Quality         Group 2            2500m

2000     Brew                            VRC Saab Quality         Group 2            2500m

1999     The Warrior                   VRC Saab Quality         Group 2            2500m

1998     Star Binder                   VRC Saab Quality         Group 2            2500m

1997     Backslapper                 VRC Lean Cuisine Q’ty Group 2            2500m

1996     Few Are Chosen           VRC Ten News Stakes Group 2            2500m

1995     Coachwood                   VRC Crown Quality       Group 2            2500m

1994     Pindi                            VRC Crown Quality       Group 2            2500m

1993     Tennessee Jack            VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1992     Big Barron                    VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1991     Rasheek                       VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1990     Mount Olympus            VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1989     Coshking                      VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1988     Copatonic                     VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1987     Scarvila                        VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1986     Sea Legend                  VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1985     Silver Award                  VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1984     Chagemar                     VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1983     Chagemar                     VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1982     Allez Bijou                    VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1981     Mr. Cromwell                VRC The Dalgety          Group 2            2500m

1980     Bohemian Grove            VRC The Dalgety          Group 3            2500m

1979     Karu                             VRC The Dalgety          Group 3            2500m

 

 
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