The Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse annually in April and is part of Sydney’s Juvenile Triple Crown.
The two-year-old set-weights race takes place on the third to last week of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is one of four Group 1 races on the card.
Other races on the day include the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m), Group 1 T J Smith Stakes (1200m), Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400), Group 2 Chairmans Handicap (2600m), Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), Group 3 AJC Carbine Club Stakes (1600m), Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m).
Glencoe won the inaugural Sires Produce Stakes in 1867 when the race was run over one mile.
Although the race was originally run over one mile and is currently run over 1400m, from 1905 to 1908 the Sires Produce was a six furlong race.
The race now forms part of the two-year-old Triple Crown which includes the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), Sires Produce Stakes, and Champagne Stakes (1600m).
With $1 million in prizemoney the Sires Produce Stakes is a natural progression for Golden Slipper runners that can stretch out to beyond a sprinting distance.
Winners of the Sires Produce Stakes have also gone on to compete in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes held at Royal Randwick two weeks later.
Notable winners of the Sires Produce Stakes include: Robinson Crusoe (1876), Chester (1877), Ajax (1937), Shannon (1944), Tulloch (1957), Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Octagonal (1995), Sebring (2008), Pierro (2012) and Guelph (2013).