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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.
|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.