With $400,000 in prizemoney the All Aged Stakes attracts the country’s best sprinters and milers, and in recent times, stayers that are targeting spring feature races have used the race as part of their abbreviated autumn campaign.
In 2013 Fiorente flashed home to finish third in the All Aged Stakes before resuming in the spring to win Australia’s most revered race, the Melbourne Cup (3200m).
The Doncaster Handicap (1600m) held at the same track two weeks earlier used to be a reliable guide to the All Aged but in recent times TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) runners have gone on to win the race, the most recent being Hay List in 2011.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses have won the 1400m feature and include: Carbine (1889-90), Wakeful (1902), Amounis (1930), Peter Pan (1935), Ajax (1938-40), Bernborough (1946), Tulloch (1958), Tobin Bronze (1967), Emancipation (1984), Rough Habit (1992-93), Sunline (2000 & 2002), Hot Danish (2010) and All Too Hard (2013).
The open weight-for-age race takes place on the last day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is one of two Group 1 features on the day. Other races to feature on the final day of the carnival are the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) and the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m).