The Wakeful Stakes is a Group 2 race held at the famous Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. One of the main events on Victoria Derby Day, it is a race for three-year-old fillies, contested under set weights plus penalties conditions. Over 2000m, this race is a test of stamina and will give a good indication if the filly can stay. For many trainers and connections, this event is considered the main lead in to the VRC Oaks, with a number of Wakeful winners going on to score in the Oaks some five days later. The race is named after the champion mare Wakeful, who dominated the sport in the early 20th Century.
Quality fillies generally line up in the Wakeful, usually after competing in the Group 2 Edward Manifold or the Group 1 Thousand Guineas. In 2011, Atlantic Jewell won the Caulfield Guineas/Wakeful Stakes double, while in 2010, Brazilian Pulse placed in both the Edward Manifold and the Thousand Guineas, before taking out the Wakeful and the Crown Oaks. In 2013, Kirramosa became the 13th filly to win the Wakeful/Oaks double since 1978. Other talented females to enjoy success in the Wakeful Stakes include; Tuesday Joy (2006), Serenade Rose (2005), Hollow Bullet (2004), Grand Archway (1998), Research (1988), November Rain (1980) and Light Fingers (1964). The first winner was Protea in 1932.
|2015||AMBIENCE||JAMES MCDONALD||JOH O'SHEA||02:04.7|
|2014||THUNDER LADY||BLAKE SHINN||JOHN SERGEANT||02.03.3|
|2013||KIRRAMOSA||TOM BERRY||JOHN SERGEANT||02.05.1|
|2012||ZYDECO||KERRIN MCEVOY||ANTHONY FREEDMAN||02.02.8|
|2011||ATLANTIC JEWEL||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||02.04.9|
|2010||BRAZILIAN PULSE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||MICHAEL MORONEY||02.04.2|
|2009||FAINT PERFUME||MICHAEL RODD||BART CUMMINGS||02.03.2|
|2008||ROCHA||DANNY NIKOLIC||GUY WALTER||02.05.5|
|2007||ZARITA||GREG CHILDS||PAT HYLAND||02.05.8|
|2006||TUESDAY JOY||DANNY BEASLEY||GAI WATERHOUSE||02.02.7|