Moir Stakes Tips & Betting Advice

Moir Stakes 2019

Date Friday, September 27, 2019
Track Moonee Valley
Distance 1000m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prizemoney $500,000
Age 3YO and Upwards


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

Some key Moir Stakes pointers are:

  • There is no obvious lead up race to focus on
  • Inside barriers are advantageous
  • Barriers 3 and 7 have enjoyed notable success


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The Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Horses aged three years old and upwards are eligible to contest the Moir Stakes, a weight for age event, that takes place at Moonee Valley racecourse each year in either late September or early October.

First held in 1976 as a Principal Race, Scamanda claimed the inaugural Moir Stakes when it was held over 1000m.

It would be upgraded to Group 2 status in 1979 when the race was won by defending winner The Judge and Grey Sapphire – both runners dead-heated for first.

The Moir Stakes would be contested over 1200m between 2007 and 2014 before reverting back to its original distance from 2015 onwards.

Another change that occurred was to the race name, with the AJ Moir Stakes being known as the Schweppes Stakes for a number of years between 1998 and 2011.

The race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2013 when taken out by Samaready who defeated now three-time winner Buffering.

Worth $450,000 in prizemoney, the Moir Stakes attracts a quality field of sprinters and often showcases one or a number of sprinting superstars.

It was taken out by Buffering in 2015 as the Robert Heathcote-trained Queensland galloper claimed his third victory in the event in the past four years.

Boasting a prestigious honour roll, a number of champion sprinters have won the Moir Stakes and none more so than the immortal Black Caviar who was unbeaten at all 25 career starts. She won the 2010 edition by a whopping 5.5 lengths before returning the following year to win by six lengths as only three rivals turned up to try their luck.

Notable winners of the Moir Stakes include Manikato (1982), Placid Ark (1987), Schillaci (1992), Sequalo (1994), Falvelon (2000), Spinning Hill (2002), Bomber Bill (2004), Miss Andretti (2007), Apache Cat (2009), Black Caviar (2010-11) and Buffering (2012 & 2014-15).

There is no key lead up race to the Moir Stakes with runners entering the event on the back of a number of different runs or first up from a spell.

The next logical target following the Moir Stakes is the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) held at the same venue around three weeks later.

Moir Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Falvelon
2001 Mistegic
2002 Spinning Hill
2003 Our Egyptian Raine
2004 Bomber Bill
2005 Virage De Fortune
2006 California Dane
2007 Miss Andretti
2008 Lucky Secret
2009 Apache Cat
2010 Black Caviar
2011 Black Caviar
2012 Buffering
2013 Samaready
2014 Buffering
2015 Buffering
2016 Extreme Choice
2017 She Will Reign
2018 Viddora
2019 Nature Strip


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