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First held in 1982, the race has featured in various names changes in its short history since being first held as The Black Douglas. In 2006 the race became the Danehill Stakes to honour the champion sire that has had a breed-shaping influence on Australian thoroughbred racing. The super-sire was the leading sire for nine consecutive seasons in his prime.

The race is restricted to 3YOs of either sex and run under the conditions of set weights plus penalties. The race is held at Flemington over 1200m down the ‘straight six’ and has been run at Group 2 level since 2009. Originally it was a Listed event and then in 1985 was elevated to Group 3 status before reaching the current status.

Total prizemoney on offer in 2016 will be $200,000 with the winner to receive $120,000. The 2015 winner was the Peter Moody trained Kinglike, ridden by Glen Boss. Previous winners of the race include Sepoy, Black Caviar, Fastnet Rock, Falvelon, Dantelah and Rory’s Jester.

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DANEHILL STAKES RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday 10th September 2016
Race Time: 14:50 AEST
Race Code: MR5
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1,200 metres
Race Type: 3YO Set Weight Plus Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
2016 Winner: Saracino
2016 Danehill Stakes Results

RACE RESULTS

NO. NAME RESULT ODDS
3 SARACINO 1ST $6.10 (win)
4 ARCHIVES 2ND $2.20 (pl)
12 SAMARA DANCER 3RD $3.00 (pl)
10 WAZZENME 4TH -


2016 DANEHILL STAKES TOP PICKS

2016 DANEHILL STAKES TOP PICKS

DEFCON

The Snowden trained 3YO resumed off the back of a four start 2YO season in the best way possible, landing victory in the G3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield over 1200m carrying 58.5kg as the top-weight under the set weights and penalties conditions. Driving through along the rails to ensure he was able to hold a spot and settling midfield he stuck to the rails and was looking for a gap at the 200m. Squeezing through he then took a few strides to hit top speed and once into his stride was able to hit the front and record a one length victory. During his 2YO season he placed 2nd in both the G3 Canonbury Stakes and the G2 Silver Slipper and then went to Canberra to tackle the G3 Black Opal. After landing a one length victory in the Black Opal his season was rounded out when well beaten... read more The Snowden trained 3YO resumed off the back of a four start 2YO season in the best way possible, landing victory in the G3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield over 1200m carrying 58.5kg as the top-weight under the set weights and penalties conditions. Driving through along the rails to ensure he was able to hold a spot and settling midfield he stuck to the rails and was looking for a gap at the 200m. Squeezing through he then took a few strides to hit top speed and once into his stride was able to hit the front and record a one length victory. During his 2YO season he placed 2nd in both the G3 Canonbury Stakes and the G2 Silver Slipper and then went to Canberra to tackle the G3 Black Opal. After landing a one length victory in the Black Opal his season was rounded out when well beaten in the Golden Slipper. After his masterful ride in the McNeil, Dwayne Dunn keeps the mount. read less

HIGHLAND BEAT

The most experienced runner in the field after facing the starter on 11 occasions, the Hayes/Dabernig trained colt will be third-up this campaign. Taking on the G3 Vain Stakes over 1100m at his first-up run, he settled near to last and sprinted sharply down the Caulfield straight to finish in second position, beaten a half-length. In the G3 McNeil Stakes he settled closer to the pace, well positioned in the top 4 runners. As they wheeled into the home straight he had to push his way out into clear space. Briefly hitting the front at the 200m, he had no answer to the challenge of Defcon along the rails, but was able to stave off the challenge of Wazzenme and secure second place. Mark Zahra will ride the 3YO for the first time after Damian Lane who partnered the colt last start has opted to take the ride on another... read more The most experienced runner in the field after facing the starter on 11 occasions, the Hayes/Dabernig trained colt will be third-up this campaign. Taking on the G3 Vain Stakes over 1100m at his first-up run, he settled near to last and sprinted sharply down the Caulfield straight to finish in second position, beaten a half-length. In the G3 McNeil Stakes he settled closer to the pace, well positioned in the top 4 runners. As they wheeled into the home straight he had to push his way out into clear space. Briefly hitting the front at the 200m, he had no answer to the challenge of Defcon along the rails, but was able to stave off the challenge of Wazzenme and secure second place. Mark Zahra will ride the 3YO for the first time after Damian Lane who partnered the colt last start has opted to take the ride on another of the Hayes/Dabernig trained runners. read less

