The Chatham Stakes, now known as the L'Oreal Paris 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.
|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|