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Taking place on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, the major race day of the Autumn in Melbourne, is the Group 2 weight-for-age Peter Young Stakes. Known in the past as the St George Stakes, the race is the ideal lead up to the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup, the premier weight-for-age distance event during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. It is run over 1800m at Caulfield Racecourse and is often contested by some of the best stayers Australian racing has to offer. Many horses who spell after Melbourne Cup campaigns in the spring often use this event as a pivotal run in the autumn. Gai Waterhouse’s decorated stallion Fiorente returned from a spell in 2014 after winning the Melbourne Cup to take out the Peter Young Stakes, and then went on take out in the Australian Cup at Flemington two weeks later.
This event started off in 1900 as the St George Stakes before being renamed the Peter Young Stakes in 2012. The distance has varied from 1200m (in 1979 only), 1600m, 1800m and 2000m (in 1995 only). However, since 1996 administrators have left the distance at 1800m. It was originally a Principal Race, before becoming a Group 2 in 1979. Some of Australia’s highest profile equine legends have tasted success in this event including; Elvstroem (2005), Lonhro (2004), Northerly (2002/03), Durbridge (1994/95), Let’s Elope (1992), Vo Rogue (1988/89), Leilani (1975/76), Rain Lover (1969/70), Tobin Bronze (1967), Light Fingers (1966), Lord (1959/60), Comic Court (1950/51), Tranquil Star (1941/44/45), Ajax (1939) and Phar Lap (1931).
|2016||BOW CREEK||DAMIEN OLIVER||JOHN O'SHEA||01:48.6|
|2015||MOURINHO||VLAD DURIC||PETER GELAGOTIS||01:48.0|
|2014||FIORENTE||DAMIEN OLIVER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:50.0|
|2013||FORETELLER||DWAYNE DUNN||CHRIS WALLER||01:50.9|
|2012||LUCAS CRANACH||NASH RAWILLER||ANTHONY FREEDMAN||01:48.8|
|2011||HEART OF DREAMS||DAMIEN OLIVER||MICK PRICE||01:48.8|
|2010||LA ROCKET||STEPHEN BASTER||DALE SUTTON||01:49.0|
|2009||THESEO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:47.8|
|2008||PRINCESS COUP||DAMIEN OLIVER||MARK WALKER||01:51.0|
|2007||POMPEII RULER||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:49.2|
|2006||OUR SMOKING JOE||NOEL CALLOW||LEE FREEDMAN||01:50.2|