2016 Kewney Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds
The Kewney Stakes is held on Flemington’s famous Super Saturday of Racing in early March each year as part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. A quality Group 2 race, the Kewney Stakes is worth $200,000 in prize money.
A middle-distance sprint race, the Kewney Stakes is run over 1400m and is open to three-year-old fillies. Run under set weight conditions it is often the final race the horses in the field will compete in during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
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The 2016 Kewney Stakes will be run on Saturday 12th March 2016 at Flemington.
The Kewney Stakes is one of seven black type races held on the Super Saturday of Racing meeting, which is highlighted by the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and Group 1 Australian Cup.
There is a great range of earlier races held in Melbourne that serve as excellent preparatory runs for fillies keen on Kewney Stakes success.
Races to watch leading up to the Kewney Stakes include the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) on Blue Diamond Stakes Day and the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) in January.
Kewney Stakes History
The esteemed Kewney Stakes has been run since 1952 and Great Field was the inaugural winner. Since then many impressive fillies have claimed victory in the event including Zarita (2008), Sunline (1999), Rose Of Danehill (1998) and Mannerism (1991).
Originally the Kewney Stakes was run over 10 furlongs, then from 1973 – 1984 the distance was set at 2000m, in 1985 the length was shortened to 1600m distance and remained the same until 2010 where the distance is now 1400m.
The Kewney Stakes gained its Group 2 status in 1980.