Historically the Lexus Stakes has been a traditional lead up to the Melbourne Cup just three days later. The winner is exempt from any ballot for the Cup and this race is often used for one last throw of the dice to make the ‘great race’ the following Tuesday.
In 2009, Shocking posted an impressive win in the Lexus before taking out the Cup, while a year later Maluckyday missed the ‘distance double’ after finishing second to overseas raider Americain in the Melbourne Cup. Bart Cummings’ Kingston Rule was runner up in the Lexus in 1990, before taking out the Melbourne Cup.
Held under quality handicap conditions, the Group 3 Lexus Stakes is run over 2500m on VRC Derby Day. In 2016 the field has a weight minimum of 54kg and the top-weighted runner carried 59kg.
The race has featured in various name changes over the years and has been known as the Hotham Handicap, the Dalgety and the Saab Quality. The race race also holds a place in the history books as the 1956 edition of the race when known as the Hotham Handicap resulted in the triple dead-heat between Fighting Force, Ark Royal and Pandie Sun.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $250,000. The 2016 winner was the Charlie Appleby trained Oceanographer, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. Other winners of the race include Excess Knowledge, Signoff, Shocking, Maluckyday, Brew and the dual winner Chagemar.
|2016||OCEANOGRAPHER||KERRIN MCEVOY||CHARLIE APPLEBY||02:35.6|
|2015||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE||DWAYNE DUNN||GAI WATERHOUSE||02:36.8|
|2014||SIGNOFF||JOAO MOREIRA||DARREN WEIR||02.37.8|
|2013||RUSCELLO||KERRIN MCEVOY||ED WALKER||02.39.8|
|2012||KELINNI||NASH RAWILLER||CHRIS WALLER||02.37.6|
|2011||NIWOT||DEAN YENDALL||JOHN HAWKES||02.37.5|
|2010||MALUCKYDAY||JIM CASSIDY||JOHN HAWKES||02.35.1|
|2009||SHOCKING||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||02.38.3|
|2008||MOATIZE||MICHAEL RODD||BART CUMMINGS||02.37.7|
|2007||SCULPTOR||LISA CROPP||PETER MCKENZIE||02.35.4|