The Matriarch Stakes, or Momentum Energy Stakes as it is also known, is a Group 2 race over 2000m that is held on Emirates Stakes Day. A race for mares only, it is held under set weights and penalties conditions. Staged at the famous Flemington Racecourse, this event attracts better quality females, with many of the top-line mares already sent to the paddock for a spell after completing their campaigns. First run back in 1995, the event went through a lot of changes in the first two decades, changing from a Listed Race to a Group 3 in 2000, until finally reaching Group 2 level in 2005.
The Matriarch Stakes has been won by some handy mares in the past, from Flushed in 2000 to Bird of Fire in 2008. A few outsiders have taken the prize in the past, like 2010 winner, Well Rounded, who was a $50 shot from the Lee Freedman stable. In 2013, Girl Gone Rocking ($17) went from a second placing in a mediocre BM 70 at Kensington in Sydney to winning the Matriarch by a nose over well-fancied Gai Waterhouse runner, Queenstown.
|2015||LUCIA VALENTINA||DAMIEN OLIVER||KRIS LEES||02:04.1|
|2014||SUAVITO||DAMIEN OLIVER||NIGEL BLACKISTON||02.01.7|
|2013||GIRL GONE ROCKIN’||DWAYNE DUNN||JOHN HAWKES||02.04.7|
|2012||MIDNIGHT MARTINI||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||02.03.1|
|2011||VINTEDGE||NASH RAWILLER||CHRIS WALLER||02.01.2|
|2010||WELL ROUNDED||BEN MELHAM||LEE FREEDMAN||02.02.5|
|2009||PURPLE||KERRIN MCEVOY||PETER SNOWDEN||02.01.0|
|2008||BIRD OF FIRE||BLAKE SHINN||TONY VASIL||02.05.0|
|2007||HIDDEN STRINGS||BLAKE SHINN||PETER MOODY||02.03.9|
|2006||BROM FELINITY||MARK ZAHRA||JIM MASON||02.02.1|