SARACINO

Crossing the Tasman for the first time, the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman combination saddle-up Saracino at his second start this preparation. As a 2YO the colt started three times where he paced 2nd in the 1200m G3 Phoenix Park at Taranaki on debut, then finished 5th in the G1 Diamond at Ellerslie and rounded out his maiden season with a 3rd in the G1 Sires Produce over 1400m at Awapuni when the track was rated a Heavy 10. Opening his 3YO season in the G2 Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa over 1200m, the colt carried just 51.5kg in scoring a strong 2 length victory. Damien Oliver has been booked to ride Saracino who will carry 56.5kg under the set weights and penalties conditions. Saracino opened at $6.50 on the 3rd line of the UBET market and remained steady in the early trading.



THE ROUGHIE TIP

THE ROUGHIE TIP

TRENCHANT

Trained by John O’Shea for Godolphin, Trenchant makes his racetrack return following a four start campaign as a 2YO. He made his career debut on the Geelong synthetic when well beaten behind Artie Dee Two, when there appeared to be some hype around that galloper. Taken to Moonee Valley for his second start, he was able to place 3rd, beaten under 3 lengths behind the same runner once again. Adding blinkers and given a one week back up, the colt was able to break his maiden status with victory in a 2YO handicap at Flemington over 1400m when carrying 54kg with the apprentice claim of Michael Dee after being allotted 55.5kg. His 2YO campaign was rounded out with a win in Listed company when carrying 59kg over 1600m. With a field that has just one runner that has run down the Flemington straight, he is the only horse to have... read more Trained by John O’Shea for Godolphin, Trenchant makes his racetrack return following a four start campaign as a 2YO. He made his career debut on the Geelong synthetic when well beaten behind Artie Dee Two, when there appeared to be some hype around that galloper. Taken to Moonee Valley for his second start, he was able to place 3rd, beaten under 3 lengths behind the same runner once again. Adding blinkers and given a one week back up, the colt was able to break his maiden status with victory in a 2YO handicap at Flemington over 1400m when carrying 54kg with the apprentice claim of Michael Dee after being allotted 55.5kg. His 2YO campaign was rounded out with a win in Listed company when carrying 59kg over 1600m. With a field that has just one runner that has run down the Flemington straight, he is the only horse to have won a race on the track and Michael Dee will ride the colt once again. read less



DANEHILL STAKES INFORMATION

DANEHILL STAKES INFORMATION

The Danehill Stakes is an Australian Group 2 thoroughbred race run at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Held annually on Makybe Diva Stakes Day, the event is contested over the sprint distance of 1200m. It is restricted to three-year-olds, at set weights plus penalties. The race is a real spectacle of the Melbourne Spring Carnival with runners thundering down the famous Flemington straight course and no bend to contend with. Depending on where the better going is, the field often breaks into a couple of divisions on opposite sides of the track and it’s difficult to tell who is in front until just before the finish line.

Around since 1982, it was originally known as The Black Douglas. It had a number of name changes up until 2006, when it became the Danehill Stakes. The event is named in the honour of great American sprinter Danehill, who became a champion sire on both sides of the equator. Champion mare Black Caviar (unbeaten in 25 starts) claimed the Danehill Stakes in 2009. It was the first of her 22 victories at Group 1 or Group 2 level. Coincidently, the other three were a 2YO Restricted Handicap and two Listed Races.



PREVIOUS DANEHILL STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS DANEHILL STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 SARACINO DAMIEN OLIVER MURRAY BAKE & ANDREW FORSMAN 01:09.8
2015 KINGLIKE GLEN BOSS PETER MOODY 01:09.0
2014 RICH ENUFF MICHAEL RODD KEN KEYS 01:08.1
2013 CHARLIE BOY MICHAEL RODD GERALD RYAN 01:10.0
2012 SNITZERLAND DAMIEN OLIVER GERALD RYAN 01.10.5
2011 SEPOY KERRIN MCEVOY PETER SNOWDEN 01:08.7
2010 SOUL MARK ZAHRA PETER SNOWDEN 01:11.6
2009 BLACK CAVIAR LUKE NOLEN PETER MOODY 01:09.9
2008 AICHI MICHAEL RODD PETER SNOWDEN 01:10.4
2007 TAN TAT DE LAGO LUKE NOLEN PETER MOODY 01:10.9
2006 THE ONE GREG CHILDS PAUL PERRY 01:10.4