Horse Racing | Kindergarten Stakes

The Kindergarten Stakes is a Group 3 race that is held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Day 1 of The Championships. The Stakes is one of few Group 3 races, such as the PJ Bell Stakes and the Adrian Knox Stakes, which is conducted at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. It is a race for two-year-olds under at set weights and offers prize money of $200,000. It was on the same race card as the Golden Slipper Stakes up until 2012, when it moved to April and became part of the ATC Australian Derby race card. When the event was first introduced, it was a Listed Race, but in 1997 it reached Group 3 status.

This race has been used in the past as a good indicator of how a horse might cope in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap later in its career or the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes later in the year. Over 1100m, the Kindergarten suits speedy youngsters who struggle to get 1200m, and as such, might be reserved for this, rather than the Golden Slipper (1200m) a week earlier. Multiple Group 1 winner Slight Chance was success in this event early in her career. Wanted (2009) took out the Group 1 Newmarket a year after his victory in the Kindergarten, while Solar Charged (2010) won the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) later in the spring.



PREVIOUS KINDERGARTEN STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS KINDERGARTEN STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 ASTERN JAMES MCDONALD JOHN O'SHEA 01:04.9
2016 EL DIVINO BLAKE SHINN GAI WATERHOUSE 01:04.9
2015 FURNACES JAMES MCDONALD JOHN O'SHEA 01:04.8
2014 HALLOWED CROWN CHRISTIAN REITH BART CUMMINGS 01:06.2
2013 SAFEGUARD KERRIN MCEVOY PETER SNOWDEN 01:04.5
2012 DANCES ON STARS GLYN SCHOFIELD GERALD RYAN 01:03.8
2011 ANISE KERRIN MCEVOY PETER SNOWDEN 01:04.6
2010 SOLAR CHARGED HUGH BOWMAN JOHN O’SHEA 01:04.6
2009 WANTED JIM CASSIDY JOHN O’SHEA 01:03.2
2008 MR PROFUMO BLAKE SHINN GAI WATERHOUSE 01:05.1
2007 FORENSICS DARREN BEADMAN JOHN HAWKES 01:04.4
2006 PLAGIARIZE DARREN BEADMAN JOHN HAWKES 01:03.8

*2016 was a dead heat.