Horse Racing | Chatham Stakes

The Chatham Stakes is a Group 3 race that is held on VRC Crown Oaks Day. Taking place at the famous Flemington Racecourse, it is an Open Handicap over a distance of 1400m. It is staged alongside some of the more prestigious races of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, such as the VRC Crown Oaks. Named after dual Cox Plate winner Chatham (1932 and 1934), it is one of the more coveted Group 3 races on the Australian racing calendar. Over the years it has endured many name changes such as the Yallambee Stud Stakes, the HKJC Plate and the Great Western.

Some of the horses that compete in the Chatham Stakes tend to go on to race in either the Emirates Stakes, which is held on the final day of the Spring Carnival, or the Sandown Stakes, one week later at Sandown. This event is normally contested by those horses not quite up to the elite class. However, in 2012, Fawkner was successful in the Chatham Stakes, and less than twelve months later, the Robert Hickmott trained/Team Williams owned gelding won the Group 1 Caulfield Cup. In 2008, All Silent followed his Chatham Stakes victory with success in the Group 1 Emirates.



PREVIOUS CHATHAM STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS CHATHAM STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 RAGEESE DAMIAN LANE DARREN WEIR 01:21.5
2015 DISPOSITION DAMIEN OLIVER LEE FREEDMAN 01:23.6
2014 HUCKLEBUCK DOM TOURNEUR PHILLIP STOKES 01.23.2
2013 SMOKIN’ JOEY CHRIS SYMONS WEZ HUNTER 01.23.4
2012 FAWKNER NICHOLAS HALL ROBERT HICKMOTT 01.20.9
2011 WOORIM MICHAEL RODD ROBERT HEATHCOTE 01.23.5
2010 POOR JUDGE GLEN BOSS NORM HILTON 01.25.7
2009 CENTENNIAL PARK BLAKE SHINN DAVID PAYNE 01.22.2
2008 ALL SILENT DAMIEN OLIVER GRAHAME BEGG 01.22.4
2007 COUNT TO ZERO PETER MERTENS ROBBIE GRIFFITHS 01.23.7
2006 MALCOLM DARREN BEADMAN JOHN HAWKES 01.22.9