The 2011 Kewney Stakes is scheduled to take place at Victoria’s famous Flemington Racecourse on Saturday March 12 as part of the outstanding line-up of Newmarket Handicap Day.
One of the richest and most anticipated meetings of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the two headline races of the day are the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
The Kewney Stakes odds will be out shortly but betting on the Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup is already open at Luxbet!
Aside from these marquee showdowns, five other Group status races take place as part of the Newmarket Handicap Day programme including the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1600m) worth a lucrative $500,000 in stakes.
Open to three-year-old fillies and run under set weight conditions, the 2011 Kewney Stakes field is likely to feature a number of runners that have come via earlier autumn races including the Group 3 The Mitty’s Vanity (1200m) at Flemington on February 19, the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 26 or the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on March 5 as these fillies-only features provide a natural progression in distance.
In 2010 Bart Cummings’ classy Faint Perfume won the Kewney Stakes first-up for the season after winning the Group 1 Crown Oaks at Flemington back in the spring, while runner-up Response went on to win the Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m).
In 2009 Kewney Stakes winner Gallica came via a second place finish in the Angus Armanasco Stakes and then headed to South Australia where she won the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks.
The better performing fillies in the Kewney Stakes may then progress on to tackle a race like the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on April 2.
Top fillies set to run in the 2011 Kewney Stakes include Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse and possibly Kiwi runner Twilight Savings.
The Kewney Stakes final field will then be released on March 9 and published here so bookmark this site.
In the meantime check out the other autumn futures markets at Luxbet and get generous early odds on the Group 1 features!