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).
|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|
|2006||TESBURY JACK||DARREN GAUCI||CHRIS PARRY||01.08.8|