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2017 The BMW

DateSaturday 25 March
TrackRosehill Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight for Age
Prizemoney$1.5 million
Age3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and The BMW betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key pointers are:

  • Four and five-year-old horses are the ones to concentrate on
  • The Australian Cup and Ranvet Stakes have traditionally provided the best lead up form
  • A barrier draw in the second half of the field is preferential


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The Group 1 The BMW Stakes (2400m) takes place at annually at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in April and is one of Australia’s premium middle-distance/staying races.

With $2.25 million in prizemoney The BMW Stakes attracts the country’s best middle-distance and staying types throughout the autumn. It is an open weight-for-age race and is the ninth Group 1 race of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The race is one of three Group 1 races on the day with the richest two-year-old race in the world, the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), being the feature race on the card.

Other races to compliment the day are the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes (2000m), Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m), Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m), Group 3 T L Baillieu Handicap (1400m) and the Group 3 Neville Selwood Stakes (2000m).

The most reliable guide to The BMW Stakes is the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) held two weeks earlier at the same track. Many BMW Stakes winners have come through the Ranvet Stakes, with the most recent being Fiveandahalfstar in 2013.

Some of Australia’s greatest horses have won The BMW Stakes with the most notable being three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva.

Other notable winners of The BMW Stakes include: Hyperno (1978), Kingston Town (1980), Bonecrusher (1986), Octagonal (1996-97), Might And Power (1998), Tie The Knot (1999-2000), Ethereal (2002), and Manighar (2012).

The race is also a reliable lead-up to Sydney’s feature staying race, the Sydney Cup (3200m) held two weeks later at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The BMW Winners (Since 2000)

2000Tie The Knot
2001Curata Storm
2004Grand Zulu
2005Makybe Diva
2008Tuesday Joy
2014Silent Achiever


Rosehill Racecourse consists of four long sweeping turns and horses that have drawn an inside gate are advantaged. 

It is difficult to lead all the way when the rail is in the true position, but when the rail is out 4 metres or more, all runners are provided an even opportunity.


Rosehill hosts nine Group 1 races throughout the year, during both the spring and autumn carnivals in Sydney.

The Golden Slipper sees the best two-year-old descend on Rosehill chasing one of Australia's most prized races.

Founded in 1947, the Rosehill Racecourse is home to the richest two-year-old race in the world, the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes. 

First held in 1957 the juvenile sprint was won by Todman by an impressive 8 length margin. 

The prestigious The BMW (2400m) is also held at Rosehill and has been won by champion racehorses such as: Hyperno (1978), Kingston Town (1980), Bonecrusher (1986) and Octagonal (1996 & 97).

The track is approximately 23 kilometres to the west of Sydney's city centre and offers quality viewing for punters having modern three tiered stands with bars, restaurants and betting facilities.

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