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KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES - FOUR FAST FACTS


Held at Group 3 level, the Kevin Heffernan Stakes is named after a former long serving Melbourne Racing Club committeeman. First held in 2000 at Listed level, the race was elevated to a Group 3 event in 2013.

The race is run over 1300m and is held at standard weight-for-age conditions. The race has featured various distance changes since its inception and has been run at 1200, 1250 and the current 1300m distance.

Total prizemoney on offer in 2016 is $150,000 with the winner to receive $90,000. The 2015 winner was the Noel Mayfield-Smith trained Famous Seamus, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. Since being elevated to Group level the winners have been Lankan Rupee, Fast’N’Rocking and Famous Seamus. Other winners include Sports, Century Kid, Bomber Bill and Lucky Secret.

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KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016
Race Time: 15:40 AEST
Race Code: MR8
Location: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 1,300 metres
Race Type: Weight For Age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000
2016 Winner: Lucky Hussler
2016 Kevin Heffernan Stakes Results

RACE RESULTS
NO NAME RESULT ODDS
1 LUCKY HUSSLER 1ST $5.60 (win)
4 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD 2ND $1.40 (pl)
11 SUPER CASH 3RD $2.40 (pl)
8 DURENDAL 4TH -



KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES MAJOR PLAYERS

KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES MAJOR PLAYERS

UNDER THE LOUVRE

Robert Smerdon’s star 6YO will be having the fifth start of his preparation and the G1 Stradbroke Handicap winner from the Queensland Carnival is yet to taste victory. He has had three different jockeys in his four starts and Dwayne Dun goes back on after taking the ride on Chautauqua in the Manikato Stakes. Under The Louvre steps out to 1300m for the first time this prep, with his four starts coming at 1100 and 1200. Smerdon opted to keep the 6YO away from the bigger sprint races during the Flemington Carnival with the belief that the entire is better suited on a bend and the straight run at Flemington would be unsuitable. He raced in this race last year and after starting favourite could only manage a 4th. He is on a slightly different path to last year where his lead-in was 1400m, 1400m, 1200m, this year his previous... read more Robert Smerdon’s star 6YO will be having the fifth start of his preparation and the G1 Stradbroke Handicap winner from the Queensland Carnival is yet to taste victory. He has had three different jockeys in his four starts and Dwayne Dun goes back on after taking the ride on Chautauqua in the Manikato Stakes. Under The Louvre steps out to 1300m for the first time this prep, with his four starts coming at 1100 and 1200. Smerdon opted to keep the 6YO away from the bigger sprint races during the Flemington Carnival with the belief that the entire is better suited on a bend and the straight run at Flemington would be unsuitable. He raced in this race last year and after starting favourite could only manage a 4th. He is on a slightly different path to last year where his lead-in was 1400m, 1400m, 1200m, this year his previous three runs have all been at 1200m. read less

FAATINAH

4YO gelding Faatinah steps out beyond 1200m for just the first time in his career, the only other time was when taking on the 1400m Listed Poseidon Stakes at just his third career start. Since that run he has started nine times, with seven of those over 1200m. He rounded out his 3YO prep in the G1 Goodwood at Morphettville when 5th behind Black Heart Bart and then resumed as a 4YO in the G2 Bobbie Lewis at Flemington down the straight six and took a one and three quarter length victory with 53kg on is back. Stepped back to 1000m in the G2 Caulfield Sprint, he settled on the pace and held them all off bar the winner Our Boy Malachi. On Melbourne Cup day he carried 58.5kg in the 1200m MSS Security Sprint and only Flippant with a 4.5kg weight difference was able to get him. This will... read more 4YO gelding Faatinah steps out beyond 1200m for just the first time in his career, the only other time was when taking on the 1400m Listed Poseidon Stakes at just his third career start. Since that run he has started nine times, with seven of those over 1200m. He rounded out his 3YO prep in the G1 Goodwood at Morphettville when 5th behind Black Heart Bart and then resumed as a 4YO in the G2 Bobbie Lewis at Flemington down the straight six and took a one and three quarter length victory with 53kg on is back. Stepped back to 1000m in the G2 Caulfield Sprint, he settled on the pace and held them all off bar the winner Our Boy Malachi. On Melbourne Cup day he carried 58.5kg in the 1200m MSS Security Sprint and only Flippant with a 4.5kg weight difference was able to get him. This will be his first appearance at Sandown. read less

