As we anticipate the fast-approaching 2024 Memsie Stakes, scheduled to be held on Saturday, 7th of September at the renowned Caulfield Racecourse, we take a moment to look back at the previous winners who have left their mark on this prestigious event. Notably, the 2023 race was dominated by the spirited and esteemed Mr Brightside, who etched his name onto the roll of honour in a memorable fashion.
The 2023 Memsie Stakes was a thrilling spectacle, with the crowd favourite, Mr Brightside, once again proving his mettle by clinching the coveted $750,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. Despite the stiff competition from the US mare Princess Grace and the highly-touted runners I Wish I Win and Alligator Blood, Mr Brightside, under the expert guidance of the Hayes brothers, emerged victorious in an electrifying finish.
Opening to heavily backed odds of $2.70, Mr Brightside defied the odds from an unfavourable outside barrier, demonstrating the courage and resilience that has become synonymous with this exceptional six-year-old gelding. Let’s delve into the finer details of the 2023 Memsie Stakes race.
In an incredible display of speed and perseverance, the 2023 Memsie Stakes witnessed truly memorable performances by some of the finest horses in the racing circuit.
Claiming the top honour, in first place, was the crowd favourite, Mr Brightside. This gallant gelding not only lived up to his reputation but also surpassed expectations with an extraordinary performance that left spectators in awe. His win marked another significant victory in the horse’s illustrious career, solidifying his place in the annals of the Memsie Stakes.
Coming in at a close second place was the acclaimed US mare, Princess Grace. Renowned for her swift strides and unwavering determination, Princess Grace put up a fierce fight to the finish line. Her outstanding performance cements her status as one of the most formidable competitors on the international racing scene.
The third spot on the podium was secured by I Wish I Win, reinforcing his reputation as a top-notch racehorse. Despite facing tough competition, I Wish I Win managed to secure a place among the top three with an admirable display of speed and stamina.
Lastly, rounding up the top four in the 2023 Memsie Stakes was Alligator Blood. This seasoned racer, known for his relentless spirit and tenacity, displayed a commendable effort under pressure. Despite not clinching a spot in the top three, Alligator Blood’s performance was a testament to his sheer resilience and competitive spirit.
Excitement and anticipation buzzed in the air as these four stellar competitors raced towards the finish line in Race 9. The 2023 Memsie Stakes will indeed be remembered as a thrilling event in the annals of horse racing.
The Memsie Stakes has consistently showcased the prowess of mares in the racing industry, with several remarkable mares claiming victory since 1998. Renowned mares such as Atlantic Jewel, King’s Rose, Miss Finland, Makybe Diva, Magical Miss, and Dane Ripper, along with Sunline, who clinched the title twice, have all emerged victorious. Furthermore, Lord made a remarkable achievement by winning this esteemed race four consecutive times from 1958 through 1961. Likewise, Ajax also demonstrated an impressive streak, earning three successive victories from 1938 to 1940.
The 2018 Memsie Stakes was another noteworthy event, where Darren Weir’s Humidor emerged triumphant. This six-year-old gelding, having only a single lead-up race in the PB Lawrence Stakes, made a significant leap to the Memsie where he secured his third Group 1 career win. Humidor continued to display commendable consistency by placing in three Group 1 events during the spring campaign, showcasing an intense and honest performance.
From 2015 to 2023, the Memsie Stakes winners list boasts an impressive array of thoroughbreds who have graced the Caulfield Racecourse, leaving an indelible mark in the annals of horse racing.
In 2015, the Memsie Stakes trophy was clinched by the 6-year-old gelding Boban, expertly ridden by Glyn Schofield and trained by Chris Waller. Opening with odds of $5.50, Boban cemented his prowess on the track, demonstrating a commendable performance.
The following year, in 2016, the event saw another 6-year-old gelding, Black Heart Bart, take the lead. Guided by Brad Rawiller and trained by Darren Weir, Black Heart Bart was a crowd favourite, entering the race with competitive odds of $2.00.
2017 marked the victory of the 5-year-old gelding Vega Magic, skillfully ridden by Craig Williams and trained by the team of David and B Hayes and T Dabernig. Vega Magic emerged victorious with favourable odds of $2.30.
In an impressive feat, 2018 was heralded by the triumphant performance of another 6-year-old gelding Humidor. Jockey Damian Lane and trainer Darren Weir led Humidor into the race with odds of $21.00, which he defied, earning a significant victory.
The 7-year-old gelding Scales Of Justice, ridden by Dean Yendall and trained by Lindsey Smith, was the proud bearer of the Memsie Stakes title in 2019. Coming in with odds of $3.70, Scales of Justice lived up to his reputation with a stunning win.
The year 2020 saw the rise of the 5-year-old gelding Behemoth, expertly led by Craig Williams and trained by David Jolly. Entering the race with odds of $3.30, Behemoth’s win was an exhilarating spectacle. Moreover, Behemoth repeated this victorious feat in 2021 as a 6-year-old, this time with Brett Pebble in the saddle and with odds of $3.20.
Snapdancer, a 6-year-old mare, stole the show in 2022. With Ethan Brown as her jockey and under the watchful eyes of trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Snapdancer gloriously won the race with odds of $7.50.
Finally, the most recent race in 2023 was won by the 6-year-old gelding Mr. Brightside. Ridden by Craig Williams and trained by the Hayes brothers, Mr Brightside defied the $2.70 odds from a challenging outside barrier, adding another significant victory to his illustrious career.
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