Restricted to 3YO fillies, the Quezette Stakes (as the Winslow Group Stakes was formerly known) was first held in 1992 at Sandown. The race was held at Sandown until 2001 and in 2002 was shifted to Caulfield where it has been held ever since.
An 1100m sprint, the race was a Listed event until 2013 when it was upgraded to its current Group 3 status. The race was named in honour of the former top two year old Quezette who secured seven race victories in her 2YO term and was changed to the Winslow Group Stakes for the 2016 edition.
The race is run under the conditions of set weights plus penalties with total prizemoney on offer in 2017 will be $150,000 with the winner to receive $90,000. The Shane Nichols trained I Am A Star was successful in 2016 and other past winners include Petits Filous, Satin Shoes, Bel Mer, Alighi and Tristalove.
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|Date:||Saturday 19th August 2017|
|Race Time:||TBC AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO Fillies Under Set Weight + Penalties|
|2016 Winslow Group Stakes Winner:||I AM A STAR|
|2016 Winslow Group Stakes Odds|
|4||I AM A STAR||1st||$7.00 (win)|
|14||ATHENA LASS||3rd||$3.10 (pl)|
From three career starts, I Am A Star has gone someway to living up to her name. Making her debut over 1100m at Caulfield in a 2YO fillies handicap in April, she settled near the rear and never really featured, finishing 5 lengths from the winner. Taken to Flemington for a set weights and penalties race she was able to record a 1.5 length victory, including a sizzling closing 600m sectional of 32.75. That warranted a trip to Adelaide where she took on the 1200m National Stakes at Group 3 level and returned a dominant performance, winning by 3 lengths after being ridden on the pace. The Shane Nichols trained filly began her preparation for a possible tilt at the Thousand Guineas later in the spring with a handy trial at Cranbourne, finishing 2nd after never being tested.
Trained at Flemington by Leon and Troy Corstens, Modern Wonder will line up for just her second career start. Taken to Morphettville for her debut, she recorded a 2 length victory in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes held over 1050m in April. Ridden by Stephen Baster at her debut, she was ridden on the speed, settling in the first 2 after jumping well from gate 2 and then powered away, running her closing 600m in slick time. The filly has been nominated for the Golden Rose and the Thousand Guineas, where she is currently on the 5th line of betting with UBET, behind favourite Yankee Rose. The Corstens will be analysing her performance here, with her efforts shaping the direction they take heading into the Spring with the talented daughter of Snitzel.
The top-weight with 57.5kg, Concealer has also been dealt the double blow of starting from a wide gate after being drawn in 14. That has not deterred some punters with the McEvoy trained filly opening at $12 and that support has already seen her firm into $9.50. From four career starts, the filly was a winner on debut in the Spring, taking out the G3 Ottawa Plate over 1000m on Melbourne Cup day. Targeting the Blue Diamond, the filly was rattling home from the rear when first up in the Fillies prelude of the Blue Diamond, beaten one length behind Samara Dancer. In the G1 Blue Diamond, she had met with some support in the market and finished mid-field behind the smart Extreme Choice. Craig Williams has been booked for the ride with the filly having trialled over 1000m at Morphettville to sharpen up for her return.
Trained by Henry Dwyer on the track at Caulfield, Leotie has faced the starter on two occasions, scoring victory at her most recent start. Opening her career in the Autumn, she was sent out as the favourite in a 2YO fillies set weights race at Moonee Valley and after racing on the speed was fading after a solid early tempo left her vulnerable. Sent straight to the paddock the filly resumed in a set weights event at Sale over 1100m with Chris Parnham taking the ride and the pair went on to score a comfortable victory by just under two lengths. Opening at $15 with UBET there has already been some money at that price, with a bet of $500 being written at that quote.
Featuring on the P B Lawrence Day race card, the Group 3 Quezette Stakes is held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse in mid-August during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The race was first run in 1994 in honour of the 1967 Merson Cooper Stakes winner Quezette, who won posted seven victories in her two-year-old season and was placed in the Group 1 Crown Oaks as a three-year-old.
The talented filly also recorded the fastest time in Australia over the five furlong distance, completing the dash in a slick 56.4 seconds. The event was originally run over a distance of 1200m, before being reduced to 1100m in 2006. The sprint, which has a purse of $135,000, is restricted to three-year-old fillies and is run under set weights and penalties conditions. Champion youngster Alinghi won the Quezette Stakes in 2004, before going on to win four Group 1s over the next two years.
|2016||I AM A STAR||STEVEN KING||SHANE NICHOLS||01:05.03|
|2015||PETITS FILOUS||DAMIEN OLIVER||CIARON MAHER||01:03.1|
|2014||SABATINI||NICHOLAS HALL||LEE HOPE||01:04.2|
|2013||KISS A ROSE||VLAD DURIC||PETER MOODY||01.05.6|
|2012||ELITE ELLE||DAMIEN OLIVER||TONY VASIL||01.05.0|
|2011||SATIN SHOES||MICHAEL RODD||CLARRY CONNERS||01.04.2|
|2010||PANIPIQUE||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01.06.5|
|2009||CORSAIRE||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01.05.2|
|2008||VIENNESE||STEVEN ARNOLD||LEE FREEDMAN||01.05.2|
|2007||BEL MER||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01.03.4|
|2006||LA VIE AMOUR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01.04.3|
|2005||PINEZERO||NOEL CALLOW||JOHN MOLONEY||01.14.1|