One of four Group 1 races staged on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington on the opening day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival on the last Saturday in October or first in November, the Coolmore Stud Stakes sees the very best three-year-olds go head-to-head.
Run over 1200m or the "straight six" at Flemington, some elite three-year-old sprinters carry set weights chasing a total prize fund of $500,000.
The race forms part of a stellar day at Flemington with all races Group standard including the Group 1 Victoria Derby
, Mackinnon Stakes
and the Myer Classic
, although had previously taken place in September previously when known as the Ascot Vale Stakes. It moved to Victoria Derby Day in 2006, when also becoming a Group 1 contest, and took on its current name a year later.
Some of the stars of the Coolmore Stud Stakes will arrive via the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas
, staged earlier during the Melbourne Spring Carnival
over the longer trip of 1600m, while others may have taken in the Group 1 Golden Rose
(1200m), which takes place at Rosehill in October during the Sydney Spring Carnival
, the Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley or the Caulfield Sprint (1100m).
The roll of honour of the races includes some fine sprinters including the brilliant Vain, who won in 1969, Surround (1976), Manikato (1978), Rose of Kingston (1981), Rancher (1982), Zeditave (1987), Maizcay (1995), Spargo (1999), Alinghi (2004), Gold Edition (2006), Weekend Hussler (2007), Star Witness (2010) and Sepoy, who made it six wins from as many starts when winning in 2011.