Horse Racing | Matron Stakes

The Matron Stakes, or the Schweppervescence Trophy, is a Group 3 race for mares only under set weight plus penalties conditions. Held at the famous Flemington racecourse, it is part of Australian Cup Day that takes place during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. It covers a distance of 1600m, attracting some handy females vying for a slice of the $150,000 in prize money. While the main events might be the Group 1 Australian Cup and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, the Matron Stakes offers import black type success for breeding pruposes later down the track.

The race has gone by many names of the years, from the Patinack Farm Stakes in 2009, to the Schweppervescence Trophy form 2011-2013. Originating as a Listed Race in 1994, it gained Group 3 status in 2006. This distance has always been around a mile/1600m. Some of the more high-profile winners are Bonaria (2013/14), Pinker Pinker (2011) and Excited Angel (1994).



PREVIOUS MATRON STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS MATRON STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 FELICIENNE H COFFEY DARREN WEIR 01:35.9
2015 NOBLE PROTECTOR CRAIG WILLIAMS ROBERT SMERDON 01:34.7
2014 BONARIA MICHAEL RODD PAT HYLAND 01:36.1
2013 BONARIA TIM CLARK PAT HYLAND 01:37.0
2012 SPIRIT SONG BEN MELHAM AARON PURCELL 01:35.0
2011 PINKER PINKER DWAYNE DUNN GREG EURELL 01:36.4
2010 RESPONSE CRAIG WILLIAMS MATHEW ELLERTON 01:37.7
2009 FIFTH AVENUE LADY DAMIEN OLIVER DANNY O’BRIEN 01:39.2
2008 TRANSLATE CRAIG WILLIAMS DAVID HAYES 01:37.1
2007 LIKE IT IS DAMIEN OLIVER DARREN WEIR 01:38.2
2006 UMBER CRAIG WILLIAMS KELVIN SMITH 01:36.2