ILLUSTRIOUS LAD

A 5YO gelding, Illustrious Lad has stepped up nicely this campaign, with two wins and a 2nd from three starts, all in black-type races. Resuming in the Listed Wylie Stakes at Morphettville over 1100m, he started the favourite and finished the race strongly to land a one length victory. Heading back to Caulfield for the Listed Village Stakes, he raced much closer to the pace and had all bar Keen Array covered, finishing two lengths in arrears of that runner. Taking on the Group 2 Linlithgow down the Flemington straight six at his most recent start, he raced on the pace and then was able to sprint his closing 600m in a slick 33.10 in taking the victory with just 54.5kg on his back. He makes his first appearance at Sandown and is one from one at the distance.



THE ROUGHIE

THE ROUGHIE

FAMOUS SEAMUS

Opening on the seventh line of the UBET market, Famous Seamus has raced once before at Sandown. That appearance was in this race last year when securing a half-length victory. The 8YO veteran has had a mixed preparation this time in with a win and a placing as well as some questionable efforts. Second-up in the G3 Cameron Handicap at Newcastle, he was allotted 57kg and raced on the pace and was able to hang on for third place. Taking on the G2 Premier Stakes at his next start over 1200m at Randwick, he was never sighted, finishing well back behind Takedown. He returned a similar performance in the G3 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield. Returning to Sydney he was sent to Hawkesbury over 1400m and returned a better effort, in taking a two length victory. Hugh Bowman takes the ride and will be his first ride aboard the gelding.



KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES INFORMATION

KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES INFORMATION

The Kevin Heffernan Stakes is a Group 3 event that is held on Sandown Classic Day and is one of the last races of the annual Melbourne Spring Carnival. It is run over 1300m at weight-for-age and traditionally attracts quality sprinters, with the top-shelf speedsters normally in the spelling paddock, or on their way to Perth to compete in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot. Quite often the best credentialed horse salutes in the Kevin Heffernan, particularly those with previous WFA runs under their belt. In 2013, Lankan Rupee won a restricted race at Moonee Valley and a Listed Race at Flemington before wrapping up his four-run spring campaign with victory in this event.

It was to be the springboard for a massive leap forward, with Lankan Rupee winning the Group 2 Rubiton, the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and the Group 1 T J Smith at his next four runs. Little did punters know that Lankan Rupee, who took out the Heffernan at $14, would go on to become the world’s highest rated sprinter just five months later? Other nice types who have won this event include; Sports (2000), Lucky Secret (2009) and Mid Summer Music (2012).



PREVIOUS KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 LUCKY HUSSLER BRAD RAWILLER DARREN WEIR 01:16.4
2015 FAMOUS SEAMUS KERRIN MCEVOY NOEL MAYFIELD-SMITH 01:18.4
2014 FAST 'N' ROCKING DWAYNE DUNN DAVID HAYES 01.17.6
2013 LANKAN RUPEE CRAIG NEWITT MICK PRICE 01.09.7
2012 MID SUMMER MUSIC STEVEN ARNOLD PETER MOODY 01.17.1
2011 SOUL MARK ZAHRA SAEED BIN SUROOR 01.18.9
2010 AVENUE LUKE NOLEN PETER MOODY 01.19.2
2009 LUCKY SECRET NASH RAWILLER TONY VASIL 01.16.7
2008 CAPTAIN BAX MICHAEL RODD KRIS LEES 01.18.4
2007 GIBRALTAR CAMPION CRAIG NEWITT LEE FREEDMAN 01.11.8