Australia Stakes Tips & Betting Advice

Australia Stakes 2018

Date Friday, January 26, 2018
Track Moonee Valley Racecourse
Distance 1200m
Class Group 2
Race Type Weight for Age
Prizemoney $200,000
Age 3YO and Upwards


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

Some key pointers are:

  • Three-year-olds have a strong record in the race
  • Favourites have struggled with only four wins in the last two decades


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The Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) takes place at Moonee Valley Racecourse annually in January during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is weight-for-age race for sprinters.

The Australia Stakes is named because it is staged on Australia Day and generally attracts quality sprinters who are targeting the bigger races of the autumn carnival such as the Group 1 Lightning Stakes a couple of weeks later at Flemington or the Group 1 William Reid Stakes in late March at Moonee Valley.

In 2010, the Group 1 William Reid Stakes held later during the Autumn Racing Carnival and previously called the Australia Stakes (between 1996 – 2009) was changed back to be called the William Reid Stakes.

The Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley was first run in 1988 and was won by Special when it was known as the Norman Carlyon Stakes.

With $220,000 in prizemoney, it attracts some high quality sprinters and is the feature race on the Moonee Valley Friday night meeting.

The Group 3 Rubiton Stakes or Group 1 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield may also be on the agenda for horses contesting this event and winners and placegetters of this race have plenty of feature race options ahead during the upcoming Autumn Carnival.

Some of the country’s best sprinters have won the race during its short history, including Redelba (1990), Schillaci (1993), Hareeba (1995), All Our Mob (1996), Clang (1997), El Segundo (2007), Black Caviar (2010 & 2012), Mourinho (2015) and Malaguerra (2017).

Australia Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Slavonic
2001 Piavonic
2002 Royal Code
2003 Yell
2004 Vocabulary
2005 Super Elegant
2006 California Dane
2007 El Segundo
2008 Let Go Thommo
2009 Lucky Secret
2010 Black Caviar
2011 Whitefriars
2012 Black Caviar
2013 Sea Lord
2014 Richie’s Vibe
2015 Mourinho
2016 Holler

2017 Malaguerra


Moonee Valley is a fairly consistent track with a sand base that compacts to become firm and drainage is very good after a downpour.

The track is constructed of the StrathAyr Turf System, having a lower layer of sand and an upper rootzone layer reinforced with mesh elements.

The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master.

The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.


In 1883, William Samuel Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Expansion of the racecourse facilities occurred in the 1960s and were funded by compensation for land acquired for the construction of the adjacent Tullamarine Freeway.

One of Australia’s biggest races take place at Moonee Valley with the track home to the Cox Plate – one of the big three Group 1s during the Spring Carnival.

Star performers head to Moonee Valley during both the Spring and Autumn Carnivals to contests the four Group 1 races staged at the track.

The Moir Stakes (1200m), Manikato Stakes (1200m) and William Reid Stakes (1200m) are the only Australian Group 1 races to take place under lights.