The Up And Coming Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-old colts and geldings held under quality handicap conditions. It takes place on Warwick Stakes Day as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. A race for sprinters, it covers a distance of 1300m and offers a total of $125,000 in prize money. Starting off as a Listed Race back in 1979, it has reached as high as a Group 2, before reverting back to Group 3 status in 2014. Held at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Up And Coming is named in honour of the 1959 Warwick Stakes winner, Up And Coming.
Horses that race in this event generally go on to compete in the Group 3 Spring Stakes and the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes. Dating back to 1979, this event has an impressive honour roll which includes Marscay (1982), Sir Dapper (1983), Star Watch (1988), Mahogany (1993), General Nediym (1997), Testa Rossa (1999), Exceed And Excel (2003) and Fastnet Rock (2004).
Held at Randwick, the Up and Coming Stakes is restricted to 3 Year Olds and is run under handicap conditions with a minimum weight of 54kg. First held in 1979 at Listed level, it was held at Group 3 level in 1980, was promoted to Group 2 in 1993, was downgraded to Group 3 in 2005 and in 2013 was reinstated at the current Group 2 status.
The race is named in honour of the 1959 Warwick Stakes winner Up And Coming and is subsequently held on the same race card as the Warwick Stakes. First run over 1200m, the race was increased to 1300m in 2011, the current distance of the event. The race is held at Randwick but has been held at Warwick Farm and Canterbury in previous years.
The 2017 edition will offer total prize money of $125,000 with the winner to receive $75,000. In 2016 the John Hawkes trained Divine Prophet was successful, with Tommy Berry the successful jockey. Past winners of the race include Shards, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Exceed And Excel, Testa Rossa, and Mahogany.
|Date:||Saturday 19th August 2017|
|2016 Winner:||DIVINE PROPHET|
|2016 Up and Coming Stakes Results|
|3||DIVINE PROPHET||1ST||$7.80 (win)|
Opening favourite in the UBET market, the Hayes/Dabernig trained 3YO faces the biggest test of his two start career. Making his racing debut in the Listed Festival Stakes at Flemington over 1000m which is run under set weights, he finished best of the colts in the race, 1.5 lengths from the winner in 6 th position. Given a break following that effort he resumed at Caulfield on the last Saturday of the season in a 2YO handicap, carrying 53.5kg with a claim after being allotted 54kg. Jumping from the widest gate, he was taken to the rear and made his charge up the straight. The widest runner down the straight, he took a little while to wind up but once he hit top speed he overhauled the leader in a sharp display. He gets in on the 54kg minimum under the handicap conditions and steps up from 1000m to 1300m here.
Trained in the new Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott partnership, the 3YO colt became the first winner for the newly established training entity when successful in the Listed Rosebud Stakes over 1200m at Randwick. The track was listed as a Heavy 10 for that event, with the colt yet to see anything firmer than a soft 5 in his four career starts. Missing all the early and mid-season racing, he opened his career in a 2YO maiden at Kembla on Jun 25 as the favourite and scored a narrow victory. Taken to Randwick for his next start he was a 3 length winner over 1200m on a track rated at a heavy 9 when leading throughout. His next start at Canterbury was in a 2YO handicap carrying 59kg on a heavy 8 when finishing just over one length from the winner. He drops 2.5kg from his latest win under these conditions and is one of the few on-pace runners in... read more Trained in the new Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott partnership, the 3YO colt became the first winner for the newly established training entity when successful in the Listed Rosebud Stakes over 1200m at Randwick. The track was listed as a Heavy 10 for that event, with the colt yet to see anything firmer than a soft 5 in his four career starts. Missing all the early and mid-season racing, he opened his career in a 2YO maiden at Kembla on Jun 25 as the favourite and scored a narrow victory. Taken to Randwick for his next start he was a 3 length winner over 1200m on a track rated at a heavy 9 when leading throughout. His next start at Canterbury was in a 2YO handicap carrying 59kg on a heavy 8 when finishing just over one length from the winner. He drops 2.5kg from his latest win under these conditions and is one of the few on-pace runners in this event. read less
The James Cumming trained colt has yet to miss a place in seven career starts and faces a big task here after receiving the top-weight of 61kg. Closing out his 2YO season with successive victories, he will resume here following two trials, the first over 850m behind Capitalist and the second over 1045m when finishing 2 nd on a track rated at a Heavy 8. After missing the Golden Slipper, he was successful in the Listed Fernhill Handicap when carrying 58kg over 1600m, posting a 2 length victory. His season was wrapped up with a win at the elite level, talking out the G1 Champagne Stakes over 1600m. James Cummings believes this the perfect start point for his star colt and his upcoming Spring targets will be moulded around his performance in this race.
Trained at Randwick by Anthony Cummings, Pittsburgh started four times in his 2YO season, three of those starts before December, without tasting success. Starting his career at Rosehill in October, he finished 3 lengths from Yankee Rose in s set weights event. Second-up he finished a head 2 nd to Faraway Town who placed in the G1 Sires Produce. He gain finished behind Yankee Rose in the Golden Gift before having a break and having his final 2YO run in February behind Astern in the G2 Silver Slipper. Given two trials to prepare for his 3YO return, both looked handy efforts before he lined up in a 3YO mid-week maiden at Warwick Farm over 1100m, he finished mid-field behind Pound Sterling. He started favourite in that race and drops 5kg from the 59kg he carried in that, back to the 54kg here and will start from barrier 1.
|2016||DIVINE PROPHET||TOMMY BERRY||JOHN HAWKES||01:16.6|
|2015||SHARDS||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:16.3|
|2014||SCISSOR KICK||TYE ANGLAND||PAUL MESSARA||01.18.7|
|2013||WAR||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.16.6|
|2012||ALBRECHT||KERRIN MCEVOY||PETER SNOWDEN||01.16.2|
|2011||MANAWANUI||GLYN SCHOFIELD||RON LEEMAN||01.20.0|
|2010||BLACKBALL||TYE ANGLAND||PETER SNOWDEN||01.10.9|
|2009||RAREFIED||CHRIS MUNCE||PETER SNOWDEN||01.09.9|
|2008||DREAMSCAPE||PETER ROBL||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.11.8|
|2006||COURT COMMAND||DARRYL MCLELLAN||DARREN SMITH||01.10.7|
* Race was not held in 2007 due to outbreak of equine influenza