First held in 1995 as The Anniversary Trophy at Caulfield, the race was re-named in 1996 as the Ian McEwen Trophy to honour the deeds of Mr Ian McEwen, a former Moonee Valley Racing Club Secretary. In 2007 the race was again renamed and became the McEwen Stakes. Held over 1000m since its inception the race is held at weight-for-age conditions.
In 1997 the race was given Listed status and in 2005 was upgraded to Group 3 and in 2013 was further elevated to the current Group 2 status. The race was shifted to Moonee Valley in 1996 and has been held there since, except for 2007 when Caulfield hosted the race.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 will be $200,000. The 2016 winner was the Mark Kavanagh trained Wild Rain, ridden by Stephen Baster. The honour roll in the short history of the race includes some of the best sprinters in recent years including Chautauqua, Buffering, Hay List, Miss Andretti and Testa Rossa.
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|Date:||Saturday 9th September 2017|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||Weight for Age|
|2016 Winner:||Wild Rain|
|2016 McEwen Stakes Results|
A dash over 1000m, the McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held on the Chin Nam Stakes Day with prize money of $200,000. Quality horses usually contest this event and it suits runners who have form at Moonee Valley, particularly over 1000m. Top shelf sprinters such as Hay List (2010), Nicconi (2009), Miss Andretti (2006), Testa Rossa (2000) and Sequalo (1995) have all won this event. It has also been a great pointer to future winners in the Melbourne Racing Carnival.
Haylist went on to win the Group 1 Manikato Stakes and the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes. Buffering followed his victory in the 2011 McEwen by finishing second to superstar mare Black Caviar in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic. 2012 McEwen winner Bel Sprinter and runner-up Platelet both went on to Group 1 success in Sydney and Adelaide the following year.
|2016||WILD RAIN||STEPHEN BASTER||MARK KAVANAGH||00:58.8|
|2015||CHAUTAUQUA||DWAYNE DUNN||JOHN HAWKES||00:58.2|
|2014||ANGELIC LIGHT||RYAN MALONEY||ROBBIE GRIFFITHS||00:57.5|
|2013||KUROSHIO||CRAIG NEWITT||PETER SNOWDEN||00:57.8|
|2012||BEL SPRINTER||BEN MELHAM||JASON WARREN||00:57.3|
|2011||BUFFERING||DAMIAN BROWNE||ROBERT HEATHCOTE||00:58.5|
|2010||HAY LIST||GLYN SCHOFIELD||JOHN MCNAIR||00:59.6|
|2009||NICCONI||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||00:57.4|
|2008||KAPHERO||VLAD DURIC||LEON CORSTENS||00:59.4|
|2007||HERE DE ANGELS||COREY BROWN||LEE FREEDMAN||00:57.4|
|2006||MISS ANDRETTI||CRAIG NEWITT||LEE FREEDMAN||00:58.8|